Chairman of the Board
In America's bicentennial year, 1976, the first grandson of internationally renowned bandleader and lyricist, Noble Sissle, was born in Tampa, Florida. While attending middle school, he joined the school band, having selected the trumpet as his instrument of choice. His music and artistic abilities were further developed in high school as he created exciting dance routines influenced by Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Sammy Davis, Jr. In 1994, a music scholarship afforded him the opportunity to play in the famous Marching '100' Band and Orchestra at Florida A&M University.
Throughout his formative years, he developed a passion for drawing animated characters and by his college sophomore year, he decided that fine arts would be his advocation with printmaking his specialty. After graduating from FAMU with honors, he then went on to receive his Master's Degree in Animation at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Upon graduating from graduate school, Mr. Sissle immediately became a freelancer of design and animation in the greater Atlanta, GA area. He has provided art services for many screen printers and graphic printing companies. In 2009 he accepted a teaching position with the Visual Arts Department at Florida A&M University where he is charged with establishing an Animation Curriculum Program thereby making Florida A&M University the first HBCU with a digital animation concentration. Mr. Sissle also serves as the Department Director at Symphony Seven School of Art and Technology where he has instituted an animation studies course for children between the ages of 5 and 18.