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FAMU’s Marching 100 To Return To Field Sept. 1st

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The Florida A&M University marching band performs on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Florida A&M University marching band performs on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida A&M University officials announced Thursday morning that Sept. 1st will be the day the school’s famed Marching 100 band will return to the field in Orlando.

New band director Sylvester Young made the announcement Thursday as the band practiced.

The band was suspended in November 2011 following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion of Georgia. Since Champion’s death the school has enacted anti-hazing policies and put in restrictions on band membership.

FAMU lifted the famed band’s suspension in June, but Young was unsure at the time when it would be ready to perform again.

He now says it will play at halftime when the university opens its football season against Mississippi Valley State during the MEAC-SWAC Challenge.

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