The world-renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs consists of 420 young
men and women from virtually all disciplines and majors available at Florida
In addition to providing halftime pageantry for Seminole home
football games, they regularly travel to away games and an annual postseason
bowl game. The band started out nearly 60 years ago with 15-20 members from the
Florida State College for Women. With quite an addition to its membership
throughout the decades and the school’s change to “The Florida State
University,” a newspaper contest resulted in the band’s name change to the
“Marching Chiefs” in 1950.
In 1953, then-Director Dr. Manley Whitcomb hired
Charles Carter as the ‘Chiefs arranger. Over 40 years later, Dr. Carter is
still arranging the spirited sounds of The Marching Chiefs.
FSU’s marching band
is the only one ever to be featured in Sports llustrated, while also having
traveled overseas to play in Syria in the mid 1970’s, thus earning the title of