SUMBio: John Hylkema

Greetings SUMB,

As many of you know, I am one of your Graduate Assistants for the 2012-2013 season. I am originally from Washington, New Jersey, which is located about 45 minutes west of New York City. This past May, I graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors degree in music education, and will begin working towards my masters degrees in music education and instrumental conducting this fall.

As a 4-year veteran of the SUMB, I have had the opportunity so serve the band first as a trumpet section leader and then as drum major. I remember seeing the band for the first time back in 2006 when I came up to visit a friend from high school who had just started his freshman year. The quality of sound and musicality of the ensemble blew me away, and I made up my mind that day, as a high school junior, that I would be attending Syracuse University.

Aside from the SUMB, I have been a member of the SU Wind ensemble, Symphony band, Concert band, Trumpet ensemble, and Brass quintet, and I was the conductor of First Year Players’ spring musical. I am also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, SU’s all-male music fraternity.

During my 4 years in the SUMB, I have met some of my best friends and have made so many memories. Some of the memories include: doing Run-on for the very first time, our trip to Canada during freshman year where we played at halftime for a Buffalo Bills/ Miami Dolphins clash, doing the “Thriller” and “Single Ladies” dances during two of our halftime shows, performing at the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, leading the band onto the field for the first time as a Drum Major, conducting the band at the Heisman Memorial Trophy Gala in New York City, the first ever SUMFlash mob in the middle of Times Square, and conducting the Alma Mater for the last time at a football game in the Dome.

I look forward to making more musical memories with you all during this next season and I hope that you leave the SUMB with great memories of your four years as well.



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