Our countdown to the 2016 season continues! In just 27 days, our section leaders will be in the Dome hard at work. In 44 (Go Orange!) days, the Pride will be performing at their first football game, as the Orange take on the Colgate Raiders. Join us on the Quad and in the Dome for a fun day full of music, dancing, and pride! Until then, get to know some more of our SUMB leaders for the upcoming season!
Name: Katie Vedilago
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Position and Section: Mellophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: The Fun Run
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading the dictionary
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always ask if there’s a student discount
Describe your section in 6 words: Yeah that’s good enough, good job.
What’s your favorite viral video? I don’t think it’s technically viral, but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3SdqdMFnmE
Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Lin-Manuel Miranda
Name: Dreya Cherry
Major: Music Industry, Music History and Cultures
Hometown: Harleysville, PA (a small town outside of Philadelphia)
Position and Section: Tenor Saxophone Music Instructor
Favorite thing about marching band: I love being such an essential part of Syracuse events. Being on the turf and raising Orange spirit at football games is fantastic! You are a part of something bigger than yourself. I like having excessive amounts of energy.
Favorite activity outside of band: I love petting cats, watching videos of cats on leashes, listening to “Hamilton,” and writing for the SUMBlog!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: There are a lot of people at Syracuse. Take advantage of the connections you have through the SUMB! We have members from all over the world in all different majors. If school seems confusing or overwhelming, talk to us! We all want to help make your SUMB (and college) experience the best it can be.
What’s your favorite viral video? During Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” a few years back they had a great commercial about Snuffy the Seal. I don’t want to spoil it, but let’s just say no seals were harmed in the making of this commercial (I think). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YQBulqQSNw
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I ate a few termites in a rainforest in Nicaragua once! They aren’t as filling as you would expect. And kinda minty.
What Hogwarts house are you? Ravenclaw!
Name: Karen Schultz
Major: Environmental Studies @ SUNY ESF
Hometown: Rocky River, OH (basically Cleveland – Go Cavs!)
Position and Section: Trumpet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The fly uniforms
Favorite activity outside of band: Saving the bees and fighting climate change
Veteran tip for band camp/school: You don’t have to be a music major to be an awesome band member. You don’t even have to go to SU! 😉
What’s your favorite viral video? Corgis jumping off docks
What Hogwarts house are you? Hufflepuff
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Ridin’ Solo by Jason Derulo
Name: Alex Meyer
Major: Industrial Design
Hometown: Dunellen, NJ
Position and Section: Tenor Section Leader, Drumline
Favorite thing about marching band: I really like the people you meet and having the ability to jam out with them and make music.
Favorite activity outside of band: Outside of band I really only do two things, play video games, and build stuff.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Pro tip #1. Never be afraid to ask for help or advice. You don’t always have to “know what you’re doing”. That’s what other older college students are for.
Describe your section in 6 words: “Mosey, don’t hustle.” DANGIT PRIVATE COOP!!!