FAMU Marching Band Suspension Lifted

Source: Denise-Marie Ordway and Kathleen Haughney / Orlando Sentinel

The suspension of FAMU’s famed marching band, which had been prohibited from performing since the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion in 2011, has been lifted, the university announced this morning.

It was not immediately clear, though, when the Marching 100 band will be able to play at football games and other events. It was not yet known whether the iconic, award-winning ensemble will perform at the Florida Classic football game in Orlando this fall.

Interim President Larry Robinson made the announcement at a news conference this morning, when he also reiterated the numerous changes that Florida A&M University has made in efforts to fight hazing over the last year and a half.

Last month, FAMU announced the hiring of a new band director.

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