FAMU lifts suspension of famed marching band

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013
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"We've been working toward that for the past month," Young said. "We'll see. We're moving in the right direction."

About 14 band members have been charged criminally in the beating and several have pleaded no contest or guilty to reduced charges to avoid manslaughter convictions.

A group of students outside the press conference, including many in Marching 100 T-shirts, cheered loudly when the announcement was made, though most refused to comment when reporters approached them afterward.

Rattlers offensive line coach Edwin Pata said the return of the band should bring excitement to the field.

"I look forward to watching the band and then hopefully it can help our team with some encouragement and some extra motivation hearing them in the stands and their performance and what they do for the fan base," Pata said. "I'm excited about it."

Freshman Aleya Bradley smiled as she talked about watching the band, saying she has seen the Marching 100 many times dating back to her early childhood. She wasn't sure she would see the band this school year.

"I figured as if it's not going to be that exciting," she said. "But since the band will be back, my freshman year will be the best experience ever."

Young said the issue of hazing was being addressed with each band member in the hopes of ending the longstanding tradition.

"It's on everybody's mind," he said. "There's a process we go through with every student, and so I'm thinking, in time, the culture of the band will change and hopefully when that changes the band will be what it should be. This band is really important to this university and of course to the state of Florida and the city of Tallahassee."

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