Leadership

Executive Board

Anna Do

Anna Do

President | SAS '23

Anna is from San Jose, California, part of sunny Silicon Valley and home to people who have developed an immunity to earthquakes. The Penn Band provides the perfect home for her wittiness and energy, and she enjoys performing music with everyone old and new. While she's not relaxing in the Annenberg building reading all things Communication, she's in tune with the Lerner building, taking walks, playing video games, viewing cat images on social media, typing at odd hours, sleeping for questionably long periods on weekends, and—most importantly—thinking about the Penn Band.

Kara Murphy

Kara Murphy

Vice President | SEAS '24

Kara hails from the mushroom capital of the world - Kennett Square, PA and is a sophomore in chemical engineering. She has been playing clarinet for more than a decade now, and the Penn Band has been her favorite place to play it. Whether it's standing on chairs to play Every Every, aggressively shouting "ooooohs" during basketball games, or attempting to not hit a sousaphone while scrambling around the field, every part of her Penn Band experience so far has been incredible. Outside of the Band, you can find Kara spending way too much money trying new restaurants, exploring center city, or going on walks to Penn Park with her lovely roommate Emily. She can't wait to be your Vice President and make the Penn Band a home for everyone just as it is for her!

Gabrielle Bioteau

Gabrielle Bioteau

Treasurer | SAS '23

Gabrielle was born and raised in West Philadelphia. However, the playground is not where she spends most of her days. Instead she can often be found studying and stressing over her assignments as a junior Systems Engineering major. She begrudgingly began playing the alto sax in her freshmen year of high school for a required elective but quickly fell in love with music. When she's not studying, Gabby enjoys sketching, reading comics, cooking, playing the switch, and exploring Philly with her younger sister.

Emily Marston

Emily Marston

Secretary | SAS '24

Emily hails from the East Bay in California where a majority of her time is spent outdoors hiking or sailing in the beautiful weather. When's she on the opposite coast though, it's spent studying for her double major in Physis and Music. She's played the clarinet for too many years to count and has recently become a guitar fiend, playing two guitars regularly, which I'm sure her roommates (and entire floor) greatly appreciate :). Her biggest hobby by far is the Penn Band; whether it's playing in the Palestra, heckling at Franklin, or dinner with bandos in Commons, she loves and appreciates everything about the Band. If there's any free time besides Band and school, it's spent reading or playing video games. She also highly recommends long walks to Penn Park and Center City.


Drum Majors

Jenna Pollack

Jenna Pollack

Drum Major | SAS '22

Jenna is from the ~not-to-be~ forgotten borough of Staten Island in New York City. She began playing the flute in fourth grade and has been torturing (blessing!) her loved ones with high notes ever since. It took her a month to figure out how to get her flute to make a sound, but the effort was so worth it because she is now the Drum Major and Treasurer for the Penn Band! When she’s not doing Band related things, Jenna can be found running (away from her problems), drawing mediocre portraits of cartoon characters, attempting way-too-large jigsaw puzzles, talking about Avatar: The Last Airbender, or acting as a wannabe philosopher, probably unintentionally offering really bad advice to someone somewhere.

Morgan McLees

Morgan McLees

Drum Major | SEAS '22

Morgan is from America’s (self proclaimed) Greatest Family Resort: Ocean City, New Jersey. When she isn’t bursting into flames in the sun at the beach, she studies Computer Science. Due to this choice, her mother now thinks that she is the IT department at home (just turn it off and on again). When not scrambling to finish homework, Morgan likes to play Billy Joel or Elton John songs on piano, watch Grey’s Anatomy with her roommates, blast soft rock (or 70s) hits, purchase plants that she is actually taking pretty good care of now (getting the hang of it with time), cross stitch, embroider (sometimes), and knit hats (because her ears are always cold). Though Morgan is now technically sectionless (or in the conduct section, if you will), the best section (the saxes (duh)) will always be in her heart.


Council

Ryan Sathianathen

Ryan Sathianathen

Flute Section Leader | SAS '23

Ryan is a junior from Fremont, CA, a city in the San Francisco Bay area where the weather is so nice that his previous definition of cold was anything below 60 degrees (His first winter at Penn was quite an experience!). Majoring in Biology with a minor in Bioethics, Ryan loves anything science-related. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading books, cross stitching, following many sports so that he can learn a variety of uncommon sports stats, and, Wait For It... listening to the soundtrack of many musicals. For Ryan, being a part of the Penn Band has been wonderful and he highly encourages you to not throw away your shot and give the Penn Band a try, because he knows that You'll Be Back for more!

