The University of Wisconsin marching band has been suspended amid rumors of hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct. That's right. The whole band. What kind of "sexual misconduct" gets an entire band suspended? I don't know but I was in the marching band and I can assure you, band geeks are freaky people.
That means the band will not perform at tonight’s Big Ten football game between the 18th-ranked Badgers and the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium, and it marks the first time the marching band has been suspended from a game show in at least 40 years, band director Mike Leckrone said. “I thought the only thing I could do to send the message was to suspend,” Leckrone said.
Apparently the band has run into deviance in the past. In 2006, the band was put on probation for "semi-nude dancing, sexualized banter and hazing ". No details are available about this year's incident, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has drummed up some of the band past indiscretions: • A hazing incident in which a female band member was told to suck on a sex toy. • Female band members being forced to kiss other female band members to gain access to bus bathrooms. • Younger band members being forced to run errands and refill beer cups for older band members. • Behavior in 2004 that led a bus driver to pull over and call the police. Kissing girls and sucking on sex toys? Sounds like a standard Friday night for most co-eds. After the 2006 incidents, Leckrone promised to get a handle on his band and had this to say, ""If it doesn't happen, I don't think I should be the director." Well that just seals his fate, doesn't it?