FAMU Announces Annual Wind Symphony President’s Concert

April 20, 2023
FAMU Wind Symphony
FAMU Announces Annual Wind Symphony President’s Concert

The Florida A&M University Windy Symphony President’s Concert will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Hall auditorium.

During the event, 20 people will be honored with the FAMU Community Music Service Award.  Each recipient will receive a special plaque representing their contribution to music on the FAMU campus and in the Big Bend/Tallahassee area, said FAMU Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, Ph.D. 

Along with the selections to be performed by the FAMU Wind Symphony, the audience will be asked to sing along during the performance of “Cloudburst,” by Eric Whitacre, using the band bells.

The concert will close with a special selection “Come Sunday,” by Omar Thomas, featuring the FAMU Wind Symphony and the Mahogany Dance Theatre and Strikers Dance Company.

 List of Honorees

Zachary C. Bell, FAMU SGA President

James Brown, retired music supervisor Gadsden County Public Schools.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey

Rev. Anton Elwood, senior pastor New Mount Zion AME Church, Tallahassee

Rev. Quincy Griffin, senior pastor Family Worship and Praise, Tallahassee

Kimberly Hankerson, Tallahassee Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Shepiro Hardemon, founder Mahogany Dance Theatre and Strikers Dance Company

Rev. R.B. Holmes, Jr, senior pastor Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tallahassee

Eddie Jackson, president 220 Quarterback Club

Steve Kelly, Ph.D., Florida State University professor of music and former FMEA president

Kelvin Lawson, chair, FAMU Board of Trustee chair

Valencia Matthews, Ph.D., dean of the FAMU College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

James Morrel, owner Early’s Kitchen

Bill Proctor, Leon County commissioner, District 1

Curtis Richardson, Tallahassee City commissioner, Seat 2

Selika Sampson, Pharm.D., Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in Tallahassee

Marcus Scott, principal Raa Middle School

Willie Simmons, FAMU head football coach

Marjorie Turnbull, former FAMU BOT member and for executive director of the TCC Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement.

Parnell “Splack” Williams, Iconquer Fitness Center