June 20, 2024


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Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 wows crowd at Paris Fashion Week

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The Marching 100 performs in the Florida Classic halftime show at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on November 22, 2014.

The Marching 100 performs in the Florida Typical halftime display at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on November 22, 2014.

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The legendary soaring strains of rhythm and brass that unite crowds as the Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 obtain a new audience overseas at Paris Trend Week last Thursday. Invited by Louis Vuitton to emphasize their runway offerings, this situation marks a triumphant return after the band played in honor of Bastille Day much more than 30 years ago.

For Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, the instant is both of those exhilarating and nostalgic.

“We are just so thrilled and delighted and appreciative of the Louis Vuitton manner group for extending us this invitation,” Chipman explained. “It’s an additional monumental accomplishment by our incomparable Marching 100 band… Our children are working extremely tricky, and we just just cannot wait to get to that runway.”

These sentiments were being echoed by undergraduate songs education and learning significant and baritone player Marven Jean, 22.

“Paris is like a dream,” he explained. “You stroll all around and you see this melting pot of people… To be capable to come here and clearly show people today what we do, to get those people reactions from folks, their faces lighting up when they hear our songs, is a privilege and an honor.”

Jean is one of 35 band associates invited on the all bills compensated journey, 24 of whom did not have valid passports. Herculean attempts have been created to have files expedited, which includes calling condition reps and waiving usual university deadlines.

For some students, this travel prospect represented a additional substantial milestone in their loved ones tale, as quite a few FAMU pupils are very first generation school attendees and have not formerly had intercontinental vacation options.

“No a person experienced traveled outdoors the U.S. in my relatives, other than my mother,” mentioned Sebastien Zephir, the son of a Haitian immigrant and junior in elementary education and learning. “I am currently being a leader for my brother. Every time I lay down, I just cannot think I am in Paris. It is remarkable.”

“Of system, for me as the director, it’s total circle, due to the fact I marched in the band listed here in 1989,” Chipman said. “That was my previous general performance as an undergraduate college student.”

This story was produced by Detour, a journalism brand name concentrated on the best tales in Black vacation, in partnership with McClatchy’s The Charlotte Observer and Miami Herald. Detour’s approach to vacation and storytelling seeks to inform formerly beneath-documented or ignored narratives by shifting absent from the customary routes framed in Eurocentrism. The detour group is created up of an A-record of award-winning journalists, writers, historians, photographers, illustrators and filmmakers.

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