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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Professor
Music Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish (Fried), Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Panama City, Florida
Favorite Quote:
There Are Consequences To Every Action You Engage In.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1941
Birth Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Professor
Music Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish (Fried), Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Panama City, Florida
Favorite Quote:
There Are Consequences To Every Action You Engage In.

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1941
Birth Location:
Jacksonville
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Biography

Julian E. White is a distinguished English Professor of Music, Chairman of the Department of Music and Director of the famous “Marching 100” Band at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida.

White was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 3, 1941. His parents were Victoria (Richo) White and George White. Raised and educated in Jacksonville, White graduated from Stanton High School in 1959. He earned his B.A. degree in music education from FAMU, his M.A. degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

White is a product of the “Marching 100” family, having played in the band as a student, before going on to a career as a high school band director and music teacher. He returned to FAMU to join the band staff in the 1970s as the band’s Associate Director before ascending to the top position in 1998.

Prior to joining the FAMU faculty in 1972, White was a Band Director at Northwestern Junior/Senior High from 1963 to 1965 and was the first director of the William Raines High School Band in 1965, both in Jacksonville.

For a period of ten years, White served as drill designer for the McDonald’s All-America High School Band with appearances at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and the Fiesta Bowl of Phoenix, Arizona. His drills have been featured in performances on all major television networks and the Bastille Day Ceremony in Paris, France.

White assists with half time shows for Bowl Games of America and is on the adjudication staff for Musical Festivals USA, International Music Festivals and Heritage Festivals, in addition to writing drill shows for high school and college bands.

White is the father of Tonja, born in 1969, and Phaedra, born in 1971, from his first marriage. In 2000, he married Dennine (Mathis), and they are parents of Julian E. White II, born in 2005.

White was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 18, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Julian White's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julian White lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julian White describes his occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julian White remembers the beginnings of his interest in music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julian White describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julian White describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julian White describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julian White describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julian White remembers celebrating holidays with his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Julian White describes his family's musical abilities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Julian White remembers growing up before electric appliances were common
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julian White describes his siblings' professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julian White describes the community of Durkeeville in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julian White describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julian White remembers Jacksonville's College Park Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julian White describes his personality as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julian White describes his junior high school and high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julian White recalls his first year at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julian White recalls his first performances with the Marching 100
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Julian White describes his early years in the Marching 100
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Julian White describes his role in the Marching 100 as an undergraduate
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Julian White describes his career upon graduating from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julian White reflects upon his work as a high school band director
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julian White remembers segregation in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julian White recalls becoming associate band director of the Marching 100
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julian White explains the topic of his dissertation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julian White describes the recruitment process for the Marching 100
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julian White describes the influence of African dance on the Marching 100
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julian White describes the instruments played by the Marching 100
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julian White reflects upon the Marching 100's diverse audience and music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Julian White describes the popularity of marching bands at historically black colleges
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Julian White remembers working alongside William Foster
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julian White describes how the Marching 100's performances are created
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julian White describes the Marching 100's performances outside of football games
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julian White describes the McDonald's All American High School Band
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julian White describes the history behind the name of the Florida A&M Rattlers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julian White describes his involvement in musical organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julian White describes the Marching 100's competition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Julian White describes the staff and facilities at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Julian White describes his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Julian White reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Julian White shares his advice for future band directors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Julian White describes his clinics for band directors and student musicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Julian White reflects upon the importance of preserving history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julian White describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julian White narrates his photographs