White said that hazing has been “rampant on university campuses.” He also noted that the suspensions would let students know that this kind of activity would not be tolerated. White says that university officials didn’t support his decision, and instead second-guessed it. Some of the parents of band members said that the punishments were too harsh.
“And so the band members were apprehensive. ‘Doc, you think we can go without 19 trombone players?'” said White, who replaced “Marching 100” founder William P. Foster as director in 1998. “And other folks. ‘Doc, do you thing you can do it without them?’ My comment was, it doesn’t matter, I am not going to sacrifice the performance for the principle.”