Did Somebody Ring?

*Ring*Ring*Ring* Who is it?? Alto SaxoPHONES and MelloPHONES!? Today, we are ~calling~ upon this year’s alto and mellophone section leaders. Get to know them by reading below!

 

Name: Matt Dupuis

Year: Junior

Majors: Marketing and EEEMatt Dupuis

Hometown: Northbridge, MA

Position and Section: Mellophone Section Leader

Favorite Thing about Band: It’s an escape in many ways. Great people. Great Music. Plus it gives me a reason to put off going to the gym… “It’s a game week, I guess I don’t NEED to go”

Favorite Activity Outside of Band: Rooting for the Red Sox and playing Forza Motorsport

Veteran Tip for Band Camp: Try to rely less and less on your flipbook as camp, and the season, goes by. The more stands music you’re able to memorize, the more fun you’re able to have while playing it. Plus it comes in handy when Sitrus rolls around

Coke or Pepsi?: Seltzer pls

Guilty Pleasure Song: “Beauty School Dropout” from Grease

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Name: Sean MacKellar

Year: Junior

Major: Finance, Information Management and Technology, Real Estate

Hometown: Orange County, CaliforniaSean Mackellar.JPG

Position and Section: Alto Sax Section leader

Favorite thing about marching band: The people

Favorite activity outside of band: Reading

Veteran tip for band camp/school: It’s all for fun and all your decisions

What’s your favorite viral video? Duke Dumont- the Giver (Reprise)

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Stephen King

What’s your guilty pleasure song? When Grow Up-Mayday Parade

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Name: Brianna (Bri) Holzman

Year: Senior

Major: Music Industry with Performance Honors

Hometown: Davie, FLBrianna Holzman.jpg

Position and Section: Mellophone Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: Quad shows, traveling, free food, and getting to do that with my closest friends

Favorite activity outside of band: Petting dogs, porch sitting, and going on new adventures

Veteran tip for band camp/school: There’s no other group on campus where you can say “I made 200 friends on my first day.” It may actually take a while to meet all 200, but you’ll have at least one other person in your major who you can study with, find out who the good professors are, ask for help from. Definitely utilize them.

Describe your section in 6 words: Someone’s probably going up the octave.

What’s your favorite viral video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtpK9uxTZhE(good luck getting that out of your head)

Describe your life in 6 words: No, my name is not Brittany (yes, people swap my name for this name–numerous times)

 

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The Fabulous Flutes!

Why, hello there! Back for more?  This SUMBlog post will introduce this year’s Flute Section Leaders. Make sure to check in next time to find out about more section leaders because there’s #NothinFiner!

Name: Liz Pogact

Year: Senior

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Westchester County, NY                      Liz Pogact.JPG

Position and Section: Flute Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: I love the exciting atmosphere and that amazing rewarding feeling of knowing that you’re showcasing one of the greatest things to exist: music. I also love the incredible friends and memories that I have made from being in the SUMB!

Favorite activity outside of band: Sleeping and looking at dogs.

Veteran tip for band camp/school: take care of yourself! Eat well and stay on top of your schoolwork! Just be yourself, everything will fall into place!
Subject of your most recent status update/Tweet/Instagram post: It was a tweet about how I like to eat shredded cheese straight from the bag

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Name: Kailyn Sitter

Year: Senior (Class of 2018)

Major: Anthropology and Biology

Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin

Position and Section: Flute section leader

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Favorite thing about marching band: The quad show before each home game is high energy and full of fun with the fans!

Favorite activity outside of band: Giving tours to prospective and admitted students through the Office of Admissions

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Drink lots of water and try one new thing each day

Favorite viral video? Pronouncing things incorrectly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IxtXtdygrk)

Hogwarts house? Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw so no complaints here…

Who would you want to write the biography of your life? I’d choose Maya Angelou to write my biography because I really like how she wrote her own.

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Name: Elaina Palada

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

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Hometown: Gilbertsville, NY

Position and Section: Flute Music Instructor/Section Leader

Favorite thing about marching band: Getting close to people who share a common interest with you.

Favorite activity outside of band: Hanging out with friends and eating food

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to try new things and turf naps are the best naps.

Coke or Pepsi? Coke!!

Which emoji(s) describes your life? 💃🍟😋

What’s your favorite viral video? Cute red pandas!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPKab2d4_Xw

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Name: Gabrielle Sanft

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Port Washington, NYGabby Sanft.jpg

Position and Section: Flute Section Leader

Favorite thing about marching band: Without a doubt, the people. I have never met so many welcoming and genuine people within one organization. The band is such a tight-knit community, and the people are what make all of the other things I love about band as incredible as they are.

Favorite activity outside of band: Belting out the words to every single show tune and Disney song ever written. Or playing with cats. That’s a hard one.

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be overwhelmed after the first couple days of band camp. It will seem like a lot, but once you start meeting people and getting into the swing of things, the days will become infinitely easier and you will have the time of your life!

