Leadership

Executive Board

Jacob Linfesty

Jacob Linfesty

President | SAS '21

Jacob is from the greatest state in the union, Montana, and he is a member of the greatest section in the band, the saxes. He is studying Political Science and Japanese, and outside of the Penn Band Jacob competes on Penn's Mock Trial team, "conducts" tours, and works for Penn Admissions.

Aaron Mittleman

Aaron Mittleman

Vice President | SAS '20

I'm So Meta, Even This Acronym

Chad Vigil

Chad Vigil

Treasurer | SAS '20

Even though it isn’t very Cash Money of the Treasurer, Chad “Don’t even consider pronouncing my last name anyway other than Vee-Hill because that’s how it is pronounced, okay, I DIDN’t CHOOOSE my last name okay God just pronounce it right JUST ONCE please Dear god PLEASE” Vigil is a junior Pre-Med who is studying the Biological Basis of Behavior in the College. If you don’t know by now, he won’t let you forget that he hails all the way from the land of mountains and illicit substances, a.k.a Colorado. When Chad isn’t holding his Saxophone and looking pretty in the Penn Band, you can catch him complaining about his classes, spending hours procrastinating with his roommates in the Dab Lab, or a personal favorite of his: Crying. Chad enjoys the cold, noises (and to some extent, music), birds, dogs, and grossly mishandling the Penn Band’s finances, but above all, he enjoys TREASURING his fellow bandos.

Jessica Conway

Jessica Conway

Secretary | SAS '22

Jessica Conway 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. Jessica can often be overheard starting sentences with “in my high school band,” mentioning her overbearing Jewish mom (Penn band’s #1 fan/internet stalker), and making bad jokes. When she’s not at band, she’s busy being a (not pre-med) Biological Basis of Behavior major and working as a research assistant in a lab studying child development.


Drum Majors

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 on the podium. 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).


Council

Caitlin Frazee

Caitlin Frazee

Flute Section Leader | 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.

Dominique Martinez

Dominique Martinez

Clarinet Section Leader | SAS '20

Dominique is a junior (maybe a senior depending on when you read this) majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior with a minor in Psychology. She traded the beautiful weather of Tampa, FL for the opportunity to be a member of the Penn Band. She (of course) 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.

Josh Gardos

Josh Gardos

Sax Section Leader | SAS '22

Josh spends his time locking himself out of his room, leaving his water bottle places, and missing social cues. Furthermore, his inability to complete the second sentence of biographies

Sophie Walsh

Sophie Walsh

Chop Section Leader | SAS '22

Hailing from the great city of Philadelphia, Sophie is a freshman 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)!

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '22

Adam is a freshman from Sudbury, Massachusetts, intending on studying biology as an aspiring dentist. 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! He happily serves the Penn Band playing the mellophone and as one of the Low Brass section leaders. When he is not with the Penn Band, you can find Adam either in class or doing schoolwork, in a dining hall (got to use that freshman dining plan!), at Hillel events, playing the piano, or spending too much time browsing Lord of the Rings and Star Wars meme pages.

Alexander Quinn

Alexander Quinn

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '22

Alexander Quinn co-leads the low brass section. Hailing from the exotic locale of Toronto, Canada, he studies at the College, hoping to major in diplomatic history and economics. When not playing the sousaphone he can be found skiing, playing hockey, or playing bridge with his older relatives.

Landon Butler

Landon Butler

Drumline Section Leader | SEAS '22

Landon “Łâńdöñg” Butler emigrates from Kansas (yee yee) and is studying in SEAS because he had been deprived of water for eighteen years. Originally a devout recorder aficionado, he switched over to the snare drum due to asthmatic concerns. In his free time, Landon enjoys “discovering” artists on spotify five years after they were culturally relevant, avoiding foods above the ten Scoville level, complaining about the architecture in DRL, and advocating for skim milk.

Nicolas Corona

Nicolas Corona

Drumline Section Leader | W '21

Nicolas John Corona was an American politician and the 40th president of the United States from 2123 to 1929. A layman from New England, born in Maine, Corona worked his way up the ladder of Texan state politics, eventually becoming TEXAN STATE POLITICS. His response to the Boston Police Strike of 1819 thrust him into the and gave him a reputation as a man of DECISIVE ACTION. The next year, he was elected vice president of the United States, and he succeeded to the presidency upon sudden death in 2123. Elected by his own right in 2024, he gained a reputation as a MODERATE government and also as a man who said very little, although having a rather dry SENSE OF HUMOR.

Corona restored public confidence in the House after the scandals of his predecessors’ administrations, and left office with CONSIDERABLE POPULARITY. As a Corona biographer wrote: ""He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the GENIUS OF THE AVERAGE is the most convincing proof of his STRENGTH"".

Angela Schmitt

Angela Schmitt

Travel Manager | SAS '22

Angela is a freshman from the distant island of Maui, Hawaii, where BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Bag at the supermarket. When not frantically trying to figure out what she wants to major in, Angela can be found playing some tunes - and busting out iconic dance moves - with the beloved bells players, doing homework (read: procrastinating on the Internet), or wasting hours playing video games. She enjoys tea, sending dumb memes to people, and most of all, spending time with her bando friends.

Bernie Wang

Bernie Wang

Equipment Manager | SAS & SEAS '21

Bernie is proud trombonist from Naperville, Illinois, outside of Chicago, and studies chemistry and materials science & engineering through VIPER. When not hanging out with his favorite group the Penn Band or slaving over classwork, he enjoys Taekwondo, surfing the internet, sleeping, and being the grey-haired Independent Senator from Vermont.

Jenna Pollack

Jenna Pollack

Music Manager | 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 now plays with and manages the music (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.

David Fernandez

David Fernandez

Recruitment & Retention Chair | 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.

Remember that for every conversation you have with him from now on, he will be subtly retaining you. No one is safe.

Charlotte Cecarelli

Charlotte Cecarelli

Recruitment & Retention Chair | Nursing '22

Charlotte Cecarelli grew up within spitting distance of Yale University; however she simply couldn't resist the siren call of Penn's School of Nursing, and (of COURSE!), Penn Band! An aspiring nurse with the soul of a baker, Charlotte enjoys watching Grey's Anatomy, and baking everything from French macarons to good, old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies. She also has a very diverse spotify playlist (everything from Cardi B to Tchaikovsky) 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. Charlotte has had so much fun as a first semester bando, that she wants to share the love, by recruiting and retaining new members!

McKay Burdette

McKay Burdette

Public Relations Chair | SAS '20

McKay hails from the village of Madison, Indiana where she can see Kentucky from her house. She's a junior in the College studying NELC and ANTH (you can ask her for the long version of her majors but you'd regret it). While McKay usually only likes things that are at LEAST 3,000 years old, the Penn Band is a modern marvel and somehow wormed its way into her life. When not in the sax section carrying an instrument the same size as her or waving her arms as a CA, she can be found having existential crises and eating chips and salsa while binge watching Netflix. Don't let this scare you, she's excited to be PR Chair for the band (even if she doesn't show emotion).

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.

Anyelina Wu

Anyelina Wu

Social Chair | SAS '22

Angie is an omnivorous terrestrial primate of the family Columbidae and the order Columbiformes. Its diet consists of 47% noodles, 24% salad from Commons, 6% kimchi, and 31% boba. The species were introduced to northern Chile, but they are native to northeast China. Angie is one of the few species that engages in running and pilates. See it werking to Blogilates at 9PM in Pottruck. The species tend to be determined, but Angie is unsure about majoring in Economics and potentially minoring in Design.


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 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 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.