Remember when you were a kid? Well, part of you still is. And that’s why the Spartan Baritones play “Faygo”. You’ll hear the current members of the Spartan Baritones play the iconic Pop theme song every game day during their warm-up on Adams Field. This year, the tradition is in its 42nd year.
Before MSU was sponsored by Pepsi, beverages in the stadium were supplied by Faygo. Beginning in 1976, the baritone section periodically played the “Faygo Boat Song” for the student section in between third and fourth quarter. The song was written by two baritone section members, Matt and Andy James. The student section and band both loved the tune, and it was adapted into a marching band halftime show played by the entire Spartan Marching Band. In the early 2000’s, Faygo was no longer served within the stadium, but the Spartan Baritones continue to play the tune to the present day.
Being a long-time tradition in the Spartan Baritones, it is also well-known by alumni of the Spartan Baritones. This is one of the reasons alumni band week is important to the Spartan Baritones. As part of recent tradition, the current section members and alumni come together after the game to play “Faygo” during Alumni Band week. Two versions of the song have been written for the baritone section. The older section members play along with the younger members in the original arrangement of “Faygo”. A more recent version of “Faygo” is played afterward.
Faygo is more than just a song or beverage for the Spartan Baritones. It’s one of the things that makes alumni week special for them. The shared connection is why current members look forward to alumni band each year. It brings everyone together from all generations from within the band.
“Alumni band week reminds me that I’m part of an organization that existed and thrived long before I got to MSU and will continue to do so long after I leave. We’re part of a long green line” says Mark Elinski, a senior Chemical Engineering Major from Troy, MI.
“I always look forward to alumni band week. It’s a great way to reconnect with alumni I’ve met in previous years, see people I’ve been in the band with, and meet new people,” says Ryan Malburg, a Music Education major from Wixom, MI. “Every year, I am fortunate enough to connect with someone and learn a lot about the band and our origins.”
Evan Blanchard, a senior Physics major from Okemos, MI, says “Sometimes that’s the only time alumni come back to MSU. The connections you made here never go away. All the friendships you made carry on for the rest of your life.”
Many members of the SMB can pinpoint the moment they decided they wanted to march at Michigan State. Whether they had parents in the band, an influential high school director, friends in the band, or a general love for the art, everyone has their own story about how they earned a spot in the Spartan Marching Band. For many though, the community involvement of the SMB is what showed them more about the college band experience. While most bystanders only experience the “normal Gameday routine” of the SMB, there is so much more to their story than football. Fifth year Tenor Saxophone Section Leader Alex Klingel says, “we are a bigger part of the community than just musicians at a football game, and that makes being a member of the SMB even more special.”
While the Tenor Saxes try not to take themselves too seriously, they do try to make the most of their college band experience. They shared with us how the SMB has made an impression on the community and how they believe it’s made an impact on those around them.
Dr. Thornton loves using the phrase, “make an impression,” to inspire members of the SMB – especially before a big run through of pregame or halftime. Senior Squad Leader Aryka Thomson says, “he is reminding us that what we do makes an impact on other people’s lives. We want that first note to sound powerful and beautiful, our uniform to be clean and worn with pride. The goal is to show our talent and the results of our hard work inspire others to do the same.” The SMB spends hours upon hours every week perfecting their shows, and it’s all to help make an impact on at least one person in the audience. “It’s important to understand that Dr. Thornton is talking to the band as a whole when he says ‘make an impression’ not just individuals,” says Junior Squad Leader John Hindenach. “During a performance it’s very hard for a single member to make an impact, but if everyone gives their all then we can make an impact and I think that’s very powerful.”
Senior, Sven Adriaens says, “everything we do should be treated as though it is affecting at least one other person even if we don’t directly receive praise in that moment. I didn’t make the band my freshman year, and every day I could hear them practicing from my room in Wonders. I would go to practices from time to time, and walk to class in a way that would take me past the practice field. I was initially unsure if I wanted to do college band, but after hearing the SMB, even only in a rehearsal capacity, those doubts disappeared.”
For many years now, the SMB has performed as the exhibition ensemble at the Grand Ledge Invitational, an event where several high school band students get to experience an ensemble of the caliber like the SMB for the very first time. Junior Ashley Hare says, “it’s great to be able to show them what we do, and often times people in their high school band will then set higher expectations for themselves and continue on with the music career.”
