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Student Leadership

The Harvard Band is entirely student-run, from the writing of halftime shows to the arrangements of music to administrative work and financial planning. The five members of the Band's Student Leadership (aka "Senior Staff") make sure the Band is in the right place at the right time—all the time. All inquiries should be addressed to the Band's leadership who can be reached at leadership@harvardband.org.

  • Drill Master - Ja'Karri Pierre '25: liaison to Harvard athletics; leads field rehearsals; writes and announces halftime shows; organizes all formal social events; wears a trench coat.
  • Student Conductor - Travis Tucker '25: leads music rehearsals; conducts during field shows; oversees music library of old and new arrangements; wears a bowtie.
  • Drum Major - Justin Su '24: public face of the Band; leader of all parades; communicates with bands from other schools; wears a tuxedo. 
  • Schneider - Kyle Stevenson '25: makes sure the Band is always having fun! Wears a green tie.

Junior Staff

Besides the five Senior Staff positions, there are over 20 other staff positions to make sure that the finer details of the Band's operations don't slip through any cracks. New members are eligible to run for a staff position after their first football season—in fact, most of the positions are held by first-years and sophomores—and it is a great way to serve as a leader in an organization very early in your Harvard career.

Manager's Committee

  • Treasurer - Alex Wilentz
  • Webmasters - Dennis Kim, Mike Mantello
  • Mailing, Alumni and Public Relations Coordinator - Russell Farnsworth, Ian Hua, Fatima Reyes
  • Historians - Russell Farnsworth, Émilie Blondin

Drill Master's Committee

  • Assistant Drill Master - Sylvia Traw
  • Prop Crew Manager - Tess Carney
  • Photographer - Fatima Reyes
  • Cinematographer - Hannah Shimada
  • Recruiting Coordinators - Jazlyn Navarro Jiménez, Ian Hua, Émilie Blondin
  • Merchandise Coordinators - Ashley Schreiber, Jonathan Sedano

Student Conductor's Committee

  • Music Managers - Camden Eyre, Nora Penni
  • Arranging & Licensing Coordinators - Camden Eyre, Fatima Reyes
  • Instruments Managers - Oziel Flores, Zach Halberstam
  • Percussion Arranging Coordinator - Tess Carney

Drum Major's Committee

  • Internal - Nora Penni
  • Trips Manager - Mike Mantello
  • Flutinet Section Leader - Dennis Kim
  • Saxophone Section Leader - Alex Wilentz
  • Trumpet Section Leader - Sara Manning
  • Low Brass Section Leader - Blake Bernhardt
  • Percussion Section Leader - Tori Oswald, Nora Penni

Schneider's Committee

  • Weisses & Schwartzes - Blake Bernhardt, Oziel Flores, Mike Mantello

Sections

The Band fields all types of instruments—from tiny piccolos to huge sousaphones—with each instrument group making up a section. These sections work together musically in weekly sectionals and become close-knit families away from home.

If you don’t see an instrument you play, don’t worry—you can find a home in our illustrious prop crew.

  • Flutes
  • Clarinets
  • Trumpets
  • Low Brass (Trombones, Mellophones, Baritones, Tubas)
  • Percussion
  • Saxophones

Prop Crew

The Band wouldn’t be able to function without our prop crew. Clad in white jumpsuits, prop crew takes care of a huge number of miscellaneous tasks such as playing Bertha, driving the prop crew van, and—most importantly—making props to wield during the Band’s field shows. Best of all, you don't need to play an instrument to be in prop crew!