Survey: Almost One Third of College Band Members Hazed

A new survey found hazing to be a major problem in college marching bands.

Thirty percent of students in college marching bands reported being hazed in survey results released May 20.

The national survey, first published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, was completed by 1,215 students in NCAA Division I marching band programs in 30 states.

It found that nearly 20 percent of respondents had been required to sing or chant in public and nearly 20 percent of respondents were yelled at or sworn at. The most common type of hazing was public humiliation or degradation, according to

Of the students who said they had witnessed hazing, over half of them believed their teachers were aware of the hazing while 22 percent said alumni were present for the hazing. About three percent of respondents reported being forced to play drinking games.

The survey was done by Jason Silviera, an assistant professor of music education at Oregon State University, and Michael Hudson of the University of Kentucky.

Campus Safety has previously reported on numerous hazing scandals that in some cases resulted in death.

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