Sophomore Dan Schneider follows with, “They look up to us like we are a big brother or a mentor. They see what we are doing and they are blown away. Many students at the Grand Ledge competition are moved in such a way that it shapes their undergraduate career, whether that be joining the SMB tor even pursuing music here at MSU.” The Grand Ledge Invitational is often the epitome of finding a way to “make an impression” on an individual.
However, being in the SMB doesn’t just mean making a musical impression on someone, it’s also about finding ways to make a physical impression on the community. For the past 16 years, the Spartan Marching Band has worked in conjunction with mid-Michigan Sports Broadcaster Tim Staudt, and the Sparrow Children’s Hospital to host the “SMB For Kids” event, in which the SMB puts on a two-three hour benefit concert to help raise money for the hospital and for the SMB. Since its inception, the event has raised over a half a million dollars each for the Sparrow Children’s Hospital and for the SMB. Ashley Hare says that it’s an event that she looks forward to every year, and one of her favorite memories from her time in the SMB.
However, it isn’t just the big events that help make an impact in the community. Every week the SMB has extra gigs and performances that are outside of their normal commitments. Almost every Friday before a home football game, members go to the Spartan Hall of Fame Café and play rah-rah tunes and other pep band music for guests at the restaurant. On Gameday, there are several traveling groups that go around to different tailgates and play “Bandograms” for excited Spartan fans. The tenor saxes are particularly excited about gigs and extra opportunities to play. Section leader Alex Klingel says that “every opportunity that we get to venture outside of the band is an experience. There’s always a story to tell afterwards.”
Gigs are also a way to go out and interact the Spartan community in a way you normally wouldn’t get to. Klingel says, “we don’t get a lot of interaction with fans, and when you’re out in a gig with a smaller group physically interacting with fans, you might get to see someone you know or strike up a conversation with someone new. It’s a heartwarming experience.” He also recalls visiting an Iowa tailgate tent a few years ago, and said they were able to play their fight song for them. “We got an opportunity to play for random strangers, and being able to bond with the Iowa fans as well as Spartans is a really cool experience.” But in closing, and in true tenor saxophone fashion he says, “I love gigs, gigs are great.”
The Tenor Saxes are constantly trying to find ways to reach out to the community and stay in touch with their alumni. Every year they hold a fundraiser to help purchase their tenor saxophone apparel for the new members. Any parents, friends, or alumni that donate receive a couple of recorded post-cards throughout the season as well as a few photos of the section thanking them for helping out. Throughout this process the Tenors are able to build a better relationship with their alumni while supporting their new members. The Tenors recognize the importance of giving back to the community after all of the support given to them and the SMB, they love any opportunity to make music for other people.
Every Gameday the Tenors play “Ditty,” – their own rendition of “Scotland the Brave.” They circle around alumni, fans, and anyone else that they can “corral,” play the tune, and eventually add their own dance moves as the song progresses. This tradition began in the 1990’s when some of the Tenors played “Scotland the Brave” to ironically poke fun of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. For Halloween of 1998, many of the Tenors dressed up as the Irish Guard, and the following season this “Ditty” became a Gameday tradition.
The Tenor Saxes are constantly finding ways to give back and help support the community around them. Everything the Tenors do, encompass much of what the entire SMB stands for. Whether it’s making an impression on an eager high school bando, a Children’s Hospital, Spartan and Visiting Fans alike, or an athletic team, there is so much more to the SMB than Pregame and Halftime. Senior Aryka Thompson says, “The community looks to us as a symbol of pride for MSU. When we wear a band jacket, people associate us with hard work, passion, respect, and love for our school. Holding up those expectations by performing for and interacting with the community perpetuates this feeling of pride and shows the value of hard work.”
The band is standing in the tunnel anxiously waiting to burst out on the field for their pregame performance. There’s 37 minutes left on the clock before game time. SMB director Dr. David Thornton steps up to the ladder, raises his arms, and says, “Let’s sing.”
