FAMU Hiring New Director For Marching 100

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Florida A&M University is naming a new director for its famed Marching 100 band.

The band has been suspended since the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga., in November 2011. FAMU is scheduled to the name the new director on Tuesday. The university recently interviewed two finalists for the job.

Amid the fallout from Champion’s death long-time band director Julian White retired and university president James Ammons resigned.

The university has made sweeping changes to combat hazing, including putting in new requirements for future band members. FAMU announced Monday it had hired a compliance director for the university music department.

Interim President Larry Robinson has said he will decide this month whether the band will be back on the field during the 2013 football season.


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