The FAMU band which hadn't been allowed to perform publicly since drum major Robert Champion died in the November 2011 hazing incident, was greeted by cheers when it performed for 7 minutes during halftime at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.
There was a 1-minute period of silence to honor Champion and other victims of hazing prior to the FAMU band's performance, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Fifteen FAMU band members were arrested, the band director was fired and the school's president resigned in the wake of Champion's death.
The band now has 126 members, about a third its size before the hazing scandal.
"It's getting back to where it started," Carolyn Hill, a retired teacher and FAMU alumnus who attended Sunday's game between the FAMU Rattlers and Mississippi Valley State with 14 of her relatives, told the Sentinel.
Willie Cunningham, 52, a FAMU graduate, said the loss of the band had been "devastating."
"The return of the band is why you see so many people here on a Sunday," he said.
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