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Letter from the Director of Bands

My name is Dr. Shelby R. Chipman, Director of Bands at Florida A&M University.  Welcome to the new website of the FAMU Incomparable Marching "100,” the university’s legendary marching band. The band program at Florida A&M University has a rich history and legacy of musical and marching excellence dating back to 1892. We are very excited to present to you the Marching "100", as you may have never seen it before. We hope you will enjoy over seventy years of history featuring, “The Most Imitated Band in America,” in a format never seen before.    

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Grants, scholarships, loans and employment opportunities are available to help families meet the cost of investing in a FAMU education.  Students begin the financial aid process by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at your high school and on the internet at

Additional Information

For additional information please call the Office of Financial Aid at (850) 599-3730 or access Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Music offers a limited number of music scholarships to students based on musical skill and knowledge. 

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Florida A&M University Incomparable Marching "100"

Scholarships & Auditions 

Talent Based Award


Scholarships are granted on a year-to-year basis (based on the availability of funds) and may be renewed on the following student academic and performance progress guidelines:


  1. Maintain good standing with the university; and

  2. Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 hours) status each semester of award with no incompletes, withdrawals, or failing grades; and

  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5; and

  4. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in all music courses; and

  5. Successfully complete the Department of Music scholarship renewal audition each year of eligibility.


Audition Information

Via Subway:

All students applying for music scholarships must complete a departmental audition and theory placement examination (music majors/minors only) to be considered for funding. Students are eligible to receive music scholarship funding for a maximum of four years. If needed, an accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions. If you can't schedule an on campus audition please submit your video audition online by clicking the "Video Auditions" link below.

Auditions Links

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