Alabama A&M University

Marching Maroon & White Band

Band Bio

Alabama A&M University band program has been in existence since 1890.  The progress of the program has been maintained by an outstanding team of musicians and teachers.  Among these are: William Grant Still, Sr., the father of the renowned American composer, William C. (W. C.) Handy, universally known as the “Father of the Blues”,  Wade Hammonds, the first black to be appointed as Chief Musician (Band Master in the United states Army), Thomas Dawson, James Wilson, Barney Smart Sr., Arthur B. Wesley II, Derrick K. Yates.   


The MMW Band is currently under the leadership of Carlton J. Wright, a 1986 graduate of Alabama A&M University.  Mr. Mario Warren serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and arranger, Mr. Gerald Williams (percussion), and Mr. Shelman Miller (low brass), also serve as Assistants in various capacities. The Dancin’ Divas sponsor is Mrs. Chrishana Granger and the Fabulous Flags Coordinator is Mrs. Nakesha Burks. Mrs. Sherryl Forman is the Logistics Manager.  Our graduate assistant is Mr. Enoch Brome.


The AAMU Band program includes the Alabama A&M University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, the Pep Band, and “Marching Maroon & White” Band.


The 2016-17 Marching Maroon and White Band consists of over two hundred students from varied ethnic backgrounds, races, and majors.  To assist our student in assuring that they meet success in the classroom as well as on the band field, we have implemented a mandatory study hall that takes place on each Tuesday and Thursday night, after band practice.  Generally these sessions run from 8:30 p.m. until 10:0 p.m. These sessions are conducted in-house, by band members who excel in their particular majors and expertise.  In addition, the University has created several Learning Communities to help our students maneuver through the first year of college.  The latest Learning Community focuses on Freshman MMW Band Members! We are very proud to have successful, professional Alumni MMW Bandsmen in the Huntsville area to mentor our students with in the MMW Band Learning Community!