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June 1, 1946 - William P. Foster became Director of Bands at Florida A & M University with 16 members, and created what is known today as "The Most Imitated Marching Band in America." He is credited with revolutionizing marching band techniques and reshaping the world's concept of the collegiate marching band. His textbook "Band Pageantry" is considered to be "The Bible" for the marching band.

1950 - The Marching Band consisted of 110 members and became widely known as "The Marching 100."

March 17, 1950 - The Marching Band became the first black band to appear in the Festival of States Parade.

1953 - The Marching Band incorporated a dance routine using the music of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in a halftime performance at the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami, Florida.

April 1953 - The Marching Band was featured in an article in "The Courier Magazine."

January 1956 - The Marching Band was mentioned in an article by "Ebony Magazine" entitled "Orange Blossom Classic Is Top Negro Grid Bowl Game."

December 1958 - "The Miami Herald" proclaimed the Marching Band as "The Marchingest, Playingest, Band in the Land."

1962 - With the help of dance instructor Beverly Hillsman - Barber, the Marching Band learned a dance routine to the music of "Walk on the Wild Side." Dance routines became a regular part of the Marching Bands halftime shows.

January 6, 1963 - The Marching Band made its national television debut at the "Pro - Play Off Bowl" on CBS TV in the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida.

November 1963 - The Marching Band appeared in an "Ebony Magazine" article entitled "The Best Band in the Land."

December 1963 - The Marching Band received its first international recognition when it performed for the Kiwanis International Cultural Exchange Program in Nassau, Bahamas.

January 5, 1964 - The Marching Band made it second nationally televised appearance at the Pro - Play Off Bowl.

December 27, 1964 - The Marching Band made its third nationally televised appearance for the NFL Championship Game in Cleveland, Ohio.

1966 - The Seven Up Company of St. Louis Missouri and the Sterling Drug Company of New York established an annual $1500 scholarship in music in honor of Dr. William P. Foster.

1968 - Dr. William P. Foster authored "Band Pageantry: A Guide for the Marching Band.

January 21, 1968 - The Marching Band made its fourth national television appearance at the AFL All Star Game on NBC television.

August 1968 - The Marching Band appeared in the Paramount News Film "Half - Time USA."

January 12, 1969 - The Marching Band performed at Super Bowl III in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

January 19, 1969 - The Marching Band performed at the AFL All Star Game in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida

October 10, 1969 - The Fine Arts Center on Florida A & M University campus was named in honor of Dr. William P. Foster, and well - known African American Artist Henry O. Tanner.

November 30, 1969 - The Marching Band performed at halftime for the NFL Game between the Boston Patriots and the Miami Dolphins.

March 1971 - The Flag Corps known as the "Dirty Dozen" were added to The Marching Band.

1971 - Elliott Seagraves became the first white student to march in the Marching Band.

September 25, 1971 - The Marching Band represented the University of Kansas Band during halftime at a Kansas vs Florida State game at Doak Campbell Stadium.

1971 - The Marching Band recorded an album, "FAMU Spirit."

1974 - Carmena Fennel, Carla Wilson, and Debra Hines became the first females Marching Band members.

1975 - Joe Bullard joined the staff and became known as "the voice of the Hundred."

1975 - The Marching Band made its first national television commercial for Coca - Cola: "Look Up America, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing."'

October 1975 - The Marching Band performed for the Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins NFL Game.

December 1975 - The Marching Band performed at the Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills NFL Game.

1977 - A Joint Resolution from the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate was presented to Dr. William P. Foster.

1978 - The Marching Band performed at the first NCAA Division 1 - AA National Championship Game at the Pioneer Bowl in Wichita Falls, Texas.

1978 - The Marching Band performed at the "Battle of the Bands" in the New Orleans Super Dome.

February 24, 1979 - The General Assembly of Washington, D. C., proclaimed February 24 as "FAMU Band Day."'

February 20, 1980 - The Marching Band made its second national television commercial for Welch's Grape Juice.

March 29, 1981 - The Marching Band was featured in a "60 Minutes" documentary on CBS TV.

January 1983 - The Marching Band performed at Super Bowl XVII in Tampa, Florida.

August 1983 - The Marching Band was featured in a documentary on ABC's 20/20 television show.

November 1983 - The Marching Band was featured in a "P. M. Magazine" documentary on CBS television.

November 14, 1984 - Dr. Foster, and "The 100" appeared in an article in the "Chronicle of Higher Learning."

December 1984 - Ebony Magazine featured Dr. William P. Foster and The Marching Band in an article entitled "William P. Foster: A Fabled Director and His Band."

1984 - The Marching Band performed at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

October 26, 1985 - The Marching Band was presented the "Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy." "The Marching 100" became the fourth recipient and the first (still the only) historically black university band to receive the trophy. This award is the highest honor a collegiate marching band can receive. With the presentation
"The 100" became the first southern band to receive the award.


