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The 369th Experience Student Band
and Conductors

Beginning in November 2016, 75 freshmen and sophomore music students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and universities across America were selected to join the band. Students chosen for the final band will be announced in 2017.


Participants will take part in a series of commemorative events culminating with performances at historic sites across the United States and Europe. This is your opportunity to pay special tribute to the men who sacrificed so much and inspired so many.


The 369th Experience is part of a series of events endorsed by the World War I Centennial Commission and sponsored in part by The Coca Cola Foundation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.


A key component of this celebration is the recreation of the 369th Regimental Band, the band, which in its original form, consisted of 65 African American and Puerto Rican gentlemen who charmed the hearts and minds of Americans and Europeans.


Led by Bandmaster, James Reese Europe and Drum Major and Lead Vocalist, Noble Sissle, the famous Harlem Hell Fighters regimental band’s spirited arrangements of ragtime, jazz and blues first introduced European audiences to the novel sounds of this American music.


Funded by a generous grant from The Coca Cola Foundation, this new 369th Experience Student Band will be taught the history and repertoire of the original Harlem Hell Fighters Band and will retrace their steps of the, performing the band's repertoire at centennial celebrations in New York City; Brest and Paris, France; and a host of other historical locales.

The 369th Experience Band

Anthony S. Jones, Sr. M.M. Ed.

Band Director

Mr. Jones earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, a Master of Music Education from Winthrop University and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Gardner-Webb University. Mr. Jones has been an adjudicator, clinician and musical arranger for the state of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and Texas. Mr. Jones served as a music educator in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg school district for 27 years. He has served as an Assistant Band Director at Johnson C. Smith University .  Mr. Jones also serves as the Assistant Orchestra Director for the National Baptist Congress. Mr. Jones has performed and worked with jazz notables Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Marcus Roberts, Will Downing, Thelonious Monk Jr.,  Wynton Marsalis, Jon Baptiste and Oscar Winner Steve McQueen. Mr. Jones is now currently the Livingstone College Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music located in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Edward Greene

Guest Band Conductor

Edward A. Greene, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, and a retired United States Chief Warrant Officer, achieved an extensive performance career in the U.S. Army Band Program as a Saxophonist.  After his commission as a Warrant Officer Bandmaster in 1975, Chief Green assumed command of the 399th Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Subsequent assignments include the 8th Army Band in Seoul, Korea; the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas, and the 1st Army Band at Fort Meade, Maryland. For his final assignment, Mr. Greene served as Adjutant and Associate Bandmaster of the Unites States Army Field Band, Fort Meade, Maryland.  The Field Band is the official touring ensemble for the US Army.  Mr. Greene is presently the Associate Director of the Washington Redskins Marching Band and the Executive Director of the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Anne Arundel County, MD.

Kelvin Washington

Guest Band Conductor

Kelvin W. Washington is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Instrumental Music Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is currently a Doctoral candidate at the American Conservatory of Music in Hammond, Indiana.  Mr. Washington’s teaching career includes locations at Livonia High School in Louisiana; Detroit, Michigan as Director of Bands at Nolan Middle School and McKenzie High School; position of Chief Arranger and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and later appointed Director of Bands.  Now in his twentieth year as the Conductor for the Howard University Concert Band and Associate Director of Bands, he has served as clinician and adjudicator for a number of school music programs and festivals. As a professional instrumentalist, Mr. Washington has toured within the United States, Canada, Poland, England and Scotland. In addition to his university responsibilities, Mr. Washington is a highly regarded Orchestra Director and Arranger for church ministries throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

H.B. Barnum

Composer and Arranger

Legendary music composer and arranger, H. B. Barnum has worked with an extraordinary cross-spectrum of performers in his long career. At age four, Hidle Brown Barnum, Jr. won a nationwide talent contest for his singing and piano playing that launched a film and radio career that included appearances on The Jack Benny Program. He recorded his first solo album at the age of fourteen as Pee Wee Barnum. In 1955, he co-founded the doo-wop group, The Dootones, joined and produced for The Robins, and had his first major hit as a producer in 1959 for a U.S. Top 5 hit “Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces”.  His reputation flourished after he joined Capitol Records, often working in collaboration with producer and longtime friend David Axelrod.  He has arranged for Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Puff Daddy and many other notable musicians. By the mid-1970s, he switched from pop music to television, scoring countless series, specials, composing advertising jingles and winning international awards for his musical compositions for commercials.

Alexander McKinnon

Benedict College

I am 20 years old. I am from Summerville, South Carolina. I attend school at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. I am part of the Honor Society and Leadership organization and I am part of US Army ROTC at Benedict College and University of South Carolina.  At Benedict College, I am part of the marching band. They call us Band of Distinction. I am an upperclassman on the band. I play the trumpet since I was little. My musical interest is I love to play and hear different type of music.

