During the fall semester there is much to anticipate as a student at FAMU. Football season, Homecoming and the Florida Classic are just a few of the highlights.
Another much-anticipated part of the fall semester — and the one thing each of those events have in common — is the famous Marching 100.
From their attention-grabbing performances to their get-up-and-dance tunes, there is no wonder the Marching 100’s return is anticipated.
This season the band has big things planned, and ensures fans are in for a treat. “The fans can expect a lot of good music and a different vibe. We’re reaching out to the younger generation by playing music from the radio they would know, and we’re bringing old school favorites.
“There will be something for everyone,” said Joseph Jones, a fourth-year computer science major who has been a member of the band for the past three years. The Marching 100 isn’t only bringing a new musical flavor this season, but old traditions are making a comeback too. The band’s traditional sorority and fraternity medley is returning, as well as the Tau Beta Sigma sorority. The return of Tau Beta Sigma is significant because it has been off campus since 2011.
Last season the Marching 100 consisted of 252 members. This year, they are pushing for 300 members.
“We’re coming bigger and better this season,” said Stephen Lamar a fourth-year elementary education major who has been part of the band for the past four years. The drum major squad is another big part of the band and a fan favorite. Although the new drum majors for the upcoming season have not been revealed, fans can already expect a sight to see.
“The drum major squad will be everything everyone has been wanting,” Lamar said.
The Marching 100 is not only a FAMU favorite, but a Tallahassee favorite too. As much as the student body looks forward to their return and performances each season, so does the community. “I brought my kids to the games when they were younger and I bring my grandchildren to the games now. They love the 100’s performances,” said Lisa Mills, a Tallahassee native .
It is safe to say the Marching 100 plays a significant role during the fall semester and its return this season is much anticipated.