Meet the Low SUMBrass!

For our last (and lowest!) section leader spotlight, we turn to the low brass. This week we are featuring not one, but 3 different sections in the SUMB. Together, they help provide the bass sounds of the band. Check out our baritones, tuba, and trombone section leaders!

Baritones

Name: Arman HussainArman_Hussain
Year: Old/2016
Major: Biochemistry (pre-med), music performance minor
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Position: Baritone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The people that I’ve met.
Favorite activity outside of band: A capella in Orange Appeal or volunteering at Upstate.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get organized early, it’ll help you out in the long run.
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band?: I listen to Michael Buble regardless of the season. And Taylor Swift. And Kendrick.
Who’s your celebrity crush? Emma Watson. Next question.
What are you doing this summer?Watching Daredevil, Game of Thrones, and Bob’s Burgers. Also shadowing an endocrinologist, volunteering at the hospital, and checking things off my list of 137 things to do this summer. And eating. A lot.

Name: Shadman Mirza10927241_10204874563804667_4040573885876701341_o
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education with Cello Performance Honors
Hometown: Auburn, New York
Position: Baritone Section Leader
Favorite thing about band: As a music major who dwells inside Crouse College way more than I’d care to admit, it’s a really easy way to meet people outside of the music school. It’s one of the most diverse organizations on campus.
Favorite activity outside of band: Learning to play new music well
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Avoid overloading yourself. It’s very easy to do, and very hard to recover from. Take your first semester easy, and add more classes or activities once you know you’ve hit your stride.
What’s your spirit animal? Squirrel (I feel a deep connection to Hammy from the movie Over the Hedge)
How much do we have to pay you to eat a bowl of crickets? Are they seasoned?
What would be written on your tombstone?
Shadman Mirza
Hey Starbucks,
this is how you spell my name

Tubas

Name: Shaun Kinney10342805_10202348858596584_5732493516560775248_n
Year: Senior
Major: Music Industry
Hometown: Mexico NY
Position: Music Instructor of the tuba section
Favorite thing about marching band: The tuba
Favorite activity outside of band: The tuba
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get ready for cold and wind!
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be? I would love to have dinner with either Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, or Gene Kelly. Any of those would do.
What’s your dream job? A pretty awesome dream job would to be working in a recording studio in Nashville. I’d like to spend some time down there if possible.

Name: Maddie Smithgall603721_10204440611440339_3994645709988912951_n
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Wexford, PA
Position: Tuba Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Making unforgettable memories with 150+ of my closest friends.
Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with my marching band friends on Kappa Corner.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be on time!
What are you listening to this summer? Favorite band of this summer: Those Walls! Check out their sister band, “These Walls” too!

Trombones

Name: Ben Baker1465787_705865489490613_97121765223318800_o
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Position:  Trombone Music Instructor

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Name: Nicole Gramlich
Year: Senior
Major: Child and Family Studies
Position: Trombone Section Leader

Drumline: The Heartbeat of the Band

One of the greatest things about the SUMB is that every member gets the chance to march to the beat of their own drum. When we are on the field, though, we need to all work together as one functioning unit. To help us, we rely on the drumline! With marching cymbals, bass drums, snare drums, and the tenor drums, this section is the most diverse. From their special Quad show performance to breaking lights in Manley field house, this section never fails to keep the band moving! Check out the drumline section leaders today!

Name: Megan Jordan Megan_Jordan
Year: Junior
Major: Music Industry
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Position: Cymbal Line Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Cooperation: between members, sections, and leadership, cooperation is what makes the SUMB function at such a high caliber and brings us together on a personal level as well.
Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with friends!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t forget to sleep. Seriously.
What are you doing this summer? This summer I’m working with the Jazz festival in Aspen, CO as part of an internship for my degree program. I get to see acts including Chicago, Wynton Marsalis, CHIC & Nile Rodgers, and Kacey Musgraves. Getting to be immersed in the live music business is an incredible experience, but I can’t wait to get back out there and be performing with the SUMB this Fall!
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be? George Washington (& Austin Merullo)

Name: Luke LoftusLuke_Loftus
Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry and Neuroscience
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Position: Drumline Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band:  Quad Show Performance Favorite activity outside of band: basketball and soccer
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Both college and marching band are going to teach you to focus your efforts. Learn to do that early on and you’ll be successful
What would be written on your tombstone? ‘Mosey don’t hustle’
What are you listening to this summer? Marvin Gaye, Wale, Bill Laurance

Name: Joshua Aaron McClearyJosh_McCleary
Year: Sophomore
Major: Neuroscience/CSD minor cognitive science
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Position: Snare Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Playing eight seven at the start of every practice
Favorite thing outside of band: Playing basketball and weightlifting
Veteran tip for band camp/schoolSmile and talk to people outside your section even if it’s just a little.
Who’s your celebrity crush? Mariah Carey
You can only eat one food for the rest of your life- what would it be? Shrimp gumbo
What’s your dream job? Neurologist or orthopedic surgeon

1801217_705855476158281_5508997006493293097_oName: Sammy Jennings
Year: Senior
Major: Music Industry
Position: Drumline section leader

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Sax to the Max

In a little over a month, the 2015 SUMB will join together for the first time. While counting down the weeks until band camp, check out our next section leader spotlight, featuring our two wonderful alto leaders!

