Directorate

The DCMB is directed by a group of elected students, with the help of our faculty advisor.

  • Faculty Advisor: Matthew Marsit

    Matthew Marsit The faculty advisor helps the directorate coordinate with the school and the athletics department, accompanies us to games, and assists the student directorate.

  • Coke Machine

    Coke Machine The Coke machine has guided the marching band since time immemorial. When conflicts arise, it has final, absolute, unquestionable say.

  • Governor of Hawaii: The Honorable David Ige

    The Honorable David Ige The role of the governor of Hawaii is not unlike that of the Coke machine.

  • Sketchy Rusty Thing

    Sketchy Rusty Thing The sketchy rusty thing holds the back door of the Hop open and allows the band to exit without error. Its origins remain unknown, but it continues to serve the band faithfully day in and out.

  • President: Madeline Miller ‘18

    Madeline Miller The President is responsible for coordinating the Directorate, and any other people or groups that want to work with the band.

    Madeline Miller left the frozen wasteland of Anchorage, AK to pursue popularity, fame, and fortune. She didn’t need to look for long, as the Dartmouth College Marching Band embodies all of these ideals and more. As a member of the charismatic flute section, she lives her dream of making shrill, tootling noises. In addition to DCMB, Madeline plays with the Wind Ensemble and works in the Jewelry Studio. She rarely leaves the HOP basement. On the rare occasions when she does, she enjoys hiking, skiing, pondering the lives of squirrels, and eating vast amounts of spaghetti. She loves talking to people, especially about marching band, so if you are interested in joining the DCMB you should definitely blitz her at any time!

  • General Manager: Christian Rizzuto ‘18

    Christian Rizzuto The general manager is in charge of scheduling games, away trips, banquets, and visiting bands.

    Christian is an ’18 from Scotia, NY. You can probably recognize him by his incessant drumming on any object that happens to be near him. He does this because as a child, he broke the most sacred of all percussion rules: never drop the cymbals. As a result, he is now cursed to forever tap out a sick beat wherever he goes. Eating lunch? Gotta tap those feet. Taking a test? Pencil drumsticks! Since band is the only place where it is socially acceptable for him to make a racket, Christian has become quite attached, and is an eager participant in all kinds of band shenanigans.

  • Conductor/Drum Major: Evan Griffith ‘18

    Evan Griffith Evan is an ‘18 from the small town of Rome, New York. When he’s not causing problems with the rest of the saxophone section, he enjoys following the Oakland Raiders, attempting to play hockey with the band, and finding new music on Soundcloud. He’s excited to have the opportunity to conduct the band, and he’s eager to answer any questions anyone might have about the band.

  • Secretary: Rob Castle ‘20

    Rob Castle The secretary manages the band blitz (email) account, receiving and forwarding emails. The secretary also takes care of the social list, the attendence list, and PE credit.

    Rob Castle is a ’20 from Ridgefield, CT. He plays clarinet in band because his bassoon is too heavy, fragile and expensive to play outside and you also can’t play the bassoon standing up (ok, there’s some weird way to do it but he’s too uncoordinated to learn). In the band, he is known for potentially not existing (we’re still waiting for confirmation on this) and his constant Kindle issues. He is excited to be joining the directorate as sectary and is even more excited that the tyrannical reign of Joshua Perez ’17 as president has come to an end. Josh is probably his least favorite person.

  • Show Chairs: Hilda Friday ‘20 and Jack Burgess ‘20

    Each week the show chairs head a band meeting (“ShowCo”) to write the script for the next week and then put all our ideas together into a funny show.

    Hilda Friday

    Hilda Friday is a ’20 from Hawai’i who plays saxophone for whatever bands look like the most fun. As a child she was never allowed to speak, so now she looks forward to pouring all her suppressed creativity into writing snarky and slightly rude commentary for football field shows. In her free time Hilda either reads or practices lifting singular eyebrows to indicate skepticism, disdain, or alarm, and occasionally does both at once. Feel free to message/blitz her if you want to laugh at someone who has no concept of how to ice skate.

