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FAMU Lifts Suspension of Famed Marching Band

10:17 AM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
Members of the Florida A&M University Marching Band performing at Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 (Getty)
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BRENDAN FARRINGTON
Associated Press

 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University is lifting the suspension of its famous Marching 100 band following a fatal hazing incident in 2011.
 
The band known for its marching appearances at presidential inaugurations and Super Bowls had been suspended since death of drum major Robert Champion.
 
The hazing scandal led to the retirement of band director Julian White and contributed to the resignation of president James Ammons.
 
Interim President Larry Robinson announced the end of the suspension Thursday.
 
The school made several changes to fight hazing, including new academic requirements for band members and a zero-tolerance policy that has prompted complaints from some students.
 
The university last month hired Sylvester Young to rebuild the band. Young is a FAMU alumnus and one-time director of the Ohio University marching band.

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