Instruments are placed on the ground or stuck between legs; arms are lifted over each other and the band begins to hum the opening E flat of Shadows. The band sings in beautiful four-part harmony, coming together in this moment to “sing our love for Alma Mater.” On the word “love,” Dr. Thornton places his hand on his heart, whether on purpose or by accident, and smiles at the band.
It’s a humbling experience for those of the SMB to stand in a place where so many have come before them, but the Gameday Experience is surrounded by little moments like this. It’s a routine that never gets old.
While every section experiences Saturdays in East Lansing a little differently, we talked to the Mellophones about these little moments and what makes Gameday so memorable to them.
Senior Mellophone Nathan Doss, says that on his very first Gameday he remembers “walking across a dead quiet Adams field, a faint haze over the grass, with the sun barely starting to rise. The energy in the air was spine chilling. It was almost as if Adams field itself was trembling with anticipation.”
This anticipation is often called the “Christmas Eve Syndrome” – the inability to wait another moment. Junior Mellophone Section Leader Joey Essenburg says, “You know whenever you’re on vacation and you have something super exciting the next day so you wake up at 5am to get ready for it? That’s what Gamedays are like for the Mellos.”
On these early morning Gamedays, the Mellophone squad leaders bring treats and snacks for their squad, while waiting on the sidewalk to watch the color guard and drumline march “the series” from Dem Hall to the Practice Field. With cell phones out to record these moments, everyone is cheering, smiling, and laughing, forgetting for just a moment that it’s 6:30 in the morning.
Doss says, “the Gameday experience as a Mellophone is the ultimate team experience.” It’s about making sure everyone is there for each other, supporting each other every step of the way. To demonstrate their teamwork, every Gameday on Adams Field, the Mellos make one long line, reach over each other’s instruments, and play Pregame Fight while fingering the tune on the instrument to their left.
But perhaps the most poignant moment for the Mellos on Gameday, is shortly after they play Pregame Fight during their warmup. They get into two circles with the squad leaders in the middle, kneeling down on the grass. Squad Leaders hold hands and pass around a kiss on the back of each hand, and then the section leader says, “inside to the right, outside to the left.” The squad leaders stand, wrap their arms around each other and they all begin the infamous Mello chant.
“Spartan Mellos, brass playing war machines, trained to fight, trained to kill, trained to die, but never will.” This is repeated three times as the section sways and jumps back and forth gaining in intensity each time. Senior Bailey Barry says that “the words inspire strength and power- two qualities that are essential for everything that follows.”
This chant is something that’s gone on so long, no one is really sure anymore as to where it started, but it represents something much larger than just the chant itself. Freshman Madeline Steffke says that “the Mello chant is about our dedication to the band and to each other. It means that we are ready and willing to sacrifice it all for the group, but we will never surrender in the face of a challenge.” Essenburg follows with, “when you are a Spartan Mello you are a part of something much greater than yourself. You have the opportunity to be an amazing force within the ensemble.”
The energy from the Mello chant carries through the section onto the full band warm-up, through “the series,” and into the tunnel. As the clock reads 25 minutes, the band runs into the tunnel to line up, and the chaos begins to ensue. People are cheering and shouting, hyping each other up for the iconic kick step into pregame.
Doss says that “the tunnel is the most electric environment that I have ever experienced. Adrenaline is flowing so fast that you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, scream, or maybe do a combination of the three. There isn’t any one emotion that can describe it, but I like to think of it as riding the line between anxiety and crippling excitement. It’s my favorite place to be in the whole world.
Senior Mel MacLachlan says that “everyone is pumped up and ready to get out on the field to show everyone what we are made of. We are such a hard working ensemble and it feels so good to show everyone that our hard work pays off!” At 19 minutes, the drum-line begins the cadence, and the Spartan Marching Band kicksteps out of the tunnel into a sea of 75,000 fans.
Gameday isn’t just about the performances for the fans, it’s about the little moments and the little traditions throughout each section and throughout the band that make this day special. Whether it’s singing Shadows in the tunnel, warming up on Adams field, or watching the guard and drumline march over, throughout all of this, there is one thing present – the sense of family. Singing Shadows and looking around the ensemble seeing not only friends, but seeing family is what makes Gamedays so special. MacLachlan says, “Game days are hard work but at the end of the day, it’s worth it. All the support from friends, family, and fans is overwhelming. I am very thankful.”
