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Since 1949, the name Marching Chiefs has served as the official title of the marching band of The Florida State University. Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[7] is a public research university located in Tallahassee. ...


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History

An unnamed band had existed at the university since 1941 when the school was still The Florida State College for Women under the leadership of Charlotte Cooper, Jean Hitchcock, Allie Ludlaw, and director Owen F. Sellers. With fewer than twenty students, the band made its first performance at the Odds and Evens intramural football game on Thanksgiving Day 1939. With the integration of male students to the university in 1947 and a budding athletic program on the horizon, the marching band found itself expanding and searching for a unique identity. A newspaper survey conducted that year, sponsored by the FSU Student Government Association, aided in selecting the title officially adopted by the university. For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Florida State University State University System of Florida FAMU FAU FGCU FIU FSU NCF UCF UF UNF USF UWF Florida State University, also commonly referred to as FSU or Florida State, is a comprehensive, graduate-national research university founded and located in Tallahassee, Florida in 1851. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The first appearance of the Marching Chiefs was at Stetson University in 1949. Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1953, Dr. Manley R. Whitcomb, formerly of Ohio State University, joined the faculty at FSU as the director of the Marching Chiefs. Whitcomb is credited with being the first to implement fast marching tempos, and high marching steps known as the "Chief Step". Whitcomb was also among the first college band directors to use the football grid as a template for planning halftime shows. He has been credited as the inventor of the eight steps to five yards, or 8-to-5, marching pace. Along with Dr. Whitcomb came the talented young arranger, Charlie Carter. Under Whitcomb's tutelage, chapters of the honorary band fraternity and sorority Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma were installed. Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1958 Charlie Carter arranged J. Dayton's Smith's, "The Hymn to the Garnet and the Gold" into the current arrangement the Marching Chiefs play to this day. It was after the Homecoming game of that same year that "The Hymn to the Garnet and the Gold" was played (and sung) by the Marching Chiefs starting a tradition that still endures to this day. Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1959 the Marching Chiefs practice field was moved to its current location, just south of the Tully Gym/Leach Center Complex. Early band members called it Sherwood Forest. Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


By the early 1960s, the band numbered about 150 and Whitcomb had turned over the reins of the marching band to longtime music faculty member Robert T. Braunagel, "Brownie." Carter remained as arranger. Cliff Madsen was assistant director. This period saw FSU's first football victories over instate rivals Miami and Florida, and the band was there to witness and aid them. Band trips to Miami were annual and much-anticipated events, since Miami was unwilling to visit the much smaller FSU stadium. Uniforms were updated from black double-breasted coats to trimmer black uniforms with gold overlays embroidered with a Seminole Indian profile. Girls, or "chicks" in Chiefs' parlance, wore skirts and majorette boots.


Probably the most significant event of the decade occurred in 1963, when the homecoming halftime show featured an innovation in halftime entertainment: the first-ever performance of an original composition for marching band, accompanied by abstract formations integrated with the music. Band Ballet was a challenging work approximately 10 minutes long composed by John Boda, a well-known composer and FSU professor. The intricate formations were created by director Robert Braunagel.

In 1971 Florida State University Alumnus and former Marching Chief Drum Major Richard Mayo took over as Director of the Marching Chiefs. That same year the Marching Chiefs grew to over 200 members and were finalists in the Best College Marching Band Contest on ABC-TV. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1974 the Marching Chiefs traveled as guests of the United States Department of State to perform at the International Trade Fair in Damascus, Syria. While in the Middle East, the Chiefs traveled to Amman, Jordan for a command performance for King Hussein. Thus beginning the "world-renowned" title that the Marching Chiefs use to this day. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... “Department of State” redirects here. ... This is about Damascus, the capital of Syria. ... Location of Amman Amman (Arabic عمان ʿAmmān), the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, is a city of more than 1. ... Hussein bin Talal (Arabic: حسين بن طلال) (November 14, 1935 - February 7, 1999) was the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 1952 to 1999. ...


In 1977 FSU and Marching Chief Alumnus Dr. Bentley Shellahamer took over as Director of the Marching Chiefs. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


In 1977 the Marching Chiefs made their first NFL performance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1978 the Marching Chiefs made their second NFL performance for the New Orleans Saints. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1981 membership in the Marching Chiefs exceeded 300 and FSU Alumnus David Westberry took over as voice of the Marching Chiefs. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


The December 6, 1982 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine stated that, "Florida State occasionally may lose a football game, but never a halftime show." December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


In 1984 the Marching Chiefs made their third NFL performance jointly with the Fightin' Gator Marching Band of the University of Florida at Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, FL. This article is about the year. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... Date January 22, 1984 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Marcus Allen, Running back Favorite Redskins by 2 1/2 National anthem Barry Manilow Coin toss Bronko Nagurski Referee Gene Barth Halftime show Salute to Superstars of the Silver Screen with the University of Florida and Florida State University... Tampas skyline For alternate meanings, see Tampa (disambiguation) Tampa is a city located in Hillsborough County on the west coast of Florida. ...


