Thank You Seniors!

It’s that time of year… the last football game of the season! With the perfect alignment of the last game and Thanksgiving, we at the SUMB would like to give thanks to a particular group of members: the seniors! We hope you enjoyed your time with us and are successful after graduation. Thank you!🦃 #NothinFiner #Thankful

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a special video from some members of the SUMB! https://www.facebook.com/SUMarchingBand/

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Get to Know Your Orange Girl!

This season brought a new Orange Girl to the SUMB! Bella Bolduc is the 24th featured twirler of the Pride, a tradition that started 70 years ago. Get to know our talented Orange Girl right here on the SUMBlog!

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Health

Hometown: Derry, NH 

How did you start twirling?  I started at the age of 5 after I saw a parade performance done by my local baton team.

Favorite thing about marching band: The uplifting environment and endless support  from band members.

Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with friends21366645_1447373825339772_2996990916479281247_o

Best memory from a competition: Competing at nationals and performing a great team routine making our coaches proud! 

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? 100 duck size horses since I’m only 5’1

What’s your favorite viral video? Peanut Butter Baby

Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Who do you want to play you in a movie of your life?  Francesca Palatella

What’s your guilty pleasure song? Kiss Me Through the Phone Soulja Boy 

Which emoji(s) describes your life? 👌🏻😇💄👯🤷🏻‍♀️

Subject of your most recent status update/Tweet/Instagram post: The Orange Girl position

Describe your life in 6 words: I will do it later today. 

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Orange is the New Fast…and so is the Pride

You’ve probably heard…Orange is the new fast! And it’s not just the football team. With three football games in three weeks, the Pride has been working hard since August.

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Band camp started with a bang! With our new director Dr. Diem at the helm, the band moved quickly. With the help of our leadership team, our rookie members were marching within a few days. When vets arrived on August 19th, we treated our newest members to a mini-quad show in the Dome before coming together as the 2017-2018 Syracuse University Marching Band.

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5 short days later, and the band had our Pregame and first Halftime Show complete, not to mention a total of 4 welcome week performances. As our beloved Hendricks steps were under renovation, we took the steps of Carnegie Library for our quad shows. Don’t worry, it didn’t change our dance moves or fan-favorite songs! To celebrate Sir Paul McCartney’s upcoming Dome show, we performed hits from his career including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,”  “Eleanor Rigby,”  “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” and “Live and Let Die.” For last week’s show, we added in “Hey Jude.”

20900734_1434069556670199_8804837426941640870_oHere what our newest members have to say about their first month at Syracuse and in the SUMB:

“It was such a nice thing to come into school and realize I had all of these people who were here who wanted to be friends with myself and all the other incoming freshman. Everyone was so welcoming and everyone is so lovely! I like all the people in marching band!”  – Julie Coggiola, Clarinet

“Coming into a university as a freshman can be terrifying but the SUMB has made the transition extremely welcoming and fun. Its really special being able to say only a week into college you already have a family.” – Brandon Bauer, Tenor Sax

“It’s been a really wonderful experience meeting new people and getting to learn something new. My high school didn’t have a marching band so it’s been a really great opportunity to be able to do that.” – Caity Krueger, Flute

“It’s been great getting to make so many new friends while doing the thing that we all love. It’s like joining a new family.” – Christian Jaquay

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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 & Technology 

“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