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Marching 100 suspended for 2012-13 school year

Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 band will remain suspended for the 2012-13 school year, university President James Ammons announced Monday.

Ammons told the Board of Trustees that the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion “continues to present difficult days for the university family,” and that the band’s continued suspension is part of an effort to eradicate hazing rituals.

The announcement, made six months after the death of Champion, follows news that 101 members of the band were not enrolled at the university, including a few people arrested in connection to Champion’s death aboard a bus in Orlando last November.

Longtime band director Julian White offered his retirement last week.

The band had been suspended indefinitely since Champion’s death. Since then, more reports of hazing within the band and university groups have surfaced.