Florida A&M President Says Band Will Return Eventually

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charlotte, NC (AP) -- May 18, 2012 --

Florida A&M's president says the hazing death of a marching band member is tragic, but promised an alumni group in North Carolina that the celebrated band would return.

James Ammons said this week that he would keep the Marching 100 off the field in the 2012-13 academic year while the university institutes strong anti-hazing measures. Ammons spoke to the alumni group in Charlotte on Friday.

Ammons called the death of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion heartbreaking. But he also says the band will always be a point of pride for the school.

The band was indefinitely suspended shortly after Champion died on Nov. 19 during a hazing incident on a bus after a football game. Eleven band members have been charged with felony hazing and two are charged with misdemeanors.

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