The Marching 100 is the official name of the marching band at Florida Agricultural
and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida.
Although the first band of instruments at what would later become known as Florida
A&M University was organized in 1892, the first marching band is believed to have
been organized in 1910 by Nathaniel C. Adderley, the uncle of famed jazz musicians
“Nat” and “Cannonball” Adderley. Over the years and when a band director could be
hired, a marching band would play for concerts, military and chapel services, graduations,
special campus affairs, and athletic events.
The Second World War would diminish the number of male band members on the campus
and during the year 1946, when William P. Foster was hired as the director of bands,
he was met with only sixteen band members. With great determination, administrative
and recruitment skills, and a talented staff, Foster with his idea and desire of a
band with 100 band members, would soon organize what would later become widely-known
as “The Marching 100.” Foster would go on to serve for a record fifty-two years as
the longest-serving band director at Florida A&M University.
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