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FSU Marching Chiefs War Chant heard during Super Bowl LV

Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 21:11:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — If you watched the Super Bowl you may have heard a familiar sound.

The sound of Florida State University's War Chant can't be denied, and for those with an ear to how the Marching Chiefs play it, certain whistles, the quality of the sound, it can be recognized as authentic from a mile away.

Florida State's Director of Athletic Bands David Plack confirmed to ABC 27 Monday that yes, it was the Marching Chiefs War Chant you heard during the Super Bowl Sunday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs started using the War Chant some time in the early 90s

Plack said he wanted to make sure fans knew that it was in fact their version you heard, so he tweeted it!

Plack said he thinks it's fantastic, the highest form of flattery is imitation but he would like a slice of Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes near half a million-dollar contract.

"It's frustrating and it also puts our school and specifically the Marching Chiefs on a National stage," Plack said. "That's exciting in and of itself. The War Chant itself is not copyrighted. It really is not. They play it just short that they escape the need for any royalties."

Plack joked that it was funny seeing how conflicted Seminole fans were cheering against the War Chant in the Super Bowl.