FAMU Marching 100: School close to naming new leader

FAMU President Larry Robinson hopes to have a replacement Marching 100 director by the end of December.

When the FAMU Marching 100 returns to the field from suspension, they will be led by a new band director. And although no timetable has been set for the band's return, the process of interviewing new directors is drawing to a close, with an announcement expected soon.

According to a Tallahassee Democrat report, FAMU interviewed four final candidates Friday to replace Julian White, the band's long-serving director, who was placed on leave in the wake of a hazing scandal that rocked the distinguished band program. White retired earlier in 2012.

Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson hoped to have a decision made by the end of December on the new band director, according to the report.

The hazing scandal that set the chain of events in motion hit the school in late November 2011 after drum major Robert Champion died as a result of a hazing ritual in Orlando. White was placed on leave four days after Champion's death.

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