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  • Sidelined by FAMU hazing, Marching 100 band could perform next month in Orlando

    Sidelined by FAMU hazing, Marching 100 band could perform next month in Orlando
    Nearly two years after the FAMU hazing death of Robert Champion, the university plans to announce Thursday whether its troubled marching band will travel to Orlando next month and perform for the first football game of the season. Florida A&M University...
  • FAMU president: Band will perform at Florida Classic

    FAMU president: Band will perform at Florida Classic
    The Florida A&M University Marching 100 will perform this November at the Florida Classic football game, returning to Orlando for an event it missed last year because of the hazing death of a band drum major. FAMU's interim president, Larry Robinson,...
  • Florida marching band returns from suspension after hazing death

    Florida marching band returns from suspension after hazing death
    Something a little unusual happened at Florida A&M University's football game against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday: The marching band showed up. In almost any other college football game, bands would be a normal feature of the game-day experience....
  • FAMU names Sylvester Young as new marching band director

    FAMU names Sylvester Young as new marching band director
    Sylvester Young, a former music professor at Ohio University, has been selected as FAMU's new marching band director. Officials at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee announced early last month that they were interviewing two people for the job of...
  • Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case

    Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case
    Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills, who insists that he tried to shield his college roommate Robert Champion from a brutal hazing in Orlando in 2011, pleaded no contest today to felony hazing resulting in death. Wills, 25, will not be sentenced until...
  • Champions slam FAMU's priorities, hiring of new band director

    Champions slam FAMU's priorities, hiring of new band director
    The parents of the FAMU drum major who was hazed to death said Tuesday that the university "needs to get its priorities straight" before the famous marching band can perform again. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Robert and Pamela Champion...
  • Trial postponed for FAMU drum major charged with misdemeanor hazing

    Trial postponed for FAMU drum major charged with misdemeanor hazing
    A FAMU hazing trial scheduled to begin today in Orange County was postponed this morning. The criminal case of former FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas has been reset to June 25. He is charged with the misdemeanor hazing of Keon Hollis. The case is...
  • FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner agrees to plea in Champion's death

    FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner agrees to plea in Champion's death
    FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner, who claimed he was drum major Robert Champion's "protector" and not an attacker, agreed today to plead no contest to felony hazing in the deadly ritual. Turner, 27, will likely receive a community-service sentence...
  • Judge: No deal in limiting sentence of FAMU hazing defendant

    Judge: No deal in limiting sentence of FAMU hazing defendant
    The Orange County judge presiding over the FAMU hazing cases was unwilling Tuesday to cap at three years a possible prison sentence for an ex-band member charged with felony hazing and manslaughter in the death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion....
  • What we think: FAMU earned chance to bring back Marching 100

    Florida A&M University, to paraphrase a quote made famous by the Blues Brothers, is getting the band back together. Last week's announcement that the university was lifting its suspension of the Marching 100 was meant to instill confidence that...
  • State may seek prison for remaining FAMU hazing defendants

    State may seek prison for remaining FAMU hazing defendants
    Prosecutors suggested Thursday that they are finished with plea deals that mete out light sentences of probation and community service to ex-band members charged in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion. During a plea conference, assistant...