FAMU Marching Recruits

About 500 potential Rattlers are marching around FAMU this week. They're part of the 15th Annual FAMU Marching 100 Summer Band Camp, and Thursday the middle and high schoolers got to strut their stuff.

Sitting in the hot, hot sun for picture time is just one challenge middle and high schoolers sign up for when it comes to FAMU's Marching 100 Summer Band Camp.

Dr. Julian White, director of the FAMU's Marching 100, says, “They get a wake up call at 5 a.m., on the field by 7:30 to 10:30, have lunch, back in ensemble rehearsal and then back on the field at night.”

Add on a midday parade through campus. Forget band camp, this sounds more like boot camp, so why would kids travel across the United States for this rigorous schedule?

Jereme and the rest of these 500 students aspire to become marching 100 members. In its 15th year, FAMU band leaders say the camp is a major recruitment tool with almost 70 percent of current 100 members former campers.

This Saturday at 2 p.m. the camp will end with a marching band exhibition at Bragg Stadium.