LSU Fires Marching Band Director Roy King

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The director of LSU's Golden Band from Tiger Land has been fired, ending a career of almost two decades working with the university's marching band.

         Attorney Jill Craft tells The Advocate’s Rebekah Allen that Roy King learned he was terminated Tuesday in a letter.

         "He is shocked that the university he loved would ever treat him this way," Craft said of King.

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         LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard confirmed that King was no longer employed by LSU.

         Ballard says they provided a letter outlining reasons based on an investigation related to adherence of policies, procedures and financial safeguards meant to protect Tiger Band and LSU.

         Craft said the termination letter accuses King of wrongfully giving out scholarships to members of the Golden Girls and the Color Guard, a practice she said has gone on for years and one that uses money designated from athletics and not the LSU School of Music.

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         LSU President F. King Alexander called the situation a personnel matter and said that a review is under way.

         King was put on paid administrative leave April 6. He was the athletic marching band director for five years and has worked in the band's administration for 18 years.

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