Leadership

Executive Board

Laura Kuder

President | W '18

Though she hides it well, Laura is actually from Germany. She came to Penn to learn more about the good and bad behaviors of economics (also known as "Behavioral Economics") and how to get people to buy stuff they don't actually want/need (also known as 'Marketing') at Wharton. She has lived in the U.S. for almost three years now, but American units still confuse her. ('What do you mean I need a jacket - you just said it's 30 degrees out!!') In the Penn Band, the just barely five foot tall Laura plays the only instrument that is smaller than her - the flute!! Laura wants to thank all bandos for accepting (tolerating?) her alwayshappy weirdness and is honored to be your president this year!

John San Soucie

Vice President | SAS '18

John is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying physics. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, John likes capsaicin and medical-themed soft drinks. As Vice President of the Band, John is chair of the show writing committee. Please direct all complaints to the Penn Band's twitter account @PennBand. When not playing tuba with the Band, John does research as a member of Penn's Ocean and Climate Dynamics group.

Emily Elenio

Treasurer | SAS '19

Emily 'Schmem' Elenio proudly hails from Dirty Jersey. She pretty much dislikes everything, including most holidays, except for ABCDEF: Alaska, Band, Chemistry, Disney, Eggs and Frozen. Emily is also secretly 80 years old and loves to knit and watch M*A*S*H. She plans to solve the Penn Band 2k16 crisis by knitting enough sweaters for the entire band. Emily is slightly heartbroken to relinquish her role as mom of the sax section, but is accepting eggs in this trying time. Emily would like to remind you all that she is here for you, now please rise for the red and blue.

Renee Hastings

Secretary | SAS '19

Renee is a sophomore Biochemistry major and Fine Arts minor from Basking Ridge NJ, a quaint suburban town that's only claim to fame is the Justice Department's current suit against it. She enjoys making strange photoshopped pictures, laughing at her own jokes, liking an excessive amount of posts in the Dogspotting Facebook group. She one day hopes to own the painting described in this review: 'Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski fending off a wild, flaming black steed, in a mystical snowcapped mountain setting. I don't know if it's the concept alone, which itself is obviously mind-blowing. Maybe it's also the curious, vaguely-humanoid musculature of the horse. It has a man's bicep and triceps, and some very suspiciously man-like back muscles. Or maybe it's the flaming mane, which on closer inspection, doesn't resemble flame so much as synthetic orange puppet hair. This steed is either from hell, or has recently escaped Fraggle Rock, and is ready to tear the entire NFL a new [censored]. But he didn't count on bumping into Bill Romo (understandably, since he was bucking around the middle of the damned Himalayas).'


Drum Majors

Jenna Harowitz

Drum Major | SAS '18

Jenna is a junior from the distant land of Swarthmore, PA who is studying Biological Basis of Behavior in the College. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching TV (Parenthood, Criminal Minds, Gilmore Girls, Friends, Dexter, House, etc.). She has an undying love of Taylor Swift, Adele, grammar, coffee, and anything that will shield her from this cold, cold world (scarves, sweaters, blankets, etc.) Though she now waves her arms, she used to be a clarimom and is an upper woodwind at heart.

Kyle McKee

Drum Major | SAS '18

Kyle is a junior in the college "studying" chemistry and political science in hopes of someday maybe getting a job in one of those things or maybe not he also likes football (the real kind, not the weird European stuff) pizza rolls and annoying Koosh while still trying to convince the band that his home state of South Dakota does in fact exist and is home to great tourist attractions like Mount Rushmore and the Corn Museum (which is actually a basketball stadium???) which are far more exciting than anything at Dartmouth which is actually a desolate wasteland except for the surprisingly solid Dunkin Donuts in a gas station but is not as exciting as joining the Penn Band which is something you should do if you want to travel the Northeast just to realize that you *really* like Penn better anyway especially since the other bands (Princeton) all suck.


Council

Megha Nagaswami

Flute Section Leader | SAS '19

Megha is a sophomore in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics, and is so excited to be leading her favorite section of the Band! When she's not at Band, you can usually find her reminding someone that her name isn't Meghan. In her free time, Megha enjoys both viewing memes and being turned into a meme by her friends.

Jackie Valeri

Clarinet Section Leader | SEAS '18

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Olivia Blom

Clarinet Section Leader | SAS '19

Olivia is a sophomore in the College intending to major in political science. She hails from Portland, Maine (yep, different than Oregon) and tends to experience frequent ocean withdrawals while at school. Olivia can usually be found drinking third wave coffee or crying of happiness over Joe Biden. She loves band even more than she loves avocados. She is so thrilled to lead the clarinets with her friend Jackie!