    Jack Burgess Jack Burgess is a ‘20 from Tucson, Arizona. He plays trumpet and has a twin sister who is also in the DCMB. Jack is ready to be a father, as he already makes too many dad jokes. The show chair directorate position allows him to ‘show’ off this ability. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like marzipan, you can bring it to Jack instead of throwing it away when you receive it as a gift.

  • Librarian: Hannah Pinkerton ‘19

    Hannah Pinkerton The librarians are responsible for ensuring that everyone in the band has the music they need, and for organizing our substantial music collection.

    Hannah ’19, is a flute/piccolo player from Custer, South Dakota (yes, South Dakota is a state and no, it is not the same as North Dakota). Her hobbies include running (in order to make it to classes on time), sleeping, and attempting to make it to her destination without falling over.

  • Social Chairs: Dennis Reilly ‘18 and Jess Teipel ‘19

    The social/publicity chairs run recruitment events for incoming freshman in the spring and fall, and run fun social events like a potluck and a scavenger hunt during the band season.

    Dennis Reilly A lover of Targaryens, Lost, hobbits, Disney movies, The Killers, his Yoda backpack, and cringe-worthy “dad jokes,” Dennis Reilly brings a unique brand of studliness to the DCMB Social Chair position. Some of Dennis’ guilty pleasures include watching The Bachelor, taking walks on the beach down the Jersey shore, excessively reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy over and over again, and poorly singing Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” in the shower, where only his floormates can judge him.

    Jess Teipel Jessica is a ‘19 from Pittstown NJ, and a proud member of the DMCB’s clarinet section. When not with the DCMB or working on problem sets, Jessica can be found browsing YouTube, skiing, eating yet another meal at the Hop, or attempting to sing any song she hears. Jessica loves spending time with bandies and meeting new bandies, so feel free to blitz her if you have questions or just want to chat about band things!

  • Equipment Managers: Madeline Miller ‘18 and Sarah Rote ‘18

    Madeline Miller Sarah Rote The equipment managers are responsible for making sure all of the equipment is there for practices and games.

    Madeline Miller is an 18’ from Anchorage, Alaska. She’s really bad at writing blurbs for things like the directorate page, but she loves the band. A member of the charismatic flute section, Madeline enjoys all things flute, hiking, and making poor attempts at playing hockey.

    Sarah Rote is an ‘18 from Newtown Square, PA. She plays piccolo and flute in the marching band and is the charismatic leader of the flute section. When she is not quoting podcasts or an endless stream of fun facts, she enjoys outdoorsy things such as skiing and hiking, petting dogs and finally escaping Thayer.

  • Publicity Chairs: Sarah Rote ‘18 and Isabel Burgess ‘20

    Isabel Burgess Isabel Burgess is a ‘20 from Tucson, Arizona. She is most famously known for having an evil twin brother who is sometimes seen inhabiting Hartman. Isabel has been a proud alto saxophone since the fourth grade and will continue to be for eternity. Isabel loves designer chairs, and, when questioned, will tell you the location of all such chairs on campus. Which of course makes her a great publicity ‘chair’.

    Sarah Rote

    Sarah Rote is an ‘18 from Newtown Square, PA. She plays piccolo and flute in the marching band and is the charismatic leader of the flute section. When she is not quoting podcasts or an endless stream of fun facts, she enjoys outdoorsy things such as skiing and hiking, petting dogs and finally escaping Thayer.

  • Webmasters: James Edwards ‘18 and Michael Fraunberger ‘19

    James Edwards Michael Fraunberger The webmaster is responsible for keeping this website, and the band’s other sites, up to date.

    James is an ’18 from sunny Santa Monica, California. When he isn’t trying to figure out when a first down has happened in the football games for the trumpets’ charge, James can be found trying to use up all of his 20 meal swipes in a week and struggling to comprehend Hanover’s weather.

    Michael Fraunberger is just your regular dude who is objectively as cool as the other side of the pillow. As jock chair he promises to lead his team to victory, even if that just means getting tender quesos after being blown out for the 8th time in a row. As assistant webmaster he promises to not mess up too badly, and if he does, rest assured he will pin it on the actual webmaster’s shoulders. A simple man who enjoys golf, music that avoids screaming, and writing statuses, he is proud and a little confused to be on the DCMB directorate.

