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Dr. Julian E. White, Director of Bands

Dr. Julian E. White

Dr. Julian E. White, distinguished professor of Music, graduated from Florida A&M University earning a bachelor degree in Music Education.  He later received a Masters Degree in Music Education for the University of Illinois and a Doctorate from Florida State University.  Dr. White is presently Chairman of the Department of Music and Director of Bands at Florida A&M University.

For a period of ten years, he served as drill designer for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band with appearances at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.  His drills have been featured in performance on all major television networks, and the Bastille Day Ceremony in Paris, France.

Presently Dr. White assist with halftime shows for Bowl Games of America and is on the adjudication staff for Music Festivals USA, International Music Festivals and Heritage Music Festivals, in addition to writing drill shows for high school and college bands.

Prior to joining the Florida A&M University Faculty in 1972, Dr. White served as band director at Northwestern Junior/Senior High School from 1963-1965 and was the first Director of the William Marion Raines High School Band in 1965, both of Jacksonville, Florida.  His bands were consistent recipients of superior ratings in Marching and Concert Festivals.

Dr. White maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician. He has also served as guest conductor at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.  He is very active as a conductor and clinician for middle and high school bands, summer band camps, and district, state, national and international music conferences and workshops.

Dr. White was the recipient of two University Teacher of the Year Awards and the Teacher of the Year Award from the Army ROTC.  He received the NAACP Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the University Superior Accomplishment Award.  He also received the Distinguished Professor/Advanced Teacher of the Year Award and was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership.  Dr. White was honored with the most prestigious award given by the Florida A&M University Alumni Association, The Distinguished Alumni Award.  Dr. White was the 2004 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Outstanding Achiever Award sponsored by the Fed Ex Orange Bowl Committee.

His professional memberships include the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association (Executive Board), Florida Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa Education Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Society, Pi Phi Boule (Sire Archon), Board Member of the John Philip Sousa Sudler Award Committee, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Psi Social Fraternity.  He is also a member of Free and Accepted Masons, Mt. Olive Lodge No. 5, Prince Hall Affiliated, the Tallahassee Rotary Club, and the vestry of St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church.  Dr. White serves as Chairman of the Florida Music Educators Association Black Caucus.

Dr. White has two daughters, Tonja, an attorney with the Florida Juvenile Justice Department, and Phaedra, who works as an academic counselor at the University of Texas at Austin, and one grandson, John Julian Burt.  Dr. and Mrs. Dennine White are also the proud parents of Julian E. White II.

Dr. Shelby Chipman, Associate Director of Bands

Dr. Shelby Chipman

Dr. Shelby Chipman is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Bands at Florida A&M University.  His responsibilities in the Department of Music include teaching Instrumental Music, Conducting, and coordinating Recitals and Music Interns.  Additionally, he assists with administration of the Marching, Symphonic, and Pep bands.

He is a native of Miami, Florida where he graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High.  He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Music Education from Florida A&M University, where he was conducting student of Dr. William P. Foster and Dr. Julian E. White.  Professor Chipman completed his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, where he studied conducting with Professor James Keene and received his Ph.D. degree from Florida State University School of Music in Music Education.

Prior to his appointment at Florida A&M University, he taught band in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for ten years.  His band program at Miami Central developed into one of the finest band programs in the country.  As much a teacher as he was a musician, Dr. Chipman was named Teacher of the Year during the 1993-94 school year.  Under his leadership the Rocket Marching band performed in the 1993, 1995, and 1997 King Orange Jamboree Parades, 1993 Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA), 1990-96 Florida A&M University Homecoming Festivals (Tallahassee, FL), 1992-97 MLK Parades & Festival (St. Petersburg, FL), 1997 Macy’s Day Parade (New York City), and numerous other marching events. The Symphonic band performed at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Chipman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Social Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA), FMEA Black Caucus, and Bethel AME Church.  He has coordinated numerous band festivals and had the pleasure of working with James Croft, Timothy Reynish, James Suddith, Jim Sparks, Gary Green, Anthony Maiello, and Eugene Corporon, who represent some of the finest conductors in the world.  In addition to working with these outstanding conductors, Dr. Chipman has presented music education and conducting clinics at several public schools and college campuses, as well as given lectures at the FMEA conference and Mid-West Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL.  He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States and currently serves as Music Director/Conductor of the Tallahassee Big Bend Community Orchestra. Dr. Chipman is married to Detrick LaShawn and together they have one son, Israel Armenian Chipman.

As an educator, Dr. Chipman believes that all students can learn.  He believes there are obstacles that create barriers, but through faith, guidance, and love anything can be accomplished.  As educators, it is our responsibility to encourage students to maintain their focus.  There is good in all and we are challenged to bring out the best in students.


Dr. Shaylor L. James, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Percussion


Mr. Lindsey B. Sarjeant, Assistant Director of Bands, Arranger

 Lindsey Sarjeant  

Lindsey Sarjeant is an Associate professor at Florida A&M University and serves as Director of Jazz Studies, director of jazz ensembles and arranger for the famous Marching “100” Band, symphonic Band and jazz ensemble.  He is brilliant jazz pianist, composer, jazz lecturer, jazz historian, adjudicator and jazz keyboard clinician.

Mr. Sarjeant has played with many professional jazz groups and has accompanied jazz greats such as Nat Adderley, Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Phil Wilson, Slide Hamilton Della Reese, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts Angela Winbush, Jean Kahn, Phil Perry, Ronnie Laws and many other well noted and famous musicians.  Lindsey and his group also toured the Soviet Union, and gave five major performances in Leningrad and Moscow.  Additionally, he has toured Europe with Florida A&M University Jazz Ensemble performing in Paris, Montreux, Amsterdam, and Brienz.

Lindsey is past director of the world famous McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band and past chief arranger for the McDonald’s All-American High School Marching and Symphonic Bands.  As arranger for the McDonald’s Bands, his arrangements were heard by millions at the Macy’s Day Parade, Fiesta Bowl Parade, Rose Bowl Parade, and a series of Orchestra Hall concerts in Chicago.  At Florida A&M University, Lindsey is responsible for the sound of the famous Marching “100” and jazz bands that are being used to set the standards for marching and jazz bands across the nation.

As director of the FAMU Jazz Studies Program, many of his students are getting jobs with major recording studios and noted jazz artist such as Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Branford Marsalis, Sun Ra, Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and many other famous musicians and groups.

Performances  2007
Lindsey B. Sarjeant

  • Jazz Combo Performance “Tribute To Ray Charles” Sponsored by North Florida Community College
  • Jazz Ensemble Performance “ The First Annual Legend’s Ball” Bethel Baptist Institutional Church of Jacksonville, Florida
  •  Musical arrangements in collaboration with  International Recording Artist, Prince, for the half time performance at the 2007 Super Bowl XLI, Miami Florida
  •  Jazz Ensemble Performance at Lithonia Senior High School, Recruitment Day.  February 2007
  •  Jazz Ensemble performance “ An Evening of Jazz” Annual Spring Concert, Lee Hall Auditorium
  •  Jazz performance at the Riviera Beach Jazz Festival, accompanying legendary singers, Angela Winbush and Jean Kahn.


Mrs. Dennine White, Director of Piccolos

Mr. Diron Holloway, Director of Saxophones

Mr. John Robinson, Director of Clarinets

Contact Info

Kimberly Jackson
Tallahassee, Florida 30301

P: 850.599.3024

E: kimberly.jackson@famu.edu