By: Bailey Myers
August 10, 2013
Tallahassee FL- With their Instruments blaring, the Marching 100 welcomed the upcoming freshmen to the team. The band hasn't been allowed to hit the field as a unit for a year now following hazing allegations.
The room on FAMU's campus filled up quickly with eager freshmen hoping to be Rattlers, but after the tragic hazing incident in 2011, many parents filled the audience as well-- to find out how things have changed.
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson said, "You are part of the new era for the Marching 100."
Even though the uniforms are the same, and the spirit remains, the Marching 100 are different than they were in 2011 when drum major Robert Champion was killed after being hazed by his fellow band mates.
After a year on suspension, FAMU officials say they now feel like they are able to get ahead of hazing and stop it before it happens.
"In order for this to really work it takes the commitment of our students working along with us to really get us beyond where we were in 2011" explained FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson said
With new hazing policies in place, followed by a task force assigned to break down hazing on campus. The Marching 100 are lacing their marching shoes, and a packed room of incoming freshmen showed they couldn't wait either.
Knowing what's happened before the topic discussed on Saturday focused on keeping those new band members safe.
When band parent, Beverly Rohin whether or not she was worried it could all happen again she said, "No I'm not worried I've spoken to my son he understands that he's not to be a part of anything like that." Which was a concept highly stressed during Saturday's very first orientation.
Another FAMU official told the news students, "The whole world is watching."
According to one student they are expecting to play on September 1st in Orlando for FAMU's first game, but it all depends on whether or not their new band director Dr. Young believes they are ready to hit the field.