Marching Band

Graham Shaw
Slayton Shaw

A 72-year-old FSU alumnus is hoping to return to campus this fall as the oldest-ever member of the school’s marching band. The Marching Chiefs hopeful from the Panama City area is getting help from current band members as he prepares for the August audition.

Graham Shaw has taught himself cymbals in preparation for the Marching Chiefs audition. After his brother posted a video of him online this week, he says a current Chiefs percussionist offered to give him a lesson. And other band members have offered to help too.

Nick Evans

Update 5/15/2015 3:10 pm:

On Tuesday WFSU reported the Rickards High School Marching Band had been invited to the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  That was incorrect, but Band Leader Zachery Nealy says the Rickards Raiders have still been invited to a prestigious parade. 

“The crosshairs got mixed up,” Nealy says, “And so, no, it’s not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as I’ve been advised to say, it’s not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  It is the McDonalds Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade.”