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? William Shakespeare

What’s your guilty pleasure song? “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The song never fails to put me in a good mood on any sort of day, after I belt out the lyrics and make an absolute fool out of myself, of course.

What Hogwarts house are you? Hufflepuff (Although I so wish I could split myself in half (you choose if you take that metaphorically or literally) and be in Ravenclaw too)

The Tantalizin’ Tenors and Trumpets

Hello SUMBlog readers! August is approaching and the SUMB is preparing to head back up to Cuse for Band Camp 2k17! In less than 1 month, the 2017 Leadership team will be meeting in the Carrier Dome to get ready to kick off another highly anticipated season.

Even though this year’s rookies are excited to meet their new band family, you know who’s even more excited? The returning veterans and staff because they’re so anxious to meet you all! In preparation of helping the newbies get accustomed to the people helping them out this Fall, the SUMBlog will be posting spotlights on this season’s section leaders. These members are some of the first faces SUMB rookies will see on campus. They ooze with Orange pride and are excited to show you that there’s truly #NothinFiner in the land!

First, we would like to introduce some of the tenor sax and trumpet section leaders!

Name: Dreya Cherry

Year: Senior

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Major: Music Industry, Music History & Cultures

Hometown: Harleysville, PA – It’s outside of Pennsylvania and has a lot of cows.

Position and Section:  Tenor Sax Music Instructor

Favorite thing about marching band: The Tenor Saxophone Section. And everyone else. When I’m in the Dome, I forget about everything else and get to spend time with my friends, making music and learning field shows. That is my favorite part.  

Favorite activity outside of band: Playing with cats, reading, and being involved in other student organizations like First Year Players and Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity.

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always pack snacks! When I lived in a dorm on a meal plan, I would take an apple or bagel or something in case I got hungry on breaks at band camp or between classes. Also bring a water bottle with you to classes – it can get really hot in August and you will probably be moving and walking around campus.

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Lin Manuel-Miranda, except it will be a smash hit musical.

What’s your guilty pleasure song? “Wannabe,” by the Spice Girls, although I am not even guilty about it.

What Hogwarts house are you? Ravenclaw!

Subject of your most recent status update/tweet/instagram post: I run social media for the SUMB, so it is most likely that the last post was for the Pride. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use #NothinFiner to stay in the discussion!

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Name: Cooper Klares

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

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Hometown: Katonah NY

Position and Section: Trumpet Music Instructor

 

Favorite thing about marching band: Making giant shapes on a field with my friends

Favorite activity outside of band: Making giant shapes on a field with my friends

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Always make sure your shoes are tied. Double knot them if you have to.

Coke or Pepsi? No

Who do you want to write the biography of your life? Karen Ann Schultz
What’s your guilty pleasure song? JFD

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Name: Schuyler Conto

Year: Junior

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Major: Music Performance Major

Hometown: Massena, NY

Position and Section: Music Instructor, Trumpet

Favorite thing about marching band: Friends and Memories

 

Favorite activity outside of band: Gaming

Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t wear them pesky lanyards

Describe your section in 6 words: Crazy, Obnoxious, Lovable, Amazing, THE BEST

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Awh you bet I’ll be fighting 100 small horses

Coke or Pepsi? Coke, Thanks a lot SU -_-

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Name: Karen Schultz

Year: Senior

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Major: Environmental Studies @ SUNY ESF

Hometown: Rocky River, OH

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 a great 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

 

That’s all for now! Join us next time when we put a spotlight on another section of section leaders. And, make sure you follow the SUMB on Facebook and Twitter. Remember to use #NothinFiner when talking about the Pride!

Who’s Who on the Podium

This season, the Pride is welcoming not one, not two, but THREE new Drum Majors to the podium! Chosen through an intense audition and interview process, we are confident that these three individuals will do great things for the SUMB. But before we get down to business, let’s have some fun. We’ve compiled a list of facts and ordered them from general to more specific. Can you guess the Drum Major before reaching the last one?

PixelKevinI am a Drum Major in the SUMB
It is my senior year of college
My favorite color is blue
I studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.
I can’t wait for marching band to start
I am studying music education
My first name starts with a K.
I am from Massachusetts
I play the trumpet
Who am I?

I am a Drum Major in the SUMB.PixelatedKatieV
It is my senior year of college.
My favorite thing to eat is a dumpling.
I can recite both of John Mulaney’s Netflix specials.
My first name is Katie.
I am a music education major.
I come from Massapequa Park on Long Island.
I play the mellophone.
Who am I?

 

 

I am a Drum Major for the SUMB.PixelatedKatieC
I am a rising senior at Syracuse University.
My favorite food is pizza.
I have recently overcome my slight fear of escalators!
My favorite pattern is stripes.
My nickname is Katie (I plan on going by my last name this season).
I’m studying in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries.
My hometown is New Providence, New Jersey.
I play the flute and piccolo, and sometimes, I like to jam on piano and guitar!
Who am I?

 

Did you guess it? The three drum majors, in order, are Kevin Varga, Katie Vedilago, and Katie Canete!

