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 - Ryan Stelly

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 marching97manager@gmail.com.

Ryan Stelly ’22 is a senior from Norwalk, Connecticut majoring in Computer Science and Engineering with minors in Data Science and History. He plays clarinet in the Marching 97 and also plays in Wind Ensemble, LU Philharmonic Orchestra, and Clarinet Choir. His involvement in other clubs at Lehigh include Astronomy Club and Star Wars Club. When not at band practice or overseeing Exec Meetings, you can find him playing board games or Magic: The Gathering. He is the second Stelly to be manager of the 97, after his dad was manager in 1986.

Drum Major - Devon Kolumber

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.

Devon Kolumber, class of 2023, is from Harleysville, PA and majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Music. He plays trombone in Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of practice, you can find Devon still playing and practicing trombone. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi at Lehigh. He has collected over 3,000 unique PEZ dispensers!

Staff Assistant - Nick Sireci

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.

Nick Sireci is a fith-year student, pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering. From Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, Nick plays trumpet in the 97, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. He enjoys playing video games, trying to learn marching baritone, and asking his grandma for pictures of her dog. You can also find appearances of Nick in TV, radio, and film as an actor.

Publicity Manager - Logan Kramer

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 pubman97@gmail.com.

Logan Kramer ’23 is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering from Shillington, PA. He plays cymbals in rank 3/12. Outside of band, Logan is involved in Astronomy Club, Beekeeping Club, Outing Club, and plays percussion in the Symphonic Band in the spring. When not posting on the 97’s many social media accounts at practice, Logan can be found camping, stargazing, playing cards and board games, cooking, and keeping a garden.

Freshmen Manager - Sarah McCusker

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 at refrosh@marching97.org.

Sarah McCusker ’22 is a senior from Northport, New York majoring in Physics with a minor in Psychology. She plays clarinet in rank 2 as well as playing in Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Symphonic Band. Sarah is also the treasurer Society of Physics Students and a TRAC writing Fellow. While not at practice, she enjoys felting, reading, and running. Sarah wanted to add she likes frogs!

Equipment Manager (Toots) - Jeremy Raecke & Declan Fitzpatrick

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.

Jeremy Raecke is a sophomore from Leesburg, Virginia and is studying for a dual degree in Math and Economics. He plays trumpet in the Marching 97, Wind Ensemble, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of practice, Jeremy can be found participating in Lehigh’s Quiz Bowl club, playing chess, and writing and recording music. Fun fact, Jeremy is “REALLY good at Guitar Hero!”

Declan Fitzpatrick is a sophomore from Camp Hill, PA studying Mechanical Engineering. He plays bari sax in rank 8 as well as Wind Ensemble. He is involved in Lehigh Ultimate Frisbee and enjoys gaming and going to the gym.

Uniform Manager (Suits) - Sasha Rabeno

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.

Sasha Rabeno is from the class of 2024 majoring in IDEAS with a concentration in Computer Science and “something else tbd”. Coming from Clark, New Jersey, she plays quads in rank 3/12 and plays piano outside of the 97. She is also involved in Quiz Bowl and is a Gryphon (RA) at Lehigh. When she is not busy Gryphon-ing or at practice, you can find Sasha playing Pokémon, taking photos of her cat Josie, and eating chocolate-based foods. She also has a twin who unfortunately does not do band.

Librarian - Brendan Conway

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.

Brendan Conway ‘23 is a junior from Orefield, PA majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Music. He plays trombone in the 97 as well as in Jazz Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. He plays in the Lehigh Smash Ultimate Club and is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. When not cutting and distributing music and rubber bands, he can be found playing video games, practicing his instrument, and gauging interest from the band with weekly GroupMe polls. Brendan enjoys listening to video game soundtrack covers, remixes, and mashups.

Historian - Rose Rush

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.

Rose Rush, class of 2023, hails from Manchester PA and is pursing two degrees in Math and Computer Science. She plays clarinet in rank 11 and also in Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, and Symphonic Band. Rose is involved in Kappa Kappa Psi and running club at Lehigh. She also spends her time being a fish mom to her (currently) four fishies. Rose said if I were to be a vegetable, I would be corn because it’s the sunshine of vegetables.

Senior Representative - Dylan Staniszewski

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.

Dylan Staniszewski ’22 is a senior majoring in Computer Science and Business from Gilbertsbille, PA. He plays alto sax in the 97 as well as in Jazz Orchestra. Outside of band, he is a member of club Spikeball, and enjoys his time gaming, rooting for the Eagles and 76ers while rooting against the Cowboys. Dylan is also an Eagle Scout!