Faculty And Staff

More information about the Department of Music

Specialized music training in a diverse university setting. 

  • Dr. Shelby Chipman, Director of Bands
  • Mr. Lindsey B. Sarjeant, Arranger
  • Dr. Shaylor James, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion
  • Dr. Longineu Parsons, Director of Trumpets
  • Dr. Sylvester Young, Assistant Director of Bands
  • Dr. Nicholas Thomas, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Woodwinds
  • Mr. Robert Griffin, Director of Trombones
  • Mr. Darryl Baker, Assistant Director of Bands
  • Mr. Ralph JeanPaul, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Lower Brass
  • Mr. Tovah Lovely, Assistant Director of Percussion
  • Mr. Donald Beckwith, Store Keeper and Equipment Manager
  • Dr. Deirdre McCroy, Compliance Officer

Dr. Longineu Parsons, Director of Composition & Trumpet Professor



Dr. Longineu Parsons is a force of nature. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree at FAMU and earned a Masters in Classical Trumpet at the University of Florida. He pursued a supplementary degree in Jazz Studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, studied composition at the doctoral level at Florida State University and received the PhD in Composition at the University of Florida.

Composition students have the rare opportunity to study one on one with Dr. Longineu Parsons, a FAMU alum who played with Nat Adderley, Cab Calloway, Doc Severinsen, Herbie Mann, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Branford Marsalis and many more. He appeared in the national production of Satchmo. He was a featured soloist in the Great Performances special "Three Mo' Tenors." Dr. Parsons has an active international career as a recording and performing artist, and is the father of professional musician Longineu W. Parsons III.








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