Laila Barakat Norford

Laila Barakat Norford

Clarinet Section Leader | SEAS '23

Laila is from Wayne (“the Philly suburbs”), PA, majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Computer Science and Bioethics. When not playing clarinet in the band, completing copious problem sets, or using machine learning to understand organoids in the lab, Laila enjoys playing card games, reading books of most genres (not dystopians), and talking about her cat, who she misses dearly. Laila finds a way to mention the Penn Band and how you will be joining it in every conversation. But the way she sees it, that’s a good thing—being a bando is her favorite part of Penn!

Alex Worrall

Alex Worrall

Sax Section Leader | SAS '23

Stephen Liang

Stephen Liang

Chop Section Leader | SAS '25

Stephen is from Jericho, New York (a suburb on Long Island that is about an hour drive away from NYC). He began playing the trumpet in the 4th grade. When he is not in band, Stephen can be found doing homework, reading nonfiction, or exercising at Pottruck. Although still undecided, Stephen is leaning towards majoring in Neuroscience.

Sam Charney

Sam Charney

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '24

Sam grew up in the actual Philly suburbs (Swarthmore to be specific), unlike those people who just say "Philly suburbs" and are from some fake place like central New Jersey. He is a linguistics and astrophysics major in the college, and yes, he knows those two are totally unrelated, but he has a hard time making decisions and so just picked both majors that interested him. He has been playing tuba since 4th grade and sousaphone since high school marching band. He thinks marching/scrambling band is a fantastic activity and provides an outlet for a wellspring of energy that doesn't really come out otherwise. When not doing homework or band, Sam plays video games, watches anime/YouTube/Twitch streams, hopes his glasses will stop fogging up, and yearns for the day when things stop closing at night so he can be nocturnal with impunity.

Caitlyn Pelletier

Caitlyn Pelletier

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '23

Caitlyn is a junior from Western Mass double majoring in Neuroscience and Nutrition Science with a minor in Anthropology. On the (rare) occasions that she isn't at band or in class, she is working in her lab, playing video games, swimming, or wasting time on YouTube.

Sam Cheever

Sam Cheever

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '24

Shobhit Prasad

Shobhit Prasad

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '24

Shobhit is from Baltimore, Maryland, though he lived in Edison, NJ (yes, Central Jersey exists!) before high school. He is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Law and Society and he is on the pre-med track. He enjoys the Penn Band’s energy and enthusiasm and talks about it with everyone he knows! Outside of band, he is often found analyzing the pros and cons of taking phys 101, watching youtube videos about places outside the states, listening to dance pop, doing research in lab, or procrastinating emails he has been meaning to send for years (eventually people are just glad you responded at all).

Sarah Oburu

Sarah Oburu

Guard Captain | SAS '25

Sarah, with an H don't forget :), is the city southern belle from Atlanta, GA. Well, really Acworth, GA but if you are in the metro region you basically are from Atlanta. If she is not eating a pint of Strawberry & Cheesecake ice cream and crying about Math 104 homework, she is living it up with the Penn Band. Sarah has busting a move since day one. Owning every single Just Dance, she will absolutely destroy you when it comes to "Feel this Moment," or "Summer." Sarah has danced for a studio before joining color guard in high school. Thriving at Penn, Sarah is pursuing a Philosophy, Politics and Economics Major so she can become the next U.S Attorney General. She loshe loves color guard and the vibrance they bring to the field, and is beyond excited to run the sexiest section. And that's the girlboss herself, Sar-HA (nickname)--the color guard sleader :)

Naomi Maranga

Naomi Maranga

Equipment Manager | SEAS '22

Naomi aka Omi was born and raised in Kenya and still can't wrap her head around the imperial system of measurement. She studies systems engineering with a minor in American Sign Language and a keen interest in robotics. At band, you can find her with shiny UFO's for hands, cadencing down the length of the quad with her fellow drum line(best-line!) members. A Kenyan at heart, she loves tea and anything tea related - cozying up with a book over a cup of tea, watering her plants with tea remnants(a life hack I tell you!), sampling different teas at tea shops, holding tea parties with residents at Hill, getting bubble tea with friends - you get the drill. Outside of band, Omi enjoys reading short volumes on subjects she's interested in, browsing bookstores, rewatching Avatar:The Last Airbender, painting, and taking walks around campus and Philly. She also really likes cats and even worked as a cat sitter over winter break giving belly rubs and cuddles to the world's cutest animals!

