Trio of Tenors

Last year, the SUMB’s tenor saxophone section grew from 5 members to 16. Where will they go next year? To lead the way, here are your three tenor saxophone leaders!

Name: Dreya Cherry  Dreya_Cherry
Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Industry and Music History and Cultures
Hometown: Harleysville, PA
Position: Tenor Sax Section Leader
Favorite thing about band: I love the game day traditions. From the quad show to march over, it’s so much fun getting hyped and being goofy with your section.
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading and playing with cats.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: The whole band atmosphere can be a little overwhelming at first. Don’t be afraid to ask anyone for help with marching, school work, or just life. Everyone was in your shoes at one point and understands what it is like! Also, the Starbucks near the Carrier Dome takes SUperfood money.
Who’s your celebrity crush? Adam Scott. And I wish Tom Bergeron was my celebrity dad.
Where IS Waldo? Have you checked under the table?
What would be written on your tombstone? “I’m alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic!”

Name: Kate FletcherKate_Fletcher
Year: Sophomore
Major: English Education and English and Textual Studies
Hometown: Pennington, NJ
Position: Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: the sense of camaraderie in pursuing the common goal of entertaining The Greater Syracuse Area and The Universe
Favorite activity outside of band: dogspotting and writing
Veteran tip for band camp/school: If you think something is cool, do it with no shame!!
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band?
I’ve been listening to Summer Hits of the 90s and Best of the 2000s to fulfill my dream of being a dad and an angsty teen at the same time.
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
For dead, I would choose Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. For living, I would choose Ruth Bader Ginsberg. If I can only choose one, I would issue a series of tests for the two to compete for the honor of attending this dinner.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Once I ate a bowl of guinea pig food in milk as one does with cereal. I like to live life on the edge.

Name: Hailee SalvesenHailee_Salvesen
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education (Music History and Cultures Minor)
Hometown: Blue Point, NY
Position: Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: All of the game day traditions!
Favorite activity outside of band: Cooking with good friends and loud music
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t feel pressured to be anyone but yourself.
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band? Pop punk, broody jazz, and dad rock.
What fictional world would you most like to live in? The powerpuff girls
What would you put on your perfect pizza? Who am I to discriminate? All pizza is perfect.

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Flags Flying High – The Color Guard

In addition to the winds, brass, and percussion, the SUMB has a color guard. This section provides visual accent and, in essence, makes the band look good. The color guard also contains the Orange Girl, a featured twirler, Junior Meghan Sinisi. Get to know these sparkling faces in this week’s Section Leader Spotlight!

Name: Rachel NovotnyRachel_Novotny1
Year: Junior
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Amsterdam, NY
Position: Color Guard Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The family you gain. This is my 7th band camp and each year gets better and better because you get to meet more people with a common interest. Some of my best friends are also members of my marching band family.
Favorite activity outside of band: Ordering food from Grubhub.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Enjoy ever second, it goes by unbelievably fast. Take time to step back and breathe and really enjoy who you’re with and where you are.
What are you doing this summer? I have a marketing internship with a summer collegiate baseball team in my hometown, The Amsterdam Mohawks.
Who’s your celebrity crush? Taylor Kitsch
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Orange​

Paige_PaluchName: Paige Paluch
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Corning, NY
Position: Color Guard Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Quad shows!
Favorite activity outside of band: Volunteering/service
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get lots of sleep before band camp rehearsals!
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band? Ed Sheeran! I am seeing him in concert in June
What would you do if you won the lottery? Pay off my student loans!
What’s your dream job? BCBA- I want to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I love applied behavior analysis and working with children with autism and other developmental disorders

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Four Fabulous Flutes

With just 10 weeks left until the beginning of band camp,band members new and old are anxiously awaiting the return of the marching band season. The annual SUMB “Orange Peel” newsletter was distributed to both prospective members and returning members.  Didn’t receive the publication? Not to worry! You can find it here.