1986 - The Marching Band performed for the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World on national television.

February 4, 1986 - Dr. William P. Foster and the Florida A & M University Marching Band were honored on the floor of the 99th U'S. Congress for receiving the "Sudler Award."

1987 - Dr. William P. Foster and The Marching Band appeared in a book, "America Is My Neighborhood" by Williard Scott of the NBC Today Show.

March 12, 1989 - The Governor of Florida, and the Mayor of Tallahassee proclaimed that March 12 is "Dr. William P. Foster Day" in the state of Florida.

1989 - Governor Bob Martinez issued a proclamation declaring July 18 as "The Florida A & M Marching 100 Day" in the state of Florida.

July 1989 - A major news story about The Marching Band was broadcast on the Voice of America, International Radio Station of the United States Government.

July 14, 1989 - The Marching Band was selected to be the "Official United States Representative" at the Bicentennial Celebration of the French Revolution, better known as Bastille Day in Paris, France. This celebration was seen live world wide by millions. Front page articles about "The Band" appeared in newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune, and the New York Times.

July 1989 - Lead story, New York Times, "A Birthday Gift to France: 500 American Feet in Paris." Referring to The Marching 100.

July 18, 1989 - The 101st session of the United States House of Representatives honored Dr. William P. Foster and the Florida A & M University Marching Band on the floor of Congress for being the Official United States Representative in Paris, France for the french Revolution Bicentennial Celebration.

1989 - The House of Representatives of the State of Florida honored Dr. William P. Foster and The Florida A & M University Marching Band for being the only band in the United States selected for the honor of performing in the French Revolution Bicentennial.

1992 - Sports Illustrated Magazine listed The Marching Band as "The Best College Marching Band in the Country."

1993 - The Marching Band represented the State of Florida in the Inaugural Parade of President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C.

1994 - The Marching Band's percussion section and four drum majors performed at the Kennedy Center Concert of the americas for President Bill Clinton in Miami Florida.

1995 - The Marching Band performed for President Bill Clinton's visit to Tallahassee.

1995 - The Florida General Assembly recognized Dr. William P. Foster for his 50 years of service and outstanding achievements to the State of Florida.

July 26, 1996 - Dr. William P. Foster and The Marching Band were inducted into the Afro - American Hall of Fame for Fine Arts. The Marching Band became the first student organization to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

December 19, 1996 - The Marching Band received its second invitation to participate in President Bill Clinton's Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

1996 - The Marching Band participated in festivities marking the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

1996 - The Marching Band performed for Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to the campus.

1997 - The Marching Band represented the State of Florida at the second Inaugural Parade of President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC.

1997 - A New York Times Article: "50 Years as a Marching Band Guru." Referring to Dr. William P. Foster.

1998 - Dr. William P. Foster retired after fifty - two years of service to the university, the state of Florida, the nation, and the world. As of August 9, 1998 he now holds the position of Emeritus Professor, Chairman of the Music Department, Emeritus and Director of Bands, Emeritus. His legacy, influence, and presence is still being felt as The Marching Band continues to break ground and receive national attention, and awards.

1998 Dr. Julian White, a former student of Dr. Foster takes over as Director of Bands.

October 2003 - ESPN's Kieran Darcy states, "The Marching 100 is the Best Band in the Land."

February 2004- Performed a halftime show for the NBA Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

February 2005 - The Marching Band performed at Super Bowl XXXIX.

2006 - The Marching Band and Dr. William P. Foster were honored on their 60th Anniversary by the Florida A & M University Alumni Band Association.

February 2006 - 20 Members of the Marching Band performed at the Grammy Awards with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx in Los Angeles. The show was broadcasted nationally on CBS TV.

2006 - Members of The Marching Band performed at The American Music Awards.

February 4, 2007 - The Marching Band Performed at Super Bowl XLI with recording artist "Prince" in Miami.

January 2, 2007- The Marching Band performs for the 44th Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, at his Inaugural Parade.

March 2007 - Band plays for Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama, in Tampa, Florida.

August 2007 - Band plays for Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama, in Tallahassee, Florida.

2008 - The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at the American Bandmasters Association conference in Miami.

August 2008 - Marching Band reaches 420 members.

2008 - The Tuba Section reaches 50 members; the largest in the country.

October 15, 2008 - CNN television states, "The FAMU Band is the Best Band in the Entire Universe."

November 15, 2008 - The Marching Band was featured on ESPN's College Game Day on the campus of FAMU.

November 27, 2008 - The Marching Band was featured on CBS News with Katie Couric.

December 2008 - The Marching Band was featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids

January 20, 2009 - The Marching Band represented the State of Florida in the Inaugural Parade for the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

February 7, 2010 - The Marching Band performed pregame show at Super Bowl XLIV

2013 - Dr. Sylvester Young, a former student of Dr. Foster, assumes leadership as Director of Marching and Pep Bands.