Florida A & M U Band Director: I Want My Job Back

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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Florida A&M University band director who was fired after the death of a drum major in which police say hazing was involved told university officials Friday that he wants his job back.

An attorney for Julian White has written a letter to university President James Ammons citing White's longtime no-tolerance policy for hazing in the famed "Marching 100" band. The letter also recounts several steps White said he had taken to eliminate and report hazing and blames other university officials for not treating hazing more seriously.

White was fired four days after the Saturday death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, who collapsed on a bus at the Rosen Plaza hotel after the annual Florida Classic football game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University.

Ammons cited White's "inability to stop hazing in the department of music and in the band" as the reason he fired White, who has worked with the band since 1973.

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