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FAMU's Marching 100 Names Its First Woman Drum Major

Metro-Atlanta native Cori Bostic has become the Marching 100's first woman drum major.
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For the first time in Florida A&M University’s 130-year history, a woman will help lead it’s storied marching band. 

Atlanta native Cori Bostic is the first female drum major for the  Marching 100. 


“There are many notable women who have tried out before mem" she said. "I tried out one time before and I didn’t make it.”

News of the appointment has been spreading through social media and Thursday, Bostic herself spoke to reporters. Both of her parents marched in the band and Bostic recalls listening to them play their instruments in the house. 

"They funnelled me and the rest of my siblings into band. They would always come back to Homecoming, and we just knew one week in October they would be at FAMU because it was that big of a deal to them.  All through the house I would see my mom's FAMU plaques, my dad's FAMU plaque's and it gave me a sense of pride coming into the Hundred that my parents loved this organization and as I was going through the Hundred, I understood why they loved it and I can't wait to love it for as long as I can."

She's joined by fellow drum major Aaron Torres, who’s the first Hispanic drum major for the band. The Marching 100 in the midst of raising more $500,000 to perform in Pasedena’s Rose Parade next year.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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