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FAMU Marching Band Suspension Removed

The Florida A&M Marching 100 Band during a home game last season. The school had its first home game without the band in Tallahassee, Fla. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. /AP Photo/Don Juan Moore

By//Andrea Watson

After Florida A&M University’s drum major, Robert Champion, died from a hazing incident back in 2011, the famous band was told to keep off the football field. It must have been a struggle for the dedicated and buoyant players, so thankfully Interim President Larry Robinson finally lifted the ban Thursday.

They can finally get the crowd to dance again to the drumline’s rhythmic and pulsating beats.

To ensure there isn’t a repeat,  the school is enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Among other changes, band members will have new academic requirements.

The university needed help in rebuilding the band and bringing back it’s original reputation so it brought in Sylvester Young. He’s an alumnus and former director of the Ohio University Marching Band.

Let’s hope he can help beat  discipline into the students–no pun intended–and that he’ll help them redeem their legacy.