Last but Not Least

Congratulations! You made it to our final installment of the 2016 Section Leader Spotlights! If you have been with us all summer (or read through the blog!) you now have met all members of the 2016 SUMB leadership. When you see them at band camp, come and say hi! Now that you’ve met them, our leaders can’t wait to meet you!

Name: Sarah Berloff                                                                                                                                                                         image
Year: Junior
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics
Hometown: Albany, NY
Position and Section: Baritone section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The quad shows. I love helping to bring out people’s school spirit on game day
Favorite activity outside of band: Hiking
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to change your major, and don’t feel pressured to choose one right away either.
What’s your favorite viral video? Those lip dubs of High School Musical get me every time
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi. There’s a difference
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Anything by Earth, Wind, and Fire

1465787_705865489490613_97121765223318800_oName: Benjamin Baker
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Queensbury, NY
Position and Section: Trombone Music Instructor.
Favorite thing about marching band:  The people, getting to go to Bills games for free occasionally.
Favorite activity outside of band:  Playing in my band “These Walls”
Veteran tip for band camp/school:  Don’t freak out you’ll be fine.
Coke or Pepsi?  Coke is a no brainer.
Who do you want to write the biography of your life?  Aidan Russo has a way with metaphors like no other.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?  “Way away” Yellowcard.  Throwback to the SSX3 soundtrack.

Name: Marguerite KreitsekMaggie
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education with Performance Honors
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Position and Section: Drum Major
Favorite thing about marching band:  Getting to do what I love with my friends.
Favorite activity outside of band: Eating ice cream
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Relax, have fun, and make the most out of your time in the SUMB and in college! Don’t be afraid to try new things and get out of your comfort zone.
Describe your section in 6 words: We are the coolest people ever
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Name: Andrew LeathemAndrew
Year: Senior
Major: Forensic Psychology
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Position and Section: Mellophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Rehearsing new show music for the first time
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get to know everybody you can!
Describe your section in 6 words: Most improved award here we come
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Kangaroo
What Hogwarts house are you? Slytherin

Speedin’ through Summer

Get ready for some double-clarinet trouble in today’s post! You’ll also get the chance to hear from a color guard and drumline leader! New members- we hope you are excited! Make sure to check in with your band buddy if you have any questions. Go Orange!

Name: Micalys ReyesMicaReyes
Year: Junior
Major: Advertising/Psychology
Hometown: Mayaguez, PR
Position and Section: Clarinet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Doing something I love with people I love
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t wait for things to happen to or for you, make things happen for yourself.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Cabinet Battle #1 from Hamilton because I think it’s hilarious to imagine Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton just going at it by rapping.
What Hogwarts house are you? Definitely Slytherin because I value ambition and drive more than anything else.

Name: Katie NicinskiKatieNicinski
Year: Junior
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Position and Section: Color Guard section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: My favorite thing about the SUMB is the crazy amount of people that you can meet in just one day of band camp. The second best thing is looking back on the weird introductions once you become good friends with the person.
Favorite activity outside of band: Going to new places. Anything from driving through a new town to finding a new park to explore.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t roll around on the turf if you are wearing white. Also, rain boots do not make good snowboots.
What’s your favorite viral video? Fat babies are my weakness   https://youtu.be/T_Vvk5HSeog

Name: Jesse WilhelmJess_Wilhelm_1
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education  
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Position and Section: Clarinet Music Instructor!
Favorite thing about marching band: How after just a week of band camp, you can already feel the bonds that are forming one giant band family
Favorite activity outside of band: Hiking!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: If you are stressed or upset about school, take a 10 minute break if you can; to gather your thoughts, go on a walk, or get a snack. Anything to calm yourself down so you can get back to focusing on your work.
6 words to describe my section: Crazy, Loving, Attentive, RIveting, NoblE Trustworthy
Coke or Pepsi? Obviously coke duh 😜
Would I rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Answer: One horse sized duck, that way I only have to focus on fighting one thing and don’t have to worry about anything attacking me from behind 😝
Name: Joshua McClearyJoshMcCleary
Year: Junior
Major: CSD with an ILM in Neuroscience
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Position and section: Snare section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Game Day!
Favorite activity outside of Band: volunteering
Veteran tip for band camp: Take time to mingle with other sections because there are some cool people in the band!
My section in six words: The tightest group in the SUMB
Guilty pleasure song: Space Jam Theme Song
The strangest thing I’ve eaten: Alligator

