Julian White Worked At Florida A&m For 39 Years

March 7, 2012 by staff 

Julian White Worked At Florida A&m For 39 Years, Florida A&M University has fired longtime band director Julian White, four days after the death of a drum major in which police say hazing was involved.

“Dr. White has been terminated from employment at the university,” said FAMU President James Ammons, citing White’s “inability to stop hazing in the department of music and in the band.”

“We are serious: This has to stop,” Ammons said in an interview with The Orlando Sentinel. “The highest priority we have as a university is protecting the health, safety and well-being of our students.”

The news comes a day after Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings announced that hazing is being investigated in the death of Robert Champion, who collapsed aboard a parked charter bus in front of the Rosen Plaza hotel Saturday night after the Florida Classic football game. The FAMU band performed during halftime.

When Ivery Luckey heard that hazing may be to blame for Robert Champion’s death, he wasn’t surprised. Thirteen years ago, as a sophomore clarinet player in FAMU’s Marching 100, Luckey was beaten so badly he spent 11 days in the hospital.

“I had full renal failure,” he said. “My organs were beginning to shut down and toxins were building in my body and I had to go into dialysis.”

Luckey joined Florida A&M University’s famed band as a freshman in 1997. He later became friends with 26-year-old Robert Champion, the Southwest DeKalb High School grad and FAMU drum major who died last weekend after suspected hazing.

In an exclusive interview with 11Alive’s Blayne Alexander, Luckey described his own hazing ordeal. He said it began his sophomore year, when he wanted to secure his place on the field.

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