The Spartan Marching Band rehearses every afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00, in preparation for Gameday, with extra practice on Monday nights from 7-9 and sectionals from 4-4:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays That’s 10.5 hours of rehearsal a week – plus the 6:30 am call time for a noon football game. Many people ask not only how band members balance SMB commitments with school, classes, extra-curricular activities, a social life, and occasionally some food and sleep, but why they do it.
While many would say “time management” or “keeping a planner,” others say it’s much more than that.
Members of the alto saxophone section helped us answer these questions
It starts with the incoming freshmen class. They come from all walks of life with various backgrounds, experiences, and degrees of skill; but amongst their differences, everyone has one thing in common: They know almost no one in this 50,000-member university.
Junior alto saxophone squad leader and Las Vegas native Eric Jenceleski said, “Coming from out of state I quite literally had no one upon my arrival at MSU. Being in the Spartan Marching Band instantly provides you with a 300-person support group.”
Freshman alto Matt VanLinder said, “members go out of their way to make you feel accepted, which means the world to me. No part of the band is left out, there is a culture of acceptance and inclusiveness that is extremely hard to find. The family that I’ve started my college career with is already one that I’ll never forget.”
Family. The word is used often to describe the culture within the band. While many of its members are far from home without a biological family nearby, band members have found ways to choose their own families, to create their own home, and create a support system for themselves.
Freshman alto Ashton Jordan said that all throughout her life she struggled to find a great group of friends in which she could trust and talk openly to, but found something quite different within the SMB. She said that members of the SMB “will listen to whatever you have to say and support you with whatever. Need a friend? You’ve got 300. Need someone to talk to? You’ve got 300 to choose from. It’s so relieving to know that I have true friends and that I’ll have wherever I go for the rest of my life.”
It didn’t take long for Jordan to realize that the entire band is there to support her. Whether it’s a band jacket from years ago, or a bright and shiny new one, band members realize that this family is generations long. People in the SMB are connected for nearly a hundred and fifty years. Senior alto saxophone section leader Andrew Acciaioli says, “From the first day you enter the band, you are gifted with hearing hundreds of stories. You learn about the incredible traditions and the people who made this organization as one-of-a-kind as it truly is.”
“I haven’t met a single band member, past or present, who hasn’t been inspired by these stories, and that inspiration is what drives us to preserve and build upon the great legacy that we are so privileged to be participants of,” Acciaioli said.
It’s also traditions like the “Hoolah Cup,” an eight-year-long rivalry game of kickball played between the Altos and the Baritones (Hooahs), and traditions like the “Absolute Mayhem” chant, as well as referring to themselves as the “Otlas” (altos backwards), that help keep the alto saxes feeling connected to their alumni throughout various generations of the SMB.
So when asked, “Why are you in the SMB?” or “How do you manage your time?” It has nothing to do with checking an item off of a list. Junior alto saxophone section leader Lisa Lachowski says, “For me, it comes down to this: mastering our art, and engaging in the community established through that art. Not everyone gets to experience music like this. . . not only is the music itself great, but it’s also accompanied by innovative drill and physically challenging technique. Add onto that a group of passionate people that care so deeply for one another. That’s the environment the SMB and its alumni create.” It’s section and squad leaders like Lachowski, Acciaoli, and Jenceleski that have truly helped continue the family culture not just within their own section, but throughout the entire ensemble.
The second verse of the MSU alma mater is often associated with leaving MSU and saying goodbye. It says, “When from these scenes we wander, and twilight shadows fade, our mem’ry still will linger, where light and shadows played.” We often think of a shadow as a remnant left behind, a piece of a memory, a moment in time. Being in the SMB is about leaving behind a legacy, or leaving behind a shadow for future generations to come. Despite all of the hard work, and the long hours each member dedicates to this ensemble– it never feels like work to them. Because at 4:30, the members of the SMB know they get to come home to their family at the end of each and every day.
As the army of trumpets charge down the field, you can hear the four part harmonies of the “Eef, Beef, Deuce, and Roosk” also known as the E Flat Cornet, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd parts of the trumpet section. They are the musical leaders of the ensemble and the fiercest of fighters in the Spartan Marching Band.
