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Marching 100 in the Inaugural Parade!









The Marching 100 was number 7 in the parade lineup.  That is a noteable distinction for a band participating in an inaugural parade.  It means that you are an upper echelon band to go off in the first section.  Unfortunately, because of the delay of the starting of the parade, the band was unable to perform a two minute routine for Mr. Obama.



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Help Send The Marching 100 To Washington, DC!


Please help send America’s band to Washington, DC to participate in this historic inauguration!  No donation is too small!  Your heart will be filled with pride as Tallahassee’s own Marching 100 marches down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol.  Please go to www.famu.edu to contribute!  Thank you!

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Rattler Wrap!










I want to thank head coach Joe Taylor and the players on this year’s team as the Florida A&M University Rattlers finished with a 9-3 record.  It could have been an 11-1 season had a couple of breaks went our way.  While we didn’t make the playoffs this year, Coach Taylor has laid down an impressive foundation for the future and I can’t wait for next year.  The seasons of 3-8 records are over.


I would like to point out that the Colonial Athletic Conference placed 5 teams in the 16 team playoff field so I think that the NCAA is slightly biased when it comes to Black college football.  But once again, had we taken care of Delaware State and Morgan State I wouldn’t be making these remarks.



My personal MVP of the year is Leroy Vann followed closely by newcomer quarterback Curtis Pulley.  Vann had six returns for touchdowns this year and nearly 1,500 return yards electrify the crowds every game with his hard nose running and his viciousness on the defensive side of the ball.  Pulley, who won the starting quarterback job outright towards the end of the season, is a good reason why FAMU should be one of the favorites to win the MEAC next year.



My only hope is that the administration realizes the importance of having a fifth game at Bragg Stadium every year.  There is no place like “The Pit” on a Saturday evening with the Marching 100 in the stands.  If we want to become big time again, we must have that fifth or even a sixth game at home.  So remember Rattlers:



When the dark clouds gather on the horizon,
When thunder and lightning pierce the skies,
When fate is but a glare in the eye of a fallen Rattler,
and hope….a lost friend,
When the sinew of the chest grows weary from those hard charging linebackers,
And the muscles in the legs grow tired from those hard charging running backs,
You must always remember….the Rattlers will

Click on Thumbnails for a larger view.  Photos by Glen Beil/Tallahassee Democrat.

SOS Click to hear the Marching 100’s rendition of SOS.

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FAMU Saturday!









Being in Atlanta, I missed out on the festivities that happened on the FAMU campus Saturday.  If you have no clue, ESPN’s College Gameday came to FAMU to broadcast its weekly pre game show.  There was a rather large crowd and of course, the Marching 100 was there to perform.  While I wasn’t there personally, my spirit was as FAMU again made history by becoming the first HBCU to host the show.


What would have made the day even better was ESPN actually airing the game on one of its networks.  The early games on ESPN and ESPN2 were two Big Ten matchups that almost put me to sleep.  FSU’s game aired last night on ESPN.  So how was I able to watch the FAMU vs. Hampton game?  It’s a little known secret that we have our own private network known as FAMCast.  I believe that it is run by the University’s School of Journalism.  They stream the video and link it to the 96.1 radio broadcast.  So I was able to watch the game, hear Keith and Mike do commentary, see the halftime show and listen to the band throughout the game.  So if next weeks game against hated Bethune Cookman University is not televised you can click on www.famu.edu and watch the game.  The quality of the video varies but at least you get to watch.


I felt badly that FSU lost its game with Boston College. The Seminole offense was once again offensive.  But my bigger concern is that of the FSU Marching Chiefs.  I am sure that they give a quality halftime show but what they do in the stands is mind boggling.  Three hours of the Seminole war chop is enough to make you turn down the volume.  Don’t’ they have anything else in their repertoire that can inspire the offense or defense to do better?


We have different fight songs and fanfares that keep the fans going through the whole game.  And win or lose the band plays after the game is over sending the fans home with good music as they exit the stadium and head for their cars.  Most games I stick around until the post game concert is over.  We may always be the little step brother when it comes to football in Tallahassee but when it comes to the bands, we rule this town!  I hope that you enjoyed the video.


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Marching 100 @ Miami Dolphins








I hear the 100 got off down in Miami yesterday.  This is the best video I could find.  If anyone has any better, please let me know!

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Game Day! Part 2








It was a good day for the Rattler Nation.  Not only did we beat the Alabama State University Hornets by a score of 30-20, The Marching 100 put on a spectacular show embarrassing the band from A.S.U.  There were several big plays that I will not get into.  You can read about it in the Tallahassee Democrat tomorrow.  I want to talk about the ambiance and the atmosphere surrounding the event.  A HBCU football game is more than just the game.  The bands play an integral part as well.  Its two competitions in one and the Rattlers did not disappoint.

The funny thing about my day was at the very start of the game.  A brief rain shower broke out.  Actually, it was little more than a drizzle.  Now you have to understand that black women and rain do not mix.  Two drops of rain and there is a stampede to get under the stands.  Nothing is going to ruin that hairdo she dropped fifty dollars on the day before.  Fortunately the rain only lasted a few minutes and they returned to their seats.

The other funny thing is that I was sitting in front of what I would call the hater’s club.  There were three young women sitting behind me hating on everyone and everything they saw.  The things I heard had me rolling in my seat laughing my ass off.  “That’s the worst weave in the world girl, the hair from the horse’s tail was cut yesterday” one said.  Another zinger was “Her shorts and high heels is an advertisement saying open for business!”  I could barely contain myself.  Hating is a serious business between women in the community.  For those of you who don’t know what hating is I will include a clip for your amusement.    

The game was kind of close until the third quarter when we finally put it away.  Then the fun started with the bands trying to outdo each other in the stands.  The only annoying thing is when I went to go smoke a cigarette at halftime I lost my third row seat at the forty yard line.  Bragg Stadium is pretty much open seating excerpt for one section.  Trying to get someone out of your seat is like trying to get clockereader or kristihatescrocs to write something original and truthful. 

Anyway, I sat in the stands after the game and listened to the band go through its post game repertoire and for a moment I did not have a care in the world.  It was indeed, a good day.

p.s. I couldn’t find the hater’s ball clip but did find its sequel the time haters.

(for amusement purposes only).


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