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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