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Tallahassee, FL (WALB) - A major figure in school marching bands has died.

William P. Foster, the founder and longtime director of The Florida A&M "Marching 100" band, died early Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida from pneumonia. He was 91.

Foster served as the band's director from 1946 to 1998. He is credited with innovating marching band techniques, including a high stepping style imitated by bands nationwide and featured in movies like "Drumline."

He also created more than 200 halftime pageants for the Marching 100.

In 1989, the French chose the historically black college band to represent the United States in the Bastille Day Parade celebrating the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.

The band also performed in Super Bowls, the Grammys and the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

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