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Senior Staff

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 Senior Staff make sure the Band is in the right place at the right time—all the time.

  • Manager: liaison to Harvard administration and public; manages finances and records; wears a hat. The current manager is Albert Chalom '19 and he can be reached at
  • Drill Master: writes halftime shows; wears a trenchcoat. The current Drill Master is Emily Valentin '20 and she can be reached at
  • Student Conductor: leads rehearsals; conducts during shows; oversees music library of old and new arrangements; wears a bowtie. The current Student Conductor is Joanna Tao '19 and she can be reached at
  • Drum Major: public face of the Band; leader of all parades; communicates with bands from other schools; wears a tuxedo. The current Drum Major is Aidan Connaughton '19 and he can be reached at
  • Schneider: makes sure the Band is always having fun! Wears a green tie. The current Schneider is Finn Weber '20 and he can be reached at

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 freshmen 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

  • TreasurerLucaian Al-Tariq '20
  • WebmasterMichael Colavita '20
  • Alumni and Public Relations CoordinatorBethany Jenkins '21
  • Mailling Coordinator—Bethany Jenkins '21
  • Merchandise and Fundraising Coordinator—Marika Thompson '21
  • Historian—Anastasia Carney '20
  • Reunion Manager—Jessica Bishai '20

Drill Master's Committee

  • Assistant Drill MasterMichael Colavita '20
  • Prop Crew Managers—Gabe Coonce '19 & Calais Galbraith '19
  • Cinematographer—Carl Sibley '20
  • Photographer—Jess Boutchie '21
  • Social Media Coordinator—Ian Saum '20
  • Recruitment Coordinator—Jen Eason '21

Student Conductor's Committee

  • Music Managers—Emma Hansen '21 & Annabella Espinoza '21
  • Arranging CoordinatorMarcos Cecchini '21
  • Licensing Coordinator—Eli Martin '20
  • Music Archivist—Gabe Coonce '19
  • Instrument Manager—Marika Thompson '21

Drum Major's Committee

  • Internal—Anastasia Carney '20
  • Trips Manager—Alister Pino '20
  • Flute Section Leader—Anabelle Paulino '21
  • Clarinet Section Leader—Christopher Chen '21
  • Saxophone Section Leader—Marcos Cecchini '21
  • Trumpet Section Leader—Samuel Reed '19
  • Low Brass Section Leader—Eli Martin '20
  • Percussion Section Leader—Jasmine Parmley '21

Schneider's Committee

  • Weisses—Nathan Lee '21, Sierra Garcia '21, Selket Jewett '21
  • Schwartzes—Allison Law '20, Jessica Bishai '20
  • Schatzen—Jen Eason '21


The Band fields all type 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 a find a home in our illustrious prop crew.

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!