Leadership

Executive Board

Jessica Conway

Jessica Conway

President | SAS '22

Jess left the sunny climate of Southern California for a different kind of warmth—the kind that comes from being a member of the Penn Band community. She’s a proud clari-babe and loves her clari-family with all of her clari-heart. Jess can often be overheard starting sentences with “in my high school band,” mentioning her very enthusiastic Jewish mother (Penn Band’s #1 internet stalker), or making bad jokes. When she’s not at band, she’s busy studying for her Health & Societies classes and working as a research assistant in a lab studying child development.

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Vice President | SAS '22

Just like a bird that migrates each year, every Fall, Adam journeys south from the chilly New England weather of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the more suitable climate of Philadelphia. He consistently braves this expedition to study biology and chemistry as an aspiring dentist, but more importantly, to play with the Penn Band! His passion for music stems from his love of the movies, his favorite being Star Wars. In fact, the scores of John Williams inspired Adam to play the French horn! Since then, he has expanded his brass to include the mellophone and the trumpet, both of which he happily plays in the Penn Band. When he is not with the Penn Band, Adam is either 1) in class, 2) in another class, or 3) probably still doing something related to music, whether it is playing the piano, listening to WCRB, or dabbling in amateur composition and arrangement.

David Fernandez

David Fernandez

Treasurer | SAS '21

David hails from the swampiest state of Florida and the city of "not-Miami-but-close-enough Homestead. While he'd rather be defrosting down there, he still enjoys his time at Penn as a member of the Dab Lab and as a drummer who sometimes hits things in time.

When not missing cut offs, he studies Mathematical Kerchoo in the College of Arts & Crafts. Don’t worry though, he won’t hesitate to point out that he actually does know how to read since he’s a Philosophy minor, too.

Charlotte Cecarelli

Charlotte Cecarelli

Secretary | NURS '22

Charlotte Cecarelli grew up within spitting distance of Yale University; however she simply couldn't resist Penn's School of Nursing, and (of COURSE!), Penn Band! An aspiring nurse who will bake anything for you, Charlotte enjoys watching Grey's Anatomy, and baking everything from French macarons to good, old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies but her pies have won awards! She also has a very diverse spotify playlist (everything from hip hop to 80's hits) Charlotte also loves traveling, and binge watching '90s and early 2000's comedy series on Netflix. If scientists were to create a terrifyingly-organized Leslie Knope/Monica Geller hybrid, they would be looking to Charlotte for inspiration.


Drum Majors

Ryan Jurewicz

Ryan Jurewicz

Drum Major | SEAS '21

Who is Ryan Thomas? Don’t worry, you will be forgiven soon enough. This strapping young man you see pictured left is a lot more than a perfectly chiseled face. Hailing from a whopping 1.5 hour drive from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Ryan Thomas easily makes the longest trip to and from campus. Like a phoenix, he rises from the ashes to assume the role of drum major; but coming from the drumline, it is more like rising from a mountain of phoenixes to become a thundercat. At Penn he neglects the monstrous amount of work engineering attempts to give him by playing games of the card, video, and board variety. Is he strong enough to lead the Penn Band as a DM? Stay tuned to find out why not.

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 the 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 soooo worth it because she is now Drum Major (yay!!) for the Penn Band! When she’s not doing Band related things, Jenna can be found procrastinating by sleeping, eating, or acting as a wannabe philosopher, probably unintentionally offering really bad advice to someone somewhere.

Morgan McLees

Morgan McLees

Assistant 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 songs on piano, watch Grey’s Anatomy with her roommates, blast 80s hits, purchase plants that she inevitably (accidentally) kills, and crochet dinosaurs (because scarves and blankets aren’t hard enough).


Council

Jenna Pollack

Jenna Pollack

Flute Section Leader | SAS '22

Jenna is from the ~not-to-be~ forgotten borough of Staten Island in New York City. She began playing the flute in the 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 soooo worth it because she is now Flute Section Leader (yay!!) for the Penn Band! When she’s not doing Band related things, Jenna can be found procrastinating by sleeping, eating, or acting as a wannabe philosopher, probably unintentionally offering really bad advice to someone somewhere.

Iman Hossain

Iman Hossain

Clarinet Section Leader | SEAS '22

Iman decided to depart from her humid home in South Florida to major in bioengineering and also pretty much major in the Penn Band. Aside from mega-stressing about her engineering classes in the depths of Van Pelt library, Iman can often be found yelling at others who claim Beyoncé is untalented, heckling at basketball games, wishing she had a cat, and waiting for it to snow. She has also always wanted to be a clarimom and loves her clarifamily very much.

Josh Gardos

Josh Gardos

Sax Section Leader | SAS '22

Josh spends his time staring blankly at walls, screaming (internally if not externally), and missing social cues. Furthermore, his inability to complete the second sentence of biographies

Alex Worrall

Alex Worrall

Sax Section Leader | SAS '23

Alex is a freshman from Berks County, Pennsylvania, studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, intending to study PPE and History. When not at Band, he can be spotted around campus at Penn Mock Trial, Wind Ensemble, the Collegium Institute, or at Starbucks feeding his caffeine addiction.

Sophie Walsh

Sophie Walsh

Chop Section Leader | SAS '22

Hailing from the great city of Philadelphia, Sophie is a sophomore in the College studying Anthropology. She has been taking music lessons since she was six years old and she loves all things band related. One of her favorite things to do in her free time is to go for a nice walk or run outside because she just can’t get enough of nature. A fun fact about her is that she is attempting to hike the 46 highest peaks of the Adirondack State Park in Upstate New York! Outside of the band Sophie is also a member of Penn’s Club Field Hockey Team and Penn Illusionists (ask to see a card trick sometime)!