The Countdown Continues

Our countdown to the 2016 season continues! In just 27 days, our section leaders will be in the Dome hard at work.  In 44 (Go Orange!) days, the Pride will be performing at their first football game, as the Orange take on the Colgate Raiders. Join us on the Quad and in the Dome for a fun day full of music, dancing, and pride! Until then, get to know some more of our SUMB leaders for the upcoming season!

Name: Katie VedilagoMilanKatieVedilago
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Position and Section: Mellophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The Fun Run
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading the dictionary
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always ask if there’s a student discount
Describe your section in 6 words: Yeah that’s good enough, good job.
What’s your favorite viral video? I don’t think it’s technically viral, but  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3SdqdMFnmE
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Lin-Manuel Miranda

Name: Dreya CherryDreya_Cherry
Year: Junior
Major: Music Industry, Music History and Cultures
Hometown: Harleysville, PA (a small town outside of Philadelphia)
Position and Section: Tenor Saxophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: I love being such an essential part of Syracuse events. Being on the turf and raising Orange spirit at football games is fantastic! You are a part of something bigger than yourself. I like having excessive amounts of energy.
Favorite activity outside of band: I love petting cats, watching videos of cats on leashes, listening to “Hamilton,” and writing for the SUMBlog!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: There are a lot of people at Syracuse. Take advantage of the connections you have through the SUMB! We have members from all over the world in all different majors. If school seems confusing or overwhelming, talk to us! We all want to help make your SUMB (and college) experience the best it can be.
What’s your favorite viral video? During Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” a few years back they had a great commercial about Snuffy the Seal. I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say no seals were harmed in the making of this commercial (I think). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YQBulqQSNw
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I ate a few termites in a rainforest in Nicaragua once! They aren’t as filling as you would expect. And kinda minty.
What Hogwarts house are you? Ravenclaw!

Name: Karen SchultzKaren_Schultz
Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Studies @ SUNY ESF
Hometown: Rocky River, OH (basically Cleveland – Go Cavs!)
Position and Section: Trumpet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The fly uniforms
Favorite activity outside of band: Saving the bees and fighting climate change
Veteran tip for band camp/school: You don’t have to be a music major to be an awesome band member. You don’t even have to go to SU!😉
What’s your favorite viral video? Corgis jumping off docks
What Hogwarts house are you? Hufflepuff
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Ridin’ Solo by Jason Derulo

Name: Alex Meyer
Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Design
Hometown: Dunellen, NJ
Position and Section: Tenor Section Leader, Drumline
Favorite thing about marching band: I really like the people you meet and having the ability to jam out with them and make music.
Favorite activity outside of band: Outside of band I really only do two things, play video games, and build stuff.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Pro tip #1. Never be afraid to ask for help or advice. You don’t always have to “know what you’re doing”. That’s what other older college students are for.  
Describe your section in 6 words: “Mosey, don’t hustle.” DANGIT PRIVATE COOP!!!

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Cool Off and March On

It’ s mid-July and in just 5 weeks, your section leaders, drumline, and colorguard will be arriving in Syracuse ready for the 2016 season! During this hottest part of the year, these leaders are preparing for a wonderful fall season.

