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UW-Madison Band Suspended for Hazing

The Associated Press reported on Friday that all 300 members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band have been suspended indefinitely amid allegations alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct.

The band was not allowed to play Saturday during a U.S. college football game between the Badgers and Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.

Mike Leckrone, band director since 1969, said he made the decision to suspend the band after he received a tip with allegations of hazing. It was the first time in his career that the entire band has ever been suspended and prevented from playing at a game.

Local publication, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave additional details on the UW marching band's situation.

As part of the investigate on the hazing allegations, University of Wisconsin officials began interviewed band members individually Friday night.

“They’re trying to do it as quickly as possible to get to a resolution,? UW-Madison spokeswoman Amy Toburen said. “Hopefully, it can be a resolution that can bring the band back.?

In 2006, the university band was put on probation for seminude dancing, sexualized banter and hazing that occurred during a road trip to Michigan. Officials said the most recent allegations are similar to those brought against the band in 2006.