Executive Board

Emily Elenio

Emily "Schmem" Elenio

President | SAS '19

Emily "Schmem" Elenio proudly hails from the greatest state: New Jersey. Emily has switched her majors 4 times before finally settling into the study of people: anthropology. While Emily doesn't love people, she loves bandos. When not at band, you can find Emily crying over Disney, Star Wars, Alaska and whatever show she is binge watching on Netflix. There is nothing in the world Emily cherishes more than her beloved Sax section. While she cannot play Penn's Fight Song she hopes she can serve faithfully as President of the Penn Band.

Aaron Mittleman

Aaron "Durin" Mittleman

Vice President | SAS '20

The world was young, the mountains green,

No stain yet on the Moon was seen,

No words were laid on stream or stone

When Aaron woke and walked alone.

He named the nameless hills and dells;

He drank from yet untasted wells;

He stooped and looked in Mirrormere,

And saw a crown of stars appear,

As gems upon a silver thread,

Above the shadows of his head.

In Elder Days before the fall

Of mighty kings in Nargothrond

And Gondolin, who now beyond

The Western Seas have passed away:

The world was fair in Aaron's Day.

A king he was on carven throne

In many-pillared halls of stone

With golden roof and silver floor,

And runes of power upon the door.

The light of sun and star and moon

In shining lamps of crystal hewn

Undimmed by cloud or shade of night

There shone for ever fair and bright.

There hammer on the anvil smote,

There chisel clove, and graver wrote;

There forged was blade, and bound was hilt;

The delver mined, the mason built.

There beryl, pearl, and opal pale,

And metal wrought like fishes' mail,

Buckler and corslet, axe and sword,

And shining spears were laid in hoard.

Unwearied then were Aaron's folk;

Beneath the mountains music woke:

The harpers harped, the minstrels sang,

And at the gates the trumpets rang.

The world is grey, the mountains old,

The forge's fire is ashen-cold;

No harp is wrung, no hammer falls:

The darkness dwells in Aaron's halls;

The shadow lies upon his tomb

In Moria, in Khazad-dûm.

But still the sunken stars appear

In dark and windless Mirrormere;

There lies his crown in water deep,

Till Aaron wakes again from sleep.

Rendy Fernandez

Rendo Fernando

Treasurer | SAS '19

Rendy hails from the greatest state in the USA, Florida, and is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Consumer Psych (ssssssssssss). Both of these will be useless apparently when he goes to dental school. In his free time Rendy tries to find someone to go with him to Copa, goes online shopping way too often, and whitens his teeth. Teeth are his favorite thing ever so come show him your pearly whites. He's very excited to be the Treasurer of the Penn Band despite accidentally accepting a $100k Venmo charge from his roommate. Does he understand American sports? Does he actually know 5 languages? So many questions, but the biggest mystery to Rendy you may ask? Is he actually vegan?

Chris Urffer

Chris "Urf" Urffer

Secretary & Webmaster | SEAS '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 suburb of Media, PA, which is close enough to Philly that he feels comfortable telling people he was born in Philly although he technically wasn't. When he's not doing band things, Chris studies Computer Engineering and practices reaching the Ballmer Peak.

Drum Majors

Richard DiNapoli

Richard DiNapoli

Drum Major | 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 drum parts or fixing hardware for Dr. Kushol Gupta, Ph.D., he frantically waves his arms and corrals the Band as Drum Major alongside Zabryna Atkinson-Diaz. A native of Southeast Philadelphia aka South Jersey, Richard loves all the Philly sports teams, even though LeBron didn't join the 76ers. Perhaps the only thing as important to him as the Band is getting into law school (and watching way too many MarvelTM movies and shows), but it's a close call.