Through the combined efforts of many members of the Pride, we were also able to release our 2015 recruitment video showing why YOU should join the SUMB. Check it out here!

This week on our SUMBlog, we check out our four fabulous flute section leaders!

Name: Katie Canete Katie_Canete
Year: Sophomore
Major: Music and the Entertainment Industries in the Bandier Program
Hometown: New Providence, NJ
Position: Flute Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Getting to know about 200 awesome people before you even set foot in your first class
Favorite activity outside of band: Working on the staff of 20 Watts Music Magazine!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to get involved in anything and everything you’re interested in. Also-remember to smile. :)
What are you doing this summer? This summer, I’m doing some work at Primary Wave Music in Manhattan, and then I’m going on a 6-week tour with various rock/pop bands around the Northeast and Midwest.
What superpower do you wish you had and why? I wish I had the ability to manipulate/freeze time… Aka for those times that I procrastinate and need to get things done!
How much do we have to pay you to eat a bowl of crickets? That depends on if the crickets are alive or dead…. A bowl of live crickets? You couldn’t pay me to eat those. Dead ones? I’d request a hefty price of $241,908.63.

Name: Amanda GreenbackerAmanda_Greenbacker
Year: Junior (oh God, oh no, I’m old!)
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Bristol, CT
Position: Flute Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The quad show! I think it’s the most fun thing we do!
Favorite activity outside of band: We do things outside of band..? Just kidding! I love to watch nerdy british television and horror movies.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Make time for yourself. Schedule 20 minutes in to just sit back, relax, and drink a cup of coffee or watch an episode of Bob’s Burgers. Trust me, it will make or break your mental health!
Favorite Summer Band: The Rolling Stones, forever and always! <3
Dinner with anyone: Dave Grohl, hands down. I think he’d be a riot!
Where IS Waldo? He’s in Rome. I swear to God, I saw him there in February on Spring Break!

Name: Ashley OgasawaraAshley_Ogasawara
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Art & Animation
Hometown: Corona, California
Position: Flute Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The camaraderie, oh, and our quad shows. (:
Favorite activity outside of band: Knitting cat sweaters while taking long walks on the beach.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t eat a full meal before the ‘fun run.’ Don’t worry, you’ll understand.
What’s your spirit animal? An otter
What fictional world would you most like to live in? I’d be a hobbit living in the Shire, hairy feet and all.
What’s your dream job? A VFX artist for Industrial Light & Magic

Name: Jenna StangoJenna_Stango
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education and Flute Performance Honors
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Position: Flute music instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: Being apart of something collaborative that is bigger than yourself
Favorite activity outside of band: Playing chamber music with friends
Veteran tip for band camp/school: MANAGE YOUR TIME WELL. This is the hardest lesson to learn Freshman year. It is all too easy to get overwhelmed if you procrastinate. For band camp, talk to anyone and everyone. Many of the people you meet during band camp will be your closest friends for the rest of college. Everyone is going through the same thing, so there is no reason to be shy! :)
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band? Stevie Wonder
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be? Beethoven- he is my favorite composer, and I’d love to pick his brain about his intentions with some of his pieces.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Candied durian fruit- it’s an Asian fruit that is known as the smelliest fruit in the world. In Thailand, it’s actually illegal to bring it in public because of its smell.

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We Want YOU to Join the SUMB!

Are you overflowing with Orange Pride? The SUMB is a great way to get involved on campus! If you’re thinking about joining the SUMB, listen to what some current band members have to say in a #SelfieSunday style video!

We also want to give a quick shout out to Clare Crane, John Grout, Arman Hussain, Sarah Kelley, Demetri Papadopoulos, Maria Savannah, and Sarah Willsey starring in our video and helping us promote the SUMB! We would also like to thank Tina Mastrull for her contributions and Andrew Leathem, Austin Merullo, and Lindsay Murphy for their guest appearances!

