NCCU suspends band members for hazing

Members of North Carolina Central University Marching Sound Machine, of Durham, N.C., carry tubas at the Tournament of Rose's annual Bandfest in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, as preparations for the 122nd Rose Parade continue. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DURHAM, N.C. — Officials at North Carolina Central University say they have suspended the drum line of the school’s marching band as they look into allegations of hazing.

A school statement said Thursday the accusations involve the drum section, but it did not elaborate.

The suspension took effect Sept. 10. It prevents members of the drum line from participating in all band-related activities until further notice.

In 2011, N.C. Central formed a task force to review its guidelines on hazing. A committee was created to develop new guidelines and strategies to ensure the Durham campus is free from hazing and student abuse.

Florida A&M University’s famed Marching 100 band was suspended following the death of a drum major who went through a hazing ritual on a bus last November after a football game.

— Associated Press