By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 2, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The FAMU Marching 100 took part in a New Year’s Day tradition Tuesday, performing in the famed Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
The band was one of 21 chosen to perform in the parade, and the Marching 100 strutted its stuff for five and a half famous miles.
Rattlers came from across the country to see the performance, and nearly 50 million people watched it on television. University President Dr. Larry Robinson was there to see it all from the grandstands.
“It was really phenomenal out here in California where you see the magnitude of it all,” said Robinson.
The Tournament of Roses Parade, with its beautiful flower-packed floats, is perhaps the pinnacle for marching bands.
"I’m just awestruck,” said one band member.
“It’s legendary, few are chosen,” added another.
“It’s just a great experience,” a third member concluded.
The Marching 100 soaked it all in, as many in the band had never been to California, or even on an airplane.
Band Director Dr. Shelby Chipman was still in awe as the parade ended.
“I’ll tell you, this is probably one of the most exciting moments in my tenure as a band director of 30 years,” he said. “This will now be noted as a major accomplishment, as this is one of the most prestigious parades in the world.”