Marvelous Mellophones

For our next section leader spotlight, we move towards the brass section to take a look at our three mellophone New York-native leaders!

Name: Andrew Leathemandrew
Year: Junior
Major: Forensic Psychology
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Position: Mellophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The family and friends you make
Favorite activity outside of band: Playing sports, reading
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get to know as many people as you can, you’ll be spending a lot of time with them
You can only eat one food for the rest of your life- what would it be?
Macaroni and Cheese
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Some kind of blue

Name: Nick Townsend Nick_Townsend
Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations and International Relations
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Position: Mellophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The sense of community
Favorite activity outside of band: Eating
Veteran tip for band camp/school: You only live Freshman year once! Make a variety of friends, strive for great grades but also have fun!
You can only eat one food for the rest of your life- what would it be? Brownie Calzone from Calios
In a movie about your life, what actor would you cast as yourself and why? Drake Bell because he is almost a complete representation of me.

Name: Katie Vedilago
Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Position: Mellophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: I love how welcoming everyone is and how the band may be huge, but you still get to know and becoming friends with each and every person!
Favorite activity outside of band: Playing volleyball or hanging out with my brother who goes to ESF! (Thats him in the picture)
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to be yourself and be outgoing right from the start! If you have a comment or a question, people are always willing to listen to what you have to say!
Who’s your celebrity crush? Definitely Chris Evans as Captain America
What’s your dream job? My dream is to be able to teach music to elementary students internationally someplace exciting like Africa or Europe! I strongly believe that music is a universal language and love learning about the roles music plays in different cultures!
What’s your spirit animal? Well, according to www.animalinyou.com, I’m a horse, but I like to think of myself as a red fox because we have the same color hair and we’re both basically nocturnal.

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2014 Section of the Year – The Clarinets

Each season the SUMB votes on the Section of the Year, in which the SUMB staff recognizes the outstanding work of one section. Last year, the clarinets emerged victorious. Hoping to lead the section to a back-to-back win, here are your clarinet leaders for 2015!

Name: Nicholette DischiaveIMG_1030
Year: Senior
Major: Dual History/ Social Studies Education
Hometown: Central Square, New York
Position: Clarinet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band:
I love that the SUMB gives everyone a chance to be involved even if they have never marched before joining. There is also so many travel
opportunities, and it is really great to be able to travel and perform in front of amazing fans!
Favorite activity outside of band: Spending time with my family and friends
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Enjoy the next four years. It is going to go by in the blink of an eye. Also be open to meeting new people.
You never know who will become your lifelong friend.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Travel around the world

Name: Kelly GorringeKelly_Gorringe
Year: Senior
Major: Music Industry
Hometown: Pipersville, PA
Position: Clarinet section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Quad shows, Halftime shows, traveling, and all the fun memories made along the way.
Favorite activity outside of band: Talking about band (No, really). Also: reading, netflixing, and having fun spontaneous adventures.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Some pretty general advice: Get (some) sleep, take care of yourself, keep ontop of your class work, but don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to people and have some fun!
Who’s your celebrity crush? Robert Downey Jr. is on the top of the list.
What fictional world would you most like to live in? The magical world of Harry Potter, at least then I could explain what the function of a rubber duck is! (and magic, duh).
What would be written on your tombstone? “Not appreciating my puns when I was alive was a grave mistake”

Name: John GroutJohn_Grout
Year: Junior
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: Derry, NH
Position: Clarinet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The sharp response of Attention followed by the crystal clear sound of silence as the response decays, evaporating away.
Favorite activity outside of band: Swimming
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always get some water to drink during EVERY break, even if you just had some.
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be? Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus Augustus, Emperor Justinian the First of the Byzantine Empire
What would you put on your perfect pizza? Wheat crust, basil, mozzarella, pesto, feta, spinach, kalamata olives, diced tomatoes. Mediterranean pizza is love. Mediterranean pizza is life.
What’s your dream job? Author
 

