FAMU hazing is a thing of the past and Florida A&M University's famous band marched onto the football field to play at a game for the first time in 22 months today, Sunday Sept. 1. The FAMU band performances came to a screeching halt after the 2011 hazing death of a drum major, according to Fox News.
The band made its way onto the field prior to kickoff at the FAMU game against Mississippi Valley State. They did their first half-time show in 22 months after school officials lifted an almost two year suspension for the band.
It was back in November 2011 when the school's band bus was parked in the parking lot of a hotel in Orlando when Robert Champion, a drum major, collapsed and died after a hazing ritual.
The battle against hazing at FAMU started from the top down with the departure of the FAMU's band's longtime director and James Ammons, the University President, offering up his abrupt resignation. This measures along with several others demonstrated that the school took this incident with the seriousness it deserved.
A new student code of conduct, an anti-hazing website, faculty assigned to research hazing and a new procedure in place to report and investigate hazing occurrences is also in place today. The FAMU's interim president Larry Robinson formally announced the changes at the university that were tapered to battle hazing.