Marching Chiefs

Marching Chiefs stretching at practice.
Nick Evans

Football in Tallahassee isn’t just a popular sport, it’s woven into the city’s culture.  The season begins Saturday, Aug. 30, but it’s not just football players scrambling to prepare.  Florida State University’s marching band, The Marching Chiefs, are working hard to get ready for the game day as well.

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.