Tips and Tricks for a Successful Season

Wowee!! Is it really almost time for band camp? We can’t wait for this incredible season. Take a break from your packing and check out some tips and tricks from our veteran members. They are excited to meet you and hit the ground running!

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Definitely get to know everyone in your section but also don’t be afraid to meet people in all the other sections during meal times, breaks, etc. Everyone in the band is super welcoming and excited to meet all the new members! And water, drink lots of water.” – Megan Swanson, Senior, Advertising and Information Management & TEechnology 

“Bring a fan for your dorm room. Band camp week is HOT.” – Kate McHugh, Sophomore, Aerospace Engineering


14445066_1106991246044700_9015436104988912329_o.jpg“My advice would be to trust your section leaders and upperclassmen. The SUMB will be a whole new experience and a lot different from high school band so follow their lead and ask them any questions you may have because they’ll always help.” – Jake Cobb, Junior, Construction Management

“Talk to anyone and everyone. Every single person in band is so easy to get along with and it makes it so much of an easier transition if people know who you are and you have a group of friends right off the bat.” – Evan Lewis, Junior, Physics

“If you’ve never marched before, don’t worry. All members of the band are very patient and will m

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ake an effort to help you out. You’ll get the hang of it in no time!” – Rob Schepis, Junior, Sound Recording Technology

“Don’t let the thought of band camp/college overwhelm you. The transition is smoother than you’d think.” -Kevin K. Quinn, Junior, International Relations and German Language, Literature, and Culture

“Take care of yourself: sleep, wear good shoes, drink water, and pack little snacks. I used to take stuff with me from the dining hall all the time.” – Dreya Cherry, Senior, Music Industry and Music History & Cultures

“Band is a place you are able to leave any and all other stresses behind. You’re allowed to have fun and you have so many of your closest friends there to help make it such. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember, we’ve all been in a place where we didn’t know anyone. Everything will turn out great.”  – Bri Holzman, Senior, Music Industry

“Tip #1) MEET EVERYONE and make so many new friends! Everyone is in the SUMB because they love Syracuse and music … so do it together! Talk to different sections, upperclassmen – everyone. You never know where you might meet your best friends/ future roommates / or other people in your major. We spend so much time together that we minus well be one big, happy family!

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Tip #2: People WILL think you’re cool. Being in the SUMB is a privilege and gives you the right to shout out your love for Syracuse literally – whenever. Others

on campus think our organization is really cool, so be loud and proud about the SUMB!

#3: For band camp … Learn whatever you can. No matter your ability level, there will always be better marchers/players than you … so strive for perfection! But, of course, have fun while doing so. ” – Sophie Estep, Sophomore, Public Relations/Information Management and Technology

“Make sure to follow The Pride on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on the SUMblog. Use #NothinFiner to stay in the conversation!” – Your Social Media Team

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Color Guard, Drumline, and Baritones… Oh my!!

T-5 days until Band Camp! And, congrats for making it to the end of the section leader spotlight posts! In this final post, we will share with you all some of the color guard, drumline, and baritone section leaders. So, read below to learn all about them! With just a few days left, make sure you get acquainted with the 2017 part placement music. If you should have received it and didn’t, or you’re not sure if you should have gotten it, make sure to reach out to your section leaders.

 

Name: Danielle Annino

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing & Management

Hometown: Whippany, NJDanielle Annino.jpg

Section: Color Guard

Favorite thing about marching band: Traditions! Pre-game breakfasts at Starbucks, post-game trips to Varsity, and everything in-between! Also making 200+ friends before school even started doesn’t hurt 😊

Favorite activity outside marching band: Spending money I don’t have at Target and watching waaay to much reality TV

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be open to everything! College is the time to take that class you’ve always wanted to or join the club you always wished your high school had. It goes by so fast so make the most of your time here!

Describe your section in 6 words: Crazy, But, The, Really, Good, Kind
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Literally any Ke$ha song from 2010. No shame.

