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FAMU Marching ‘100’ to perform in “We Are One” Presidential Inaugural Event

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Posted at 10:57 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 10:57:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 will perform as part of a Presidential Inaugural Event honoring President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

On Tuesday, the Marching 100 will perform for the “We Are One” event, which is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee and will celebrate and honor the Black community with powerful speakers, inspiring stories and entertaining performances, according to the university.

FAMU Band Director Shelby Chipman said that about 150 band members participated in the taping of the performance, which included a rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.”

“This is an extremely significant moment in the history of the United States, as voters turned out in record numbers,” said Chipman.

The Marching “100” has performed in previous inaugural events, including two inauguration parades for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

The event will also include a Battle of the Bands, that in addition to the Marching “100”, will feature Grambling State University World Famed Marching Band, Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, Louisiana Leadership Institute All-star Marching Band, South Carolina State University Marching 101, Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

“The Marching “100” is America’s band. We are honored that our students will get another opportunity to display their musical excellence to the world,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “The inauguration marks a time-honored tradition of the peaceful transfer of power in our nation, a time to envision a future filled with peace and prosperity for all. There’s no better way to mark the occasion, than by an inspirational performance by FAMU’s Marching “100.”

“We Are One” will be hosted by Terrence J and feature appearances by Leslie Jones, Frankie Beverly, Stacey Abrams, Congressman Jim Clyburn, Rep. Cedric Richmond, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Joyce Beatty, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International President and CEO Glenda Glover, Ph.D., Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick and others.

The “We Are One” event will be streamed live at and on Urban One, HBCU Grad, NowThis, Revolt TV, The Source, The Shade Room, BET, The Grio TV, Daily Kos, Watch The Yard, Blavity, and on NBC Peacock TV.