Marching Band Drum Major Dies after Suspected Hazing

Marching Band Drum Major Dies after Suspected Hazing

2:00 PM EST, November 23, 2011

It's one of the nation's most famous marching bands. But now, Florida A&M's Marching 100 has been rocked by the suspected hazing death of one of its drum majors.  

26-year-old Robert Champion collapsed and died after a performance at a football game.

Police believe he was the victim of a violent hazing on the band bus.

They had a grim warning for the students involved:

"Any death that occurs as a result of hazing is a third-degree felony," the Orange County Sheriff said.

The Florida A&M band is known for its high-energy routines. The band also represented the state of Florida during President Obama's Inauguration parade.

Friends of Champion, a music major, posted a poignant tribute to him on YouTube, to the accompaniment of the band's music.

The Tallahassee-based university has suspended all band activities during the probe of Champion's death.


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