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|WikiProject Marching band||(Rated C-class, Mid-importance)|
"Since its inception, the band has been credited for 30 innovative techniques which have become standard operating procedures for many high school and collegiate marching band programs."
A discussion of what those techniques are seems like it would be a good thing to have in this article, much more so than some of what is currently there. Is anyone capable of writing this? Bullofconfusion (talk) 16:05, 30 November 2009 (UTC)
Death of Robert Champion
User:JustRealMC has twice removed the paragraph about the death of Robert Champion, the second time with the edit summary, "The information described the the 2nd paragraph of this section is about an incident involving INDIVIDUAL members of the organization and should not be included in its history since the organization itself had no official part in it." However, the death occurred during an official event of the band, on a bus being used by the band for travel. News accounts attribute the death to hazing. It has been reported that hazing has long been a prominent part of the culture of the band. When the university administration tried to dismiss the band director over the death, he charged that he had been warning the administration for years about the problem of hazing in the band. It does not matter that the band had no "official" part in Mr. Champion's death. Mr. Champion died as the result of a beating he reportedly received from other band members as part of a hazing ritual. -- Donald Albury 12:30, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
- Before reading this, I just added a new section with copious references regarding this event, which clearly involves not just an individual, but a large portion of the band at a band event on the band's bus, and resulted in a firing & un-firing of the director. This band has a history of serious, illegal, hazing which has resulted in this death. If the band's positive press (uncited, by the way) can be recorded here, including such team events as "1971 - Professor Julian E. White joined the Florida A&M University Music Department" and "1971 - Elliott Seagraves became the first white student to march in the Marching 100" and "1998 Dr. Shelby Chipman joined the staff as Assistant to the Director of Bands", then so can its negative press. Band hazing is not an individual thing, but institutional. I don't have the resources to come back here to re-post my section if it gets deleted, so hopefully others can be watchful. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 06:09, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
- I've moved the recent addition by 220.127.116.11 here, as it duplicates the second paragraph of the History section,
==Homicide== On November 19, 2011, drum major Robert Champion, Jr. was severely beaten aboard the band's chartered bus, while it was in the parking lot of the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Robert died from his injuries that same day. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Robert died after a hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C", in which Robert would have had to walk the length of the bus while being beaten and kicked by other band members. One other band member went through that ritual just before Robert. As of this writing, the case is with the Ninth Circuit State Attorney's office, where prosecutors have not declared an intention to charge anyone.
- Some of this material, and especially the citations, can be merged into the existing paragraph, but I don't have the time right now. -- Donald Albury 11:20, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
An IP has repeatedly attempted to add mention of a supposedly associated group of majorettes called the Diamonds. The addition is unsourced and I can find no mention of the Diamonds on the Marching 100 website. Meters (talk) 18:45, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
- On further investigation, this unsourced claim has been inserted by multiple IPs, starting more than one year ago , The same IP who made that first also inserted the claim into Florida A&M University at the same time , but with the additional info that the group only performs in the stands (suggesting that it is nothing but an informal group of fans). Meters (talk) 19:03, 11 November 2017 (UTC)