Bowie State can­cels band per­for­mances over al­leged ev­i­dence of haz­ing

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Sarah Mee­han smee­han@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/sarahvmee­han

Bowie State Univer­sity’s march­ing band has been sus­pended and the school can­celed its per­for­mance at the Cen­tral In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball cham­pi­onship Satur­day in the wake of haz­ing al­le­ga­tions against the group, ac­cord­ing to the univer­sity.

The Sym­phony of Soul Band was sus­pended last Fri­day af­ter claims of haz­ing within the band sur­faced. The sus­pen­sion also af­fects the univer­sity’s pep band, con­cert band and jazz band.

“Bowie State Univer­sity has be­come aware of se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of haz­ing af­fect­ing the Sym­phony of Soul Band,” spokes­woman Cas­san­dra Robin­son said in a state­ment, which also was emailed to the univer­sity com­mu­nity Fri­day. “In light of these al­le­ga­tions, the univer­sity has sus­pended all band ac­tiv­ity ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately to en­sure the con­tin­ued safety of our stu­dents, pend­ing fur­ther in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

In a sep­a­rate state­ment Wed­nes­day night, Robin­son said the univer­sity “found suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to con­firm the ex­is­tence of haz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The univer­sity has sus­pended all band per­for­mances.

“Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is needed to de­ter­mine next steps to be taken through the stu­dent ju­di­cial process, but we re­main com­mit­ted to con­clud­ing the process as soon as pos­si­ble and re­sum­ing the nor­mal oper­a­tions of the band,” Robin­son said in a state­ment.

It’s un­clear what type of haz­ing is al­leged to have been con­ducted in the band.

Adolph E. Wright di­rects the univer­sity bands. Wright, who has served as the bands’ di­rec­tor for 20 years, did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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