The 2018 Executive Board

The Marching 97 is a completely student run organization with the exception of guidance from our faculty advisors. Read on to learn about the thirteen executives that comprise this year's board!

Manager - Eddie Gardiner

The Marching 97 manager is the leader of the band off the field. As the head of the executive board, the manager's duties include running executive meetings and acting as the band's liaison between both Athletics and the University administration. The manager can be contacted at Manager@marching97.org.

Eddie Gardiner, '19, is a mechanical engineering major from Acton, Massachusetts. He is also pursuing minors in computer science and in aerospace engineering. Eddie plays the baritone sax in the Marching 97, the LU Wind Ensemble, and the LU Jazz Orchestra. Eddie can be found at band practice by day, and in the Packard CAD lab by night. In his free time, Eddie enjoys cooking and playing video games.

Drum Major - Maria Karagias

The Marching 97's drum major is responsible for running field practice and leading the band in performances. The drum major writes the first field show each season and organizes drill writing for the rest of the performances. Look for the drum major in a tall white hat as they lead the band in the traditional ‘Marching LEHIGH’! Contact the drum major at DrumMajor@marching97.org.

The drum major for the 2018 season is Maria Karagias, Class of 2019. Maria is a behavioral neuroscience major on a pre-medical track from Toms River, New Jersey. When she's not learning about the brain or helping the band, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and hiking.

Staff Assistant - Jake Regler

As the financial officer of the Marching 97, the staff assistant is in charge of the band's budget. The staff assistant is also responsible for helping with the various administrative duties of the band, such as paperwork and attendance. The staff assistant plans the annual band banquet at the end of each season as well! The Marching 97's staff assistant can be reached by emailing StaffAssist@marching97.org.

The staff assistant for the 2018 season is Jake Regler. Hailing from Newark, Delaware, Jake is a physics major and a member of the class of 2020. When not losing sleep over physics homework and the costs of running a marching band, he enjoys reading, playing tabletop games, and playing music (duh).

Publicity Manager - Rachel Swope

The publicity manager, or PubMan, is the band's link with the outside world- they are responsible for updating the band's website and social media, as well as writing the field show announcements. The other chief responsibility of the publicity manager is maintaining the band's strong relationships with its many alumni- they also organize events such as Alumni Band Day. The publicity manager can be contacted at PubManager@marching97.org.

The 2018 PubMan is Rachel Swope ’19, who knows more about the alumni than one would reasonably expect her to. She is a biology major from Allentown, NJ. Rachel enjoys photography, getting way too heated about TV shows, and spotting dogs from long distances. She is somewhat concerned that she can no longer remember a time in her life that didn’t involve Monday night exec meetings.

Freshmen Managers (Refrosh & Refritch) - Brian Majka & Erin Kelly

The freshmen managers of the Marching 97 - collectively known as Refrotch - are responsible for recruitment and retention of members of the 97. They are in charge of planning Marching 97 involvement at admitted students events, providing information to prospective band members, and helping the incoming class through their first season in the 97. The freshmen managers also organize themed psyche days to keep up morale and excitement. If you're thinking about joining the Marching 97, don't hesitate to email the freshman manager of your choice at Refrosh@marching97.org (male) or Refritch@marching97.org (female).

Brian is a mechanical engineering major from Toms River, NJ. When he’s not doing band at school, he’s usually doing band outside of school. Brian is an avid golfer and fan of all Will Ferrell movies. His secret talent is asking people permission to pet their dogs. Erin is a biology major and anthropology minor from Wall, NJ. She plays the clarinet and is happiest when the sun is shining on all of her plants. Erin is excited to welcome the class of 2022 to the Marching 97 and doesn't ask before she pets dogs. Friends don't need permission to pet friends.