Bernie Wang

Bernie Wang

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS & SEAS '21

Bernie is proud trombonist from Naperville, Illinois (outside of Chicago), where the only thing keeping us alive during the brutal winter is the warmth of our Midwestern hearts. He studies chemistry and materials science & engineering through VIPER, because two pieces of paper are better than one. When not hanging out with the Penn Band or slaving over classwork, he can be found planning student events through SPEC (no, I do not know who the Fling artist is, even after they announce it…), procrastinating on the internet, sleeping in random places, or being the grey-haired Independent Senator from Vermont.

Leah Narun

Leah Narun

Low Brass Section Leader | SEAS '22

Leah is a sophomore from the historical town of "Somewhere Just Outside Philly," Pennsylvania, also known as Chadds Ford. She is majoring in Materials Science Engineering because it's super cool and hopefully will help her save the world from climate change. When she's not playing the trombone, she can be found climbing the Low Brass Pyramid, crafting another Spotify playlist, or procrasti-baking (which is technically materials science, right??).

Helen Chung

Helen Chung

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '22

Helen comes from the super super far away town of Haddonfield, NJ where people will just say they're from Philadelphia to people who ask because a 15 minute drive out to New Jersey is definitely still Philly. She tentatively has chosen biology as her major in the College (but she'll get back to you on that) and music and chem minors (again, she'll get back to you on that). When not having an existential crisis over her major or being pre-dental, she can be seen doing one of the following things: crying, not crying, eating ramen, turning into a puddle at band study, flexing some dance moves with the rest of her bells babes, listening to kpop, and enjoying her lovely band fam <3

Walli Chen

Walli Chen

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '23

Walli Chen is a freshman hailing from the beautiful state of Pennsylvania (aka the best state that starts with the letter "P" in the US). Although she did perform a ROCKING recorder duet to Uptown Funk in front of her school during her sophomore year of high school, she found that her one true love (other than Elena Miller, R&R) was the quads/quints/tenors. When not at Penn Band *gasp*, she can be found studying Neuroscience, showing people random signs in ASL, or coincidentally popping up on Corona's "For You Page" on Tik Tok. Dedicated and *selectively* motivated, her goals in life include becoming the world's first "Stay at Home Astronaut" as well as getting Richard to play Caroline by Aminé whenever he has AUX. Finally, her two strongest personality traits are FERVENTLY believing that cereal is a salad and being a virgo (unconfirmed if the two are correlated).

Caitlin Frazee

Caitlin Frazee

Equipment Manager | SEAS '22

Caitlin hails all the way from Jenkintown, PA, a tiny town so close to Philly that people only know if for its SEPTA stop and the disturbingly accurate TV show The Goldbergs. She is majoring in bioengineering, but requests that someone explain what that means because she’s still lost. When she isn’t at band, she hopes to be doing her favorite activity, napping, but more likely you’ll find her at band study, staring blankly at numbers and science things.

Anna Do

Anna Do

Music Manager | SAS '23

Anna is from San Jose, California, part of sunny Silicon Valley and home to people who developed an immunity to earthquakes. The Penn Band provides the perfect home for her wittiness and energy, and she enjoys performing music with everyone, especially her clari-family. Outside the Penn Band, she spends most of her time as a Communication major looking at memes and sweating over which jokes to crack next. Her other favorite activities include playing video games, viewing cat images on social media, and sleeping for questionably long hours on weekends.

Elena Miller

Elena Miller

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '23

Elena loves the Penn Band! She thinks you really should join the Penn Band! She loves smiling, playing alongside her Chop bandos, and people-watching! She finds so many things exciting (including the Penn Band) and uses exclamation points very often! She's played Chop since the sixth grade because she couldn't produce a sound on any other instrument! She thinks blue is definitely the best color and her favorite song is "The University of Pennsylvania Band March!" Her posse consists of Ben Franklin, Greer, the Quaker mascot (have you seen his chiseled jawline? <33333), and Walli Chen! She prefers creamy peanut butter to crunchy peanut and thinks it would truly be awful if she was allergic to peanuts! She's from the incredibly interesting suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and is a bit rowdy because of her 5 (five) older brothers! Although she's currently undecided in terms of her major she decided long ago that the Penn Band is where she belongs! As always, go Quakers!

Laila Norford

Laila Norford

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SEAS '23

Laila is a freshman from Wayne (“the Philly suburbs”), PA, majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Bioethics. When not playing clarinet in the band or completing copious problem sets, 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!

Miriam Glickman

Miriam Glickman

Public Relations Chair | SEAS '21

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Ben Sheridan

Ben Sheridan

Social Chair | SAS '22

Ben Sheridan (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877) was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. After working with his father's business, Sheridan worked his way into leadership positions in the inland water trade and invested in the rapidly growing railroad industry. Nicknamed "The Commodore", he is known for owning the New York Central Railroad. His biographer T. J. Stiles says, "He vastly improved and expanded the nation's transportation infrastructure, contributing to a transformation of the very geography of the United States. He embraced new technologies and new forms of business organization, and used them to compete....He helped to create the corporate economy that would define the United States into the 21st century."

Lexi Raday

Lexi Raday

Social Chair | SAS '22

Lexi Raday, a glitter loving, saxophone playing, and Just Dance dancing sophomore is studying Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Chinese in the college of arts and sciences. When she is not at Penn Band rehearsals or football and basketball games, she is seen watching movies with her friends and exploring downtown Philadelphia. This sassy second year originates from Port Richmond Philadelphia and is happy to discuss her favorite Philly shopping spots. Lexi can’t wait to be a social chair and plan fun events to unite all bandos!


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.

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.