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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. They can be reached at manager@harvardband.org.
  • Drill Master: writes halftime shows; wears a trench coat. They can be reached at drillmaster@harvardband.org. 
  • Student Conductor: leads rehearsals; conducts during shows; oversees music library of old and new arrangements; wears a bowtie. They can be reached at studentconductor@harvardband.org.
  • Drum Major: public face of the Band; leader of all parades; communicates with bands from other schools; wears a tuxedo. They can be reached at drummajor@harvardband.org.
  • Schneider: makes sure the Band is always having fun! Wears a green tie. They can be reached at schneider@harvardband.org.

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

  • Treasurer
  • Webmasters
  • Mailling Coordinator
  • Merchandise and Fundraising Coordinator
  • Historian
  • Alumni and Public Relations Coordinator

Drill Master's Committee

  • Assistant Drill Master
  • Prop Crew Manager
  • Cinematographers
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Recruitment Coordinators
  • Photographer

Student Conductor's Committee

  • Music Managers
  • Arranging & Licensing Coordinators
  • Music Archivists
  • Instrument Manager
  • Percussion Arrangement Coordinator

Drum Major's Committee

  • Internal
  • Trips Manager
  • Flute Section Leader
  • Clarinet Section Leader
  • Saxophone Section Leader
  • Trumpet Section Leader
  • Low Brass Section Leader
  • Percussion Section Leader

Schneider's Committee

  • Weisses
  • Schwartz

Sections

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 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!