Florida A&M’s original band director has passed away. William Patrick Foster, long-time director and founder of the Florida A&M Marching 100, passed away Saturday morning. Foster, affectionately known as “Doc Foster” by band members both past and present, founded the Marching 100 and served as its director from 1946 to 1998. Foster is credited with creating the Marching 100’s signature sound, movement and rhythm, and arguably influencing the structure of HBCU marching bands across the country.
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