FAMU Lifts Marching 100 Band Suspension

The two-year suspension of the school's band, in the wake of a 2011 hazing incident, has ended.

Posted: 06/27/2013 11:09 AM EDT
FAMU Marching Band Suspension Lifted

The suspension of Florida A&M University's Marching 100 Band has been lifted. The school's former President James Ammons banned the marching band in 2011 after a hazing incident left student Robert Champion dead.

Interim President Larry Robinson made the announcement Thursday. Since the tragic death, the school has created two new positions to address hazing and is now committed to hazing prevention, according to the Associated Press. 

"It has helped us to respond more swiftly and decisively to any allegations of hazing and any university group, emphasizing our board's policy of zero tolerance towards hazing," Robinson said.

Sylvestor Young has been appointed as FAMU's newest marching band director. Young is holding rehearsals, but has not confirmed whether the band will be ready to perform on the field at the Rattlers' first home game on Sept. 7. 

FAMU's marching band has achieved international recognition, performing at presidential inaugurations, Super Bowl half-time shows and representing the United States at Bastille Day in Paris in 1989.

Fourteen former FAMU band mates have been charged with manslaughter in Champion's death. Four have pleaded no contest to the charges.

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(Photo: Jason Getz/AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal & Constitution,file)

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