LeBron Wasn’t the Only Cool Thing from Cleveland!

Saturdays are for relaxing, shopping, TV binging… and more Section Leader Spotlights!

Up next from the Saxophones, we have Kate McHugh! Kate is from Cleveland, OH and is a leader from the Tenor Saxes.  Kate spent her summer interning at a plastics company. As an intern, Kate was researching the mechanical properties of polymers. Outside of work, she was attempting to read every book she gets her hands on and trying to relax before we hit the field! Some advice Kate has for our rookies is to “Bring a fan for your dorm room. Band Camp week is HOT and there’s no air conditioning in the dorms.”


Going over to the low brass, we have Sonia Richman! Sonia is in the Trombone section and the other Music Director for The Sour Sitrus Society this year! Also a Cleveland native, Sonia spent her summer here at ‘Cuse giving campus tours and facilitating the SU High Ropes Course.  In her spare time, Sonia has been climbing her way to victory at the local rock gym both in a competitive and casual manner! Sonia’s advice for incoming rookies is to expect to be hot and sweaty the whole time, but that on game day it is totally worth it.



What’s More Fun Than Friday?? Section Leader Spotlights!!

Happy Fri-yay everyone! The SUMB has a couple more Section Leader Spotlights coming your way!

One of our Tuba Section Leaders is Matt Quezada! Matt is from Elgin, IL and is also one of the Music Directors for The Sour Sitrus Society this year! Matt spent this summer as a Head Lifeguard at his local pool. Additionally, he had the opportunity to travel with the Hendrick Chapel Choir to Mexico in May. Other than that, he’s just chilling and waiting for band camp! Some advice Matt has for Rookies is to always bring a pencil and your music to rehearsal and to always try new things!

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Over in the Clarinet section, we have Tyler Youngman! Tyler grew up in Oswego, NY and traveled with Matt to Mexico with the Hendricks Chapel Choir! In addition to his fun travels, Tyler was an intern for an NPR radio show, Sound Beat. The show talked about music history and 20th century recordings. If Tyler could give newbies a piece of advice, it would be to meet as many people as you possibly can! It is the coolest thing in the world to be around 150+ people who LOVE band just as much as you!

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Who’s Ready for Band Camp 2k18!?

Hello SUMBlog readers! August is finally here and the SUMB is preparing to head back up to the Cuse for Band Camp! In just a couple of weeks, the 2018 Leadership team will be meeting in the Dome to kick off another exciting football (and marching) season!

The returning veterans and staff are SO excited because they’re anxious to meet their new band-family members! To help the rookies get used to who’s going to be leading them this season, the SUMBlog will be posting spotlights on the 2018 Section Leaders. The Section Leaders are some of the first faces the SUMB newcomers will see on campus. They burst with Orange pride and are excited to show you that there’s truly #NothinFiner in the land!

Up first, we have Kevin Quinn! Kevin is a senior Tuba section leader.  Hailing from Cicero, NY, Kevin spent the previous semester studying abroad at The University of 


Freiburg in Germany and traveling around Central Europe. According to Kevin, a fun
memory from the semester “has to be from when I got stranded in the middle-of-no-where-Schwaben by the Deutsche Bahn. I was on my way back from a weekend in Nürnberg and all of the sudden, the train just stopped and told everyone to get off… What was supposed to be a 4 hour trip had turned into 7 hours. Luckily, each of us got to our homes.” Some Band Camp advice Kevin has to offer is to mentally prepare yourself for the heat inside of the Dome. Despite being named after an air-conditioning company, there is no air-conditioning in that building!



Up next, we have Charlie Goldberg! Charlie is a Tenor Saxophonist from Mansfield, MA.  He spent his summer enjoying fishing trips with friends, working for a real estate unnamed-2.jpgsyndicate, cheering on the Boston Red Sox and perfecting his watch tan.  Charlie recently took a hiatus from social media, which he says “feels pretty good. You don’t notice how much time you spend scrolling until you give it up.”  However, his Instagram account @goldbergfoodquest is thriving as he looks for the hottest takes on food.  Charlie’s advice for incoming SUMBand Camp Rookies is that “it is easier to deal with the blazing heat of band camp when you are in shape vs. being out of shape. It’s not too late to perfect that summer bod.”

Make sure to check back here every day to meet more of your 2018 Section Leaders!

Thank You Seniors!

It’s that time of year… the last football game of the season! With the perfect alignment of the last game and Thanksgiving, we at the SUMB would like to give thanks to a particular group of members: the seniors! We hope you enjoyed your time with us and are successful after graduation. Thank you!🦃 #NothinFiner #Thankful

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a special video from some members of the SUMB! https://www.facebook.com/SUMarchingBand/

Get to Know Your Orange Girl!

This season brought a new Orange Girl to the SUMB! Bella Bolduc is the 24th featured twirler of the Pride, a tradition that started 70 years ago. Get to know our talented Orange Girl right here on the SUMBlog!

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Health

Hometown: Derry, NH 

How did you start twirling?  I started at the age of 5 after I saw a parade performance done by my local baton team.

Favorite thing about marching band: The uplifting environment and endless support  from band members.

Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with friends21366645_1447373825339772_2996990916479281247_o

Best memory from a competition: Competing at nationals and performing a great team routine making our coaches proud! 

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? 100 duck size horses since I’m only 5’1

What’s your favorite viral video? Peanut Butter Baby

Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Who do you want to play you in a movie of your life?  Francesca Palatella

What’s your guilty pleasure song? Kiss Me Through the Phone Soulja Boy 

Which emoji(s) describes your life? 👌🏻😇💄👯🤷🏻‍♀️

Subject of your most recent status update/Tweet/Instagram post: The Orange Girl position

Describe your life in 6 words: I will do it later today. 


Orange is the New Fast…and so is the Pride

You’ve probably heard…Orange is the new fast! And it’s not just the football team. With three football games in three weeks, the Pride has been working hard since August.


Band camp started with a bang! With our new director Dr. Diem at the helm, the band moved quickly. With the help of our leadership team, our rookie members were marching within a few days. When vets arrived on August 19th, we treated our newest members to a mini-quad show in the Dome before coming together as the 2017-2018 Syracuse University Marching Band.

5 short days later, and the band had our Pregame and first Halftime Show complete, not to mention a total of 4 welcome week performances. As our beloved Hendricks steps were under renovation, we took the steps of Carnegie Library for our quad shows. Don’t worry, it didn’t change our dance moves or fan-favorite songs! To celebrate Sir Paul McCartney’s upcoming Dome show, we performed hits from his career including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,”  “Eleanor Rigby,”  “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” and “Live and Let Die.” For last week’s show, we added in “Hey Jude.”

20900734_1434069556670199_8804837426941640870_oHere what our newest members have to say about their first month at Syracuse and in the SUMB:

“It was such a nice thing to come into school and realize I had all of these people who were here who wanted to be friends with myself and all the other incoming freshman. Everyone was so welcoming and everyone is so lovely! I like all the people in marching band!”  – Julie Coggiola, Clarinet

“Coming into a university as a freshman can be terrifying but the SUMB has made the transition extremely welcoming and fun. Its really special being able to say only a week into college you already have a family.” – Brandon Bauer, Tenor Sax

“It’s been a really wonderful experience meeting new people and getting to learn something new. My high school didn’t have a marching band so it’s been a really great opportunity to be able to do that.” – Caity Krueger, Flute

“It’s been great getting to make so many new friends while doing the thing that we all love. It’s like joining a new family.” – Christian Jaquay


Tips and Tricks for a Successful Season

Wowee!! Is it really almost time for band camp? We can’t wait for this incredible season. Take a break from your packing and check out some tips and tricks from our veteran members. They are excited to meet you and hit the ground running!


Definitely get to know everyone in your section but also don’t be afraid to meet people in all the other sections during meal times, breaks, etc. Everyone in the band is super welcoming and excited to meet all the new members! And water, drink lots of water.” – Megan Swanson, Senior, Advertising and Information Management & Technology 

“Bring a fan for your dorm room. Band camp week is HOT.” – Kate McHugh, Sophomore, Aerospace Engineering

14445066_1106991246044700_9015436104988912329_o.jpg“My advice would be to trust your section leaders and upperclassmen. The SUMB will be a whole new experience and a lot different from high school band so follow their lead and ask them any questions you may have because they’ll always help.” – Jake Cobb, Junior, Construction Management

“Talk to anyone and everyone. Every single person in band is so easy to get along with and it makes it so much of an easier transition if people know who you are and you have a group of friends right off the bat.” – Evan Lewis, Junior, Physics

“If you’ve never marched before, don’t worry. All members of the band are very patient and will m


ake an effort to help you out. You’ll get the hang of it in no time!” – Rob Schepis, Junior, Sound Recording Technology

“Don’t let the thought of band camp/college overwhelm you. The transition is smoother than you’d think.” -Kevin K. Quinn, Junior, International Relations and German Language, Literature, and Culture

“Take care of yourself: sleep, wear good shoes, drink water, and pack little snacks. I used to take stuff with me from the dining hall all the time.” – Dreya Cherry, Senior, Music Industry and Music History & Cultures

“Band is a place you are able to leave any and all other stresses behind. You’re allowed to have fun and you have so many of your closest friends there to help make it such. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and remember, we’ve all been in a place where we didn’t know anyone. Everything will turn out great.”  – Bri Holzman, Senior, Music Industry

“Tip #1) MEET EVERYONE and make so many new friends! Everyone is in the SUMB because they love Syracuse and music … so do it together! Talk to different sections, upperclassmen – everyone. You never know where you might meet your best friends/ future roommates / or other people in your major. We spend so much time together that we minus well be one big, happy family!


Tip #2: People WILL think you’re cool. Being in the SUMB is a privilege and gives you the right to shout out your love for Syracuse literally – whenever. Others

on campus think our organization is really cool, so be loud and proud about the SUMB!

#3: For band camp … Learn whatever you can. No matter your ability level, there will always be better marchers/players than you … so strive for perfection! But, of course, have fun while doing so. ” – Sophie Estep, Sophomore, Public Relations/Information Management and Technology

“Make sure to follow The Pride on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on the SUMblog. Use #NothinFiner to stay in the conversation!” – Your Social Media Team