Name: Jesse WilhelmJess_Wilhelm_1
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Position: Clarinet Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: It’s like being apart of a giant family, all coming together to do something we love; which is making music ☺
Favorite activity outside of band: camping and baking
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t let your mindset get engrossed over the negative and fear. If you want something, go after it. If you want to join a club or organization, just do it. It might benefit you in the long run. If you want to make new friends, just be yourself and open up to everyone you meet. If you feel that your major is not for you, don’t sit there and cry about it. Do something about it; take new classes that interest you or seek advice. In the end, you’ll be happier off even if you did something that resulted in a mistake. That way you can say, “ok, how can I learn from this?” and not have to wonder “what if..” for the rest of your life.
What are you doing this summer? Saving money to travel through some countries in Europe next summer with friends!! (so working full time :P haha)
What super power do you wish you had and why? I always wanted to be able to fly, like tag and hide and go seek were always fun when I was a kid, but I had always want to be able to fly up and hide on rooftops or trees when playing these games like Peter Pan. I also wanted to be like Mary Poppins and fly by using an umbrella. I destroyed like all umbrellas my family had one time because I ran down the giant hill my house is on with them propped open when it was extremely windy out to try to gain leverage to fly.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Well first I would cry because like, holy smokes! I would probably pay off my family’s/ my debts then build my dream home which is a log cabin with a big yard with trees on the shore of a lake (and of course I would have to have a boat, snowmobile and like other cool stuff). Then I would donate the rest to Make A Wish because that’s my favorite foundation, to foundations to end international traffic in slavery, and give grants to schools in need of music programs.

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Women Crush Wednesday: SUMB Edition

In less than 3 months, the Carrier Dome will be filled with the 2015-2016 Pride of the Orange! Some of the first people the new rookies meet on campus will be the leadership team of section leaders, music instructors and drum majors!

Throughout the summer, join us on the SUMBlog as we get to know next year’s team players. Hear tips from veteran members, put faces with names and learn why YOU should join the SUMB!

Starting us off we have the 3 M’s, our new drum majors! Make sure to check back weekly to get to know everyone!

Name: Marguerite KreitsekMaggie_Kreitsek
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Liverpool, New York
Position: Drum Major
Favorite thing about the SUMB: The SUMB gives everyone a chance to be a part of marching band even if they didn’t have the chance to before coming to college. I like that there are so many people with diverse majors in the SUMB, which goes to show that you don’t need to be a music major to continue making music! There are also so many travel opportunities, and we get to do really amazing gigs
Favorite activity outside of marching band: Spending time with my friends and family
Veteran tip: Enjoy these next four years, they are going to fly by! Take advantage of every opportunity in college and do things that are out of your comfort zone.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Pay off loans and travel.

Name: Mackenzie MildramMackenze_Mildram
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Position: Drum Major
Favorite thing about the SUMB: The great sense of community
Favorite activity outside of band: Traveling
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be yourself! So clichè but it’s easy to forget. You have a totally clean slate and people who will accept you for who you are, and that’s really cool!
What superpower do you wish you had and why?: The ability to fly. You can go anywhere and see so many cool views!
What fictional world would you most like to live in?: Maybe something like in Avatar, but with a lot of sloths :)

Name: Maria SavannahMaria_Savannah
Year: Junior
Major: Music Industry
Hometown: Butler, PA
Position: Drum Major
Favorite thing about the SUMB: From day one I always felt like I belonged in the SUMB. We have such a strong sense of community, and that’s something I really love in this organization.
Favorite activity outside of band: There are activities outside of band?
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be open to meeting lots of new people and making new friends. It sounds cliche, but you really never know when or where you might find a lifelong friend.
What superpower do you wish you had and why? I wish I had super strength, so then I would actually be able to carry around all the heavy instruments I play.
What would be written on your tombstone? “I’m ready!” – Spongebob
What’s your dream job? I would love to work in the Operations department for a well-known orchestra.