The attorney for former Florida A&M University band director Julian White, fired following the recent death of a drum major from DeKalb County, said his client wants his job back and may seek legal action if he’s not reinstated.
Joseph Brown III, AP Florida A&M University’s Director of Bands Julian White conducts the marching band during the halftime the Florida Classic at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Channel 2 Action News Robert Champion 26, was found unresponsive on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel on Nov. 19 after the school’s football team lost to rival Bethune-Cookman.
“Dr. White has been at the vanguard of implementing measures to eliminate hazing within the Marching 100 over the past 22 years,” wrote Tallahassee attorney Chuck Hobbs in a letter sent to FAMU president James Ammons and released to the media Sunday. “We also believe that the evidence will show that Dr. White has often been a man on a solo mission in his best efforts to root out the practice of hazing.”
Ammons fired White on Wednesday for “alleged misconduct and/or incompetence involving confirmed reports and allegations of hazing” one day after shutting down all marching band activities.