Florida A&M University Set to Interview Finalists for Band Director

The university changed the job following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Florida A&M University officials are set to interview two finalists to lead the school's famed marching band.

    University officials tell the Tallahassee Democrat that the search committee will meet Monday with two candidates for director of the Marching 100.

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    The two candidates are former Ohio University music professor Sylvester Young and Don Roberts, who is the instrumental music coordinator for Dekalb County School District in Georgia.

    In January, FAMU officials said they were starting over in their search for a new band director. They had planned to appoint Jorim Reid of North Carolina Central University, but they said Reid and the university disagreed over the duties of the band director.

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    The university changed the job following the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion.

    Champion died in November 2011 after being beaten aboard a band bus. More than a dozen band members were charged in connection with the incident.

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