FAMU names new Marching 100 band director - FOX 35 News Orlando

FAMU names new Marching 100 band director

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Florida A&M University appointed a former member of its Marching 100 band to take over as its new director Tuesday.

Former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young will lead the band, which has been suspended since the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion in November 2011.

"I am honored to be back home at FAMU and fully embrace the challenge ahead," Young said. "The Marching 100 had such a positive impact on me, and I know firsthand what this band means to FAMU. We will enter a new era of excellence for the band and I am proud to be leading the charge."

Young, 66, was lured out of retirement. He graduated from FAMU in 1969.

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.

"Dr. Young is a talented and experienced administrator, musician and scholar who I believe will provide strong discipline, leadership and vision for the Marching "100," Robinson said.

Young is scheduled to start at FAMU on June 14 at an annual salary of $105,000, the school said in a news release.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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