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Bowie State band suspended due to ‘serious hazing’ allegations

Serious hazing allegations have Bowie State’s marching band suspended ahead of a big game.

Bowie State has a big game coming up against Elizabeth City State on Saturday, and perhaps more to play after that.

But it will have to play its regular-season finale without its marching band, the Symphony of Soul, as it is suspended due to hazing allegations.

BSU sent out the following email to students:

Bowie State University has become aware of serious allegations of hazing affecting the Symphony of Soul Band. 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.

An email has been sent to Bowie State officials for further statement. We will update when it is received.

If BSU wins on Saturday it will travel to Salem, VA to take on Fayetteville State in the CIAA Championship Game. And a win there is likely to lead to a third NCAA Divsion II playoff appearance in four years, possibly at home. Pending the results and the speed of the investigation, the band may or may not be there for the postseason run.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Terail LeSane

    November 3, 2018 at 8:36 am

    After what happened! at FAMU, you would think these kids would learn not to participate in this type of behavior. It puts a black eye on HBCU’s and the culture of HBCU’s marching bands, the student body of these respective schools and the administrations as well. Its upsetting and disappointing to hear that bands, sororities and fraternities are still hazing after countless students have lost their lives or suffered sever traumatic injuries. This has to stop.

  2. ellarweeselegies

    November 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    It hasn’t changed in white frats where students continue to die every year. What makes us think that blacks are better at this than whites. We get so used to being punished that it no longer phases us.

  3. PJ

    November 4, 2018 at 9:10 am

    FYI
    The beautiful young lady in this stock photo you guys chose is really going through it right now…

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