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“Tears definitely started to run down,” said Chipman, recalling the announcement of his new role as director during the 2016 FAMU National Alumni Association Convention. “At that moment, I had come full-circle, and it was just like my mother said, ‘Let your work speak for you.’” For the past three decades, his work has spoken volumes. In 1998, Chipman began serving as the assistant to the director of bands and since has served as associate professor and director of symphonic bands. His responsibilities in the Department of Music have ranged from teaching instrumental music and conducting to coordinating recitals and music interns. He’s played a major role in the administration of the marching, symphonic, and pep bands, and he has been credited with leading the University’s Wind Symphony to national acclaim, including an appearance at Carnegie Hall. Before Chipman, a proud Marching “100” alumnus, returned to FAMU to join the faculty, he taught music in the Miami-Dade County school system, including serving as the band director at Miami Central High School for nine years. It was at Central that he developed a solid reputation in the music community. He successfully grew the program from 85 students to 275 and led the Central band to national acclaim—including a performance at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Now Chipman has grasped a baton that has been passed only three times in the Marching “100’s” remarkable 70-year history. As the fourth leader of the iconic band, he expresses gratitude to former Director of Bands Julian E. White, Ph.D., who played an important role in his leadership development. “Certainly from the time I met him, Dr. White was just one of those people that I could just confide in. He had the trust in me to allow me to do some things that probably some other students didn’t get an opportunity to do, such as being one of the first to serve as a student conductor with the marching and symphonic bands,” Chipman said. Although he was privileged to serve in multiple capacities as a student under White’s tutelage, Chipman said he never envisioned himself as a future director of the Marching “100” during those days. “Initially, I just wanted to be in the band, and I wanted to be a drum major like I was in high school,” said Chipman, who quickly

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Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...

Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...