Since its inception, the band has been credited for 30 innovative techniques which have become standard operating procedures for many high school and collegiate marching band programs.
Dr. Shelby R. Chipman is the Director of Bands and professor of music at Florida A&M University (FAMU). His responsibilities in the Department of Music include teaching Instrumental Music Education, conducting, and assisting with student recitals and student teachers. Additionally, he conducts the Marching & Pep Bands, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and String Ensemble.
Shaylor L. James, Ph.D, Professor of Music, serves as assistant to the Chairman, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Percussion and the Percussion Ensemble. Dr. James graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in instrumental music. He later earned his maser of Music in percussion performance and his doctorate from Florida State University.