The ROAR Marching Band Receives $170,000 Donation

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Under the leadership of FMU’s President, Dr. Jaffus Hardrick, the ROAR Marching Band received some exciting news!

Thanks to Dr. Hardrick’s decades long friendship with philanthropist and dedicated supporter of the arts, Rose Ellen Greene, the university received a $170,000 donation.

Ms. Greene has had a life-long commitment to the arts and education, and stated she has been a follower of the ROAR Marching Band since learning about Dr. Hardrick’s vision.

She is member of the Board of Trustees of the Perez Art Museum Miami, serves on the Board of Directors of the New World Symphony, and is a supporter of the Miami City Ballet.

Because of her friendship with Dr. Hardrick and her love for the arts, today’s donation is her personal gift that is be used to purchase uniforms for the ROAR Marching Band.

Today’s announcement was an exciting surprise for the band and the chorale members who were invited to a special luncheon in the Smith Conference Center.

The room erupted into thunderous claps and cheers upon hearing the news from Ms. Greene.

Formed by Dr. Hardrick and led by renowned Band Director, Dr. Richard Beckford, The ROAR has steadily been collecting accolades since its founding in January 2020, including ESPN’s Band of the Year in December in Atlanta.

Click here for photos of today’s announcement.