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Name: Francesca Palatella

Year: Junior

Major: Early childhood inclusive special education

Hometown: Roseland, NJFrancesca Palatella.jpg

Section: Color Guard

Favorite thing about marching band: All the inside jokes and spending time with everyone!

Favorite activity outside marching band: Playing Sims and binge watching Netflix

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be passionate about what you’re studying. Class becomes so much more rewarding when you’re genuinely interested in what you’re learning about.

Coke or Pepsi? – Neither. I’m more of a Smart Water type of person.

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or one horse sized duck? – One horse sized duck. Quack quack!

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Name: Joshua McCleary

Year: senior

Major: CSD and neuroscience

Hometown: Lexington, KYJoshua McCleary.jpg

Position and Section: Snare drum section leader

Favorite thing about marching band: band camp

Favorite activity outside of band: playing drum set

Veteran tip for band camp/school: enjoy it because it goes by quickly

What’s your guilty pleasure song? Human nature by the glee cast

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Eel
Describe your life in 6 words: the best job I ever had

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Name: Evan Lewis

Year: 2019

Major: Physics

Hometown: Freehold, NJ Evan Lewis.jpeg

Position and Section: Drumline Section Leader- Tenors

Favorite thing about marching band: Getting to hang out with your best friends every day and make music

Favorite activity outside of band: Video games and eating too many pints of Ben & Jerry’s

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Talk to people you don’t know, join a club you haven’t done before, just be as adventurous as possible.

Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: My undying love for the state of New Jersey
What’s your guilty pleasure song? “Fergalicious” by Fergie

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Name: Ray Czerwinski

Year: Junior

Major: Chemistry at ESF

Hometown: Burlington, MARay Czerwinski.JPG

Position and Section: Baritone music instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: Making friends with people I never would have even met otherwise

Favorite activity outside of band: Acapella

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Stealing food from the dining halls is not only accepted, it is encouraged.

Describe your section in 6 words: BEST HORN ANGLES IN THE BAND

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? The horse sized duck, definitely. I’d bring it down like the rebels did to the AT-ATs in Empire.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? …a worm.

The Tremendous Trombones and Tubas!

T-12 days until Band Camp! Until then, we are going to continue to put a spotlight on some of this year’s section leaders! Today,  we are introducing some of the trombone and tuba section leaders! As Band Camp gets closer, make sure to keep up with #NothinFiner to be in all conversations SUMB related!

Name: Meredith Vondran

Year: 3rd / Graduating 2019

Major: Bandier Program for Music Business & the Entertainment Industries

Hometown: Newark, DEMeredith Vondran.png

Position and Section: Trombone Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: Family atmosphere

Favorite activity outside of band: Live music production & radio production

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always drink lots of water

Describe your section in 6 words: Their humor gets me through rehearsal

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Probably my twin sister. She knows me best.
Which emoji(s) describes your life? A saucy combo of the sunglasses, the side-eye and the upside-down smiley face

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Name: Kevin K. Quinn

Year: Junior

Major: International Relations ; German Language, Literature, and Culture

Hometown: Cicero, NYKevin Quinn.jpg

Position and Section: Tuba Section Leader

Favorite thing about marching band: Quad Shows

Favorite activity outside of band: Golf

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t let the thought of band camp/college overwhelm you. The transition is smoother than you’d think.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Kangaroo

What’s your favorite viral video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmHkx9P19hg

Describe your section in 6 words: We should probably start doing something

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Name: Danika Van Niel

Year: Senior

Major: Mathematics and Physics

Hometown: Seneca Falls, NYDanika Van Niel.jpg

Position and Section: Tuba Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: The atmosphere and how it feels like a family

Favorite activity outside of band: Reading

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Have fun, work hard, and remember that you are a part of something incredible

Describe your section in 6 words: Always loud, always fun, always hungry.