Name: Katie HendersonKatie_Henderson
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Position: Alto Saxophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: Traveling with the band to away games
Favorite activity outside of band: cooking/baking
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Say yes to any opportunity. Its the best way to make friends!
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band? Favorite all-year-round band: Pentatonix. I’m unhealthily obsessed.
In a movie about your life, what actor would you cast as yourself and why? Beyonce. Because it’s Beyonce.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Purple. When you meet me, you will quickly see that pretty much everything I own/wear is purple.
Name: Lindsay MurphyLindsay_Murphy
Year: Junior
Major: physics and forensic science,
minor in math
Hometown: Wethersfield, Connecticut
Position: alto saxophone section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: the sense of community
Favorite activity outside of band: taking road trips with my best friends
Veteran tip for band camp/school: be open! Make new friends! Talk to everyone you
can.
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band?
Right now I’m listening to a lot of Sonic Youth, Tennis, Cults, Seahaven, and Mac
Demarco.
What fictional world would you most like to live in?
The wonderful world of Pokémon. The Kanto region, obviously.

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Terrific Trumpets

One of the biggest (and loudest!) sections in the SUMB is the trumpets. Check out their 5 section leaders during this week’s section leader spotlight!

Name: Joe Morris Joe_Morris
Year: Junior
Major: Music Performance
Hometown: Pleasant Valley NY
Position: Trumpet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The relationships and the events.
Favorite activity outside of band: Orchestra
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be yourself, you will make more friends that way than trying to be someone you’re not.
What are you doing this summer? I am working at a summer resort in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
What fictional world would you most like to live in? Star Wars. No question.
Where IS Waldo? Where isn’t Waldo?

Name: David PeerDavid_Peer
Year: Senior
Major: Music Industry, Minor in Stage Management
Hometown: Albany, NY
Position: Trumpet Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: Traveling
Favorite activity outside of band: Netflix
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always bring  your water bottle
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band? Three Dog Night and the Velvet Underground
Who’s your celebrity crush? Rebecca Yaciuk
In a movie about your life, what actor would you cast as yourself and why? Kate Blanchett, Because she can play anything(but is the perfect Lady Galadriel)

Name: Aidan Russo10397234_10204141632493042_530291428539742886_o
Year: Junior
Major: Sound Recording Technology
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Position: Trumpet Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The wonderful people
Favorite activity outside of band: Porch sitting
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Do another activity to meet people, that’s what will get you the furthest in life.
In a movie about your life, what actor would you cast as yourself and why?: Christopher Walken because I think it would be hilarious.
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?: John Lennon

Name: Karen SchultzKaren_Schultz
Year: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Studies at ESF
Hometown: Rocky River, OH (basically Cleveland – Go Cavs!)
Position: Trumpet section leader
Favorite thing about MB: The fly uniforms
Favorite activity outside MB: Planting trees and saving the planet
Vet tip: You don’t have to be a music major to be an awesome band member. You don’t even have to go to SU!
Super power: To be able fly because it would save me a heck of a lot of money on airfare
Celebrity crush: Captain Planet

Name:Paul WilkowskiPaul_Wilkowski
Year: Junior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Whippany, New Jersey
Position: Trumpet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Having the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people on a regular basis
Favorite activity outside of band:Either playing video games or watching soccer matches
Veteran tip for band camp/school:Prioritize! The Fall can get hectic at times when it comes to balancing Band and Academics. What I like to do is put my school-work/commitments in an ordered list, and knock them out one-by-one. This helps me not feel as overwhelmed by everything and it is
a rewarding feeling when I get to the end of the list.
What are you doing this summer?
I will be rolling burritos part-time at Chipotle as well as taking on a full-time internship at Alcatel-Lucent where my main focus will be RF testing. For fun, I will be taking many trips down the shore and plan to see an Imagine Dragons concert.
You can only eat one food for the rest of your life- what would it be?
Provided there are no poor effects on my health, I would have to go with Hostess CupCakes.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
The first thing I would do is purchase a new car. I have not yet owned my own car, and have found it very inconvenient either borrowing my parents’ or asking for rides. It doesn’t have to be a Lamborghini, it just has to get me from point A to point B. After that, I would buy myself a new Trumpet. Lastly, the remaining funds would be put into savings and used to pay off my education.
Crayon color: It’s a tie between Atomic Tangerine and Neon Carrot

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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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