Cool Off and March On

It’ s mid-July and in just 5 weeks, your section leaders, drumline, and colorguard will be arriving in Syracuse ready for the 2016 season! During this hottest part of the year, these leaders are preparing for a wonderful fall season.

Name:  Kellie KrisakKellieKrisak
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education          Minor: Jazz Studies
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Position and Section: Trombone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Playing quad shows every Saturday morning on the Hendricks Chapel steps. Nothing is more exciting that playing upbeat music to get SU fans pumped for the game!
Favorite activity outside of band: Really anything that involves me having an iced coffee by my side, including playing video games, and going swimming in the summer.
Veteran tip for band camp/school:
Band Camp: Be ready to work hard, achieving the highest level of success all of the time. Not only will that keep the enjoyment throughout the entire band, it will also make it so that your experience in the SUMB won’t be anything but the absolute best. Never let your worst show get the best of you. As human beings, we all make mistakes. Use every mistake as an example of something that can be improved for the next show. Practice makes permanence. Focus on what it is that you do well in the band and expand on it, pursuing only further excellence.
School: Study extremely hard and always strive to do your absolute best in every class that you take. Not only can you receive good grades, but the effort you put into your academics portrays your character. Even though studying is extremely important, making new memories with friends is what you’re really going to remember. Get involved in new activities and say yes to as many opportunities as you can handle. Do not put too much on your plate if you can help it, or you will feel the filling effects later. Asking for help is never a bad thing. Asking for help is a sign of humility, courage, and strength. Your experience at college is all what you make of it. Make it one of the best times of your entire life. The years will fly by so quickly. In short: Study extremely hard! Make unforgettable memories! Learn about yourself and do what you love!
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi all the way! Pepsi is the only way. Think of it this way…. Coke rhymes with joke… Seems like it’s just a coincidence? I don’t think so.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have eaten a mini octopus! Not just the leg or the head, the whole entire body, tentacles and all! The texture takes a lot of getting used to, but it tasted great! Yes, it was cooked.
What Hogwarts house are you? I have taken the real Pottermore quiz,which says that I am a Gryffindor. One of my best friends who is really really into Harry Potter however, is 100% convinced that I am a Hufflepuff. So what is the real answer to this question? Once you really know me well enough, that’s up to you to decide.

Name: Rachel Novotny RachelNovotny
Year: Senior
Major:  Marketing
Hometown: Amsterdam, NY
Position and Section: Color Guard Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The family aspect. The bonds you make will last you a lifetime.
Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with my roommates, including my cat Baby Doll.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Enjoy every moment it goes so fast, don’t get caught up in the little things and don’t stress yourself out. In 20 years you won’t remember what grades you got on tests. But you will remember your friends and the memories you created together.
What’s your favorite viral video? Any J.J. Watt video
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? J.J. Watt
What’s your guilty pleasure song? J.J. Watt (look it up on Spotify, it’s a real song)

Name: Paul WilkowskiPaulWilkowski
Year: Senior — Class of 2017
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Whippany, NJ
Position and Section: Trumpet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The People
Favorite activity outside of band: Outside of Marching Band, Sitrus; Outside of Athletic Bands, Playing Video Games
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Set Mini-Goals on assignments throughout the semester. For example, when I write my bi-weekly lab reports, I hope to have certain sections done by certain points in the week they are due. That way I only have some editing left to do on the last day, while many of my peers spend all day on the report. By setting these goals, and writing them down, I can hold myself accountable; it’s rewarding to achieve even a mini-goal or I am further motivated if I miss one. Similarly, I apply this to papers, homework problem sets, and my responsibilities for my extracurricular activities.
Describe your section in 6 words: “What are they singing now?”
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Definitely the horse sized duck. It’s definitely more manageable, and I wouldn’t be able to get surrounded.
Coke or Pepsi? Coke; which makes living on a Pepsi campus difficult…
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I had the opportunity to eat various authentic Spanish dishes when traveling across Spain one Summer. Some of the more interesting ones include: raw squid, blood sausage, and Lechon, which a whole roasted pig, and I was fortunate to get some of the face.
Name: Kate FletcherKateFletcher
Year: Junior
Major: English and Textual Studies, English Education
Hometown: Pennington, NJ
Position and Section: Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Tenor toss and quad shows are my favorites because everyone gets really hyped. They’re kind of crazy performances and we thrive on that vibe.
Favorite activity outside of band: Taking naps outside
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t overthink it or over-commit yourself. Figure out what you can handle and don’t think you have to push yourself too hard.
Describe your section in 6 words: Tenor City, Population One, We’re Dads
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Ina Garten or Jim Boeheim.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?  Careless Whisper covered by Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright (the guy who did Hallelujah for Shrek)

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