SUMBand Camp: Live!

IMG_5404Coming to you live from the Carrier Dome, it’s the 2015 SUMB! With one day of band camp left, the Pride is preparing for a day of performances during Syracuse University’s Welcome Weekend. The Pride will be participating in events such as New Student Convocation and the annual Home to the Dome.

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Through the action-packed, music filled, 12 hour days, members of the Social Media team were able to meet up with some of the newest members of the SUMB. Hailing from as close to home as Camillus and as far as Leipzig, Germany, these new members are excited and proud to be a part of the band.

Friday, August 21 was the first day of band camp for rookie members in the winds and brass sections. As they bid farewell to their families and filed onto the field, rookies were met by the SUMB leadership on the turf. Alana Franceski, a freshman in the flute section, remarks that, “When we first got on the turf and saw the section leaders standing at parade rest, it was intimidating and amazing. I kind of got chill from the first call to attention.” As the Dome rang with shouts of “Pride!” the new members’ first SUMBand camp was officially underway. Franceski, who had never marched before this season, is excited to learn new things and travel with the band.11894539_879019822175178_5098691406325331553_o

Bridget Slomian and Dina-Marie Weineck, new additions to the clarinet section, are excited to see what the 2015 season holds. Slomian describes her first interactions with the SUMB as “very intense.” However, she is able to keep pace and is happily learning the music and moves that make the Pride pop. Weineck, a freshman student in the Bandier program, did not know what to expect, explaining “Germany has no marching bands. I was curious at how to make all the shapes. We just got the dot sheets and it worked!” For Weineck, the transition into band was immediate. The Carrier Dome was one of her first stops on campus! Weineck remarks on her first impression, saying “I came into the stadium and thought ‘Wow!’ It [the band] felt very inviting and I didn’t feel like a new member.”

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The band has learned their pregame show, including the high intensity run-on sequence. Freshman sousaphone player Erik Whalen is enthusiastic. “Run-on pumps me up! It feels exciting!” he says with a smile. Run-on is not the only thing he’s excited for though. Erik was originally thrown off by new vocal commands. Now he loves to shout loud!

Drum major Maria Savannah agrees that the band is progressing at new speeds. In general, she sees a positive and great general attitude among the band. She notes that the band morale is up from previous years, saying the combined attitude of rookie and veteran members is creating a wonderful and productive environment.

The 2015 season of the Pride is looking bright! Make sure to come see all of their hard work at the first home football game on Friday, September 4 in the Carrier Dome as Syracuse takes on Rhode Island.

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Our Fearless Leader

This time next week, the 2015 Section Leaders will be in the Dome preparing for an amazing band camp and an amazing season. Despite the hustle and bustle of preparing SU for the band, the social media team was able to get through to Mr. Mertz and ask him a few questions.
Name: Prof. Justin Mertz10678777_701251909951971_4020372420167516263_n
Year: Waaaay past that question, but this is my 11th year as Director of the Pride
Major: I am finishing my Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Position: Director
Favorite thing about marching band: Without question, it is the sense of purpose and community that builds in the SUMB every season.
Favorite activity outside of band: Video games!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: For band: be open-minded to new people and experiences.  If you do, you’ll be successful with the band stuff, and you’ll quickly become part of the community.  For school: manage your time.  Seriously, manage your time.  SUMB is a big time commitment, but it is more than feasible—in fact, you will do better than everyone else on campus—IF you manage your time proactively.  This means: get ahead on your work, don’t procrastinate, and get help when you don’t understand something.  If you do these things, you will not only do well, but you’ll have time left over for some fun.  Lastly, always do the reading.
What are you doing this summer? Working on my dissertation, preparing for the 2015 season of the Pride, hanging out with my wife, and playing video games (Witcher 3!).
What superpower do you wish you had and why? Flight.  Because flight.  Who wouldn’t want that?
How much do we have to pay you to eat a bowl of crickets? Wait, I could’ve gotten paid for that?!?!? (Kidding. It would have to be a lot; this is gross)
What would you put on your perfect pizza? This implies the existence of “imperfect pizza,” and I have no interest in living in a world that would allow such a thing to be.
What fictional world would you most like to live in? Without a doubt, on the Starship Enterprise.  Any version, except if I was serving with Captain Kirk I’d be sure not to wear a red shirt.
Where IS Waldo? In his dot on Chart 6 waiting for everyone else to get there so we can do the rep.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? ORANGE.  Duh.
What would be written on your tombstone? Think.  Play.  Pants.

SocialUMediaB Team!!

So you’ve been following us throughout the summer. You’ve met each section leader, saw why YOU should join the SUMB, and are now hyped for the upcoming season. Now it’s time for moment you’ve all been waiting for…MEETING THE SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM! Get to know the 140 character masters of the twitter feed, the facebook status wizards, the bloggers extraordinaire! Presenting, on their SUMBlog debut, the 2015-2016 social media team!

Name: Lindsay Zerfaslindsay
Year: Sophomore
Major: Philosophy and Neuroscience double major!
Most used social media: Tie between Twitter and Instagram!
Which emoji(s) describes your life? 1f6481f6051f481270c
One social media thing you are excited for this year: The SUMB’s new Instagram profile
Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: From Instagram: photos from my 3 week trip to Austria this summer!
Describe your life in 6 words: Social, Happy, Band, Motorsports, MinnesotaNice (I’m making it one word), Busy

Name: Nick TownsendNick
Year: Junior
Major: PR and IR
Most used social media: Snapchat
Which emoji describes your life? 1f483
One social media thing you are excited for this year: Seeing new rookies interact with us on social platforms
Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: Sara Bareilles lyrics
Describe your life in 6 words: Music, Laughing, Friends, Learning, Smiling, Dreaming

Name: Micalys ReyesMica
Year: Sophomore
Major: Advertising and Psychology
Most used social media: Instagram
Which emoji describes your life? 1f60b
One social media thing you are excited for this year: I’m really excited to see how the new Snapchat works out during band camp and games. If you haven’t already, add Snapumb44 on Snapchat!
Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: My cats, Ellie and Ciel
Describe your life in 6 words: Cats, Friends, Music, YouTube, Books, and Food.

Name: Sarah CraneSarah
Year: Sophomore
Major: Child and Family Studies
Most used social media: Twitter (and you should obviously follow me: @sarahcrane827)
Which emoji describes your life? 1f483
One social media thing you are excited for this year: Continuing to get current/past/future SUMB members involved with the SUMB on social media by using our cool new hashtag #NothinFiner!
Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: “I tried to bring my dog on a romantic car ride and she threw up the entire time #whypoochwhy”
Describe your life in 6 words: No, I’m Sarah. Clare’s my sister. (This makes more sense if you know that I have a twin sister)

Name: Dreya Cherry1957977_10205284787263358_3491136384573214384_n
Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Industry and Music History and Cultures
Most used social media: Snapchat
Which emoji describes your life? 1f601
One social media thing you are excited for this year: We are trying a lot of new things with new approaches to handling the SUMB’s social media. I’m excited to see how that plays into the band atmosphere! Make sure you follow us on snapchat, instagram, and use #NothinFiner to stay in the Pride’s conversation!
Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: My last tweet was about making a sandwich. More specifically, getting stuck with the end of the bread, which NO ONE likes.
Describe your life in 6 words: Bassoons aren’t the same as oboes.

Have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions? Write to us at socialumediab@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Want to follow the Pride on every social media platform we have?!

Facebook: The Pride of the Orange: The Syracuse University Marching Band

Twitter: Pride of the Orange

Instagram: SU Marching Band

Snapchat: SnapUMB44

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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