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Florida A&M University's Marching 100 will perform in Paris Thursday

Band students look at music on stands while a man wearing a Marching 100 shirt stands in front of them. He's holding glasses in one hand and a packet of papers in another.
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The FAMU Marching ‘100’ meet and prepare for a trip to Paris where it will be performing at Louis Vuitton Men’s Fashion Show.

Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 left for Paris this weekend. The band will perform Thursday at the Louvre Museum in the Louis Vuitton Men’s Paris Fashion Show.

Thirty-five band members and about a dozen staff members are embarking on the trip. It’s the second time the Marching 100 has traveled to Paris. The group performed in 1989 in the Bastille Day parade to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Current Band Director Shelby Chipman was one of the students performing that day.

“It’s a credit to our band students and to our institution to do everything to promote the FAMU band,” Chipman said in a press release from the university.

One of the students heading to Paris this time is Drum Major Jarvis Rittman, a senior health science student from Quincy, Florida.”

“I’m honored to be one of the members selected, not only to represent Florida A&M University, but also America at the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show,” Rittman said in the release. “It’s a new experience for me being from Quincy, Florida. It’s very new to me.”

The band is scheduled to rehearse Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the lead up to the Thursday show. The group will return to Tallahassee Friday.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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