What’s your favorite viral video? “My longest yeah boy every” – llMegaxlxll videos

Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: Embarrassing things I said when I was 15.

The Captivating Clarinets!

Happy August, everyone! Today on this fine day, we are featuring this season’s clarinet section leaders. These fun gals are uber excited for the season to begin, and to meet their new rookies! Speaking of rookies, make sure you have all the marching band essentials that you’ll need for the upcoming season. Band camp officially begins in 15 days! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to either your Band Buddy or your section leaders!

 

Name: Kiki Lee
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Major: Psychology
Hometown: Tully, NY
Position and Section: Clarinet section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: I appreciate that marching band made it really easy for my awkward self to make friends!
Favorite activity outside of band: Watching teen soap operas from the 90s and learning (ir)relevant trivia about them.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Actually eat breakfast during band camp. I know it means getting up earlier, but you’re gonna want the extra fuel before lunchtime.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? There are too many, but I don’t feel guilty about it. But I’ll have to go with Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. The trench coat he wears in the music video is my aesthetic.

What Hogwarts house are you? It may not seem like it at all (and I honestly don’t get it either), but Pottermore and literally every Buzzfeed quiz say I’m Slytherin. I accept it with pride though!
Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: Spider-Man: Homecoming and my newfound love for Tom Holland.

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Name: Bridget Slomian

Year: Junior

Major: Graphic Design

Hometown: Monroe Twp., NJBridget Slomian.jpg

Position and Section: Clarinet Section Leader

Favorite thing about marching band: Your fellow band members become your best friends quicker than you’d ever think possible. It’s an incredibly tight-knit community, and everyone cares deeply for each other!

Favorite activity outside of band: I love my job designing pages for The Daily Orange

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Never hesitate to reach out when you need help. Small problems and big problems alike can be overwhelming, and SU has so many incredible resources to take advantage of! Section leaders are also willing to help out, that’s what we’re here for!

What’s your favorite viral video? The vine of a TV preacher exasperatedly asking his audience, “Why! Why??”, but with Waluigi’s nose and hat photoshopped over him

What’s your guilty pleasure song? No shame or guilt, Africa by Toto is a much beloved banger

What Hogwarts house are you? I’m a Ravenclaw with the worst procrastination record ever

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Name: Sarah Katherine Kelley

Year: Senior

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Burke, VASarah Kelley.jpeg

Position and Section: Clarinet Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: Making great music with great people! And the positive atmosphere. Even in the most miserable conditions (pouring rain, 8 am rehearsals, long days), we can still have fun.

Favorite activity outside of band: Playing violin

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t overextend yourself! College is a great time to branch out and try new things, but you’re a human being with only so much time and energy.
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Amy Poehler

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Name: Stephanie Wagner

Year: 4th

Major: Architecture at SU

Hometown: Levittown (on Long Island)Stefanie Wagner.jpeg

Position and Section: Clarinet Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: Game day traditions! Songs, chants, marches, and the occasional Varsity pizza trip

Favorite activity outside of band: Road trips and long walks on the beach

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always ask questions, go outside of your comfort zone, and reach out to meet new people and make some great friends!

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? One horse sized duck…100 duck sized horses can probably still run really fast? I think?

What’s your guilty pleasure song? Gotta Go My Own Way, High School Musical 2. And any song from those movies really.
What Hogwarts house are you? Gryffindor

Did Somebody Ring?

*Ring*Ring*Ring* Who is it?? Alto SaxoPHONES and MelloPHONES!? Today, we are ~calling~ upon this year’s alto and mellophone section leaders. Get to know them by reading below!

