Twelve Marching Storm Members selected for the 369th Experience WWI Centennial Band

April 17, 2017


We are extremely proud of our PVAMU Marching Storm members who were recently selected to participate in the recreation of the 369th Experience World War I Centennial Band. The 369th Experience and the Coca-Cola Foundation have worked together to sponsor this musical tribute to the men of the Harlem Hellfighters Band. Our students submitted audition pieces which were judged along with other musicians from across the country. Eleven Marching Storm members were selected and will be traveling the United States and Europe for performances to occur over the next 2 -3 years:
Dominique Burton (Tuba), Isaac Dodoo (Tuba), Jacob Paul Tatum (Tuba), Stanico Knowles (Trombone), David Burrows (Trumpet), David Otinwa (Trumpet), Jarrod Henry (Tenor Sax), Craignal Wright (Trumpet), Aaron Cosse’ (Trumpet), Christopher Quiroz (Saxophone), Josue Canizales (Euphonium) and Shawn Smith (Saxophone).

The band will be led by Band Director, Dr. Isrea Butler, the Director of Bands and music program coordinator at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Butler is an esteemed musician with a stellar repertoire of experience that includes performances in eight Broadway productions, touring and recording with many of the country’s leading jazz orchestras, and playing all four chairs in the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra.

The band’s first public performance will take place during July 9-16, 2017 as part of The Historic Brass Society’s International Historic Brass Symposium in New York City. While in New York, the band will be treated to leadership training from the 42nd National Guard Division Band and participation in the International Historic Brass Band Symposium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at New York University, where several musicians will be selected to play and perform with the historic instruments. A number of special activities are currently being planned in Harlem, where the 369th band originated.

The next performance will take place at the Empire State Plaza and Capitol (museum, library and visitors’ center) in Albany, New York in February 2018. The band has been invited to perform as part of the state’s Black History Month celebration.

International performances are tentatively scheduled for June and July, 2018 and 2019. All performances are scheduled around the academic calendar year.

We are excited to have our students take this historic journey as they represent Prairie View A&M University, The Marching Storm and the Department of Music, the state of Texas and the United States. As members of the band our students and Prairie View A&M will be highlighted in the World War I Centennial Commission’s weekly podcast, on their website and in the media. Please take a moment to follow them on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@369_Experience) and Instagram (@369Experience).

Congratulations on this historic accomplishment!