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Historically Black schools share field at Amway Center

For the first time in two years, the Florida A&M Marching 100 and the Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats performed on the same field Friday night.

And the rivalry and showmanship between FAMU and BC-U hasn't gone away.

The two historically black schools - with their dedicated alumni cheering on - played at the Amway Center during the annual Battle of the Bands.

The event, part of Florida Classic Week, which culminates Saturday at the Citrus Bowl, is a celebration of marching bands.

The two college bands, as well as high school bands from across the state and country, performed for thousands at the arena.

The FAMU Marching 100 didn't play the event in 2012, because of 22-month suspension after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Under new band director Sylvester Young, the suspension ended earlier this year when a much smaller Marching 100 played at halftime during the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at the Citrus Bowl in September. 

If you couldn't make it to the Battle of the Bands, check out the video from Friday night's Battle of the Bands "FAMU, Bethune-Cookman marching bands perform again." 

And be sure to follow OrlandoSentinel.com on Saturday for updates on the Florida Classic. 

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