FAMU hires new director for Marching 100

Florida A&M University is putting in place the final steps needed to get its famed band back on the field.

FAMU announced Tuesday the hiring of former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young to take over the Marching 100 band.

The 66-year-old former director of the Ohio University marching band was lured out of retirement. Young graduated from FAMU in 1969.

The Marching 100 has been suspended since the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion in November 2011.

Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson says the hiring of a new director was one of the most important steps prior to the band's return.

There is still no date for the band's return. But Robinson suggested the band could start out with smaller performances first.

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