After 19 Months, FAMU Band to March Again

Interim president did not say when the first return performance will happen

famu bandOfficials at Florida A&M University say a 19-month suspension is long enough for the Marching 100, following the hazing related death of the band’s drum major, Robert Champion, in 2011.

FAMU’s interim president,┬áLarry Robinson,┬ásaid he will lift the bandÔÇÖs suspension and is confident the university’s zero-tolerance policy on hazing will prevent the circumstances surrounding Champion’s death, according to a┬áNew York Times report.

Robinson, however, did not say when the band would make its first return performance.

Despite the university offer to settle out of court, the 26-year-old┬áChampion’s family is still suing the university, claiming officials long tolerated a culture of band hazing.

The drum major’s death was ruled a homicide. Fourteen former band members have been charged with felonies; some have entered pleas of no contest, while others have pleaded not guilty, the Times reports.

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