Name:  Kellie KrisakKellieKrisak
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education          Minor: Jazz Studies
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Position and Section: Trombone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Playing quad shows every Saturday morning on the Hendricks Chapel steps. Nothing is more exciting that playing upbeat music to get SU fans pumped for the game!
Favorite activity outside of band: Really anything that involves me having an iced coffee by my side, including playing video games, and going swimming in the summer.
Veteran tip for band camp/school:
Band Camp: Be ready to work hard, achieving the highest level of success all of the time. Not only will that keep the enjoyment throughout the entire band, it will also make it so that your experience in the SUMB won’t be anything but the absolute best. Never let your worst show get the best of you. As human beings, we all make mistakes. Use every mistake as an example of something that can be improved for the next show. Practice makes permanence. Focus on what it is that you do well in the band and expand on it, pursuing only further excellence.
School: Study extremely hard and always strive to do your absolute best in every class that you take. Not only can you receive good grades, but the effort you put into your academics portrays your character. Even though studying is extremely important, making new memories with friends is what you’re really going to remember. Get involved in new activities and say yes to as many opportunities as you can handle. Do not put too much on your plate if you can help it, or you will feel the filling effects later. Asking for help is never a bad thing. Asking for help is a sign of humility, courage, and strength. Your experience at college is all what you make of it. Make it one of the best times of your entire life. The years will fly by so quickly. In short: Study extremely hard! Make unforgettable memories! Learn about yourself and do what you love!
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi all the way! Pepsi is the only way. Think of it this way…. Coke rhymes with joke… Seems like it’s just a coincidence? I don’t think so.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have eaten a mini octopus! Not just the leg or the head, the whole entire body, tentacles and all! The texture takes a lot of getting used to, but it tasted great! Yes, it was cooked.
What Hogwarts house are you? I have taken the real Pottermore quiz,which says that I am a Gryffindor. One of my best friends who is really really into Harry Potter however, is 100% convinced that I am a Hufflepuff. So what is the real answer to this question? Once you really know me well enough, that’s up to you to decide.

Name: Rachel Novotny RachelNovotny
Year: Senior
Major:  Marketing
Hometown: Amsterdam, NY
Position and Section: Color Guard Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The family aspect. The bonds you make will last you a lifetime.
Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with my roommates, including my cat Baby Doll.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Enjoy every moment it goes so fast, don’t get caught up in the little things and don’t stress yourself out. In 20 years you won’t remember what grades you got on tests. But you will remember your friends and the memories you created together.
What’s your favorite viral video? Any J.J. Watt video
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? J.J. Watt
What’s your guilty pleasure song? J.J. Watt (look it up on Spotify, it’s a real song)

Name: Paul WilkowskiPaulWilkowski
Year: Senior — Class of 2017
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Whippany, NJ
Position and Section: Trumpet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The People
Favorite activity outside of band: Outside of Marching Band, Sitrus; Outside of Athletic Bands, Playing Video Games
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Set Mini-Goals on assignments throughout the semester. For example, when I write my bi-weekly lab reports, I hope to have certain sections done by certain points in the week they are due. That way I only have some editing left to do on the last day, while many of my peers spend all day on the report. By setting these goals, and writing them down, I can hold myself accountable; it’s rewarding to achieve even a mini-goal or I am further motivated if I miss one. Similarly, I apply this to papers, homework problem sets, and my responsibilities for my extracurricular activities.
Describe your section in 6 words: “What are they singing now?”
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Definitely the horse sized duck. It’s definitely more manageable, and I wouldn’t be able to get surrounded.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke; which makes living on a Pepsi campus difficult…
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I had the opportunity to eat various authentic Spanish dishes when traveling across Spain one Summer. Some of the more interesting ones include: raw squid, blood sausage, and Lechon, which a whole roasted pig, and I was fortunate to get some of the face.
Name: Kate FletcherKateFletcher
Year: Junior
Major: English and Textual Studies, English Education
Hometown: Pennington, NJ
Position and Section: Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Tenor toss and quad shows are my favorites because everyone gets really hyped. They’re kind of crazy performances and we thrive on that vibe.
Favorite activity outside of band: Taking naps outside
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t overthink it or over-commit yourself. Figure out what you can handle and don’t think you have to push yourself too hard.
Describe your section in 6 words: Tenor City, Population One, We’re Dads
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Ina Garten or Jim Boeheim.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?  Careless Whisper covered by Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright (the guy who did Hallelujah for Shrek)

Jump into July

As we come back from a long weekend filled with barbecues, parades, and fireworks, continue the fun right here on the SUMBlog! Hailing from 4 of the 13  original colonies, get to know some of our section leader ladies!

