The 2022 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 - Logan Kramer

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.

Logan Kramer ‘23 is a senior from Shillington, PA majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Data Science. He plays percussion in the Marching 97 as well as in the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. His other involvement in other clubs at Lehigh include the Astronomy Club, Beekeeping Club, and Outing Club. Outside of rehearsal or overseeing Exec Meetings, you can find him camping, stargazing, playing cards and board games, cooking, and keeping a garden. Logan currently works on a research team designing autonomous underwater drones.

Drum Major - Jeremy Raecke

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.

Jeremy Raecke ‘24 is a junior from Leesburg, VA majoring in both Mathematics and Economics. He plays the trumpet in the Marching 97 as well as in the Wind Ensemble and LU Philharmonic Orchestra. Outside of practice, you can find Jeremy writing and recording music, playing “really lame” strategy games, playing board games with friends, and watching videos about math. A fun fact about Jeremy is that he is really good at guitar here and has gotten a 97% (psyche) on through the fire and flames on expert mode.

Staff Assistant - Sasha Rabeno

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.

Sasha Rabeno ‘24 is a junior from Clark, NJ majoring in IDEAS with concentrations in Computer Science and Humanities/Social Science. She plays the quads in the Marching 97. Her other involvement in other clubs at Lehigh include Quiz Bowl Club and being a Gryphon. Outside of Gryphon-ing and rehearsal, Sasha enjoys crocheting and playing Pokemon. Sasha has a very cute cat, and has a twin who unfortunately does not do band.

Publicity Manager - Rose Rush

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.

Rose Rush ‘23 is a senior from York, PA majoring in both Mathematics and Computer Science. She plays the clarinet in the Marching 97 as well as the Wind Ensemble, LU Philharmonic Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, and Symphonic Band. Her other involvement in clubs at Lehigh include Kappa Kappa Psi and Running Club. Outside of rehearsal, Rose is a mom to her (currently) four fishies and many plants.

Freshmen Managers (Refrosh & Refritch) - Xavier Rivera & Amaya Apolinario

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 (Xavier) or Refritch@marching97.org (Amaya).

Xavier Rivera ‘23 is a senior from Rahway, NJ majoring in Mechanical Engineering. They play the bass drum in the Marching 97 as well as in Symphonic Band. Outside of rehearsal, he can be found reading manga, watching anime, or playing video games. A fun fact about Xavier is that they are colorblind.

Amaya Apolinario ‘23 is a senior from Clinton, NC majoring in both Japanese and English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. She plays the tenor saxophone in the Marching 97 as well as Symphonic Band. Her other involvement in clubs at Lehigh include International Voices, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the TRAC Program. Outside of rehearsal, Amaya can be found watching MCU movies and playing video games. Amaya was a member of the color guard in high school.

Equipment Manager (Toots) - Layne Raczy & Marco Clark

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.

Layne Raczy ‘25 is a sophomore from Mohnton, PA majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He plays tenor saxophone in the Marching 97 as well as Symphonic Band. Layne is involved with the Lehigh Underwater Robotics team designing and manufacturing an underwater autonomous vehicle. Outside of rehearsal, Layne can be found playing piano, video games, building computers, running, and hiking. A fun fact about Layne is that his favorite color is blue.

Marco Clark ‘25 is a sophomore from Harleysville, PA majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He plays trumpet in the Marching 97 as well as Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Orchestra. Marco is also involved in Kappa Kappa Psi here at Lehigh. Outside of rehearsal, Marco can be found playing various board games, card games, video games, and building lots of legos.

Uniform Manager (Suits) - Aviana Reynard

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.

Aviana Reynard ‘25 is a sophomore from San Clemente, CA majoring in both Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in music. She plays the clarinet in the Marching 97 as well as the Wind Ensemble and LU Philharmonic Orchestra. Her other involvement in clubs at Lehigh include Belly Dance and JM Entertainment. Outside of rehearsal, Aviana can be found dancing, cooking, styling, crafts, working, and having fun! A fun fact about Aviana is that she is known as “Pink Girl”.

Student Conductor - Declan Fitzpatrick

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.

Declan Fitzpatrick ‘24 is a junior from Camp Hill, PA majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He plays bari sax in the Marching 97 as well as Wind Ensemble. He is also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team here at Lehigh. Outside of rehearsal, Declan can be found gaming, working out, and spending time with his friends. Declan is very adamant that the cereal always goes in before the milk and that pineapple does not belong on pizza.

Librarian - Maeve McGowan

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.

Maeve McGowan ‘25 is a sophomore from East Windsor, NJ majoring in Biology with a minor in music. She plays baritone in the Marching 97 as well as Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Her other involvement in clubs at Lehigh include Kappa Kappa Psi, Club Tennis, and LeMed. Outside of rehearsal, Maeve can be found playing basketball, board games, and practicing the euphonium.

Historian - Marcus Smith

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.

Marcus Smith ‘25 is a sophomore from North Haven, CT majoring in both Computer Science and Engineering with a minor in Environmental Science. He plays tenor saxophone in the Marching 97 as well as Symphonic Band. His other involvement in clubs at Lehigh include Eco-Reps and Fencing. Outside of rehearsal, Marcus can be found taking photos around campus, going to the gym, and stargazing.

Senior Representative - Mickie Ripatranzone

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.

Mickie Ripatranzone ‘23 is a senior from Chatham, NJ majoring in Psychology with a minor in biology and behavioral neuroscience. They play piccolo in the Marching 97 as well as Symphonic Band. Outside of rehearsal, Mickie can be found crocheting, writing music, and playing video games. She also has a cat and three leopard geckos. A fun fact about Mickie is that they were on the ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ when they were 6 years old.