FAMU Marching 100 band camp celebrating 25th year

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Marching 100 is more like the Marching 400 this week as a marching band parade wound through campus Thursday afternoon.

The FAMU Marching 100's summer band camp attracts kids from all over the country.

Hundreds of them are on campus to learn its dances and drills and celebrate the camp's 25th year.

"We're blessed to have 280 students here from across the country," FAMU Director of Bands Dr. Shelby Chipman said.

Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson and former director Juilan White served as the parade's grand marshals.

Chipman called leading the Marching 100 and hosting this camp "humbling."

"I was in the Florida A&M band as trumpet section leader and of course, I was a high school band director in Miami and sent my students here and served on the camp's staff," Chipman said, "and now to be back here in this position is just ... overwhelming."

The camp's final performance will be on the FAMU track Saturday at 10 a.m.