 

Name: Matt Dupuis

Year: Junior

Majors: Marketing and EEEMatt Dupuis

Hometown: Northbridge, MA

Position and Section: Mellophone Section Leader

Favorite Thing about Band: It’s an escape in many ways. Great people. Great Music. Plus it gives me a reason to put off going to the gym… “It’s a game week, I guess I don’t NEED to go”

Favorite Activity Outside of Band: Rooting for the Red Sox and playing Forza Motorsport

Veteran Tip for Band Camp: Try to rely less and less on your flipbook as camp, and the season, goes by. The more stands music you’re able to memorize, the more fun you’re able to have while playing it. Plus it comes in handy when Sitrus rolls around

Coke or Pepsi?: Seltzer pls

Guilty Pleasure Song: “Beauty School Dropout” from Grease

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Name: Sean MacKellar

Year: Junior

Major: Finance, Information Management and Technology, Real Estate

Hometown: Orange County, CaliforniaSean Mackellar.JPG

Position and Section: Alto Sax Section leader

Favorite thing about marching band: The people

Favorite activity outside of band: Reading

Veteran tip for band camp/school: It’s all for fun and all your decisions

What’s your favorite viral video? Duke Dumont- the Giver (Reprise)

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Stephen King

What’s your guilty pleasure song? When Grow Up-Mayday Parade

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Name: Brianna (Bri) Holzman

Year: Senior

Major: Music Industry with Performance Honors

Hometown: Davie, FLBrianna Holzman.jpg

Position and Section: Mellophone Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: Quad shows, traveling, free food, and getting to do that with my closest friends

Favorite activity outside of band: Petting dogs, porch sitting, and going on new adventures

Veteran tip for band camp/school: There’s no other group on campus where you can say “I made 200 friends on my first day.” It may actually take a while to meet all 200, but you’ll have at least one other person in your major who you can study with, find out who the good professors are, ask for help from. Definitely utilize them.

Describe your section in 6 words: Someone’s probably going up the octave.

What’s your favorite viral video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtpK9uxTZhE(good luck getting that out of your head)

Describe your life in 6 words: No, my name is not Brittany (yes, people swap my name for this name–numerous times)

 

The Fabulous Flutes!

Why, hello there! Back for more?  This SUMBlog post will introduce this year’s Flute Section Leaders. Make sure to check in next time to find out about more section leaders because there’s #NothinFiner!

Name: Liz Pogact

Year: Senior

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Westchester County, NY                      Liz Pogact.JPG

Position and Section: Flute Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: I love the exciting atmosphere and that amazing rewarding feeling of knowing that you’re showcasing one of the greatest things to exist: music. I also love the incredible friends and memories that I have made from being in the SUMB!

Favorite activity outside of band: Sleeping and looking at dogs.

Veteran tip for band camp/school: take care of yourself! Eat well and stay on top of your schoolwork! Just be yourself, everything will fall into place!
Subject of your most recent status update/Tweet/Instagram post: It was a tweet about how I like to eat shredded cheese straight from the bag

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Name: Kailyn Sitter

Year: Senior (Class of 2018)

Major: Anthropology and Biology

Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin

Position and Section: Flute section leader

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Favorite thing about marching band: The quad show before each home game is high energy and full of fun with the fans!

Favorite activity outside of band: Giving tours to prospective and admitted students through the Office of Admissions

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Drink lots of water and try one new thing each day

Favorite viral video? Pronouncing things incorrectly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IxtXtdygrk)

Hogwarts house? Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw so no complaints here…

Who would you want to write the biography of your life? I’d choose Maya Angelou to write my biography because I really like how she wrote her own.

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Name: Elaina Palada

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

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Hometown: Gilbertsville, NY

Position and Section: Flute Music Instructor/Section Leader

Favorite thing about marching band: Getting close to people who share a common interest with you.

Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with friends and eating food

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to try new things and turf naps are the best naps.

Coke or Pepsi? Coke!!

Which emoji(s) describes your life? 💃🍟😋

What’s your favorite viral video? Cute red pandas!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPKab2d4_Xw

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Name: Gabrielle Sanft

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Port Washington, NYGabby Sanft.jpg

Position and Section: Flute Section Leader

Favorite thing about marching band: Without a doubt, the people. I have never met so many welcoming and genuine people within one organization. The band is such a tight-knit community, and the people are what make all of the other things I love about band as incredible as they are.