Name: Danika Van NielDanika1
Year: Junior
Major: Math and Physics
Hometown: Seneca Falls, NY
Position and Section: Tuba Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The connections that you make with other people who are all so diverse, but we all come together for our love of music and band.
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading. I’m literally obsessed with books and have over 100 that I haven’t read yet I will literally talk to anyone about books for hours.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Make the most of it. Your first semester has a lot of potential to be a blast so stay up on your assignments and then you’ll have plenty of stress free time to make memories:)
Describe your section in 6 words: The hUngriest in Band thAt’s TUBA
What’s your favorite viral video? The kids who sing about geometry to the beat of Beyonce’s song Formation.
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Ellen DeGeneres, I feel like she could make anything in my life seem hilarious.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? The What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes, but the He Man version.

Name: Mackenzie MildramMackenzieMildram
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Position and Section: Drum Major
Favorite thing about marching band: The opportunity to work with so many cool people, and have fun while doing it!
Favorite activity outside of band: The Mandarins, an a cappella group on campus
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Come with a positive attitude and an open mind!
What’s your favorite viral video? Baby sloths taking a bath, or anything with sloths really
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Frankie Valli’s Greatest Hits, the whole CD…

Name: Katie Canete
KatieCanete Year: Junior (Class of 2018)
Major: Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries
Hometown: New Providence, NJ
Position and Section: Flute Section
Favorite thing about marching band: Game day. Pure and simple. Energy, school spirit, many fans, a lot of music and playing, dancing, football, and a great deal of fun.
Favorite activity outside of band: 20 Watts Magazine
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Document your experiences.  Enjoy every opportunity that comes your way and embrace new experiences with open arms.  Might be a good time to buy a journal. Bring a camera or simply use your phone to take a bunch of photos of the people and places around you. You’re going to love looking back on fun times and the more information you save, the better!
Describe your section in 6 words: CRAZY FUN, large, Type-A, loud (except on the field), familial, wonderful
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
What Hogwarts house are you? Slytherin

LindsayMurphyName: Lindsay Murphy
Year: Senior
Major: Physics and Forensic Science
Hometown: Wethersfield, Connecticut
Position and Section: Alto Saxophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Pregame Sequence coming out of the tunnel.
Favorite activity outside of band: A tie between Porch Sitting or Fallout 4
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Talk to anyone and everyone.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke, hands down.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? The entirety of 1989 by Taylor Swift.

Sunshine and Section Leaders

Trumpets, clarinets, and saxophones, oh my! Throw in a flute for more fun! Get to know some new and returning leaders today on the SUMBlog.

Reminder: If you want to be a member of the 2016 Pride, submit your Orange Peel forms! The deadline is tomorrow, Thursday, June 30!

Name: Kiki LeeKikiLee
Year: Somehow already a Junior
Major: Dual Major (Forensic Science and Psychology)
Hometown: Tully, NY
Position and Section: Clarinet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Getting to meet the people who would soon become some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had
Favorite activity outside of band: Taking way too many pictures of my cat to expand his modeling portfolio
Veteran tip for band camp/school: For band camp? Always strive to be at the front of the line for lunch and dinner because #goals. For the school year? Carry that level of pride and motivation you have on the field with you everywhere on campus. Do that, and you’ll succeed in your academic pursuits.
Coke or Pepsi? Mountain Dew. Yeah, it wasn’t a choice, but I don’t play by the rules.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Stab My Back by The All-American Rejects because I’m super angsty and stuck in the early 2000s.
What Hogwarts House are you in? Many people are surprised by this, but I was sorted into the house of Slytherin, where Draco Malfoy and I live happily ever after.

Name: Amanda GreenbackerAmandaGreenbacker
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Bristol, CT
Position and Section: Flute Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The Quad Show!  The energy is so high, and it’s just so much fun!
Favorite activity outside of band: Playing with my new kitty, Dexter!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Please, for your own mental health, take some time for you.  A wise woman once told me “make time to waste time.”  Take a half hour, breathe, watch some Bob’s Burgers, and de-stress; it will save you so much grief in the long run.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? 100 duck-sized horses, absolutely.  If you spin in a circle with a stick you can take them out one by one.
What’s your favorite viral video? “BEARS BEARS BEARS BEARSBEARS BEARS BEARS BEARS BEARS BEARS BEA” from David Goode, look it up. Trust me.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?: Oh my… “Always Be My Baby” from Mariah Carey.  I am not ashamed.  Girl can belt!

