We asked our new board members a few questions so that those who didn’t cross paths with them in the undergraduate band can get to know them a little better.
What years were you in the band? 2003-2007
What did you play? Clarinet, Color Guard & Winter Guard
What’s your favorite UC Band tradition? ‘Dismissal’ at the end of games and practices is favorite tradition. The unity, belonging and camaraderie felt when standing with the band ‘as one’ and responding ‘With Pride’ is really indescribable.
What’s your most treasured band memory? Oh, goodness. There are so many. I am unable to pick just one because all of the memories combined together form and shape my whole college career, the everlasting friendships, skills, and experiences have really influenced who I am. I have been asked a few times, in certain particular points in my life are there periods of which you would want to relive again, and my answer, hands down, would be college. High School was not good to me. In college, especially in band, I made friendships and had experiences made that defined me and I wasn’t afraid to be someone else. I found myself and myself worth in Band. – okay, so without getting too sappy. A few of my favorite memories. My first away band road trip to WVU. That was eye opening. My first 2 years in college I lived on campus. My dorm was in Dabney. So, making it to band rehearsals was super easy. But one of my favorite things was being able to hear the drumline practicing outside my window. I got so excited. I LOVEd hearing them. Still to this day, down the drive sends floods of amazing memories and just makes me smile. I mean, who doesn’t love a good drumline? I guess one final fun memory, or I guess it would maybe be a tradition, I don’t know, but the first time attending a UC men’s basketball game was AMAZING as well. At the beginning of the game with the ‘newspaper’ bit. It makes me smile. It is so cheeky and so fun.
What years were you in the band? 2015-2020 What did you play? Clarinet What’s your favorite UC Band tradition? It has to be The Charge. There’s nothing like standing at the top of the stairs looking down into the fans, holding your breath, and running as fast as you can onto the field. What’s your most treasured band memory? As much as I loved the big games and incredible performances, I think most of my favorite band memories are the little things that make an impact. Times like getting stuck in a parking garage during an incredible rainy game, pushing the $15,000 stage down Jefferson Avenue in traffic, and crazy bus trips don’t seem that interesting at the time but end up being stories you’ll tell for years.