In 1988, the Chiefs had grown to over 400 members, making the ensemble the largest collegiate marching band in the world. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1989 Robert Sheldon became Director of the Marching Chiefs. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1991 the Chiefs became the first collegiate marching band to produce their own CD recording "Our Best Foot Forward", under the direction of new director Patrick Dunnigan. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1992 the Marching Chiefs practice field was renamed in honor of Dr. Manley R. Whitcomb. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1997 the Marching Chiefs renewed their "world-renowned" status when they traveled to London, England to perform a halftime show for the World Football League's London Monarchs. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... Year Founded 1991 Year Retired 1998 City London, England Team Colours (London) Royal Blue, Gold, Red Team Colours (England) Red, White, Black Championships 1 (1991, beat Barcelona Dragons 21-0) The London Monarchs were a franchise in NFL Europe and its predecessor league, the World League of American Football (WLAF...


The 2001 season marked the first appearance of the Marching Chiefs current uniform of garnet pants, garnet shako hat with a white feather plume, and white jacket featuring the garnet arrow head on the back and "FSU" on the front. The previous uniforms (1989 - 2000) were retired and are now being made into commemorative pillows as a fund raising project for the Florida State University Band Alumni Association to raise funds for an archway entrance to the Dr. Manley R. Whitcomb Band Complex. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... A Shako of a French Navy uniform of the 19th century. ... The hackle is a feather plume (most plumes are made of horsehair) that is attached to the headdress. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2005, a donation of over $1 million dollars was made to the university for a new practice field for the Marching Chiefs. Starting with the 2005 season, the Chiefs have a brand new million dollar artificial turf field to march on fully painted as Bobby Bowden Field would be on game day, complete with the FSU Seminole Head Logo in the center. That season also saw the addition of the Rifle Line added to the auxiliary sections. At the inaugural ACC championship game in Jacksonville, the Marching Chiefs' drumline ("The Big 8") defeated the Virginia Tech Drumline in a drumoff. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium is the football stadium on the campus of the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. ...


In 2006, the Marching Chiefs had an unprecedented 8 home games, which meant 8 different field performances. As always, the Chiefs accomplished their goal, and exceeded all expectations. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sections

The Marching Chiefs' sections are known by its members by their own specific name and are as follows:



Flutes: "Flutes"


Clarinets: "Pieces" (Previously "Five Easy Pieces")


Alto & Tenor Saxophones: "Section X"


Mellophones: "Hornz" (Previously "Hornies")


Trumpets: "Screech Squad" or commonly referred to as "Screech"


Baritones: "Tone Quality(TQ)" or commonly referred to as "Tones"


Trombones: "The Roamin' Bones" or commonly referred to as "Bones" (Previously "Boners")


Sousaphones: "Royal Flush" or commonly referred to as "Flush"


Percussion: "The Big 8 Drumline" or commonly referred to as "Big 8"


Auxiliary is comprised of Color Guard, Rifle Line, Majorettes and Feature Twirler(s)


Show/Technical Support: "Glue Crew"


Each individual section has its own set of history and traditions, some with their own colors, mottos, symbols, songs, pre-game rituals and/or crests.


Traditions

Skull Session - When Manley Whitcomb, the founder of the Marching Chiefs, came to Florida State University from Ohio State University he brought a lot of traditions with him, one of those being what is known as a "Skull Session". Performed usually on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium (located right next to Doak Campbell Stadium) The Chiefs perform section cheers and then go on to give the audience a sneak preview of the day's halftime show selections. Most section cheers tend to be either well-known pop songs, opportunities to poke fun at school opponents/other sections or inside jokes. All cheers are arranged by students who are usually current/alumni Chiefs. Dick Howser Stadium is a stadium in Tallahassee, Florida. ... Doak Campbell Stadium and the Heritage Tower fountain at Florida State University Doak Campbell Stadium is the football stadium on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. ...


"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" - This is a tradition that started when the Chiefs were under the direction of Dr. Bentley Shellhammer. As the football team is finishing its on-field warm up routine, the Chiefs join the team's vocals. As they finish, the team lines up shoulder to shoulder on the fifty yard line and holds up their helmets and walks toward the end zone as the Chiefs play the theme from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" which has been arranged into "G.B.U.", an extended intro which leads into the singing of the Florida State Fight Song.


"Flushing" The Field -The Royal Flush, during every pre-game performance, "flushes" the field by running around the Seminole head at the center of Bobby Bowden Field while the head drum major stands at the center of it. As the rest of the band exits off the field, The Royal Flush is last off as the field and the entire band ends the exit cadence by counting the number of Flush members and ending with "Flush!" This can be heard on every single recording of the Exit Cadence.


"The Hymn To The Garnet & Gold"- Most Chiefs will agree that their favorite school song is what is commonly known as "The Hymn". When Florida State University was looking for an alma mater, several composers sent in their contributions. The Hymn did not make it as the official FSU Alma Mater, but it lives and thrives as a long-standing school tradition of the Chiefs singing it at the end of every game.


The Marching Chiefs webpage is located at http://www.marchingchiefs.fsu.edu


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