As we come back from a long weekend filled with barbecues, parades, and fireworks, continue the fun right here on the SUMBlog! Hailing from 4 of the 13 original colonies, get to know some of our section leader ladies!
Name: Danika Van Niel
Major: Math and Physics
Hometown: Seneca Falls, NY
Position and Section: Tuba Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The connections that you make with other people who are all so diverse, but we all come together for our love of music and band.
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading. I’m literally obsessed with books and have over 100 that I haven’t read yet I will literally talk to anyone about books for hours.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Make the most of it. Your first semester has a lot of potential to be a blast so stay up on your assignments and then you’ll have plenty of stress free time to make memories 🙂
Describe your section in 6 words: The hUngriest in Band thAt’s TUBA
What’s your favorite viral video? The kids who sing about geometry to the beat of Beyonce’s song Formation.
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Ellen DeGeneres, I feel like she could make anything in my life seem hilarious.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? The What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes, but the He Man version.
Name: Mackenzie Mildram
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Position and Section: Drum Major
Favorite thing about marching band: The opportunity to work with so many cool people, and have fun while doing it!
Favorite activity outside of band: The Mandarins, an a cappella group on campus
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Come with a positive attitude and an open mind!
What’s your favorite viral video? Baby sloths taking a bath, or anything with sloths really
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Frankie Valli’s Greatest Hits, the whole CD…
Name: Katie Canete
Year: Junior (Class of 2018)
Major: Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries
Hometown: New Providence, NJ
Position and Section: Flute Section
Favorite thing about marching band: Game day. Pure and simple. Energy, school spirit, many fans, a lot of music and playing, dancing, football, and a great deal of fun.
Favorite activity outside of band: 20 Watts Magazine
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Document your experiences. Enjoy every opportunity that comes your way and embrace new experiences with open arms. Might be a good time to buy a journal. Bring a camera or simply use your phone to take a bunch of photos of the people and places around you. You’re going to love looking back on fun times and the more information you save, the better!
Describe your section in 6 words: CRAZY FUN, large, Type-A, loud (except on the field), familial, wonderful
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
What Hogwarts house are you? Slytherin
Name: Lindsay Murphy
Major: Physics and Forensic Science
Hometown: Wethersfield, Connecticut
Position and Section: Alto Saxophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Pregame Sequence coming out of the tunnel.
Favorite activity outside of band: A tie between Porch Sitting or Fallout 4
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Talk to anyone and everyone.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke, hands down.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? The entirety of 1989 by Taylor Swift.