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Suspended Bowie State band won’t be at CIAA title game

Symphony of Soul was suspended Nov. 2 because of hazing allegations

11:43 AMTwo days before the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football title game, where it should be playing, the Bowie State marching band won’t play because it has been suspended over hazing allegations.

The band was suspended on Nov. 2 for several undisclosed incidents. University president Aminta H. Breaux issued a statement Wednesday that said:

“Over the past several days, the university has worked to investigate initial allegations of hazing within the Symphony of Soul and the entire university band program.

“First and foremost our top priorities are assuming the safety of our students and maintaining the integrity of the university band program. We have found sufficient evidence to confirm the existence of hazing activities; therefore, all performance activities remain suspended, including travel to the CIAA football championship game this weekend. 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.”

Bowie students started a petition asking for reinstatement of the band and reconsideration of the decision so the Symphony of Soul could attend the championship game in Salem, Virginia. In part, the petition statement read: “We are aware that this was done as a safety and preventive measure on the university’s behalf. In many ways, the band and Dr. Wright has positively impacted the campus and community and because of the band, our experiences at this institution have been heightened.”

The petition had 585 signatures Wednesday and 130 comments from students, alumni and others in support of the band.

The band recently honored director Adolph Wright during the homecoming game for his 20 years as head of the program. Wright’s current status with the school at this time is unclear, and he did not respond to a request for comment or interview.

The CIAA championship game will be the second game the band misses because of the suspension. It didn’t play at the Bulldogs’ season finale, a 49-7 win against Elizabeth City State. Bowie State plays Fayetteville State, the Bulldogs’ third trip to the championship game in five years.

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11:43 AMTwo days before the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football title game, where it should be playing, the Bowie State marching band won’t play because it has been suspended over hazing allegations.

The band was suspended on Nov. 2 for several undisclosed incidents. University president Aminta H. Breaux issued a statement Wednesday that said:

“Over the past several days, the university has worked to investigate initial allegations of hazing within the Symphony of Soul and the entire university band program.

“First and foremost our top priorities are assuming the safety of our students and maintaining the integrity of the university band program. We have found sufficient evidence to confirm the existence of hazing activities; therefore, all performance activities remain suspended, including travel to the CIAA football championship game this weekend. 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.”

Bowie students started a petition asking for reinstatement of the band and reconsideration of the decision so the Symphony of Soul could attend the championship game in Salem, Virginia. In part, the petition statement read: “We are aware that this was done as a safety and preventive measure on the university’s behalf. In many ways, the band and Dr. Wright has positively impacted the campus and community and because of the band, our experiences at this institution have been heightened.”

The petition had 585 signatures Wednesday and 130 comments from students, alumni and others in support of the band.

The band recently honored director Adolph Wright during the homecoming game for his 20 years as head of the program. Wright’s current status with the school at this time is unclear, and he did not respond to a request for comment or interview.

The CIAA championship game will be the second game the band misses because of the suspension. It didn’t play at the Bulldogs’ season finale, a 49-7 win against Elizabeth City State. Bowie State plays Fayetteville State, the Bulldogs’ third trip to the championship game in five years.

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11:43 AMTwo days before the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football title game, where it should be playing, the Bowie State marching band won’t play because it has been suspended over hazing allegations.

The band was suspended on Nov. 2 for several undisclosed incidents. University president Aminta H. Breaux issued a statement Wednesday that said:

“Over the past several days, the university has worked to investigate initial allegations of hazing within the Symphony of Soul and the entire university band program.

“First and foremost our top priorities are assuming the safety of our students and maintaining the integrity of the university band program. We have found sufficient evidence to confirm the existence of hazing activities; therefore, all performance activities remain suspended, including travel to the CIAA football championship game this weekend. 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.”

Bowie students started a petition asking for reinstatement of the band and reconsideration of the decision so the Symphony of Soul could attend the championship game in Salem, Virginia. In part, the petition statement read: “We are aware that this was done as a safety and preventive measure on the university’s behalf. In many ways, the band and Dr. Wright has positively impacted the campus and community and because of the band, our experiences at this institution have been heightened.”

The petition had 585 signatures Wednesday and 130 comments from students, alumni and others in support of the band.

The band recently honored director Adolph Wright during the homecoming game for his 20 years as head of the program. Wright’s current status with the school at this time is unclear, and he did not respond to a request for comment or interview.

The CIAA championship game will be the second game the band misses because of the suspension. It didn’t play at the Bulldogs’ season finale, a 49-7 win against Elizabeth City State. Bowie State plays Fayetteville State, the Bulldogs’ third trip to the championship game in five years.