  • Jock Chair: Michael Fraunberger ‘19

    Michael Fraunberger The jock chair organizes the band to play intramural ice hockey in the winter, and any other sports the band wants to play.

  • Spirit Chair: Aki Berman ‘16

    Aki Berman The spirit chair makes sure that the band is FIRED UP to cheer their way to victory in every game (because the band ALWAYS wins)!

    Aki is a ‘16 and very happy to be the first Spirit Chair, a position she made up because it lets her be in charge of her 4 favorite things: face-paint, sparkly hair ribbons, beads and glitter. She joined the marching band because the band has the best school spirit, and she is proud to continue that tradition. Hit her up if you ever need star-shaped stickers!

  • Class Representatives:

    Class representatives are the voice of each class in the directorate and are responsible for the continued enthusiasm of members of their class in participating in band and band functions.

  • Hilda Friday ‘20

    Hilda Friday

    Hilda Friday is a ’20 from Hawai’i who plays saxophone for whatever bands look like the most fun. As a child she was never allowed to speak, so now she looks forward to pouring all her suppressed creativity into writing snarky and slightly rude commentary for football field shows. In her free time Hilda either reads or practices lifting singular eyebrows to indicate skepticism, disdain, or alarm, and occasionally does both at once. Feel free to message/blitz her if you want to laugh at someone who has no concept of how to ice skate.

  • Emily Schneider ‘19

    Emily Schneider

    Emily is a ’19 from the great state of Colorado and joined band to meet the chillest people on campus. When she’s not busy playing in the flute section, she loves hiking, skiing, (attempting to) whitewater kayak, falling down while attempting to skate, dancing to any song that comes on, and petting every dog in Hanover.

  • Scheridan Vorwaller ‘18

    Scheridan Vorwaller Scheridan hails from the arid deserts of California, and came to the frozen tundra of Hanover, in order to serve the one and only DCMB. She enjoys long walks on the beach, deep sea fishing (she prides herself on knowing how to tie her own hook), being tall enough to pass the height test on roller coasters, and hanging out with bandies!! Her goals for this year include: trying not to fall on ice, but if she must, no more than 20 times; find out the back story to coke machine; attend an actually Hockey Game, and to hang out with some awesome bandies! She can’t get over the fact that she’s in the Trumpet section and absolutely loves Chiciza’s scarf. She also thinks that James’ ‘Mambo Number 5’ from last season needs to be burned.

  • Joshua Perez ‘17

    Joshua Perez

    Josh’s love for music began the day he learned that musicians were found to be attractive. Since then, he has dedicated himself to eastern meditation, military style workouts, and vigorous sobbing at his lack of companionship. Drumming came naturally, as a rhythmical flailing of limbs was but second nature to our young, yoge enthused Jedi. The marching band was a marked turning point in our young man’s career, as he turned in his grunge-rock, anti-establishment, acid-washed jeans for a mass produced uniform. If you’re interested in learning more, shoot him an email and maybe get coffee, or Netflix and chill.

  • Alumni Representatives:

    Alumni representatives keep their class’s band spirit alive even after graduation, by staying in touch with other bandies in their class and organizing reunions.

  • 2016 Alumni Representative Kathryn Waychoff ‘16

    Kathryn Waychoff

  • 2015 Alumni Representative Ben Ferguson ‘15

    Ben Ferguson

  • 2014 Alumni Representative Blaine Ponto

    Blaine Ponto

    Blaine is a dinosaur. Fear her wrath.

  • 2013 Alumni Representative Tyler Spunaugle

    Tyler Spunaugle

    Though no longer the official DCMB President, Tyler will forever remain the Dear Leader of our hearts. And all those who disagree may come to regret their decision.

  • 2012 Alumni Representative Leah Nicolich-Henkin

    Leah Nicolich-Henkin

    Leah is known for her tendency to hit things, especially cymbals and drums.