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Miami’s band disciplined

The Miami marching band has issued a formal apology to Miami and to President Garland for actions by some of its members during a bus trip to the West Virginia University football game.

Miami officials are investigating reports of alcohol use and inappropriate behavior by some members of the university’s marching band during a trip to that game.

As a result of a preliminary investigation, the marching band will not be allowed to perform during halftime at the Parents Weekend football game against Marshall on Oct. 2. The band will be allowed to play on the field before and after the game and from the stands.

In addition, a band trip to a Bengals football game has been cancelled.

The actions follow a complaint by band members that students on one of six charter buses engaged in alcohol consumption in violation of university policy, showed an explicit video and "mooned" each other and a passing vehicle. In addition, university officials are investigating a report of alcohol use by band members at a lodge where students were housed.

The decision to cancel the Oct. 2 halftime performance and the Bengals trip was made jointly by the band director, chair of the music department, dean of the School of Fine Arts and the provost. Students receive academic credit for participating in marching band.

University officials said that although the conduct during the trip to the Sept. 11 football game did not involve all members of the band, it is long-standing university policy to hold a student organization responsible for infractions committed by some members.

"Band members are official representatives of Miami, funded with taxpayer and student fee support. Just as actions of individuals reflect poorly on the reputation of the band, the actions of the band as a whole reflect upon the university and all our students," said Richard Little, senior director of university communications.

A letter from the band to Garland stated, "We are ashamed of the events we mistakenly called ‘traditions.’ We now see them (as) actions that disregard university policy and state laws as well as infringe on the rights of others. We are sorry for any disgrace we have brought upon the university and thank you for the opportunity to correct our actions."

Date Published: 09/30/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 10

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