Dr. Julian White

Dr. Julian White

Retired Director of Bands, Chair Department of Music
Florida A&M University


Dr. Julian Earl White, retired Distinguished Professor of Music, 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 in 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 designed 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 is the creator and founder of the Florida Classic Battle of Bands in Orlando, Florida.

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 Retime 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. Dr. White is one of approximately 300 members of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in the United States and Canada and serves on the John Phillip Sousa Sudler Award Committee He also serves as chairman of Undefeated ESPN/ The Undefeated HBCU Ranking Committee.

Dr. was named a History Marker in July 2014. The Video Oral History Interview of Dr. Julian E. White is a permanent part of the History Makers Collection housed in the Library of Congress.

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. Dr. White has an interview on the Florida Bandmasters Legacy Project. Dr. White has served as conductor for the All-State Reading Band and the ninth and tenth-grade bands. He has also served as a concert and sight-reading adjudicator solo and ensemble and marching Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments on the state and district levels.

Dr. White founded the Spirit of Goodwill Community Band, Florida A&M University Rattler Strike Band Festival, and the Florida Classic Battle of Bands. 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.

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 "Dr Julian E. White Ph.D. Parkway, " The William M. Raines High School is named 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 served as a band clinician/consultant for the Duval County Public School System. In commemoration of the World War I centennial, Dr. White serves as Director of the replicated 369th Fighting Regiment Band (Harlem Hell Fighters) New York City, New York. Dr. White was selected as a Florida Bandmasters Association Legacy Award Recipient.

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, IL Dr. White has two daughters Tonja Mathews and Phaedra White, and two grandchildren John Burt and Mallory Mathews.

  Session Titles

Applying 3M's to Affectively Prepare an Ensemble for Performance


1. M (MENTAL) score study 2. M (MECHANICAL) baton technique 3. M (MUSICAL) rehearsal technique, content

Developing a Technical and Interpretive Rehearsal Outline


1. Composition, 2. Composer, 3. Outline of performance fundamental problems related to tone quality, intonation, balance, articulation, rhythmic precision, articulation, technical facility, phrasing and interpretation.

Marching Band Clinic


Philosophy and Policies of Operation, organization, music and marching competency, show design, format.

Music Performance Assessment: A year round task


Presentation of performance fundamentals necessary for preparing a band for adjudication. Topics include developing characteristic tone quality, intonation, blend and balance, technical facility, phrasing, rhythmic precision and sight-reading.

Planning For A Successful Marching Band Performance


The selection of theme, formations, music, preliminary sketching, general planning of routines, animations and maneuvers. The acquiring equipment and materials, and computer graphics. Instrument placement for quality tone and balance. Development of routine sheet. Rehearsal sequence 1. Issue drill sheet and music. 2. Music rehearsal. 3. Combining music and formations 4. Developing continuity, timing, pacing and perfecting the production. 5. Complete run throughs without stops.