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(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Florida A&M’s marching band has been suspended for another school year, the university announced Monday, out of respect for the family of Robert Champion, the drum major who died following an alleged hazing incident last fall in Orlando.

“I know it’s a hard pill to swallow because I know we all love the Marching 100,” FAMU president James Ammons said in announcing his decision Monday in a brief teleconference.

“The suspension of the band will continue through the 2012-13 academic year,” Ammons said.

Thirteen band members were charged in Champion’s death. The university is awaiting the results of at least two investigations connected to the band.

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