Rendy Fernandez

Sax Section Leader | SAS '19

Rendy "Snakeboi" Maximilian Fernandez hails from the "best" state of Florida. Snakes are his favorite animal. At skewl, he dabbles with education through exposing himself to the wraths of biochem (major) and consumer psychology (minor) disciplines. When he doesn't jam out to band tunes on his saxophone, he lets Taylor Swift rock his body. He has a pH level of 14, which seems to be creeping up further and further as he orders more J.Crew via Amazon Prime. During his free time, he enjoys screaming at plants, young and old, declaring his hatred towards them and repeatedly declares his vegan lifestyle on Facebook memes by tagging his closest friends on meat-related memes.

Sean Kim

Sax Section Leader | SAS '20

Sean Kim is a research assistant professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Sean works with Rendy Fernandez, using structural and biophysical methods to study nucleoprotein assemblies that underlie basic biology and the molecular basis of disease.

Daniel Orol

Chop Section Leader | SEAS '18

Daniel is studying Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at Penn. He comes from Raleigh, NC. He's a huge board game fan, particularly strategy games. Daniel also enjoys building race cars, reading, playing frisbee, eating spicy food, and playing hockey. As a side note, the chop section is, without question, the best section in the band.

Spencer Fox

Chop Section Leader | SEAS '18

Spencer Fox is from Cochranville, PA, and studies Mechanical Engineering. When he's not down in Towne, he's usually doing something Band related, or he's at Mad Mex from 2-4 on weekdays when they have their half-off food special. He is still on the hunt for the perfect batch of buffalo wings...

Travis Gosse

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '18

Travis studies bioengineering in the hopes of someday attaching his tuba directly to his windpipe, so that each breath sounds as beautiful as the music of the Penn Band.

Candace Morff

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '20

Candace is a sophomore majoring in Earth Science and Environmental Studies, and she comes from the coldest town in the contiguous US, Frostbite Falls (a.k.a. International Falls, a.k.a "Icebox of the Nation" a.k.a NOT Canada), which is located beyond the Iron Range in the less populated North Woods of Minnesota in Koochiching County where winter is always coming. Don't blame her if she seems cold-hearted, the Band is slowly defrosting her and she is incredibly excited to be one of this year's low-brass section leaders.

Lynn Capulong

Percussion Section Leader | Nu '19

 

Matthew Eisenberg

Percussion Section Leader | W '18

Matthew Eisenberg is a junior in Wharton (boo, hiss) studying Marketing who hits the big drum real loud. He is from Miami Beach, FL, but you wouldn't be able to tell by his pale complexion. If you can't find him on campus, try Union Transfer. If he's not there, try the Tower Theatre, or the Trocadero, or the Electric Factory...

Madeline Rice

Equipment Manager | SEAS '20

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Dominique Martinez

Equipment Manager | SAS '20

Dominique is a sophomore in the College majoring in Hamilton Studies with a minor in Aaron Burr. She traveled 1,041 miles from her beachside residence in Tampa, Florida just for the experience of playing in the snow. At the moment of this writing she is studying for a potential pop quiz she may have in her French 134 class. She started playing the clarinet six months before she was born, and hangs out in her band polo because it’s "cute, classy, and comfortable."

Richard DiNapoli

Social Chair | SAS '19

A lifelong percussionist and high-school marcher, Richard knows exactly what you mean by 'this one time at band camp...' When not writing cadences for the Penn Band Drumline or buying shares in pineapple companies, he frantically waves his arms as a Conducting Assistant under the strict tutelage of Jenna and Kyle (see Drum Majors). A native of Southeast Philadelphia (formerly known as South Jersey), Richard loves all the Philly sports teams regardless of how awfully they may play each year.

Chris Urffer

Social Chair | SAS '19

Chris has been a low brass player since the fourth grade, when he first picked up the euphonium, and has been picking up progressively larger instruments since then. He comes from the Philly suburb of Media, PA. When he's not doing band things, Chris studies Computer Engineering and practices reaching the Ballmer Peak (look it up). Also, if you haven't stopped reading by now (which you probably should have), go to Youtube and search for the "Web Junk" playlist and watch all three thousand videos, because that's what I'm doing right now.

Aaron Mittleman

Travel Manager | SAS '19

Aaron Mittleman was King of the Franks. He united a large part of Europe during the early Middle Ages and laid the foundations for modern France, Germany and the Low Countries. He took the Frankish throne in 768 and became King of Italy in 774. From 800, he became the first Holy Roman Emperor - the first recognized emperor in Western Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. Aaron already ruled his kingdom without the help of the Pope, but recognition from the pontiff granted him divine legitimacy in the eyes of his contemporaries.

