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Internal audit raises red flags about MSU band

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An internal audit of the Missouri State University band program has raised red flags.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that (http://sgfnow.co/xvzH4R) auditors found that the program failed to collect fees from all members or ensure they were enrolled properly.

The nine-page audit was finalized this month and released to the News-Leader on Thursday because of an open records request.

It found the school failed to charge all members of the Pride Marching Band a $335 fee, costing the school $5,360.

Auditors also found that 10 of 335 band members in fall 2010 weren’t enrolled for the semester. Another 11 students were enrolled but did not sign up for required band classes.

Several other band members received grants even when they didn’t meet academic requirements.

Music officials promise to tighten controls.

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