Zabryna Atkinson-Diaz

Zabryna Atkinson-Diaz

Drum Major | SAS '19

Zabryna hails from the very ~hot~ state of Florida. When she is not out traveling the world, working on something global health related and is actually planted in the United States, she spends many hours with the family that is the Penn Band. As a trumpet player of 10ish years she is a proud member of the mighty, mighty CHOP section. When not tooting her own horn, she can be found flapping her arms alongside fellow Drum Major Richard DiNapoli. As someone who truly loves music, she is always dancing about, whether it be to the tunes we make in Band or in the Latin dance troupe that she belongs to, Onda Latina. She is majoring in Health and Societies and pursing her Master's in Public Health here at Penn after her senior year, so she'll be around for a bit after she officially ~graduates~ (yIkES that's a scary thought).

Melannie Jay

Melannie "Ulysses S. Grant" Jay

Assistant Drum Major & Travel Manager | SAS '21

Melannie Jay listens to "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin and "Harlem Roulette" by the Mountain Goats every day to prepare her for the trials of being the Chosen One. In her tenure as travel manager and assistant drum major, she hopes to defeat the Evil Overlord, bring glory to the Penn Band, and make Mariah Carey and Ulysses S. Grant proud.


Erica Winston

Erica Winston

Flute Section Leader | SAS '21

Erica is a sophomore from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, studying math. She is a double legacy of the Penn Band and has inherited her mom's flute skills as well as her mom's flute. She is also in Penn's Disney A Cappella group where she displays the same vocal range as her flute.

Cathy Zhang

Cathy "Thos beans" Zhang

Clarinet Section Leader | SAS '19

"Cathy (pictured left, left, left-right-left

Hustlers shootin' eight ball

Throwin' darts at the walls

Feeling damn near ten feet tall

Here she comes Lord help us all

Ole TW's girlfriend done slapped him out his chair

Poor old boy it ain't his fault it's so hard not to stare at that

Honky tonk badonkadonk

Keepin' perfect rhythm make you wanna swing along

Got it goin' on

Like Donkey Kong

And whoo-wee

Shut my mouth, slap your grandma

There outta be a law, get the sheriff on the phone

Lord have mercy how'd she even get them britches on

With that honky tonk badonkadonk,

Aww, son"

Dominique Martinez

Dominique Martinez

Clarinet Section Leader | SAS '20

Dominique is a junior majoring in Psychology (?) and/or Biological Basis of Behavior (?) with a minor in Hopefully I Figure That Out Soon. She traded the beautiful weather of Tampa, FL for the opportunity to be a member of the Penn Band and doesn't regret her decision one bit ! In her free time she enjoys rehearsing Everytime We Touch, taking naps, and watching Tasty videos on Facebook. She is clariexcited to be a clarimom and clarimeet you !

Jacob Linfesty

Jacob Linfesty

Sax Section Leader | SAS '21

Jacob Linfesty (wrestler name: the Linfestation) is a freshy boi that lives in the Kwad. He fights as the brave sleader of the Saxfam, and plays one curly boi the tenor sax. He is studying IR (Instant Regret) in the College of Arts and Crafts Sciences in his attempt to one day take over the world bring world peace. He enjoys a hefty meal, and will often pick from your plate even when not invited to. He's often seen sporting his American flag pin on his purely presidential suit, his charming smile sure to win over every mock trial he's a part of.

Zach Abraham

Zach Abraham

Sax Section Leader | SAS '20

Zach Abraham (wrestler name: Abraham the Vampire Slayer) is a junior. In the pb Zach plays the alto, but in his free time he will play with your heart (watch out girls [jk Zach is v v v nice]). Zach is usually found wearing an Air Jordan beanie b/c his goals include rising above the competition in every way. Start a conversation with Zach by stealing his leftover fries.

Nico Tapiero

Nico Tapiero

Chop Section Leader | SAS '21

Nico Tapiero is from Boston, MA and will be studying computer science. A food truck fanatic, he loves playing board games, video games, and lawn games. He also enjoys biking, skateboarding, and general memery. His claim to fame was when he appeared on the live-action segment of the Curious George TV show.

Owen Pollock

Owen Pollock

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '19

Owen is from the exotic land of Haverford, PA, and studies Political Science and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. In his spare time he really enjoys to find new inventive ways to substitute the trombone for various household appliances. He is also a huge fan of food, water, air, and shelter.

