Users of Florida A&M University’s Incomparable Marching “100” Band and personnel still left Saturday for Paris to start off rehearsals in advance of their efficiency at the Louis Vuitton Men’s Paris Manner Present on Thursday, June 23.
For Drum Key Jarvis Rittman, likely to France indicates a terrific deal.
“I’m honored to be one of the members selected, not only to characterize Florida A&M College but also America at the Louis Vuitton Trend Show,” claimed Rittman, a senior well being science student, through a short pause in rehearsals Friday afternoon. “It’s a new knowledge for me remaining from Quincy, Florida. It’s very new to me.”
Rittman was between 35 learners and about a dozen staff users who left campus in two independent teams Saturday morning. Each teams flew out of Tallahassee International Airport to Atlanta Hartsfield Intercontinental, exactly where Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, Ph.D., and the 1st team encountered FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., who was on his way back to Tallahassee just after a week of assembly and conferences.
When the trip was declared, Robinson stated, The Marching “100” is symbolic of the excellence of FAMU pupils and the knowledge and treatment of our Tunes Department faculty and workers.
“We just cannot wait around to see them wow the city of Paris as soon as yet again,” he explained.
Following the team comes in Paris, a Band picture shoot is scheduled. The band will rehearse Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in planning for a 30-minute demonstrate at 2 p.m. Thursday, Paris time, at the globe-renown Louvre museum. As element of the preparation, the show’s producer watched the rehearsal by using Zoom on Friday.
Clarinet player Kimieka Dunkley is aware of the excursion will not be a getaway.
“It is heading to be annoying, but it’s a excellent obligation,” stated the senior computer science college student from Miami. “It’s something we are heading to have to set all our initiatives in. I am happy to be element of this difficult-performing group.”
The vacation marks a triumphant return of The Marching “100” Band to Paris. In 1989, less than the leadership of famous founder, William P. Foster, the band performed in the Bastille Day Parade to rejoice the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Present-day Director of Bands Chipman, had graduated that spring but was invited again to travel to France. That was the previous time Chipman done as a member of the band.
“I’m just so energized for our pupils to have this prospect,” stated Chipman, who reminded pupils of the require for professionalism as they organized to depart. “It’s a credit to our band learners and to our establishment to do almost everything to boost the FAMU brand.”
The invitation was for an all-fees-pay out trip for 35 band associates and 10 accompanying staff members. Among the travelling team are Assistant Director of Marching and Pep Bands Darryl L. Baker, Director of Woodwinds Nicholas Thomas, Ed.D., Percussion Assistant/Choreographer Tovah Lovely, Compliance officer Deirdre McRoy, Ph.D., and Band Announcer Joe Bullard. The team also incorporates images and videography workers.