At the request of Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida university officials, Florida A&M University has suspended its famed marching band for at least one more year in the wake of the hazing scandal that led to the November death of a drum major .
University President James Ammons said Monday that the Marching 100 will not take the field until the school has hired a new band director is hired and new rules to prevent hazing are established, the Associated Press reported.
Band director Julian White retired last week after a report surfaced that at least 100 band members were not FAMU students when Robert Champion died.
“There is no question the band must be restructured, there are measures we feel we must take,” Ammons said.
After an initial wave of pressure for his ouster, White remained on staff after released more than 150 pages of documents detailing his warnings to school administrators about the need to eradicate hazing within the band.
Eleven members of the Marching 100 face felony charges for their alleged involvement in Champion’s death, which was one of several hazing incidents to occur last year. Three of those members were not students at the time. Champion’s family has notified the school of their plans to sue.
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