FAMU Marching 100 will perform at the Paris fashion show on Thursday

After days of rehearsals and video shoots, FAMU’s Marching 100 performance day at the Louis Vuitton men’s fashion show in Paris, France has arrived.

The band will perform at 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. EST) Thursday at the Louvre Museum with an as-yet-unannounced special performer at the opening of the menswear fashion show. The performance will be preceded by a prelude video featuring the Marching 100, scheduled to air at 1:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. EST).

The performance along with the rest of the fashion show will be streamed live for fans to tune in from thousands of miles away. Here are the viewing options:

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Members of the Marching “100” Band rehearse in Paris on Tuesday, June 21.

FAMU Marching 100 in collaboration with Benji B at the Vuitton show

Music director Benji B, who works with the band on the fashion show, is also a well-known British DJ, BBC radio presenter and record producer.

“In all the work we’ve done on shows here, authenticity is really at the center of everything we’re interested in. We don’t refer to things or imitate things. We are going to the top, and that is why we have come to you,” Benji B said in a statement, referring to the group.

“It may seem exciting to be in Paris doing this project,” added Benji B, “but it’s just as exciting for us, and it’s just as much an honor to have what they’re doing on the track.”

Benji B and FAMU Groups Director Shelby Chipman talk in the studio during the Paris '100' March rehearsal.

Since their arrival, the band members have been in the studio rehearsing songs arranged by Louis Vuitton music producers and practicing their routines on a simulated track. The Marching 100 performance should last approximately 30 minutes.

“I’m so proud of the tremendous amount of work they’ve put into this show in such a short time,” said Shelby Chipman, FAMU Bands Manager and Music Teacher. “I can’t wait for the world to witness this explosive and extraordinary production.”

Contact Tarah Jean at tjean@tallahassee.com or follow her on twitter @tarahjean_.

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