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FAMU holds media brief to announce suspension of the "Marching 100" amid hazing rumors


By Lynn Hatter


Tallahassee, FL – Florida A&M University has suspended its famed "Marching 100" band indefinitely following the death of a drum major last Saturday. In addition to the marching band suspension, all of the schools music programs have also been disbanded.

The suspension stems from rumors surrounding the death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion. Allegations of hazing have proliferated online, with many people, including current and former band members, questioning initial reports from the Orange County Sheriff's office which said it initially suspected, "no foul play."

Now the office is conducting an investigation into Champion's death.

In addition to the suspension, University President James H. Ammons has also announced that the school will appoint "a separate independent task force to review any relevant issues related to this incident and the Marching 100 to determine if there are any unauthorized and questionable activities associated with the Marching 100."

The band is widely known for its performances which range from Super Bowl appearances to Presidential Inaugural Parades.