Leadership

Executive Board

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

President | SAS '22

Every year, Adam journeys south from the chilly New England weather of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the more suitable climate of Philadelphia. He makes this trip to study biology, music, 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 composition and arrangement.

Charlotte Cecarelli

Charlotte Cecarelli

Vice President | NURS '22

Charlotte comes from the area of New Haven, Connecticut. She really enjoys this city even though Greer would strongly disagree. When Charlotte is not holding babies in the neonatal intensive care unit or giving people shots (the medical kind of course) she is playing the flute and being a bando. If you see her on Locust Walk and she doesn’t say hi, don’t take offense because she is probably intensely listening to something on her very diverse Spotify playlist with music from Beyonce to Beethoven. And lastly, a tip, don’t make Charlotte upset because she will pull out her piccolo and you will regret it!

Jenna Pollack

Jenna Pollack

Treasurer | 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.

Laila Barakat Norford

Laila Barakat Norford

Secretary | SEAS '23

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


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.

Amanda Palamar

Amanda Palamar

Assistant Drum Major | SAS '23

If Amanda ever got a tattoo, it’d be right across her forehead and would say “I love the Penn Band.” If Amanda could major in the Penn Band, she would, but unfortunately she cannot so she is studying a combination of Cognitive and Computer Sciences, with a dash of Consumer Psychology for a little razzle dazzle (jk, it’s because she hopes to open her own restaurant one day). Though she’s allergic to most fruits, she hails from the Big Apple and has FINALLY just gotten her driver’s license! She can be found crashing metal disks together in the Penn Band Drumline (the best line), where she most definitely will remember to crash on beat one of The Final Countdown. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see Amanda dashing around campus, delivering banana bread to her beloved fellow bandos. She looks forward to the next time she can play “Every, Every” with the Penn Band, but until then, you can often find her crying about her coding homework on Band Study or organizing impromptu Band Dinner calls over Zoom!


Council

Ryan Sathianathen

Ryan Sathianathen

Flute Section Leader | SAS '23

Ryan is a sophomore 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 Chemistry with a minor in Bioethics, Ryan loves anything science-related. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading books, 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!

Sarah Ho

Sarah Ho

Flute Section Leader | SEAS '23

Sarah is a sophomore flute-but-not-piccolo player hailing from the first (and best) state of Delaware. She enjoys telling people she’s majoring in memes and will gladly duel you in Word Hunt or Bananagrams anytime.

Jessica Conway

Jessica Conway

Clarinet Section Leader | 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 in the polo, she’s busy studying for her Health & Societies or Psychology classes and hanging out with her band family <3

Iman Hossain

Iman Hossain

Clarinet Section Leader | SEAS '22

Iman, originally from her humid home in South Florida, is a senior majoring in Bioengineering. She is so grateful to get the chance to be a co clari-mom to her clari-babes a final time and appreciates the warm, loving family that the Penn Band has been to her over the years. When not stressfully studying for her engineering classes or playing clarinet with the Band, Iman can be found showing everyone around her pictures of her cat, listening to Beyoncé, or waiting for it to snow.

Lexi Raday

Lexi Raday

Sax Section Leader | SAS '22

Lexi Raday, a glitter loving, saxophone playing, and Just Dance dancing junior 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!

Chris Zelonis

Chris Zelonis

Chop Section Leader | SAS '23

Although originally from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Chris spent much of his life in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of upstate New York. Chris studies in the College as part of the Vagelos MLS program. *deep sigh*. What is Chris actually majoring in though? Well, you’ll be sorry you asked, but here’s the laundry list: Physics, with a concentration in Chemical Principles; Biophysics; Biochemistry; and Chemistry; submatriculating in Physics. I know—yikes. Chris is always there but never has any idea what is going on. Outside of the Penn Band, Chris does not have a life. Like every professional Victim of Physics, his natural state is stressed and extremely sleep deprived, and although he knows absolutely nothing, he will still help with any physics questions you may have. Over breaks Chris works as a lumberjack, caretaker, and private chef. No, seriously. He is involved with various theater groups, but if you’re ever looking for him, he’s likely either in class or crying in a lab somewhere.

Elena Miller

Elena Miller

Chop Section Leader | SAS '23

Elena Miller is a Sophomore from the funky suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in a house with five older brothers molded her into a gritty lady that likes yelling at Penn football and basketball games. She can be found admiring legends like Kermit the Frog, Greer, or Walli Chen Drumline Sleader. You’ll probably find Elena analyzing sources for one of her history classes, running along the Schuylkill, or curating Spotify playlists for people she cares about. Elena is also a Trumpeter for Bloomers Band, a PennQuest pre-o leader, + she finds great joy in ASAP mentoring. She’s passionate about mental wellness, s*x**l ass**lt prevention, and the magnificent monster that most call the Penn Band. With the help of her incredible Co-Sleader, Chris, the Chops will surely take over the Penn Band.

Caitlyn Pelletier

Caitlyn Pelletier

Low Brass Section Leader | SAS '23

Caitlyn is from the town of Western (Not Boston) Massachusetts. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Nutrition with a minor in Anthropology, once she actually gets around to declaring those. Outside of Band, she enjoys baking, swimming, and gaming.

Leah Narun

Leah Narun

Low Brass Section Leader | SEAS '22

Leah is a junior 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 with her sourdough starter (which is technically materials science, right??)

