FAMU Band Suspended For Another Year

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/WAOK) — Florida A&M University’s famed marching band is being suspended until 2013.

FAMU President James Ammons told the school’s board of trustees on Monday that he will keep The Marching 100 off the field for the upcoming school year.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges stemming from Robert Champion’s death in November. Two others face misdemeanor counts.

Ammons suspended the band soon after Champion’s death.

Last week it was revealed that 101 band members were not FAMU students at the time of the incident. Longtime band director Julian White, who had been fighting to keep his job, abruptly decided to retire.

The family of Robert Champion had called for the band to remain suspended until further notice. Pam Champion, the mother of drum major Robert Champion said the band should remain off the field until all of the mess was cleaned up.

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