FAMU Marching Band Is Back

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By: Madam Prezident

Famu suspended its band for a lifetime after an alleged hazing death caused by band members in 2011. As an a HBCU grad I can relate to missing the sound of the marching band. For all the FAMU Alum the wait is over! You will be hearing the sound of the mighty 100 very soon. The University has hired a new band director, and the suspension has been lifted. Happy Homecoming to all of you at FAMU & let the marching begin.  

Florida A&M University is lifting the suspension of its famous Marching 100 band following a fatal hazing incident in 2011.

The band, known for its marching appearances at presidential inaugurations and Super Bowls, had been suspended since death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando after the Florida Classic, a rivalry game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University.

The hazing scandal led to the retirement of band director Julian White and contributed to the resignation of president James Ammons.

Interim President Larry Robinson announced the end of the suspension Thursday.

The school made several changes to fight hazing, including new academic requirements for band members and a zero-tolerance policy that has prompted complaints from some students.

The university last month hired Sylvester Young to rebuild the band. Young is a FAMU alumnus and one-time director of the Ohio University marching



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