Director Of Bands

Dr. Shelby Chipman

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.


He is a native of Miami, where he graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High. He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Music Education from Florida A&M University, where he was conducting student of Dr. William P. Foster and Dr. Julian E. White. Professor Chipman completed his master’s degree in music education at the University of Illinois, and received his Ph.D. in music education from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Music, where he studied with Dr. Bentley Shellahamer.

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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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Florida A&M University Incomparable Marching "100"