TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (970 WFLA/AP)- Florida A&M University's Marching 100 will return to the field Sept. 1 in Orlando, nearly 22 months after it was suspended because of a hazing-related death.
New band director Sylvester Young made the announcement Thursday as the band practiced. FAMU lifted the suspension of the famed band earlier this summer. But school officials are waiting until Thursday to announce the date of the first performance of the reconstituted band.
There are signs that the band may make its comeback at the opening football game of the season being held in Orlando. There are already advertisements promising a ``Battle of the Bands'' during halftime of the game between FAMU and Mississippi Valley State.
Interim President Larry Robinson lifted the Marching 100 suspension in June. The band was suspended in November 2011 following the hazing-related death of robert champion, who was from Decatur, Ga.
Since Champion's death the school has enacted anti-hazing policies and put in restrictions on band membership