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After Tragedy, Florida A&M U. Marching Band Tunes Up

“The students over all were ready, and they’re excited to do it right.”

Brandon Cunningham Florida A&M University

Brandon Cunningham was president of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 when a drum major, Robert Champion, died in a hazing incident in 2011, prompting the suspension of the band and criminal prosecution of a dozen former members. Now, after helping develop anti-hazing measures and find a new band director, Mr. Cunningham, a music-industry major, anticipates the return of the Marching 100.

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Photo: Diron Holloway Music: Theme by John Gravois; “I’m From FAMU” by the Florida A&M University Marching 100

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