The annual President’s Concert took place in Lee Hall Auditorium Monday at 8 p.m. The event was created to honor President James Ammons and his commitment to the university during difficult economic times.
The Florida A&M University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble serenaded Ammons throughout the night with selections dedicated to his administration.
Ammons was pleased with the event. “This performance that our student athletes put on was truly magnificent. For them to do this in honor of my wife and me was just tremendous.”
Julian E. White, director of Florida A&M University bands, commended Ammons efforts surrounding recent budget cuts and common trials faced by the university.
“As collective Florida A&M University student organizations, we can all agree that President Dr. James H. Ammons strives to ensure that our University continues to soar in the midst of such cutbacks,” said White. “FAMU is safe in the hands of Dr. Ammons.”
Darrell Parks, 20, plays French horn for the band and said that Ammons is well deserving of the tribute.
“We’re honoring President Ammons here tonight because he exemplifies the excellence that we strive for here at FAMU. The excellence we strive for in everything that we do,” said the third year music education student from Durham, N.C.
The FAMU Jazz Bands I and II are scheduled to perform again in Lee Hall Wednesday at 8 p.m.