A family of 60, the Trumpets are often joined at the hip. Junior Section Leader Jake Bronson says that “despite the size of our section, we spend so much time together that we really consider each other family.” Even if it means that “we have to claim an entire section of the cafeteria in order to sit together.” And if that wasn’t enough, every year after picture day, the entire section always goes to Cracker Barrel, nearly taking over the entire restaurant.
Rooted in pride for not just for their section, but for the entire history of the SMB, every Gameday the trumpets play the Michigan State College Alma Mater during their warm-up, a song not traditionally played anymore with the full ensemble. But before they can reach the ever-awaited Gameday, there’s an immense amount of hard work and dedication throughout the 12 days of preseason.
With 22 freshmen this year, over a third of the section, the leadership has not only stressed the importance of family, but the importance of building a “foundation” early on in the season. Bronson says, “everything we do during preseason is building for the rest of the season, whether it’s building skills and fundamentals for marching and playing, or learning the traditions and building the relationships that allow us to perform with such pride and passion at every game.”
With all of the hard work from Preseason culminating at Freshman Dress, the final rite of passage into the SMB, Freshman Joel Burns says that “it’s a time where freshmen are pushed to their limits,” and that it’s a time “to show the upperclassmen and squad leaders that we can do this on our own.” Junior Peter DeRoche says, “It’s such an awesome thing for the freshman to experience. I know I’ll never forget that night, and I can safely say I’m not alone in that statement.”
Preseason is so much about learning what it means to be a member of the SMB, embracing Spartan pride, and learning about the ensemble’s history and long-standing traditions. Bronson says, that his favorite memory from preseason was hearing the freshmen sing shadows after their first night of learning the series, the infamous SMB March to the Stadium. “We were all pretty exhausted and sweaty, but hearing them sing after putting in all that work together really filled me up with pride, and I got serious chills during the swell on ‘sing our love for alma mater.’”
The Spartan Marching Band is so deeply rooted in traditions and history, and the Trumpets will forever be charging down the field, as an army of sixty, but a family of one.
Dr. Arris Golden – Assistant Director of Bands
Associate Director, Spartan Marching Band
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR THE 2018 SEASON?
I am excited about the shows that we have planned for the group, but I am even more excited to work with the students and staff of the SMB!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE SMB?
Two parts actually. The camaraderie and community that exists within the SMB as well as the traditions that make the SMB the group it is.
WHAT BRINGS YOU BACK TO MSU?
The opportunity to be involved with a total band program that is progressive, that is on the cutting edge both artistically and musically. Also, the opportunity to work within the MSU College of Music, was not an opportunity I could refuse.
WHAT ARE YOU EAGER TO BRING TO THE BAND IN YOUR NEW ROLE?
I am very much looking forward to creating new musical arrangements for the SMB and Spartan Brass. I am also looking forward to working with Dr. Thornton and the rest of our instructional staff in creating presentations that are both exciting and innovative.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE NEW TO THE SMB?
Get involved and get to know people ASAP! The SMB is filled with amazing people from all around the MSU campus. Getting to know them means that you are not just a member of the SMB, you are also a member of the Spartan family.
TO READ MORE ABOUT DR. GOLDEN, CHECK OUT HER BIO!
I am a graduate of MSU (Public Administration and Public Policy, History 2011 ) and am the proud mom of a great 10 year old son, Aiden, who I am sure will be seen around the office once in a while. I am an avid reader, and am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I have a book blog I run, am a co-moderator of a book group on Goodreads, and am a co-host of a book club that meets every other month. When I’m not reading, I’m running Aiden around to his various sports activities and going on all kinds of field trips with him.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN YOUR NEW POSITION?
I am so excited to be in this position because I basically get to surround myself with the one of the things I love (band) and those I’ve always admired (the Band). One of my friends, as I was describing my job, interrupted me and said, “So basically, this is your dream job” and I had to stop and think about it and say, “Huh, you know what? You’re absolutely right!”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT MSU?
My favorite thing about MSU is just the campus. This campus, to me, is the most beautiful place. I love the sense of community that we have here and how we are able to spread that to not only East Lansing, but the greater Lansing area as a whole. I’ve been part of the MSU community since I was a child, my mother worked here and I had other family members who worked/work here as well, and so I feel a deep connection to MSU and East Lansing. I absolutely love this place.