Jiayi Li

Jiayi Li

Music Manager | SAS '25

Jiayi comes from Beijing, China but went to high school in Chattanooga, TN for the past 4 years. He marched with his elementary school band for two years before saying goodbay to trombone due to wearing braces. His band career resumed in 10th grade when he "accidentally" joined the pep band and found so much fun playing at athletic events. Jiayi studies history (concentration undecided) in the college, which means reading 25 books a semester :( In his free time, he can be found writing sports recaps for the DP, watching whatever movie he finds interesting, or browsing through sheet music on JW Pepper just for the fun of it.

Anna M. Patterson

Anna M. Patterson

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '24

Anna was born and raised in Hockessin, Delaware (first state. best state.). After changing her major several times, she has decided to journey down the long and arduous pre-med route and study health & societies while minoring in chem and urban studies. Her passions include color guard (hottest section), reading, and taking tree pics. When she’s not at band, work, or class, you’ll find her hunkering down in a Van Pelt GSR, *totally* studying and *not* reading the newest chapters of her favorite webtoons.

Alex Yung

Alex Yung

Recruitment & Retention Chair | WH '25

Alex Yung is a freshman originally hailing from a small town called Simsbury, Connecticut, but has since lived all over the country, including but not limited to Seattle, Washington; Palo Alto, California; and most recently Philly. A “band kid” since 5th grade, business student at Penn, and trumpet player in the band, he can occasionally also be seen deranking in Valorant at 3am, playing ping pong (somehow the National sport of China), watching movies and shows with friends or shooting photos around the city with his compact camera.

Aleena Parenti

Aleena Parenti

Public Relations Chair | SAS '25

Aleena Parenti is from outside Pittsburgh in a place so remote that her pet peeves include getting stuck behind tractors and horses while driving. Majoring in linguistics, she loves anything foreign language related. She started playing saxophone in 4th grade but in high school picked up tuba and never looked back (although sometimes she misses the tenor sax). When she’s not doing band related things Aleena enjoys listening to as much foreign music as possible (including Cambodian psychedelic rock and kpop), reading, knitting funky sweaters, and spending time with her six (yes six) cats.

Sydney Kahn

Sydney Kahn

Social Chair | SAS '24

Sydney is a sophomore from Woodstock (no not the cool one, the one in Georgia) and she came to Penn to finally not be in the South anymore. After many trials and errors (there's just so many cool things), she has landed on majoring in Anthropology with perhaps an accidental minor in Creative Writing. She's played flute since 7th grade, but stuck with band all through high school and college for the people more than the music (even though You Can Call Me Al absolutely SLAPS). When not dancing in the stands or on the field, you can find Sydney dancing most other places (she can't help it) and being called a "band kid" and taking it as a compliment. She also crochets, writes poetry to vent, and constantly feels like there's just something she's forgetting. She covers up this feeling with way too many to do lists. Should you find yourself in her company for any holiday ever, she WILL make you cookies and there's nothing you can do about it.

Nikki Okoli

Nikki Okoli

Social Chair | SAS '25

Nikki is a freshman from Boston, who will forever think Boston is the best city, but enjoys Philly for being a more palatable version of New York. Nikki is currently studying Biology (not so that she can avoid calc 2... that's just an added bonus), she is also pre-med and an aspiring MERT. Nikki is living her best life in the Penn Band Drumline playing the bass drum, and living by the motto: "don't think, hit drum"! Outside of band she can be found skateboarding around campus, catching up on one piece :( , putting mustard on pretzels, and playing the drumkit.


Directors

Greer Cheeseman

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.

Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of the Penn Band, Kushol (Penn '97 & '03) has been with the organization for 25 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry & Music and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Kushol is an avid arranger and plays the tuba and the trombone. He is intimately involved in the group's day-to-day operation and oversees the group's high school outreach efforts, including band day events 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). His other "cap" at Penn is as a member of the faculty at the School of Medicine, and he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the 501(3)c Rock to the Future. Kushol resides in South Jersey with his wife Meryl (Penn '97 & '01) and his two children, Chloe and Deven.

Adam B. Sherr, MS.Ed.

Adam B. Sherr, MS.Ed.

Assistant Director of the Penn Band, Adam has been with the organization for over 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 in the NGSS Project, improving student records systems 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 and the Registrar 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.

Robin Coyne, M.S.

Robin Coyne, M.S.

Program assistant for the Penn Band, Robin Coyne earned a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Music in 2012, and a Masters of Science in Nursing in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program in 2015. She was very active in the Band during her time as a student, serving as a Conducting Assistant, then Drum Major for 2 years. Robin is a proud member of the Flute section, and since graduating has been a member of the Penn Band Alumni Sports Board. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Joe (Penn EE '10 & GEE'10) and their son.