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FAMU band director retires in wake of Robert Champion death

6:55 PM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
The Florida A&M University marching band performs on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The director of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band has retired after 40 years with the university's music department. 

Dr. Juilan E. White announced his retirement by issuing a statement through his attorney, Chuck Hobbs, on Thursday afternoon.  

His retirement follows the investigation into the death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, who died during a hazing incident after the Florida Classic in November. 

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White was placed on administrative leave with pay in November. 

According to his attorney, "Dr. White remains a loyal FAMU Rattler and wishes his alma mater continued success in the future. He looks forward to spending more time with his family."

The FAMU Board of Trustees will hold a meeting with President Ammons on Monday to discuss the status of the marching band and whether or not they'll be able allowed to march during the 2012- 2013 academic year. 

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