FAMU’s Marching 100 announces first female drum major

A piccolo-playing junior from Lithonia, Georgia recently made history by becoming the first female drum major at Florida A&M University.

School officials said they are thrilled to announce Cori Bostic, a broadcast journalism major, as the first woman to lead the Marching 100 band in its 72-year history.

“On behalf of the FAMU band staff, I’m very pleased to congratulate the newly appointed officers and leaders of the incomparable FAMU Marching “100” student leadership team to include our returning drum majors; our new drum majors Mr. Joshua Honore, Ms. Cori Bostic and Mr. Marquel Bowen; our new Band President Ms. Myrcele Neal-Scott; and a host of other dedicated leaders who will continue the 72-year legacy of our esteemed band program,” Dr. Shelby Chipman said.

Bostic is both as FAMU and band legacy as both her parents are FAMU graduates and former members of the Marching 100. Her father, Cory Bostic, is a band director in Dekalb County, Georgia and her mother Lenise Yvonne Bostic, is a school principal at Slater Elementary in the metro Atlanta area.

Cori Bostic, an honors student, is also a member of the symphonic band and played basketball for the Lady Rattlers. She also serves as a campus radio personality and student journalist for the campus newspaper.

Other band student leaders include:

  • Marquel Bowen from Miami Gardens, Florida is a public relations scholar. He is also a student journalist and is active in multiple student organizations on campus including the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Strikers Dance Troupe.
  • Joshua Honore is from Miami, Florida and is a music education scholar.
  • Myrcele Neal-Scott is a music performance scholar from Pompano Beach, Florida. She aspires to be a music therapist. Her passion is to pursue graduate research focusing on the study of how music stimulates brain function in mental patients.

The roster of returning drum majors will be announced later this month.

“Our band leaders represent the diversity, dedication and academic prowess of our band scholars,” Chipman said. “We are excited about the opportunity to electrify Rattler fans/supporters near and far, as we also prepare to march in the January 1, 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.”

FAMU officials are encouraging the community to show their support for the new drum majors and the entire award-winning band as they work to raise funds to support their appearance at the prestigious Tournament of Roses, which will include an experiential learning and research agenda.

To donate and support the band, visit my.famu.edu/giving/tor.

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