The Florida A&M University Marching 100 departed for Paris this weekend. The group will perform Thursday at the Louvre Museum as part of the Louis Vuitton men’s fashion show in Paris.
Thirty-five band members and a dozen staff members embark on the journey. This is the second time the Marching 100 has visited Paris. The group performed in 1989 during the July 14 parade to celebrate the 200e anniversary of the French Revolution. The band’s current manager, Shelby Chipman, was one of the students performing that day.
“It is a credit to our students and our institution to do everything possible to promote the FAMU group,” Chipman said in a university press release.
One of the students heading to Paris this time is Drum Major Jarvis Rittman, a health sciences student from Quincy, Florida.
“I am honored to be one of the members selected to not only represent Florida A&M University, but also America at the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show,” Rittman said in the statement. “It’s a new experience for me to be from Quincy, Florida. It’s very new for me.
The band is due to rehearse Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thursday’s show. The group will return to Tallahassee on Friday.