“The Hundred is back. Mississippi Valley State bought their hillbilly band to Orlando. They were just like the Clampetts. I think they were on a field trip. There are three field commanders this year, for now. But at this point, size does not matter. This is rebuilding time. It’s a new day.” Songs the band performed in an almost 8-minute performance were “Fine China,” “Suit and Tie,” a tribute to Mickey Mouse due to the Orlando host, “Body Parts” and “Blurred Lines.”
The FAMU Rattlers must have been inspired by the return of the band as they beat Mississippi Valley State 27-10.
Because of new restrictions on scholarships, time band members can remain the the band, G.P.A. requirements and other policies intended to shore up the academic and personal character of the band, the Marching 100, which once numbered more than 400, is at about 126 members. But alumni, band members and students alike understand that the new policies are what the band, and the school, needs to reestablish its reputation.
“Yes we have a tradition here, a great legacy of excellence,” student body president Anthony Siders told Tampabay.com. “But in regards to the culture of hazing that’s been eradicated over time, the students do understand the severity and the importance that it must go or this university will not live.”