Bowie State University’s marching band has been suspended and the school canceled its performance at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship Saturday in the wake of hazing allegations against the group, according to the university.
The Symphony of Soul Band was suspended Friday after claims of hazing within the band surfaced. The suspension also affects the university’s pep band, concert band and jazz band.
“Bowie State University has become aware of serious allegations of hazing affecting the Symphony of Soul Band,” spokeswoman Cassandra Robinson said in a statement, which also was emailed to the university community Friday. “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.”
“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,” Robinson said in a statement.
The records from Maryland's public universities, which have investigated the allegations of hazing by fraternities, sororities and athletic teams in recent years, shed new light on rituals long cloaked in secrecy and shame.