Missing the Marching 100 After Hazing Scandal

By: Lantera Bennett Email
By: Lantera Bennett Email

Tallahassee, FL -- May 3, 2012 --

There's no doubt the death of Robert Champion has made an impact on this university and the Marching 100.

Many people who've always had love for the world-renowned band, say they hope the recent changes don't last long.

Many fans come just for this reason.

The half-time show by the FAMU Marching 100.

"I remember my hair standing up all over my body, even as a child."

Tallahassee resident Jackie Rollins says at age 51, she still gets goose bumps.

"When they start doing this right here...whoo... I go nuts!"

Many fear they won't get to see those moves any time soon.

The band is still suspended from the November 19th hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Rollins says, "My heart goes out to the Champion Family and I'm not trying to lessen their lessen their loss, but to lose Florida A&M Marching 100 would be like to me and so many other people, like losing a part of who we are."

Many fear the band's suspension will hurt the university financially, mainly because of a drop in football ticket sales.

The band camp, one of the largest recruitment tools, is canceled.

It usually brings about 500 high school students to campus from across the country every summer.

Tommy Mitchell, FAMU Alumni Association President, says, "During Dr. Ammons' tenure, I think we've been cut close to $60 million. So, obviously, it's time for alumni to step up and make the difference."

Rollins says, "I can't imagine it without the marching 100. Please don't take Florida A&M Marching 100 from us."

Mitchell says financial support from alumni increased 32 percent last year, and says it's going to take continued support for the university to move forward.

WCTV has not heard back from FAMU on the current status of the band. During last month's board of trustees meeting, FAMU President Dr. James Ammons did tell us they were exploring possibilities in case the band did not come back for this upcoming season.

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  • by Jess on May 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM
    Frankly, the 100 should be banned for the upcoming football season at the minimum to show the secrete society punks they don't run the band or school. In fact, they should wait until the current Freshmen are Seniors to go back on the football field.
  • by God BlessAmerica on May 6, 2012 at 03:52 PM
    Why discontinue a great and talented band, because of a few thugs..keep the band going and apply some management and strict rules..like a criminal charge and jailtime for hazing.
  • by keeping it real on May 5, 2012 at 03:21 AM
    Comments on closing famu because the students or corrupt,thugs,killers,etc., will result to one problem that every one is overlooking. Suppose famu is closed like most of you want than fsu will acquire famu students now what will this make fsu a school of thugs, killers,etc.
  • by Sad famu fan Location: Tallahassee on May 4, 2012 at 08:47 PM
    I've been sad about Famu marching 100 every since this happen of Nov. 19. A day after my birthday. Had a good time @ the classic. I've seen Mr. Champion @ the game. Because I've was sitting next to the band. And I've seen Mr. Champion with the band. He look like he was happy to be with the band during the game. Then hear about his death the next day? Was really sad for Famu fans. Now we lost the band for who knows how long It will be. But I hope that in there hearts that they will bring the band back. Or just let them play just for the home games. Not march on the field. Can't go out of town with the team or the classic too. Famu fans isn't the same without the band. I will always love my Famu Rattlers and the marching 100!! My prayers still go out to the Champion family.
  • by gina on May 4, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    If you decide to take part in hazing then you accept the liablity of what happens from that event. Just like if you decide to get in your car and drive without a seatbelt. You assume the risk of your actions and no one is responsible except you. I am pretty sure if Mr Champion had thought for one second he would not live to see today because of this hazing he agreed to, he would not make the same decision. Bottom line, if you allow yourself to be hazed then your accept responsibilty of what the end results could be, rather it be death, or serious injury. You have no one to blame except yourself.
  • by Local Location: Tallahassee, FL on May 4, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    Additionally, a suspension of the band does not punish the band members. It punishes the school. If you live around FAMU, you probably hear the band practicing for long hours late at night. This suspension will give the band members more time to get involved in other activities that they would otherwise have little time for. So in that respect, a suspension would be a reward to the band. I say make them march and SERVE the community. The band should do community service.
  • by Local Location: Tallahassee, fl on May 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    I wish people would leave this band alone. People wake up! The person who is truly at fault here is Robert Champion. He got on that bus after the director warned the band not to participate in hazing of any kind. This band is really one of the only things that make Tallahassee great. People act like suspending the band will bring about some sort of end to hazing. It will not. Hazing is not limited to FAMU or this band. If there is no band the school loses money and still has hazing from other organizations. What really was solved?
  • by rob on May 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    thirteen other members witness and participated in this ritualistic murder and we wont mention the countless others who have been hazed (like the girl who quit FAMU)....shut the program down!
  • by Paul on May 4, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    The Band stays if: Only full time students at FAMU or TCC with at lease a 2.0 grade average. No one with any criminal record. Each member signs a contract that any contact at all with a fellow band member means expulsion from the university. Those who don't report, expulsion from the university.. Drug testing. Only students committed to the university and Band should be allowed to participate. Weekly sessions on violence. Musicians are supposed to be the most nonviolent members of the university. Last, to other university will admit any student expelled from FAMU for hazing, consenting to hazing, or failure to report hazing. Review must be done by people outside the music department (preferably parent volunteers).
  • by Ex band mom Location: Tally on May 4, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    The band should not be allowed to play for at least 10 years. Their hazing problems have been known in the community for decades. If they're allowed to continue, hazing will not end in that band. Remember that they are part of a much larger hazing organization within bands across the country!! I believe some heads in the admin should roll, too, because they've been sweeping all this under a rug for decades, since money is more important than people are to them!!
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