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For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2020
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers


Commissioner Dennis C. Moss invites South Florida music students to the HBCU Band Scholarship Recruitment Fair

Auditions to be held on the campus of Florida Memorial University on March 14, 2020

MIAMI – On March 14, 2020, the HBCU Band Scholarship Recruitment Fair comes to the campus of Florida Memorial University. This event, organized by Dr. Julian E. White, former Band Director at Florida A&M University, will give talented high school music students the opportunity to audition for admission to some of the most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country.

The goal of this event is to match talented young musicians with college recruits who may be able to assist with college admission or award scholarships. “We want to give students every opportunity to further their education,” said Dr. White. “Students will be able to showcase what they have learned from all of the years of study and practice and know that all of their hard work has been worthwhile. We hope that their success is inspiration for future students to strive for artistic excellence in performing on their instrument.”

Registration is now open for all South Florida high school juniors and seniors. Auditions begin at 9 a.m. in the Wellness Room on the campus of Florida Memorial University located at 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33054. Students may register online at / HBCU Band Scholarship Recruitment Fair.

“This event will have a tremendous benefit to band students in the South Florida region,” said Commissioner Moss. “We are inviting students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to participate and are honored to partner with Florida Memorial, which is one of the oldest academic centers in Florida; the only Historically Black University in South Florida and home to James Weldon Johnson and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’”

The HBCU Band Scholarship Recruitment Fair was born out of the founding efforts of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss along with Mr. Charles Bethel, President of the Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club; Mr. Joe L. Demps, President of the Greater Goulds Optimist Club; and Mr. Ed Hanna, who serves as President of the West Perrine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. For the past three years they have operated the Youth Bands of America Program, which offers a Summer Band Camp and Fall Band Program in conjunction with the little league football programs.