Aug 13

Preseason Training News

Here you will find all the information you need for the upcoming Marching Chiefs Preseason Training session.

Check this page often for late breaking news and information regarding Preseason Training.

Greetings to all potential returning and potential new students!


Leadership training has started and we are getting ready for the arrival of potential new members on Friday, August 17.

If you have not done so, please read EVERYTHING on this page especially the information about the first day (August 17) at the bottom.

It is not too late to register for preseason training but you need to call the band office (850-644-3507) as soon as possible.


The Preseason Training Newsletter has been sent to all potential 2018 Chiefs as of today, August 1, via email.

This email also included audition music for wind and percussion students. (Guard and majorette auditions were held this past April.)

The email contains a link to a Dropbox folder where you should download all pertinent documents.

If you did NOT receive the email, then one of these following reasons must apply…

1) Erroneous email address, usually a typo, or we could not read your handwriting. Call the band office; or…

2) You sent in the card, but not enough time has passed for it to be delivered to us; or…

3) The USPS lost your card on its way to us; or…

4) Your email filter blocked the email.

If you know for certain that you sent in the card, but did not receive the email by August 1, please call the band office immediately (850-644-3507).

If you have not yet sent in the card, but wish to audition for Marching Chiefs, call the band office at 850-644-3507.

We will continue sending preseason emails every day that we receive cards or calls.

Best of luck to everyone auditioning. Go ‘Noles!



September 3 Virginia Tech (8p, ESPN)
September 8 Samford University (Band Day)
September 22 Univ. of Northern Illinois (Parents Weekend) 
October 6 @ University of Miami (Full Band Trip)
October 20 Wake Forest (Homecoming)
October 26 A Night Among Champions (@ Doak Campbell Stadium)
October 27 Clemson University
November 10 @ University of Notre Dame (Pep Band Trip)
November 12 Veterans Day Parade
November 17 Boston College
November 24 University of Florida
November 27 – 30 Prism Concerts (@ Ruby Diamond Concert Hall)
December 1 @ ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC (Potential Full Band Trip)


August 13, Staff 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 15, Section Leaders and Row Leaders 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 17, All Majorettes (Vets & New Students) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 17, All Color Guard (Flags) (Vets & New Students) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 17, All Percussion (Vets & New Students) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 17, All Other New Students (Winds) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 19, All Veteran Students (Winds) 1:00 p.m. Dohnanyi Recital Hall


Those individuals who are required to be on campus before Sunday, August 19 may check-in to their residence hall on Friday, August 17. Check-in begins in the evening after the New Student audition, orientation, and first rehearsal. Returning students may also check-in at this time if so confirmed with the band office.


9a to 12 Noon, Registration and Music Audition
12 Noon to 1:30p, Lunch Break
1:30p to 3p, New Student Orientation
3:00p to 5:30p, Music Rehearsal for New Students
5:30p to 7:30p, Dinner Break
8p, Residence Hall Check-In

On Friday, August 17, your “first stop” is the registration line and the music audition. This occurs during the three-hour block of time from 9a to noon. YOU MAY REPORT TO THE COLLEGE OF MUSIC ANYTIME DURING THAT BLOCK. Most everyone shows up at 9a, but the line will be long at that time and IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ANY REASONABLE DISTANCE FROM TALLAHASSEE, you may “report” at any time during the 9a-Noon block. You do not have to be there precisely at 9a.

Starting on Saturday morning, August 18, we go all day, every day until the end of the training session (noon, Saturday, August 27). We call it “preseason training” but think of it as “band camp.”