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I saw them hitting him with stuff. I saw them hold him down so they could beat him some more. I saw them pull him back. He got about halfway, they pulled him back a couple of more feet It was known that some viewed Champion as lame or a kiss-ass because of his outspoken opposition to hazing, although -- years earlier, as a freshman -- he'd been initiated into the Red Dawg Order, a sizable band subgroup of members from Georgia.
This trek through the gantlet also afforded rare payback of a drum major described as a stickler -- "He was always on the job" -- at times ordering band members to run a lap or drop for pushups as punishment for arriving late to the practice field. But this night, the rookie drum majors -- Champion and Hollis -- stepped onto the bus purposefully, expecting to be on the receiving end of a smack-down.
Hollis says he and Champion talked during the football season about participating in the ritual, only to finalize plans days before leaving for Orlando. Crossing Bus C enhances standing within the band's most influential and boisterous section, the percussion players -- the drummers. It's difficult functioning as a drum major without the section in your corner. But, from an even broader perspective, crossing also brings additional respect within the band, something Hollis confides that he and Champion were short of when they stepped on the bus.
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The people that disrespect me, they're going to respect me because I did Bus C. Some of it could be written off to the disgust of taking orders from a fellow student. Others tuned him out or snickered in the face of suspicions that Champion was gay, although members say homosexuality isn't unique within the band. When people were saying 'Yeah, Robert's gay,' I would say, 'No, he's not.
You don't know him. You [are] just going off what the next person told you. So you can kind of imagine how he deals with it, how he used to deal with it, pretty much on a daily basis. Both enjoyed Atlanta roots and joined the band in -- Nesbitt rising to tenor drum section leader; Champion basking in drum major status. That November night, Nesbitt cast himself sitting in a third-row seat, "observing.
Right after, Hollis follows while Champion partakes in the Hot Seat ritual. But rather than stay to witness Champion cross Bus C, Nesbitt says, he leaves because he is bothered by the heat. When he returned, the scene in the rear of the bus had begun to turn scary bad. Two or three people who had stayed behind were tending to Champion. He turned incoherent, his brown eyes glassy and unfocused. His skin cold to the touch; at one point, vomit spewing from his mouth.
I have never seen that happen to somebody. He placed it from just outside the bus. Champion was dragged by others to the front of the coach and stretched out on the dark, grimy floor. Another percussionist and trained firefighter, Darryl Cearnel -- also band parliamentarian -- had begun administering CPR. Halfway into the call, Nesbitt remembers handing the phone to head drum major Jonathan Boyce and taking off toward the hotel lobby in search of help.
He returned shortly with a hotel security guard and two off-duty officers. By then, an ambulance and White, the band director, were on the scene. When Hollis, the other drum major who participated in the violent ritual, left the bus that night, Champion was alive, he says. He headed back to his hotel room after people started dispersing and spread out on his bed. It was maybe 10 minutes later when two drum majors showed up with word that Champion had stopped breathing.
He didn't follow his normal instincts and rush to a fallen friend. Instead, he says, he followed orders and stayed behind. When a drum major returned almost an hour later with news that Champion had died, Hollis says, "I was scared. As he tried to sleep, the image kept coming back of Champion and him sitting in the rear of the bus, both "out of it," his friend thirsty and asking for water.
He just said he was thirsty. So I figured, 'OK, he was fine. Both could end up as prosecution witnesses if there is a trial. Nesbitt was interviewed on campus after the Thanksgiving break by David Phelan, lead investigator for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, and later met with prosecutors in Orlando. As for his willingness to reveal publicly what happened on Bus C, he says, "For me, it is more important to make sure that people know what happened.
The events did take place. I am not worried about somebody saying, 'Oh, you told what happened. He also claims to have witnessed the initiation earlier this season during a trip to South Carolina State. But he says he never hazed anyone on the bus.
Nesbitt told "Outside the Lines" that two other drum majors -- among the band's best and brightest, selected to leadership roles by White in part because of their high character -- were also on the hazing bus in Orlando as observers, although he declined to identify them.
He, however, identified percussionist Dante "Bolo" Martin as the unofficial president of Bus C, overseeing the percussion section's hazing rituals. Martin, 24, declined three interview requests. At least seven band members identified by witnesses as being on Bus C that night also declined comment or ignored interview requests. The band director says that he later heard suspicions that Martin participated in the Bus C escapades but never came across him in the parking lot. White had come down from his 13th-floor suite to head off for dinner in a chauffeured limo when he turned an eye to the flashing lights of the ambulance and the commotion around the bus.