Kerrington Banks

Florida A&M University

A 2nd Year Florida A&M University Music Performance major from Thomasville, Georgia. He has played the Tuba for five years and saxophone for ten years.  He is a member of the Marching 100.  His music accomplishments include:  District 2 GMEA District Honor Band (Grades 8, 10, 11, 12); All South Region Honor Band (Grades 8, 10, 11); Osco Hughes Award (Grade 10); Solo sousaphonist for “Barnum” play; Pit tubist; performance with the United States Air Force Band.

Akido Brewer

Florida A&M University

From Stone Mountain, Georgia with interests that include playing the French Horn, culinary arts, basketball, and drawing art.  He is a member of the Florida A&M University Marching 100.  His music accomplishments include:  Section Leader for Stone Mountain High School Band 2012, 2013; DeKalb Honor Band 2011-2013; District Honor Band 2011-2012; Honor Roll 2012, 2013; Volunteer performance in MLK Parade, Magic City Classic parade, Atlantic Classic Parade, Goodwill Band, Cascade Park Performance; Carnegie Hall; FMEA in Tampa; Freshman Section Leader in the Marching 100; Assistant Section Leader of the Marching 100.

Franklin Carmona

Florida A&M University

I am a 3rd Year music performance student from Hollywood, Florida. I attend the Florida A&M University and I am currently studying trombone under Robert U.  Griffin. I am a member of the Marching 100 and I have the honor of serving as an assistant principal of the trombone section for the upcoming season. I also participate in the FAMU Wind Symphony, Brass Ensemble, and the Big Bend Community Orchestra.  In addition to that, I am a member of a band service organization known as the Harmonic Minors Men's Club and the FAMU Chapter of NAfME.

Brandy Collot

Florida A&M University

3rd Year Music Education student currently attending Florida A&M University. I am a native of the South Florida area, specifically the City of Deerfield Beach, and a graduate from my hometown school, Deerfield Beach High School, class of 2014.  I am currently a member of the incomparable “Marching 100” where I serve as the Assistant Trumpet Section Leader and Song Leader for the coming 2017-2018 season. I am also a member of the Florida A&M Wind Ensemble.  As a college student, my dream is to teach secondary schools and impact young children in local communities’ area, especially South Florida. I envision making a difference in the lives of people on a daily basis and I believe that music is the power source and beacon of it. Music requires determination, character and discipline, which is needed for life in any field one wishes to pursue. And, if I am given the opportunity to do so, my students will persevere utilizing these aspects through the wonders and sounds of music.

Richard Danford, III

Florida A&M University

I am currently a 3rd year music student at Florida A&M University. I currently serve as one of the Tuba section leaders in the Marching 100, Principal Tuba in FAMU Wind ensemble and Principal Tuba for the Big Bend Community Orchestra. My interest includes finishing my bachelor’s in music, to attend graduate school later up north and continue my education with a master’s in music performance and education, as well as a Ph.D. in Education. Future goals are to play in a professional orchestra full time and teach at the college level. Other interests include performing around the world and possible interest in military bands.

Jalen M. Prehay

Florida A&M University

A 2nd Year Music Performance Student from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and I currently attend the great Florida A&M University. My first year with Florida A&M University's "Marching 100" was nothing less than amazing. I enjoyed every moment as a member from the beginning to the end of the season. Yes, there were some struggles that I encountered, but it has done nothing but made me stronger and learn from the past mistakes.  My current standing in the band is as a regular band member, but I aspire to move up in the ranks to become a great leader in the band and to help lead the band in the direction as our band staff sees fit. My ambition to become a  professional Tubist influenced my decision to attend FAMU.  With the teachings of the music department and my applied lessons with my Tuba professor "Ralph Jean-Paul", I believed that they were the best professionals to instruct and guide me in the direction to reach my goals as a musician.

Mahlik Sealey

Florida A&M University

An American trumpet player from Broward County, Florida.  Mahlik is currently a music industry student attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, located on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, Florida.  He currently serves as the trumpet section leader for the incomparable FAMU Marching 100, serves as the principal chair for the FAMU Wind Symphony, and is a member of the FAMU Jazz Ensemble. He enjoys listening and performing to jazz, gospel, neo soul, salsa, bachata and hip hop.  Mahlik is pursuing a career in the music industry and is currently a promotions assistant for the Entercom radio group.

Travis Willis

Florida A&M University

Alto Saxophone

Christian Adkins

Howard University

I am a junior at Howard University and a Music Education major, Trumpet minor from Dover, Delaware.

