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Brutal band hazing cases seen over the past few years

May 15, 2009

Competition can be intense within college bands, especially at historically black colleges, where a spot in the marching band is coveted and the bands are revered almost as much as the sports teams.

Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., has researched band hazing cases at historically black colleges nationwide and has been called as an expert witness in more than a dozen court cases involving hazing.

Kimbrough has found that brutal band hazings are not restricted to predominantly black schools, but emerge as a problem among bands that have cliques or subgroups that operate like fraternities.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison last year briefly suspended its marching band after allegations that underclassmen were forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

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