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FAMU marching band to remain suspended through 2013

5:37 PM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA - Florida A&M University President James Ammons announced Monday that the school's famed Marching 100 band will remain suspended through the 2012-2013 school year.

In a conference call Monday morning, Dr. Ammons told the Board of Trustees the band must be restructured before being allowed to perform, again.

The Marching 100 was suspended last November following the death of drum major and Decatur native Robert Champion. Champion's death was later ruled homicide; investigators found he was beaten to death during a hazing ritual.

The university is considering is the status of the 2012-13 football season. The world-renowned marching band is a draw for many game attendees, who often come specifically to watch the band.

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Dr. Ammons said the university will work with sponsors for the Florida Classic and Atlanta Classic football games, two of the schools biggest events, to look at alternative halftime entertainment acts.

"This is not a decision we came to lightly," Dr. Ammons told the board.

Last week, long time director Dr. Julian White retired in the wake of the school's investigation into Champion's death. Eleven people are facing felony hazing charges in Champion's death.

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