Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 band will remain under suspension for at least another year. The university’s president says the band will need to undergo a restructuring phase before it can be allowed back on the field.
The school is looking to create a new way of governing its famed band in the wake of ongoing hazing investigations, the retirement of its director Julian White, and financial issues. University President James Ammons says that restructuring process will be highly detailed.
“Academic standards for eligibility, length of time an individual can participate. Length of practice time. The number of adults accompanying the band on out-of-town trips. Enforcing travel procedures.”
Last week the university reported that about a quarter of the 400-plus member ensemble weren’t actively enrolled students, yet had been allowed to perform with the band. Three of those charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion were among those ineligible to perform.