ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M University’s band is making its first appearance in a football stadium since the hazing death of a drum major nearly two years ago.

The band was expected Sunday at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl for the school’s season-opening football game against Mississippi Valley State.

All band performances were halted for FAMU’s famed Marching 100 shortly after Robert Champion collapsed and died following a hazing ritual in November 2011. School officials lifted a nearly two-year suspension for the band in June.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and felony hazing in Champion’s death. Several have accepted plea deals and probation-related sentences. Others are still awaiting trial.

Champion’s parents told The Associated Press they are opposed to the band’s return right now.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Gov. Rick Scott Announces Senate RunFlorida Gov. Rick Scott formally announced his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Bill Nelson.
Topless Protester Charges Bill CosbyA topless protester with "Women's Lives Matter" written on her body jumped a barricade and got within a few feet of Bill Cosby on Monday.

Listen Live