Florida A&M University has suspended its marching band indefinitely as it comes to terms with circumstances surrounding the hazing that killed Robert Champion.  The band has been on suspension since the November 2011 hazing death of the 26-year-old drum major during a road trip to Orlando.

“I have decided the suspension of the band will continue through the 2012-13 academic year,” James Ammons, president of Florida A&M in Tallahassee, told university trustees in a conference call on Monday.

Thirteen people have been arrested and charged for crimes associated with hazing.

The FAMU “Marching 100,” made up of approximately 460 musicians, is famous for its high-stepping showmanship. The band is credited with the widespread transformation of college bands from the traditional military precision style to more innovative pageantry.

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