For our last (and lowest!) section leader spotlight, we turn to the low brass. This week we are featuring not one, but 3 different sections in the SUMB. Together, they help provide the bass sounds of the band. Check out our baritones, tuba, and trombone section leaders!
Name: Arman Hussain
Major: Biochemistry (pre-med), music performance minor
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Position: Baritone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The people that I’ve met.
Favorite activity outside of band: A capella in Orange Appeal or volunteering at Upstate.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get organized early, it’ll help you out in the long run.
What are you listening to this summer/favorite summer band?: I listen to Michael Buble regardless of the season. And Taylor Swift. And Kendrick.
Who’s your celebrity crush? Emma Watson. Next question.
What are you doing this summer? Watching Daredevil, Game of Thrones, and Bob’s Burgers. Also shadowing an endocrinologist, volunteering at the hospital, and checking things off my list of 137 things to do this summer. And eating. A lot.
Name: Shadman Mirza
Major: Music Education with Cello Performance Honors
Hometown: Auburn, New York
Position: Baritone Section Leader
Favorite thing about band: As a music major who dwells inside Crouse College way more than I’d care to admit, it’s a really easy way to meet people outside of the music school. It’s one of the most diverse organizations on campus.
Favorite activity outside of band: Learning to play new music well
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Avoid overloading yourself. It’s very easy to do, and very hard to recover from. Take your first semester easy, and add more classes or activities once you know you’ve hit your stride.
What’s your spirit animal? Squirrel (I feel a deep connection to Hammy from the movie Over the Hedge)
How much do we have to pay you to eat a bowl of crickets? Are they seasoned?
What would be written on your tombstone?
this is how you spell my name
Name: Shaun Kinney
Major: Music Industry
Hometown: Mexico NY
Position: Music Instructor of the tuba section
Favorite thing about marching band: The tuba
Favorite activity outside of band: The tuba
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get ready for cold and wind!
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be? I would love to have dinner with either Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, or Gene Kelly. Any of those would do.
What’s your dream job? A pretty awesome dream job would to be working in a recording studio in Nashville. I’d like to spend some time down there if possible.
Name: Maddie Smithgall
Hometown: Wexford, PA
Position: Tuba Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Making unforgettable memories with 150+ of my closest friends.
Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with my marching band friends on Kappa Corner.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Be on time!
What are you listening to this summer? Favorite band of this summer: Those Walls! Check out their sister band, “These Walls” too!
Name: Nicole Gramlich
Major: Child and Family Studies
Position: Trombone Section Leader