The 2020 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 - Michael Pont

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.

Michael Pont, class '21, hails from Commack, New York and is majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering and Music. Mike plays Tuba and Trombone (and basically any musical instrument he can get his hands on), and he is also a part of Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, LU Phil, Symphonic Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, Star Wars Club, and Smash Ultimate Club. Whenever he isn't playing music, he can be found playing video games, watching Netflix, and generally wasting time. He also isn't afraid to eat an entire bag of shredded cheddar during the late hours of the night. Mike's goal as Manager is to keep the Marching 97 as a positive environment, so everyone can be excited and full of PSYCHE during practice.

Drum Major - Margaret Huettner

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.

Margaret Huettner, class of '21, is a Mechanical Engineering major from Leesburg, Virginia. When she isn't conducting the band on the field, she can be found in the stands playing alto saxophone. She also plays soprano saxophone and piano in various LU jazz ensembles as well as Saxophone Quartet. Outside of music, Margaret likes to crochet, swim, and ride her unicycle. Her favorite animal is the Guinea Pig, or, as they say in German, "Meerschweinchen".

Staff Assistant - Ryan Stelly

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.

Ryan Stelly, class of '22, is from Norwalk, Connecticut and a Computer Science & Engineering major. Ryan plays clarinet and loves to goof around with the other clarinets in Rank 2. With his power as Staff Assistant, he strives to refrain from leaving anyone behind at band camp or the loft! Outside of the Marching 97, Ryan can be found playing Magic the Gathering. Fun Fact: Ryan's dad was Manager of the Marching 97 in '86!

Publicity Manager - Kaitlyn Peterson

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.

Kaitlyn Peterson, class of '21, is a Civil Engineering major that is from Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Kaitlyn plays trombone in the best rank, Rank 1, and can also be found playing trombone in Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. When you don't hear her booming voice during practice, she can be found singing, dancing, or playing video games. Even though there are Kaitlyn's goal for this year is to capture the best moments of the Marching 97 on camera and make a "Year in Review" video for all band members, alumni, and incoming students to enjoy!

Freshmen Managers (Refrosh & Refritch) - Michael Hill & Aylin Ay

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).

Michael Hill, class of '22, is a Chemical Engineering major from Hingham, Massachusetts. He can usually be found blasting high notes on his trumpet during practice, running, swimming, or biking . Michael's goal is to bring as much PSYCHE to the band as possible. Aylin Ay, class of '22, is a Bioengineering major from Elmwood Park, New Jersey. She plays piccolo in rank 4/14 and loves to fool around with them, while making everyone smile during practice. Outside of band, she likes to knit, bake, and paint and is a part of Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the Symphonic Band.

Equipment Manager (Toots) - Hannah Mitchell & Mason Mosack

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.

Hannah, class of '23, is a Civil Engineering major from Abbottstown, PA. She is a part of Rank 3/12 playing snare, and loves to constantly play during practice even when others tell her to stop. In her free time she likes to listen to music and watch crime shows, and she has a slight obsession with Vans, owning 18 pairs. Mason, class of '23, is an IBE major from Freidrick, Maryland. He plays trombone, and can be found in Rank 1 trying to hit the lowest notes he possibly can. Both Mason and Hannah's goal for this season is to try not to make the instruments worse!

Uniform Manager (Suits) - Rebecca Bone

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.

Rebecca Bone, from Mercer Island, Washington, is a product design major in the class of '21. Bone serenades her fellow marchers with the tenor saxophone in the 97, filling in the position of the grouchy aunt of rank 11. When she's not working to make us look fabulous during band performances, she's drawing, ice skating, and making puns. She plays the bassoon in the LU wind ensemble and orchestra. She can't wait for Eco Flame to come around again, and claims that she is skilled at making bird noises,

Student Conductor - Devon Kolumber

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.

Devon Kolumber, class of '23, is from Harleysville, PA and dual majoring in Mechanical Engineering & Music. During practice, he can be seen playing fun songs on the trombone and always lifting his legs! Devon is also a part of Jazz Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, LU Philharmonic, Symphonic Band, and Kappa Kappa Psi. In his spare time, he likes to arrange music and design random gadgets. If his name seems familiar to you, he was featured on the PEZ.com for his impressive collection of over 2,000 PEZ dispensers.

Librarian - Danny Brody

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.

Danny, '22, from Woodstown, South Jersey, plays clarinet in rank 2 of the 97. His objective as librarian is to create a welcoming environment for the upcoming first years and to artfully master the dreaded copying machine. This season, when he's not handing out rubber bands, praying for no rain, and watching drumline lose their music, he'll be acting, ice skating, and playing the recorder. Danny's favorite 97 tradition is singing the Alma Mater on the bus rides home!

Historian - Amaya Apolinario

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.

Amaya, class of '23, is a English & Japanese dual major from North Carolina. She plays Tenor Sax in the band, though she has never played it prior to joining the 97. The highlight of her freshman year in band was the ubiquitous Flame to Sacred Heart with one of the most memorable bus drivers. Amaya loves to joke around with Rank 11, and can be found reading, writing, or doing color guard drills in her free time. Her goal is to continue digitizing the band's archive and taking great pictures that really show off the band's PSYCHE!

Senior Representative - Rohan Ekambaram

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.

Rohan, class of ‘21, is a Bioengineering major from Wayne, PA. He plays trombone in Rank 1, always hyping people up and making too many jokes during practice. Outside of the band, he can be found reading comic books and is a part of LU's Ultimate Frisbee. Other than trying to grow out his man bun, his goal for this year is to try to plan a lot of social events, so the band can bond better. Rohan also plays piano and played/sang "You Belong with Me" by Taylor Swift at his piano recital when he was a senior in high school.