Julian White, the recently retired director of Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, told an Orlando TV station Friday that he agreed the band should be silenced for at least the next year.
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"Let the Marching 100 know we love you, but you're going to have to have better control ... and not engage in any acts of hazing," Julian White told WFTV.
White, who has worked with the band for 40 years, has been under intense criticism since the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, whose family lives in Decatur.
The 71-year-old White was chairman of the university's music department and director of bands since 1998. He retired unexpectedly Thursday after fighting for months to keep his job.
White has been on paid administrative leave since shortly after Champion's death Nov. 19 on a chartered bus that was carrying members of the school's renowned marching band.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | David Ibata