Dr. Julian Earl White
Dr. Julian E. White
Retired Director of Bands & Music Dept. Chair, FAMU

Symphonic Band Clinic

Dr. Julian Earl White, Distinguished Professor of Music, and retired Director of Bands and Chairman of the Music Department at Florida A&M University, graduated from Florida A&M University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He later received a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois, and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Florida State University. Dr. White served as Band Director of The William M. Raines High School for 10 years. The band consistently received superior ratings in marching and concert band assessments. The students in the band participated in Solo and Ensemble Assessments and received more than 200 superior medals each year.

Under Dr. White’s leadership, the Florida A&M University Wind Ensemble presented a concert at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and numerous others across the country. In 2009, the Wind Ensemble was invited to perform a concert at Carnegie Hall. The internationally acclaimed “Marching 100”rendered performances at three Super Bowls, The Grammys, The ESPY nationally televised awards ceremony, CBS Game Day, and the Inaugural Parade for President Barak Obama.

Dr. White served as Drill Designer for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band. His drill creations were featured at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, and the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. His elaborate drills have also been featured on all major television networks, and the Bastille Day Ceremony in Paris, France

Dr. White is on the staff of Bowl Games of America where he designs halftime shows for College bowl games. He is also on the adjudication staff for Music Festivals, USA, and International Music Festivals. Dr. White designs halftime shows for many high school and college bands across the country.

Dr. White was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor/Advanced Teacher of the Year Award, the University Superior Teacher Accomplishment Award, and was a three time recipient of the University Teacher of the Year Award. He received the NAACP Achievement Award, The Thurgood Marshall Outstanding Achievers Award sponsored by the FED EX Orange Bowl, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kappa Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc., and the Richard Allen Educational Achievement Award, presented by the AME Church. Dr. White was a recipient of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also honored to receive the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. National Service Award, the highest award bestowed upon a member of the fraternity. John Philip Sousa was the first recipient of this honor. Dr. White is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. White has served as Florida Bandmasters Association District IV secretary and Chairman. He was also the Florida Music Educators Association Advisor for the College Music Educators National Conference and Chairman of the Florida Music Education Association Black Caucus for five terms. Dr. White served seven terms as a member of the FMEA Executive Board.

Currently, he serves as Director of the Band of the Big Bend, which is sponsored by the Goodwill industries. He is a Senior Consultant with Coordinated Services for the Improvement of Education (CSIE) and serves as its Leader for the Save Our Bands Initiative. Additionally, Dr. White teaches instrumental music at Stubbs Music School in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. White’s most recent honors include the Mayor, and City Council of Jacksonville, Florida renaming a portion of Moncrief Road the “Julian Earl White, Ph.D. Parkway,” The William M. Raines High School naming its music suite “The Dr. Julian E. White Fine Arts Complex,” and the HBCU Consortium presenting him with the 2014 Heritage Legacy Award. Dr. White was also recently appointed as a band clinician / consultant for the Duval County Public School System.

He is married to the former Dennine Mathis who serves as Flute Professor at Florida A&M University. They have one son, Julian Earl White, II. Dr. White has two daughters Tonja Mathews and Phaedra White, and two grandchildren John Burt and Mallory Mathews.

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