D'angelo Fluellen

Jackson State University

A Junior Music Education Major from Dallas, Texas.   I currently attend THE Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. During the 2016-2017 school year I served as the Assistant Trombone Section Leader. This school year I will serve as Co-President of the Field Show Committee as well as Assistant Trombone Section Leader for a second time.  My music interests include jazz, such as Wycliffe Gordon, R&B, old Hip-Hop, Dubstep and Orchestral works.

Austin Edwards

Morgan State University

A 3rd Year Morgan State University student majoring in Computer Science.  He is a percussionist with six years Snare Drum experience.

Brandon Hill

Morgan State University

A dually enrolled rising senior Music Major, as well as a first year graduate student apart of the Masters in Arts and Teaching program at the illustrious Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. He is currently the principal flutist and the only flute major currently at the institution.  After Morgan State, Brandon wants to go on to Graduate school for Flute performance and then to play professionally with many of the top orchestras in the country and internationally.

Jaedon Harpe

North Carolina Central University

I was born in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up in Jacksonville, NC. I am currently a sophomore at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I am majoring in music performance while also being a part of the NCCU Symphonic Band and the jazz program. I have loved the journey that music has taken me throughout my life and I want to continue it for as long as I can. I have been playing music ever since middle school starting with clarinet and bass clarinet. In my senior year of high school, I picked up playing the saxophone.  My interests are across the board. Every genre has something unique to it that you cannot find commonly in another. But jazz, classical, and electronic are what I gravitate to daily. Classical is a genre I heard since growing up as a child and jazz is fairly new to me. I have enjoyed hearing the improvisation of jazz musicians and I am always inspired by it because of how natural it comes to players. I am still a novice at jazz but the more I listen and apply it, the better I want to become

David Burrows

Prairie View A&M University

I am 18 years old, from the Bahamas, and I am currently a member of Prairie View A&M University's Marching Storm in Texas.  I play the trumpet and I am in my sophomore year of college. I wish to expand my knowledge of different styles of music from different time periods.

Aaron Cosse

Prairie View A&M University

A trumpet player who resides in Houston, TX. He is a Native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He Began his musical instruction under his Father at the age of 7. Aaron is a Graduate of J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston, Texas and was a member of the Dobie Marching Band, Varsity Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. While in high school, Aaron received several musical accolades and awards including earning superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival and earning a spot in the TMEA Region 19 Jazz Band. He also attended several summer institutes including The Texas Music Festival and Summer Jazz Workshop.  Aaron is currently a Music Education major at Prairie View A&M University. He is a member of the Marching Storm and also a member of the Prairie View Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band II, and Trumpet Ensemble.  He is a studying under Dr. Timmey Zachery, Trumpet instructor and Head Band Director at Prairie View A&M University. Aaron has a Passion for Jazz. Recently, Aaron has been performing with his father and friends in a local Houston Brass Band. In the future, Aaron plans to continue his studies in Jazz by attending Graduate School.

Isaac Dodoo

Prairie View A&M University

A 19 year-old gentleman from Mansfield, Texas. He currently attends Prairie View A&M University, studying biology. Isaac started his musical journey in 5th Grade playing trombone and eventually learned to play tuba in 11th Grade. In high school Isaac held the position of position of section leader and band captain. Currently Isaac is Co-Section Leader for the Prairie View A&M Tuba Section.  This is Isaac’s 2nd year of college.  He strives to increase his musical prowess and skills.

Jarrod Henry

Prairie View A&M University

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, and is currently a tenor saxophone player who residing in Winnie, Texas. His interest in music began once he joined the youth choir at Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church. After being given the opportunity to play the drum-set for the church at the age of eight, his race for more musical knowledge surged. By age 12 his parents, Harry and Krishina Henry, decided to enroll him into private piano lessons for a more solid grasp of basic music fundamentals and theory. Not realizing how beneficial these lessons would be, Jarrod would daily dread having to practice piano and go to countless lessons and recitals. However, when he began middle-school band class, his eyes, ears, and mind were opened.  He began to appreciate music, thanks to piano lessons.  Throughout high school he earned many awards and achievements through the school’s music program.  He qualified for State Solo and Ensemble contest four years, ATSSB Region 10 All Region Band and All Area Band three years, and achieved the Texas Music Scholars Award for two years. Jarrod attends Prairie View A&M University studying music as a Music Education Major. He is a member of the Marching Storm; under the direction of Dr. Timmey Zachery. He is a member in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band I, and Saxophone Quartet. His continuous loving spirit for music has influenced his producing and publishing of his own music to share his creations with the world. In the near future, Jarrod plans to teach in public school and share his knowledge and understanding of music with pcoming generations of today and tomorrow.

