Meet Some of the Rookies!

Want to meet our new rookies? Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new faces we’ll be seeing this year.

What’s going on with Andre Solomon?Image

My name is Andre Solomon, and I’m from Methuen, MA. I went to Methuen High, and my age is 18. I come from an area where music is really appreciated to the maximum degree. I play the flute and have been playing for nine years. During that time I have had three years of private lessons. I hope to continue doing music for the rest of my life and in doing so one of the activities I picked was marching band. I’ve been in a marching band before and during high school, and I was a huge fan. I hope that college marching will trump my high school years. I can’t wait to see the awesome music and sets we will learn. I hope overall the experience is great and filled with amazing people. I’m going in as a Mathematics Education Major. I was interested Syracuse because I’m a fan of New York State and the fine arts departments. Plus a good education across the board. I love video games and play tennis.


Get the scoop on Katelyn Olsen!Image

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology

Section: Baritone

Fun fact: I didn’t do marching band as a freshman because I decided to skydive on my 18th birthday instead.

 I’m from Aurora, IL and have been playing the baritone for five years. I marched for three years in high school. I spent this summer working at the Under Armour in my local outlet mall and working at an opportunity school with special education students. I did Sitrus this past year and had a lot of fun being part of the band! I was even fortunate enough to travel to the women’s Big East tournament and the women’s NCAA tournament. Being a part of Sitrus made me realize that I wanted to join the marching band. I look forward to meeting more people in the band and getting to know everyone!


Become a fan of Douglas Moran!Image

I’m Douglas Moran, and I am one of the incoming rookies of the SUMB. I’m an English Education major with some sort of music-related minor. I chose to come to Syracuse because of its great English program. I’m from Harrison, Arkansas, and I’m totally stoked for coming into the band! I play trombone, and have played bass trombone in concert band for the past three years. Marching band has always been an awesome part of the band program at Harrison, so I’m pumped for having another round in college! My favorite part of band has always been cheering in the stands for the team, and playing pep songs. It’s a party! This new year looks like it’s going to be a blast, and I’m ready for it. Go Orange!


Learn all about John Grout!Image



First off, thank you to all the veteran members of the SUMB, for being incredibly welcoming to us rookies.  My name is John Grout.  I’m from Derry, New Hampshire, though I’m originally a Californian but that’s another story.  I’m double majoring in math and linguistics, and play clarinet for marching band.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for marching season.  


Let’s see… as far as interesting things about me go, I’ve also accrued a fair number of nicknames, all of which I still go by; Groutie, Grouticus, Sir John of Grout County, John “The Motor” Grout, Jibbles, Jibs, and Fut lé Jibs to name a few.  Oh! And I’m one of few guys who can say they’ve donated to Locks of Love. 


While in the marching band at my high school, I made some of the strongest friends I’ve ever known.  We’ve blasted out rag-tag performances in the middle of the night at relay for life.  We’ve queued in the rain to see the Boston Pops on the Fourth of July (which I HIGHLY recommend. The pops on the fourth, not the rain that is).  We’ve even weathered a bus trip lasting nearly three dozen hours, with two bus breakdowns, and absolutely no sleep.  They’re family to me.  That is one of the biggest reasons I can’t wait for marching band this year because I know that I’ll be meeting even more people like them, right here at Syracuse.


My old school colors were Red and White, but now I can’t wait to be Orange.

– John Grout


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