Candace Morff

Candace Morff

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '19

Candace is a senior 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.

Jackson Betz

Jackson Betz

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '19

1. "New Life" - Upstate Rubdown

2. "Afro Blue" - Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Erykah Badu

3. "The Jungle Line" - Joni Mitchell

4. "Bizness" - tUnE-yArDs

5. "Golden Days" - Whitney

6. "Birds of a Feather We Rock Together" - Vulfpeck feat. Antwaun Stanley

7. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" - Ahmad Jamal

8. Theme from "Thomas the Tank Engine"

Nicolas Corona

Nicolas Corona

Drumline Section Leader | W '21

With a refreshing, smooth taste balanced between heavier South American imports and a light domestic touch, Corona is an even-keeled cerveza with fruity-honey aromas and a touch of quad. His flavor is crisp, clean and well balanced between quints and toms, a superior taste profile from superior ingredients-the finest-quality blend of filtered water, heckles, comp sci, indecision and Shakira hips.

Madeline Rice

Madeline Rice

Equipment Manager | SEAS '20

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me

I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed

She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb

In the shape of an "L" on her forehead

Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming

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Bernie Wang

Bernie "Sanders" Wang

Equipment Manager | SAS & SEAS '21

Bernie is from Naperville, Illinois, outside of Chicago, and studies chemistry and materials science & engineering through VIPER. When not trying to decapitate people in the Band with his trombone or slaving over classwork, he enjoys Taekwondo, surfing the internet, sleeping, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, fighting the tyranny of the one percent, and advocating to make college tuition free.

Candace Jasper

Candace Jasper

Social Chair | SEAS '19

Gurgling from the murky waters of the Chesapeake Bay, an evil seethes within the Penn Band. Legend tells of a creature, bioengineered and crafted from a bag of stale jalepeño chips and a dream. It is dark. It is loud. It is hungry. Who dat be?

It be me.

Megan McKelvey

Megan McKelvey

Social Chair | SAS '20

Megan McKelvey (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. She developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Schenley Park", she was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

Miriam Glickman

Miriam Glickman

Music Manager & Social Chair | SEAS '21

Currently a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering, Miriam uses her love of tea and socks to keep herself warm in the frigid Philly weather, which she should really be used to by now considering that she's lived here her entire life. If you define "here" to 30 minutes away from the city in the Township of Lower Merion, that is. She requests you do not look up her old high school because she's not sure which scandal you will uncover and she doesn't need a bad rep. Hey, at least Kobe went there! When not at band, Miriam can be found in her room procrastinating by watching tv clips of shows she's never seen before and has little intention of watching.

Chad Vigil

Chad Vigil

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '20

He retain, but also he recruit. Chad is a junior who is studying Biological Basis of Behavior in the College. Chad is a transfer student hailing from Colorado. When he isn't playing in the band, he is probably somewhere complaining about a project or, a personal favorite of his: procrastinating. Chad enjoys being confused, not knowing what song is playing, and pretending he knows what he's doing (he thinks). You can usually catch Chad in his room having an existential crisis while binge-watching Netflix.

Saloni Wadhwa

Saloni Wadhwa

Recruitment & Retention Chair | W '20

Saloni was "recruited" into the Penn Band in the crisp Fall of 2017 and has been "retained" as a blissful joyous child of the loud drumline! As a Wharton snake, she loves reptiles and all kinds of wildlife, and wants to concentrate in Environmental Policy and Management while simultaneously following her passion for psychology and consumer behavior through marketing. When she isn't studying with the aid of powerful eyewear, she likes singing, dancing, swimming, hiking, wildlife photography, and is an ardent Disney fan! Most importantly, however, she loves being with her Band family and hopes to create a similar happy experience for the incoming bandos! PENN BAND RULES!!!!!

Renee Hastings

Renee Hastings

Public Relations Chair | SAS '19

Renee is a senior 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).'


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 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.

Adam 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.