Fate of FAMU Band May Be Decided Soon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The fate of Florida A&M University’s famed marching band may be decided soon.

FAMU President James Ammons and the FAMU board trustees are holding a special meeting on Monday to discuss the Marching 100.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges stemming from Robert Champion’s death in November.

Two others face misdemeanor counts.

Ammons suspended the band soon after Champion’s death.

Last week it was revealed that 101 band members were not FAMU students at the time of the incident.

Longtime band director Julian White, who had been fighting to keep his job, abruptly decided to retire.

Top state officials including Gov. Rick Scott and the State University System Chancellor say the Marching 100 should remain sidelined until other ongoing investigations into the band are completed.