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FAMU Marching 100 'honored' to feature in Presidential Inaugural Event

Posted at 7:02 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 20:15:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University senior drum major Moises Martinez describes the call for FAMU's Marching 100 to participate in the Presidential Inauguration Parade a 'big honor'.

"Just being selected especially this year, to be a part of that even though it's virtual, is still a great honor," said Martinez.

It's a call they've gotten before participating in both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama's inaugural festivities.

"It's nothing new to us," said Martinez. "This preparation and work we had to do, we've always been prepared for it, especially my four years here. It's just like another day in the marching world."

This year things will be a bit different this year. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the band put together a 90-second piece that will be featured during the 'We Are One' Inaugural event Tuesday night.

Despite the change, Marching 100 band director Dr. Shelby Chipley said this year's event is even more special with Kamala Harris ready to take her place as vice president.

"We are endeared in realizing that she will be the first African-American to serve in that capacity as well as the first black female to serve in that capacity and we're just delighted and looking forward to both of their leaderships," said Chipley.

You can stream the inaugural event by clicking here.