Robert Champion had just become a drum major for the famed Florida A&M marching band, the Marching 100. However, Champion's authority as a drum major was being challenged, so he volunteered for the band's hazing ritual. It starts with the "Hot Seat", where the person is beaten using percussion instruments at the back of the bus. It finishes with "Crossing Bus C", which forced a new band member to go from the front to the back of the bus while being beaten. Champion made it to the back, but was injured so severely that he had internal bleeding, stopped breathing, and died.
The police arrested 12 people on felony hazing charges, and the band director and university president also resigned.