He would accompany Champion to the hospital. White made the difficult call to the Champion family back in Atlanta and later fielded questions from law enforcement in the hospital. He never mentioned hazing as a possibility when he talked with Champion's parents. And hazing would not be mentioned as a possibility by three other university administrators who called the Champions to offer condolences, either.
But the talk of hazing went viral in the social media world, and three days later -- after the preliminary autopsy and a trip to Tallahassee by investigators to interview band members -- the Orange County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying that "hazing'' occurred prior to the call to assist Champion. When the final autopsy report was released Dec. Warnings about hazing, but it continued After he talked with Champion's parents, rather than sleep, White, 71, says he began playing out events.
He didn't like the answers after asking a few band members who had been on the bus and why. He didn't buy that a seemingly healthy drum major collapsed without reason, although Nesbitt -- the caller -- says neither White nor anyone else from FAMU has ever asked him what happened. White swears he had never heard of the Bus C ritual. He claims no knowledge of Keon Hollis having crossed Bus C alongside Robert Champion, adding "I haven't talked with him, and he hasn't told me that.
He described White as having been told "everything. Bus C is something that's old. It's something that's been going on for a long time. And I remember him saying, 'I thought it had stopped? I thought it was over? Why are people still doing it? For those yet to cross, the percussionists had been known to break into a chant of "No license, no license" -- meaning the drum major hadn't gone through the Bus C initiation. White says he's never witnessed any of it.
Nor does he claim to be familiar with his band's most basic rite of passage that freshmen run, not walk, on the FAMU drill field, best known as The Patch. White says he was drawn to the scene by the flashing lights of an ambulance in the hotel parking lot, only to later say he arrived to see a band member administering CPR to Champion -- not a paramedic.
He also describes sending Nesbitt, the caller, back to the hotel to retrieve a medical device, although Nesbitt says he went on his own to alert hotel security. Nesbitt also says the first he saw White was when he returned to the lot and the ambulance had arrived. White says none of this would be a topic of discussion if only band members had bought into his anti-hazing warnings. A secret society but well-known incidents The FAMU Marchingstretching end zone to end zone in green-and-orange uniforms on football Saturdays, is the Alabama Crimson Tide of high-energy drill routines and molar-rattling tunes.
The Rattlers field a football team, although the product is watered down in the wake of integration that has top black talent suiting up at major state football powers.
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So the jocks, in an odd twist, serve as a warm-up act for the band. It's the tradition-rich band that travels the globe and turns the university a profit, not the football team. The band is accustomed to playing Super Bowls, presidential inaugurations both of Bill Clintons' as well as Barack Obama's in and performing alongside Kanye West at the Grammy Awards. But for years, away from the spotlight and adoring fans, the Marching has been dogged by a hazing culture that has at times led to serious injury and lawsuits.
At the core is a secret society of unsanctioned subgroups within the instrument sections, acting similar to fraternities with specific initiations and rites of passage. White calls the subgroups "illegal," yet, by unofficial count, at least 10 operated under his watch this past fall -- bearing names like the Whompin' White Whales tubasGestapo saxophonesand Screamin' Demons or Hollywood Hoods trumpets.
The culture has its roots in campus Greek systems and has been witnessed routinely in athletics teams and even in the military and its academies. The act of physical hazing is not confined to one campus or band, but, in the past decade or so, the most high-profile hazing cases involving marching bands have tended to be at predominantly black institutions such as FAMU.
Most have occurred in a cloak of secrecy, off campus and out of sight of band staff. As early as at FAMU, then-sophomore Ivery Luckey ended up in a Tallahassee hospital with renal failure for two weeks after a beatdown during initiation for the Clones, the clarinet subgroup. A trumpet player went into similar renal failure after a hazing incident.
Two years later, Tallahassee police records reveal, a freshman saxophonist suffered cuts to his hand during his subgroup's initiation held at a local motel. Four band members were arrested on multiple hazing charges inalthough the State Attorney declined to prosecute. The mother lode of complaints and red flags, though, began in late August.
Felicia Fabre, the mother of a saxophone player, complained about hazing in emails and, during an early September campus sit-down with White, writing at one point: She ended up with a blood clot in her leg and a cracked femur. Three were charged -- two with hazing and battery, another just hazing -- and Hunter is suing the university. All told, 26 members of the band were suspended for hazing-related activities in the month leading up to the season-ending Florida Classic in Orlando.
The band director, an early FAMU drum major, casts himself as an anti-hazing pioneer, having voiced concern more than three decades ago and created a "blueprint" he claims is still widely used by other historically black college bands. He holds workshops to drill in the idea that hazing is dangerous and against the law. To his further credit, the theme permeates the band's preseason information packet and the signing of an anti-hazing pledge is a requirement at the start of every season.