The Orange Peel is out and rookie and veteran members alike are getting ready for the 2016 SUMB season! In just 2 months, the 2016 Leadership team will be meeting in the Carrier Dome to get ready to kick off the best season yet.
Really excited? Just can’t wait? Us too! Join us on the SUMBlog as we gear up for the upcoming season and get to know the drum majors, section leaders, and music instructors. These members are some of the first faces SUMB newcomers will see on campus. They are overflowing with Orange pride and excited to show you that there truly is nothin’ finer in the land.
Name: Brianna (Bri) Holzman
Major: Music Industry with French Horn Performance Honors
Hometown: Davie, Florida
Position/Section: Mellophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Having close friends in and out of your major, traveling, quad shows, and seeing yourself on TV
Favorite activity outside of band: Cooking, playing with dogs, and sitting outside (whenever the weather is actually nice)
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed too quickly. Study with friends, don’t stress too much, and give yourself a chance to breathe and not do anything for a day.
Describe your section in 6 words: Yeah that’s good enough, good job.
What’s your favorite viral video? Honestly any video dealing with cute animals.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke, of course
Name: Maria Savannah
Major: BM in Music Industry
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Position/Section: Drum Major
Favorite thing about marching band: I love being part of such a tight-knit community. Most of my closest friends are in the band!
Favorite activity outside of band: Watching Spongebob and petting cats
Veteran tip for band camp/school: It can be scary to start out new at college with so many people you don’t know, but trust me that band makes the transition so easy! You have a group of people to look out for you from day one, so just remember to relax and enjoy yourself.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Probably 100 duck sized horses. I’m not saying I would win but that’s much less terrifying than a giant duck. Ducks are pretty scary sometimes.
What’s your favorite viral video? Pretty sure I laughed for a week straight when I first saw this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sNLUIKd7Hw
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Definitely Dr. Ferre (one of the Setnor School of Music professors)
Name: Xander Thurkins
Major: Music Industry
Hometown: Corning, NY
Position/Section: Tuba Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The quad shows are especially fun because everyone’s there to enjoy our music.
Favorite activity outside of band: I’ve recently been really into exploring places outdoors and hiking around those areas.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be shy! Everyone else is looking for friends, too, so just get yourself out there and you’ll meet some pretty fantastic people.
What’s your favorite viral video? Go Bwah
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Toxic by Britney Spears
What Hogwarts house are you? Slytherin. Hands down.
Name: Liz Pogact
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
Position/section: Flute Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The friendships I’ve made & the interpretive dance moves in the stands!
Favorite activity outside of band: If it’s nice out, I like taking naps outside. If it’s snowing, I like taking naps inside (especially turf naps!) I also enjoy cooking!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: For band camp, always get enough sleep and drink plenty of water! For school, study hard & keep music in your life even after band is over for the semester!
Describe your section in 6 words: Incredibly perfectly wonderful amazingly talented humans
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? One horse sized duck. I’m a pacifist so I would just give it a hug.
What’s your favorite viral video? Not really viral videos but I love watching the bloopers from The Office!
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Probably Tina Fey or Amy Poehler!
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Hold On by Wilson Phillips
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Pigs feet. Never again.
What Hogwarts house are you? I took a quiz on Buzzfeed and it said that I was in Gryffindor and that I had “the heart of a lion.”
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