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Florida A&M University’s famed band made its first appearance in a football stadium in nearly 22 months on Sunday after the 2011 hazing death of a drum major.

The band entered Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Stadium prior to kickoff for the school’s season-opening football game against Mississippi Valley State. It will give its return performance at halftime.

All band performances were halted for FAMU’s famed Marching 100 shortly after Robert Champion collapsed and died following a hazing ritual on a bus parked at an Orlando hotel in November 2011. The ritual occurred shortly after the band had returned to its hotel from a performance at the annual Florida Classic football game.

School officials lifted the nearly two-year suspension for the band in June as the latest in several sweeping changes FAMU has made in an attempt to end a culture of hazing.

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