Instrument Manager (Toots) - Matthew Hornung & Aidan Sines

The equipment managers are primarily responsible for distribution, maintenance, and transportation of many instruments of the Marching 97 - hence the nickname of Toots. Most members of the Marching 97 use instruments that belong to the band, so the equipment managers are never short of work, especially as they also tend to the miscellaneous technical needs of the band. The equipment managers can be contacted at Toots@marching97.org.

This year's Toots are Matthew Hornung ('21) and Aidan Sines ('21), respectively hailing from Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Besides studying jazz performance and real estate finance, Matt devotes any time not absorbed by the 97 to Lehigh's choral and jazz ensembles. Aidan is a mechanical engineering major and spends his spare hours outdoors or in the MAH lounge.

Uniform Manager (Suits) - Sam Alper

The uniform manager - more commonly known as Suits - is responsible for making sure everyone in the band looks their best on game day. The uniform manager is in charge of distribution and maintenance of uniforms, as well as ensuring everyone is properly attired at official events. The uniform manager can be contacted by emailing Suits@marching97.org.

The 2018 Suits is Sam Alper of the class of 2020. Sam comes from Putnam Valley, New York, and is pursuing a double major in music and theatre. Sam spends most of his time playing any musical instrument he can get his hands on and pretending to be a video editor.

Student Conductor - Brian Luster

The student conductor, or StudCon, of the Marching 97 is responsible for conducting the band in the stands during football games and at other performances as needed. Besides conducting, the responsibilities of the student conductor include rehearsing music with the band and selecting the songs played in the stands. The student conductor can be reached at StudCon@marching97.org.

The student conductor for the 2018 season is Brian Luster, class of 2019. Brian is an integrated business and civil engineering major from Livingston, New Jersey, and is thrilled to be leading the 97 in the stands again this year. Brian plays the trumpet in the Marching 97, LU Wind Ensemble, LU Jazz Orchestra, and LU Brass Ensemble. In his free time, he likes to practice the trumpet (the best instrument), get lost in the ether of marching band arrangements, and listen to the Hogan’s Heroes soundtrack.

Librarian - Margaret Huettner

The librarian of the Marching 97 organizes and maintains the band's music library. They are in charge of creating music folders for the band members, and copying and distributing music throughout the season. The librarian can be contacted at Librarian@marching97.org.

This year's librarian is Margaret Huettner. She will be a sophomore this season and she comes from Northern Virginia. She plans on majoring in mechanical engineering, and she plays in several jazz ensembles at Lehigh on both saxophone and piano. Some of her other hobbies include crocheting, swimming, and unicycling.

Senior Representative - Evan Jaffa

The senior representative of the Marching 97 is a member of the senior class responsible for a variety of tasks. They acquire food for the band on game days, plan the senior dinner at band camp, and organize various social events for the band to spend time together outside of rehearsals. The senior representative can be contacted by emailing SeniorRep@marching97.org.

Evan Jaffa is psyched to be the Senior Rep for the class of 2019. A proud resident of Randolph, North Jersey, Evan is an advocate for Taylor ham, a connoisseur of proper bagel sandwiches, and the Marching 97’s leading expert on the nonexistence of Central Jersey. When not developing new ways to misbehave while playing a trombone, you can find him arranging music, laughing at his own jokes, or finding ways to make Eddie Gardiner’s life more difficult. While some may find it hard to believe, Evan also has the band’s best sense of smell.

Historian - Grace Miller

The historian's major responsibilities are the documentation and interpretation of the Marching 97's history. They maintain and contribute to our archives, and work to make our storied history accessible to band members and the public alike. The historian can be contacted at Historian@marching97.org.

Grace Miller is the historian for 2018. She is from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and is a member of the class of 2021. As an IDEAS major (laugh it up, she’s already heard all the jokes) she’s studying electrical engineering and music/theatre with plans to minor in German. She dreams of being an audio engineer for live concerts. Grace is a fan of crime dramas, cats, the number 13, red Mountain Dew, collecting musical instruments, Pokemon, and fun, creative hair colors.