Budget cuts from the student government association and the university could next year reduce the famed Florida A&M marching band to a mere fraction of its current size, the FAMUan reports. The band, which received $130,147 from student government this school year, was told this month that it has been awarded only $30,000 for next year, according to the paper.
That cutback could reduce the band from its now customary size of 400 members to its namesake Marching 100. The student government "didn't want to solely fund the band. We want to explore the opportunity of the university administration providing supplemental funding," one student representative told the FAMUan. The band's leaders are looking to meet with university administrators soon to try to get more money. It's either that or high school band-type fundraisers. "Should we be washing cars and doing things like that for a class?" says Julian White, director of bands and chair of the music department. "We don't need the publicity of being on the street selling candy to save the band." Kenneth Terrell