Stanico Knowles

Prairie View A&M University

From Prairie View, Texas and a 2nd Year Management Information Systems major attending Prairie View A&M University on a Marching Band Scholarship.  In 2014, he participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with the Bahamas All Star Marching Band.  In 2015, he was selected to join a contingent representing the Bahamas in Santiago de Cuba for a Caribbean Festival.

David Otinwa

Prairie View A&M University

From Houston, Texas and a 2nd Year Mechanical Engineering major attending Prairie View A&M University.  He is a member of the marching band and has six years’ trumpet and three years’ drum musical experience.

Christopher Quiroz

Prairie View A&M University

From Houston, Texas and a 1st Year Prairie View A&M University student with a major in Music and minor in Education. He has eight years’ experience playing saxophones and one year’s experience playing the bassoon.   His music accomplishments include:  TMEA State Solo and Ensemble (2009-2012); All-City (2011-2012) All-Region (2012).

Shawn Demetrius Smith, Jr.

Prairie View A&M University

From McKinney, Texas and a 1st Year Prairie View A&M University student with a major in Music Education. He has eight years’ Alto Saxophone experience and he received a number one rating each high school year in each year’s solo contest.

Jacob-Paul Tatum

Prairie View A&M University

From Houston, Texas and a 1st Year Prairie View A&M University student with a major in Construction Science.  He has eleven years’ Tuba experience.  His music accomplishments include:  4 years in TMEA All-State Band; Conrad Johnson Youth Orchestra (performed at Carnegie Hall).

Craignal Wright

Prairie View A&M University

A Craignal Wright is a 3rd Year Prairie View A&M University student majoring in Music Education.  He has nine years’ Trumpet experience.

Jacques Dodson

Southern University A&M College

A 2nd Year Southern University A&M College student majoring in Mass Communications.  He has seven years’ Clarinet experience and considers becoming Section Leader in his junior high school year, maintaining the position through his senior high school year, and auditioning to be a member of Southern University A&M Human Jukebox as his first major musical accomplishments.

Aneas Douglas

Southern University A&M College

Aneas Douglas is a piccolo player who joins us from the Southern University A&M College.

Stephen Gregory

Southern University A&M College

A 3rd year student at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My academic major is Music Education. My love for music has driven me to learn multiple instruments including the alto saxophone, the french horn, and the trumpet. At Southern University, I am an active member in both the Human Jukebox Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble Concert Band. Maintaining a high level of musical excellence is at the forefront of my college career.  At school I oftentimes find myself running sectional rehearsals and aiding my band directors in any way possible. Completing these tasks wholeheartedly will hopefully bring my career as a music educator to fruition. One of my academic goals is to earn a Master’s Degree in a music discipline. Becoming a music educator would allow me to share my knowledge of music with a generation of young and creative minds. Giving back all of the many skills that I have honed over the years truly completes me as a person.

Kaylon P. Hunter

Southern University A&M College

I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. I attend Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am a 20 - year old Music Education Major and a proud member of the Southern University Marching Band, also known as the renowned “Human Jukebox”.   I started as a young musician in my sophomore year of high school on the baritone horn. It is safe to say that was one of the greatest milestones in my life and also the reason why I march for Southern University today. I thoroughly enjoy the fall semesters where countless hours of practice are invested to produce perfection. Performing for thousands of admiring fans on Saturday nights to showcase my musicianship is exhilarating. During the spring semesters, I participate in Mardi Gras season, marching down the streets of New Orleans. After, I participate in the Southern University Symphonic Band where I am the section leader of the euphoniums. This summer, I was a camp counselor at the Southern University High School Band Camp where I guided young musicians. After my matriculation through Southern University, I would like to begin a career as a Director of Bands.

Avery Jack, Jr.

Southern University A&M College

I am a Junior Music Education Major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, attending Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am currently a trombonist in the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band and Southern University Wind Ensemble.  After I graduate from Southern University,I plan to teach either middle or high school until I have saved up enough funds to attend grad school. Once there, I plan to major in either Music Composition or Education or both. I plan to compose music for video games and/or movies and possibly open my own music publishing business one day.

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participants ARE REQUIRED TO adhere to the following academic and performance progress guidelines:

Maintain good standing with the student's respective university


Maintain full time enrollment (minimum 12 hours) status each semester with no incomplete's (I), 

withdrawals or

failing grades


Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5


Students must agree to a background check from law enforcement agencies from their hometown and/or the city where their educational institution is located.

In order to receive the $1,500 scholarship, students must complete the required educational units and participate in all program events and activities.


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