FAMU officials to discuss status of Marching "100" band

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 04:32:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M University's famous Marching "100" band has been suspended for more than a year, but Rattler fans are expecting good news Thursday morning.

FAMU officials formally announced Larry Robinson, the interim president of the university, will make an announcement about the status of the embattled band.

The Marching "100" band was suspended indefinitely after the November 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. Authorities say Robert Champion endured a brutal beating on a bus after the Florida Classic football game, causing injuries that resulted in his death.

After the press conference announcement, many began using social networking site Twitter to express their excitement, and hope that the news will be positive.

User @diszy2011 tweeted, "Streets say good news at 10 am tomorrow," and another user, @Adub, tweeted, "So glad the Marching 100 & Pep Band are on the way back."

Though many are speculating that Thursday's decree will be a Marching 100 return, it has not been confirmed that Robinson will announce the band's return.

This article will be updated as information is released. The press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of the university's Lee Hall auditorium.