Name: Kevin VargaKevinVarga
Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: North Andover, MA
Position and Section: Trumpet Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: Game days!
Favorite activity outside of band: I love to go hiking, especially during the summer.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get a good pair of shoes for rehearsal. No one likes marching with blisters.
Describe your section in 6 words: (It’s seven, I cheated… Oops)
“Everyone up for the magical mystery tour!”
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?
I would fight the horse sized duck, tame it, and then ride it around instead of using a car.
Coke or Pepsi? Definitely Coke

Name: Katie Henderson12487049_10208708460047519_2365257825133866756_o
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Position and Section: Alto Saxophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: Quad Shows
Favorite activity outside of band: Cuddling with dogs
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Say yes to everything- literally everything.
What’s your favorite viral video? Easy. Loca the Pug.
What Hogwarts house are you? Every quiz I’ve ever taken says that I’m Hermione, so I guess Gryffindor. Buzzfeed is always right, right?

Summer in the SUMB

Welcome back for week two of our section leader spotlights! Don’t see your section leaders yet? Not to worry! We will be here every week this summer. If you missed last week’s post, check it out here!

Name: Hannah CoxHannahCox
Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Position and Section: Cymbals Section Leader, Drumline
Favorite thing about marching band: Having an excuse to be with your friends every day and play some music.
Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with the same people I see in band- instead of playing music though we’re usually watching The Office
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Drumline: We’re outside every day! Make sure you bring lots of water, sunscreen, hair ties, and really comfortable clothes! Also, cymbals especially, sometimes the cymbals are going to make little holes in the bottom of your shirt from choking them- so don’t wear your all-time favorite shirt.
Describe your section in 6 words: BANG BANG CRASH BOOM SIZZLE STREET-TIME
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Sammy Jennings
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You

FaithHopeckName: Faith Hopeck
Year: Senior
Major: Mathematics and Economics
Hometown: South Park, PA
Position and Section: Baritone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Saturday morning 8am rehearsal! No, just kidding, it’s definitely band camp and getting a nice head start to the year with your best friends!
Favorite activity outside of band: Chilling on my porch with the neighborhood cats
Veteran tip: Don’t wait to do your homework until after band, unless you have to! Nothing is worse than starting your assignments at 9pm!
Who would you want to write the biography on your life? Amy Poehler
What’s your guilty pleasure song? The Golden Girls theme song
What Hogwarts house are you? I always identified as a Ravenclaw, but then my world was turned upside when Pottermore sorted me into Hufflepuff

Name: Kailyn SitterKailynSitter
Year: Junior
Major: Biology, Medical Anthropology minor
Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin
Position and Section: Flute Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The unique drills we get to work on each season are definitely some of my favorite things about marching band. We work hard to perfect them and have a great time showing them off at games.
Favorite activity outside of band: Giving campus tours to prospective/admitted students and their families has got to be one of my favorite things to do on campus. Marching band is always a highlight of my tours and people love hearing about it.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Meet new people and go outside of your comfort zone!
Guilty pleasure song: Cool Kids by Echosmith. It’s got a good beat and really pumps me up.
Who do you want to write a biography of your life? If she was alive, I’d want Carson McCullers to write a biography about my life. Since she’s not, though, I’d ask my eight-year-old neighbor girl to do it because she really has a way with words.
What Hogwarts house are you? Ravenclaw

Name: John GroutJohnGrout
Year: Class of 2017
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: Derry, NH (Although I grew up in the SF Bay Area)
Position and Section: Section Leader, Clarinet
Favorite thing about marching band: Pregame Show
Favorite activity outside of band: Swimming
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get to know people outside of your immediate social group(s).
Describe your section in 6 words: We’re a dorky yet lovable family
What’s your favorite viral video? “Bumble Bee, where’s your bum?” it still makes me smile every time
Coke or Pepsi? Neither, Dr. Pepper