Hazing Allegations Leads Texas School To Suspend Marching Band

HOUSTON (September 28, 2012)--Texas Southern University has suspended its famous marching band after university officials received a report of hazing involving the band’s members.

The "Ocean of Soul" band canceled a scheduled performance Thursday at the TSU Tigers football game against Sam Houston State.

A TSU statement Thursday says it's not yet known how many students were involved, but "it is believed to involve one section of the band."

The statement offered no details of the Wednesday allegation, but TSU spokeswoman Eva Pickens told KTRK-TV in Houston it involves excessive paddling among trumpet players.

Campus police and top university administrators were participating in the investigation, which comes in the wake of a hazing scandal involving the death of a Florida A&M University band member.

University officials eventually eliminated Florida A&M's famed "Marching 100" band.


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