Jaclin Boorse

Music Manager | SAS '18

Jaclin, coming to Penn from just 12 miles away, studies cognitive psychology. When not thinking about thinking, she loves DIY crafts, Words with Friends, Harry Potter, and pointing out spelling mistakes on signs. She once appeared on ESPN to spell (#sports). As a fourth grader picking the only instrument she could hope to lift, she never thought it would enable her to be the sleader for the best section in the Penn Band!

Jackson Betz

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '19

Jackson is a sophomore from Downingtown, PA (also known as "an hour west of Philly by SEPTA"). He studies architecture and music in the College of Arts and Sciences. When he was 6 years old, his favorite song was "All Star" by Smash Mouth, but thankfully, he then discovered the Beatles and the Beach Boys (have you ever heard "Vegetables"? It's awesome) and Herbie Hancock. When he's not lugging the glockenspiel around, you can find him riding his bike around Fairmount Park and making acapella doo wop videos that get a ton of likes on Facebook despite not being very good!

Ana Cohen

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '18

Ana is a... wait a minute, why she still here exactly? Finishing her physics degree in what she hopes to be just four and a half years, Ana decided to use this bonus band time to [ensnare unknowing freshmen] welcome new lovely bandos to the band family. Hailing from the great wilderness of NEPA/ the Poconos, Ana's constant need to climb things has proven to be well suited for low brass pyramids, attempting to see the DMs while being 5'2" and placed in the back of the stands, and generally just acting like a koala. When not explaining what in the world a mellophone is to each passing human, Ana can be found in the mythical land of east-of-33rd-Street or really just look for the billowing cloud of fur accumulated from her cat, Landon.

Hannah Salazar

Public Relations Chair | SAS '20

FIRE! Oh no, just kidding, it's just Hannah Salazar. Hannah hails from the blue state of California where it is not only the political leanings of the state that is blue but also the flames that consistently engulf the state. Her intended major is history because she is fond of the bygone eras when California still had water. Hannah loves Disney and dogs, and when a Facebook meme comes along that incorporates either of these, she bursts into tears. Honestly, those tears could be used to irrigate the farms of California, but I guess #emotions. Her oncampus address is Van Pelt Lippincott Library Room 247. Her favorite drink is coffee, because from age 0, she had to drink coffee because California has no water. Through all these trials and tribulations, she is excited to spread the band's greatness as Public Relations Chair!


Directors

Greer Cheeseman

Director of the Penn Band, Greer has been with the organization for 40 years, serving as Director for the past two decades. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and leads the organization both in practice and philosophy. Greer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, but in effect has never left. He was an active member of the band as an undergraduate (Treasurer and Drum Major), became the Assistant Director shortly after graduating, and was elevated to Director in 1994. In his 40 years of involvement with the Penn Band, he has overseen a program that boasts an average annual membership of 100, and those students perform at upwards of 100 events a year, which includes sporting events and official Penn events.

Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of the Penn Band, Kushol (Penn '97 & '03) has been with the organization for 23 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry & Music and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology. His other "cap" at Penn is as a member of the faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine. Kushol is an avid arranger and plays the tuba and the trombone. He oversees the Band's high school outreach efforts, including the annual winter honor bands and the summer camp. In 2006, he was the lead author of Images of America: The University of Pennsylvania Band (Arcadia Publishing), which details the first 100 years of the organization's history and more recently contributed to the Songs of Penn by Bruce Montgomery (2013). Kushol resides in South Jersey with his wife Meryl (Penn '97 & '01) and his two children, Chloe and Deven.

Adam Sherr, MS.Ed.

Assistant Director of the Penn Band, Adam has been with the organization for 30 years. Adam has a Bachelor Degree in History & Sociology of Science from Penn in 1990 and, in 2000, completed a Masters of Education, focusing on Higher Education Administration. He is extremely interested in issues in Higher Education and focusing on Leadership Development in undergraduate students. His "day job" is as the University Registrar in the Student Registration and Financial Services Division. Adam also serves as a Pre-Major Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences.  He has also served as an Academic Advisor in Penn's School of Nursing and continues to be highly involved with Penn's VPUL Office and its Student Affairs Leadership Team. Adam is an accomplished tubist and, with his wife (Penn Band grad as well) and daughters, an avid supporter of Penn's women's sports programs.