Go for Gold with SUMB

Rio 2016 might be over, but our marching band season has just begun! After intense band camp training, the 2016 Pride is ready to perform our first half-time show of the season – A Salute to the 2016 Olympics! Join us at 6:00 on the Quad to get excited for the football opener as Syracuse takes on Colgate.

Last but Not Least

Congratulations! You made it to our final installment of the 2016 Section Leader Spotlights! If you have been with us all summer (or read through the blog!) you now have met all members of the 2016 SUMB leadership. When you see them at band camp, come and say hi! Now that you’ve met them, our leaders can’t wait to meet you!

Name: Sarah Berloff                                                                                                                                                                         image
Year: Junior
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics
Hometown: Albany, NY
Position and Section: Baritone section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: The quad shows. I love helping to bring out people’s school spirit on game day
Favorite activity outside of band: Hiking
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t be afraid to change your major, and don’t feel pressured to choose one right away either.
What’s your favorite viral video? Those lip dubs of High School Musical get me every time
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi. There’s a difference
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Anything by Earth, Wind, and Fire

1465787_705865489490613_97121765223318800_oName: Benjamin Baker
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Queensbury, NY
Position and Section: Trombone Music Instructor.
Favorite thing about marching band:  The people, getting to go to Bills games for free occasionally.
Favorite activity outside of band:  Playing in my band “These Walls”
Veteran tip for band camp/school:  Don’t freak out you’ll be fine.
Coke or Pepsi?  Coke is a no brainer.
Who do you want to write the biography of your life?  Aidan Russo has a way with metaphors like no other.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?  “Way away” Yellowcard.  Throwback to the SSX3 soundtrack.

Name: Marguerite KreitsekMaggie
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education with Performance Honors
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Position and Section: Drum Major
Favorite thing about marching band:  Getting to do what I love with my friends.
Favorite activity outside of band: Eating ice cream
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Relax, have fun, and make the most out of your time in the SUMB and in college! Don’t be afraid to try new things and get out of your comfort zone.
Describe your section in 6 words: We are the coolest people ever
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Name: Andrew LeathemAndrew
Year: Senior
Major: Forensic Psychology
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Position and Section: Mellophone Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Rehearsing new show music for the first time
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Get to know everybody you can!
Describe your section in 6 words: Most improved award here we come
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Kangaroo
What Hogwarts house are you? Slytherin

Speedin’ through Summer

Get ready for some double-clarinet trouble in today’s post! You’ll also get the chance to hear from a color guard and drumline leader! New members- we hope you are excited! Make sure to check in with your band buddy if you have any questions. Go Orange!

Name: Micalys ReyesMicaReyes
Year: Junior
Major: Advertising/Psychology
Hometown: Mayaguez, PR
Position and Section: Clarinet Section Leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Doing something I love with people I love
Favorite activity outside of band: Reading
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t wait for things to happen to or for you, make things happen for yourself.
What’s your guilty pleasure song? Cabinet Battle #1 from Hamilton because I think it’s hilarious to imagine Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton just going at it by rapping.
What Hogwarts house are you? Definitely Slytherin because I value ambition and drive more than anything else.

Name: Katie NicinskiKatieNicinski
Year: Junior
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Position and Section: Color Guard section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: My favorite thing about the SUMB is the crazy amount of people that you can meet in just one day of band camp. The second best thing is looking back on the weird introductions once you become good friends with the person.
Favorite activity outside of band: Going to new places. Anything from driving through a new town to finding a new park to explore.
Veteran tip for band camp/school: Don’t roll around on the turf if you are wearing white. Also, rain boots do not make good snowboots.
What’s your favorite viral video? Fat babies are my weakness   https://youtu.be/T_Vvk5HSeog

Name: Jesse WilhelmJess_Wilhelm_1
Year: Senior
Major: Music Education  
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Position and Section: Clarinet Music Instructor!
Favorite thing about marching band: How after just a week of band camp, you can already feel the bonds that are forming one giant band family
Favorite activity outside of band: Hiking!
Veteran tip for band camp/school: If you are stressed or upset about school, take a 10 minute break if you can; to gather your thoughts, go on a walk, or get a snack. Anything to calm yourself down so you can get back to focusing on your work.
6 words to describe my section: Crazy, Loving, Attentive, RIveting, NoblE Trustworthy
Coke or Pepsi? Obviously coke duh 😜
Would I rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Answer: One horse sized duck, that way I only have to focus on fighting one thing and don’t have to worry about anything attacking me from behind 😝
Name: Joshua McClearyJoshMcCleary
Year: Junior
Major: CSD with an ILM in Neuroscience
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Position and section: Snare section leader
Favorite thing about marching band: Game Day!
Favorite activity outside of Band: volunteering
Veteran tip for band camp: Take time to mingle with other sections because there are some cool people in the band!
My section in six words: The tightest group in the SUMB
Guilty pleasure song: Space Jam Theme Song
The strangest thing I’ve eaten: Alligator