FAMU Band Director Fired Amid Hazing Investigation

Source: Arelis R. Hernández and Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel

FAMU has fired longtime band director Julian White, four days after the death of a drum major in which police say hazing was involved.

“Dr. White has been terminated from employment at the university,” said FAMU President James Ammons, citing White’s “inability to stop hazing in the department of music and in the band.”

“We are serious: This has to stop,” Ammons said in an interview with the Sentinel. “The highest priority we have as a university is protecting the health, safety and well-being of our students.”

The news comes a day after Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings announced that hazing is being investigated in the death of Robert Champion, who collapsed aboard a parked charter bus in front of the Rosen Plaza hotel Saturday night after the Florida Classic football game. The FAMU band performed during halftime.

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  • Sashay Black

    When will we stop trying to prove our credibility, stamina, zeal and loyalty through physical challenges of this nature?? We are no longer slaves and have to prove our value in this manner!!! Team building has evolved and works without this savage behavior of endurance. As college students, who are intellects and the best and the brightest in the black community, surely we can challenge ourselves to be more creative…seriously. So sad and so pointless.