The Marching 100 Alumni Band Association was formed by Victor R. Gaines, former trumpet player and Head Drum Major of the “Marching 100” band, in 2000, for the purposes of supporting the academic needs and enhancing the FAMU Bands. We meet often in effort to keep our members apprised of the activities and events of not only the alumni, but of the FAMU Bands, as well. Our organization consists of individuals who marched in the band, participated in the band’s programs, and those who just love the band and want to support it through the Association.
We’ve given away thousands of dollars in band camp scholarships (for high school musicians who have a desire to attend the FAMU Summer Band Camp), academic scholarships, and book vouchers through our website and other initiatives.
We’ve recognized the “Foster 5” with scholarships:
We also have added a 6th scholarship in the name of retired secretary, Ms. Gloria C. Jones, for the student who goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist the band wherever needed.
We recently awarded Tamara D. Fitzpatrick with a scholarship for having the highest GPA in the band.
Rewarding our students for their dedication and academic excellence are key in building a band and alumni organization.
Alumni Band Association activities include:
Since inception, we have reached thousands of alumni through our newsletter, emails, and website www.marching100alumni.com. Through our activities and various fundraisers, we have also brought together friends who have not seen nor corresponded with each other in years!
We’ve sent high school students to our band camp who have gone on to be successful not only at FAMU, but in their respective professional fields. We’ve supported our current band members with academic scholarships and book vouchers. We’ve also recognized academic excellence by awarding an academic scholarship to the student with the highest GPA!
Wherever the band needs our assistance, we are there to help!
We know that we cannot exist without the “Marching 100” and FAMU Bands, and look forward to supporting this great organization for years to come!