Helen Chung

Helen Chung

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '22

Helen comes from the super far away town of Haddonfield, NJ where people will just say they're from Philly to make things easier. Also, she's told a lot that her town is the inspiration for the town in the 1978 film Halloween! She has a severe aversion to horror films and as such has not seen the movie, so take that for what you will. She has chosen biology as her major in the College (more confident about this than last year but still having existential crises about this) and music and chem minors. When not stressing out over her major or being pre-dental, she can be seen doing some of the following things: crying over classes, crying over Howl's Moving Castle, listening to kpop, eating ramen, turning into a puddle at band study, flexing some dance moves with the rest of her bells babes, and enjoying her lovely drumline fam <3

Walli Chen

Walli Chen

Drumline Section Leader | SAS '23

walli is a sophomore studying the brain, the brain again, chemistry, and american sign language. growing up she was deathly afraid of garden weeds. she is a virgo, a pennsylvania native, chaotic neutral, a premed, the world's fakest vegetarian, and most importantly, a lover. plays the quads. drives a subaru. thinks helen is super fun. voted most likely to succeed in high school. what color is her hair actually? that's a secret she'll never tell xoxo

Lily Sutton

Lily Sutton

Guard Captain | SAS '23

Lily hails from the great and soon to be underwater state of Florida, and has a conspiracy theory that Philadelphia is just the Florida of the North-East megalopolis. She’s majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics, submatriculating into Chemistry, and is minoring in Urban Education. Lily loves color guard - like, so much - and is so so so so so so so happy she can do guard at Penn now. Color guard inspired her research interest (muscles are the coolest organ ever) and she now studies the proteins that power muscle contraction. Lily is also a Math TA here at Penn, as well as a part of MERT (EMTs on bikes), and AOE, a women’s STEM sorority. While not in class, at rehearsal, lecturing bandos about spatial awareness, researching, teaching, on shift, or spending time with her lovely sisters, Lily is probably rearranging her Spotify playlists or hanging out with her cat, whom she shares custody with another bando.

Anna Do

Anna Do

Equipment Manager | 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, especially her clari-family. Outside the Penn Band, she spends most of her time as a Communication major thinking too hard about how memes work 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.

Gabrielle Bioteau

Gabrielle Bioteau

Music Manager | SEAS '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.

Shobhit Prasad

Shobhit Prasad

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair | SAS '24

Sam Cheever

Sam Cheever

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '24

Sam Cheever is a freshman from Boston, living at [Location Redacted]. Sam has been playing snare drum since 3rd grade, and, despite his casual inability to read music, joyously joined drumline (something YOU could do too!!). When he is not rocking out to Band, he might be outside looking at some words, or he might be inside looking at some words. Don't you dare worry though! At other times, he might even be speaking or typing some words. What for? The music! The news! The theater! And so much more!! But if you ask him, he will give you the most gentle reminder that he would love to see you in Penn Band!

Criston Young

Criston Young

Recruitment & Retention Chair | SAS '23

Born and raised in Camden, NJ, Criston is defeating the odds once again in his journey at Penn. Majoring in the most feared Biology Pre-Med combo, Cris tries to also have a swinging ;) social presence on campus. The Penn Band is not only a place for him to express his exuberant energy but also a place that allows for his music ambitions to flourish. Besides occasionally being dressed head to toe in Latex *cough* I mean with some absolutely dab lit XD Penn Band swag, some of his favorite activities include: Practicing Piano, Playing Video Games, Song-Writing, and having shouting matches with his TV watching Laker games!

Kara Murphy

Kara Murphy

Public Relations Chair | SEAS '24

Kara is a freshman in chemical engineering whose hometown is the mushroom capital of the world in Kennett Square, PA, about an hour away from Philly. She has been playing clarinet since 4th grade and plans to continue playing throughout her time at Penn and beyond. She has fallen in love with the band community and hopes to give back to it through her council position. Aside from being a member of the band and clari-family, Kara enjoys drawing and crafting, nerding out about how cool stem cells are, meeting new people (especially band people), making bad (but amazing) puns, and watching sappy romcoms.

Social Chair | SAS '23

If Amanda ever got a tattoo, it’d be right across her forehead and would say “I love the Penn Band.” If Amanda could major in the Penn Band, she would, but unfortunately she cannot so she is studying a combination of Cognitive and Computer Sciences, with a dash of Consumer Psychology for a little razzle dazzle (jk, it’s because she hopes to open her own restaurant one day). Though she’s allergic to most fruits, she hails from the Big Apple and has FINALLY just gotten her driver’s license! She can be found crashing metal disks together in the Penn Band Drumline (the best line), where she most definitely will remember to crash on beat one of The Final Countdown. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see Amanda dashing around campus, delivering banana bread to her beloved fellow bandos. She looks forward to the next time she can play “Every, Every” with the Penn Band, but until then, you can often find her crying about her coding homework on Band Study or organizing impromptu Band Dinner calls over Zoom!

Natalie Schaumburger

Natalie Schaumburger

Social Chair | NURS '24

Natalie comes from the oh so well-known West Hartford Connecticut, which - to everyone's surprise - is west of Hartford Connecticut. Some of Natalie's hobbies include running (I'm looking for a running buddy so please hit me up!), baking, and trying-and-continuously-failing to cook proper rice. Formerly a saxophone player, Natalie was lured into the clari-family and now identifies as a proud clari-babe. When not recording songs for band, Natalie can be found studying for her nursing classes or taking a walk around campus.


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.