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About this cheer

This cheer is a riff from "Chameleon", written and recorded by Herbie Hancock in 1973. Maynard Ferguson recorded a notable cover of this song in 1974.

Instrumentation requirements

The cheer is comprised of two parts:

Part I (Melody):

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Alto sax
  • Trumpet
  • Mellophone

Part II (Bass line):

  • Tenor sax
  • Bari sax
  • Trombone/baritone
  • Sousaphone

As long as there are enough people playing each part, the cheer will sound fine.


Due to its length, this cheer is usually only played when one of the teams playing has called a time out. Because this song exists as a cheer and as a song, the song was pulled from the active set (since the cheer was called more often). This was done to avoid confusion, as on more than one occasion members of the band were playing two different arrangements of Chameleon at the same time in the early to mid-2000s.