The Orlando Sentinel today reports on recent statements made by the parents of former Florida A&M University Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, criticizing the university for hiring a new director of the marching band while being led by an interim president and confronting questions about its accreditation.
“You should get your priorities straight,” (Robert Champion Sr.) said of FAMU. “The band isn’t going to make or break the school. It’s the students getting their degrees.”
There is merit in suggesting that FAMU’s problems are bigger than who leads the Marching 100, but suggesting that the Marching 100 isn’t or shouldn’t be an important part of the university’s long-term solutions in financing, recruitment and branding is either a gross misunderstanding of FAMU’s operational culture, or a willful attempt to undermine it.