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!


There are a couple of errors in the Preseason Training Newsletter…

Residence Hall move-in is FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 between 6p and 8p. This is listed erroneously in the newsletter. This move-in time applies to all new and returning students.

Vet report date is listed in two spots; one is correct, the other is not. The correct report day for returning students is Sunday, August 18 at 1p.

Note for flute players: the audition music contains both Flute and Piccolo music. EVERYONE must tryout on flute. If you want to be considered for piccolo, you should prepare that music IN ADDITION TO the flute music. This applies to ALL FLUTE PLAYERS (including vets and leadership) if you want to be considered for piccolo.


The Preseason Training Newsletter has been sent to all potential 2019 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!


Welcome Books were sent via USPS to all potential new Chiefs on July 1. If you were expecting one but did not receive one, call the band office immediately at 850-644-3507.


If you have not sent in your confirmation card indicating that you plan to attend the Preseason Training schedule, do so right away. Audition music will be sent via email on August 1 to those who have sent in the confirmation card. This is important. Do it right away.


There is some confusion ‘out there’ about the times for residence hall move-in on August 16. The time is 6p to 8p. If you were planning on 7p (based on previous documents), that is not a problem. You can move-in any time between 6p and 8p.


August 31 Boise State (7p, in Jacksonville, Full Band Trip)
September 7 ULM (5p, Band Day 1)
September 21 University of Louisville
September 28 North Carolina State
October 12 @ Clemson University (Full Band Trip)
October 26 Syracuse (Homecoming)
November 2 University of Miami
November 11 Veterans Day Parade
November 16 Alabama State (Band Day 2)
November 30 @ University of Florida (Full Band Trip)
December 3-6 Prism Concerts (@ Ruby Diamond Concert Hall)
December 7 @ ACC Championship, Charlotte, NC (Potential Full Band Trip)


August 12, Staff 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 14, Section Leaders and Row Leaders 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 16, All Majorettes (Vets & New Students) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 16, All Color Guard (Flags) (Vets & New Students) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 16, All Percussion (Vets & New Students) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 16, All Other New Students (Winds) 9:00 a.m. HMU 114
August 18, All Veteran Students (Winds) 1:00 p.m. Dohnanyi Recital Hall


Those individuals who are required to be on campus before Sunday, August 18 may check-in to their residence hall on Friday, August 16. Check-in begins at 6p 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 16, 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 17, we go all day, every day until the end of the training session (noon, Saturday, August 24). We call it “preseason training” but think of it as “band camp.”