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.”

Jun 9

Auxiliary Day 2018

We are pleased to announce our 2018 Auxiliary Day for baton and color guard students.

September 8, 2018, on the campus of Florida State University.

Featuring Karrissa Wimberley & Sean Wimberley, Clinicians.

Auxiliary Day includes…
• Instructional Clinic & Official T-Shirt;
• Admission to FSU vs. SAMFORD football game;
• Halftime Performance with the Marching Chiefs.

Marching Chiefs Rehearsal Field
Manley Whitcomb Band Complex
Florida State University, Tallahassee

• Open to high school students ages 14 and higher.
• Prior experience in color guard or baton twirling is strongly recommended.
• You must provide your own transportation to and from Tallahassee.

The cost is $35 which includes the clinic, football game and a t-shirt. (Food is not provided.)


Jun 1

High School Band Day ’18


We are pleased to announce that our 2018 High School Band Day will be Saturday, September 8 (Samford University). The kick-off time for this game has already been announced as 7:20p.

Band Day is open to all area high school bands. Expose your students to the world-renowned Marching Chiefs as they perform a pregame concert, during the game, and at halftime. Free admission to the game is provided to high school band students, their directors, and (in restricted quantity) official chaperones.

In 2017, thousands of high school band students enjoyed the sights and sounds of college football. We cordially invite all high school band directors to bring their students to one of our 2018 High School Band Days.


Call the FSU Band Office at (850-644-3507) to be placed on the priority mailing list.

Sorry. Priority calls will only be accepted from High School Band Directors.

Aug 24

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and More

Follow the Marching Chiefs on your mobile device or computer with our official social media sites!


We are happy to finally introduce our official Facebook page for Marching Chiefs.

To be certain that you are finding the OFFICIAL Marching Chiefs Facebook page, use this link…

CLICK HERE to see our official Facebook page.

As you may know, there are a few “Marching Chiefs” fan pages on Facebook. These are not official and not endorsed by Dr. Dunnigan, Dr. Plack, the College of Music, or Florida State University.

If you follow one of these, be aware that you will find nothing official on these pages.

Use only our official Facebook page for official Marching Chiefs information.



Follow the Marching Chiefs on Twitter! This is your source for late-breaking news and announcements. Open to current students, future students and all of our fans. Use the link below.

CLICK HERE to see our official Twitter page.



Enjoy “in the moment” pictures and video of the Marching Chiefs by following us on Instagram!

User Name: fsuchiefs

The Instagram app is available as a free download for iOS and Andriod devices.



Join us for live broadcasts of Marching Chiefs performances and rehearsals by following us on Periscope!

User Name: @FSUChiefs

The Periscope app is available as a free download for iOS and Andriod devices.



Enjoy high quality video of recent performances on your mobile device or computer. Available in Standard Definition and High Definition.

CLICK HERE to visit the official Marching Chiefs Channel on Vimeo.


Jan 8

Fresh Chiefs Video

New videos from the 2018 season available here!

Enjoy video from recent performances on our video page by CLICKING HERE.