Monday, May 14, 2012

DEVELOPING: Marching 100 Suspended Through 2012 Academic Year

Florida A&M President James Ammons is recommending that the Marching 100 band remain suspended through the 2012-2013 academic year.

"We will continue to work with the music department...especially those students that were in the band," Ammons said to the Board of Trustees.

FAMU is now having to explore different ways to celebrate halftime for their school's football games this season. The HQ thinks that there will be a severe decrease in attendance this season across the board and the school only has themselves to thank...

"The FAMU Board Of Trustees hope people will support the football team: band or no band. We need die-hard Rattlers now more than ever," one trustee said in the release from the school after the meeting.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges stemming from drum major Robert Champion's death back in November. Two others face misdemeanor counts. Ammons suspended the band soon after Champion's death.

And that turned out not to be all of the shenanigans with the 100...

Last week, it was revealed that over 100 of the band's members last season were not even FAMU students at the time of Champion's death. Longtime band director Julian White then decided to retire when that revelation was made public.

Here's the concerns before the meeting, from our friends at WCTV...

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