Favorite activity outside of band: Belting out the words to every single show tune and Disney song ever written. Or playing with cats. That’s a hard one.

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be overwhelmed after the first couple days of band camp. It will seem like a lot, but once you start meeting people and getting into the swing of things, the days will become infinitely easier and you will have the time of your life!

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? William Shakespeare

What’s your guilty pleasure song? “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The song never fails to put me in a good mood on any sort of day, after I belt out the lyrics and make an absolute fool out of myself, of course.

What Hogwarts house are you? Hufflepuff (Although I so wish I could split myself in half (you choose if you take that metaphorically or literally) and be in Ravenclaw too)

The Tantalizin’ Tenors and Trumpets

Hello SUMBlog readers! August is approaching and the SUMB is preparing to head back up to Cuse for Band Camp 2k17! In less than 1 month, the 2017 Leadership team will be meeting in the Carrier Dome to get ready to kick off another highly anticipated season.

Even though this year’s rookies are excited to meet their new band family, you know who’s even more excited? The returning veterans and staff because they’re so anxious to meet you all! In preparation of helping the newbies get accustomed to the people helping them out this Fall, the SUMBlog will be posting spotlights on this season’s section leaders. These members are some of the first faces SUMB rookies will see on campus. They ooze with Orange pride and are excited to show you that there’s truly #NothinFiner in the land!

First, we would like to introduce some of the tenor sax and trumpet section leaders!

Name: Dreya Cherry

Year: Senior

Dreya Cherry

Major: Music Industry, Music History & Cultures

Hometown: Harleysville, PA – It’s outside of Pennsylvania and has a lot of cows.

Position and Section:  Tenor Sax Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: The Tenor Saxophone Section. And everyone else. When I’m in the Dome, I forget about everything else and get to spend time with my friends, making music and learning field shows. That is my favorite part.  

Favorite activity outside of band: Playing with cats, reading, and being involved in other student organizations like First Year Players and Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity.

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always pack snacks! When I lived in a dorm on a meal plan, I would take an apple or bagel or something in case I got hungry on breaks at band camp or between classes. Also bring a water bottle with you to classes – it can get really hot in August and you will probably be moving and walking around campus.

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Lin Manuel-Miranda, except it will be a smash hit musical.

What’s your guilty pleasure song? “Wannabe,” by the Spice Girls, although I am not even guilty about it.

What Hogwarts house are you? Ravenclaw!

Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: I run social media for the SUMB, so it is most likely that the last post was for the Pride. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use #NothinFiner to stay in the discussion!

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Name: Cooper Klares

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

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Hometown: Katonah NY

Position and Section: Trumpet Music Instructor

 

Favorite thing about marching band: Making giant shapes on a field with my friends

Favorite activity outside of band: Making giant shapes on a field with my friends

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always make sure your shoes are tied. Double knot them if you have to.

Coke or Pepsi? No

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Karen Ann Schultz
What’s your guilty pleasure song? JFD

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Name: Schuyler Conto

Year: Junior

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Major: Music Performance Major

Hometown: Massena, NY

Position and Section: Music Instructor, Trumpet

Favorite thing about marching band: Friends and Memories

 

Favorite activity outside of band: Gaming

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t wear them pesky lanyards

Describe your section in 6 words: Crazy, Obnoxious, Lovable, Amazing, THE BEST

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Awh you bet I’ll be fighting 100 small horses

Coke or Pepsi? Coke, Thanks a lot SU -_-

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Name: Karen Schultz

Year: Senior

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Major: Environmental Studies @ SUNY ESF

Hometown: Rocky River, OH

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 a great 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

 

That’s all for now! Join us next time when we put a spotlight on another section of section leaders. And, make sure you follow the SUMB on Facebook and Twitter. Remember to use #NothinFiner when talking about the Pride!