Florida A&M U. Picks Former Ohio U. Music Professor to Lead Troubled Band

Florida A&M University on Tuesday announced that it had named Sylvester Young, a 1969 alumnus and former Ohio University music professor, to lead its famed Marching 100 band, which was suspended after a drum major died in a 2011 hazing incident.

The band’s former director retired unexpectedly after the drum major died, and the university’s president resigned amid fallout from the scandal. The university has pledged reforms to curb hazing on the campus, and has hired an antihazing administrator to enact new policies and enforce old ones.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Mr. Young said at a news conference announcing his appointment that one of his main focuses would be stamping out hazing within the band. “Other schools are watching us very closely,” he said. “We can actually come out of this being an icon for all other universities.” It is still unclear when the band will be able to perform again.

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