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FAMU to decide fate of famed Marching 100 band following death of Robert Champion

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Florida A&M University will soon decide the fate of its famed Marching 100 band in the wake of a drum major's hazing death.

FAMU President James Ammons is expected to discuss the band at a special meeting of the university board of trustees on either Friday or Monday.

Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges from Robert Champion's death in November. Two others face misdemeanor counts. Ammons suspended the band soon after Champion's death.

Champion died aboard a bus outside an Orlando hotel. His death revealed a culture of hazing within the band.

But according to information the university turned over to the board, three of those charged with Champion's death weren't FAMU students at the time.

University officials now also acknowledge that other band members were not students.

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