HOW HAS MUSIC BEEN A PART OF YOUR LIFE PRIOR TO THIS?
I’ve been a musician of some kind since I was 10 years old, between choir, a brief stint in orchestra and band. I played the flute, mainly, but self-taught myself the oboe and alto saxophone, in hopes of joining the SMB my senior year of high school. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the SMB, watching practices and staying for post-game shows during football season.
Helping the freshmen grow throughout the season. One of my favorite things about being in the band is seeing the progression of the band and the freshmen from the beginning of the season to the end.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE SMB?
It’s impossible to choose one, but I’d say performing in Spartan Stadium. The energy that the audience puts out is electric and I love how loud the stadium gets when the band kicksteps out during pregame.
WHY DID YOU AUDITION FOR THE BAND?
I had the opportunity to see the SMB up close every year in high school at the Grand Ledge Marching Band Exhibition. The wall of sound that the band makes blew my mind and I knew it was something I had to be part of.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THROUGH BEING A PART OF THE SMB?
I learned different ways to lead and teach. People learn in a lot of different ways and you have to be able to identify which ways of teaching will help different people learn to be an effective leader.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE NEW TO THE SMB?
Use every opportunity to just take in the moment. Your 4 or 5 years in college will fly by, and the marching band seasons will go by much quicker. Enjoy the moment because it will be over before you realize it.
The college experience is a transformative time for many people. Opportunities to participate in campus activities are significant in providing skills and experiences that are foundational in future employment. For many, participation in the Spartan Marching Band is formative is shaping leadership, communication, and life-skills. An added bonus is when students are able to connect these skills immediately through their schooling or summer opportunities, like internships. As we begin the fall 2018 season, we are going to take a look at some ways our members apply their experience in the SMB in real-world.
Devon Davidson is a trombone squad leader in the SMB and, this summer, he has worked as a Legal Audit Intern for GreenStone Farm Credit Services. As a squad leader, Devon teaches and reinforces marching fundamentals and leads a squad of four during pregame and in parades. In his role as legal audit intern, he works with Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data making sure the company complies with regulations. Additionally, he assists in the financial reporting group with monthly financial reports.
We asked Devon about his time in each organization and how his experiences relate.
WHAT SIMILARITIES ARE SHARED BETWEEN YOUR LEADERSHIP POSITION IN THE SMB AND YOUR WORK WITH GREENSTONE FARM CREDIT SERVICES?
Many similarities they share is in marching band you have to pay extreme attention to details and this is also true when working with large data sets such as the HMDA data. Another obstacle is that when trying to teach another person how something is suppose to be done or how something works you have to explain it in many different ways. This is especially true with teaching new marchers as everyone learns things differently. I use this in my internship because not everyone understands data results the same way. Some people are more graph oriented but others may just want to see the numbers behind the graphs. When explaining your process you have to explain it differently depending on how the person you are talking to learns the information. Effective communication is key in both marching band and at GreenStone. This allows everyone to understand what is being done and how to get to that point.
HOW HAS YOUR TIME IN THE SMB ENABLED YOU TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE IN YOUR INTERNSHIP?
In the SMB you have to learn how to manage your time extremely well between class, exams and marching. Learning how to manage my time carefully over the past few years in the SMB has greatly helped me balance my time between projects at work. Also paying close attention to details and being disciplined when working is a great skill that has been refined by the SMB. The band has also helped me with my communication skills. Being able to communication and teach in different ways and help people understand is a huge benefit on the field and in the work force.
WERE THERE ANY UNUSUAL SKILLS THAT YOU GAINED FROM YOUR TIME IN THE SMB THAT WERE SURPRISINGLY HELPFUL IN YOUR INTERNSHIP?
Being able to think quickly and effectively has helped me pick up on new information quicker. As a marcher you need to be able to multitask and adapt quickly to maintain uniformity and this helped with my transition into my first internship.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR TIME IN THIS INTERNSHIP AND THE SMB EFFECTING YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES?
This internship has given me tons of new skills that I can use in my future careers. My co-workers have shown me many new programs and process to help manage data and to work effectively within a farm credit system. The SMB and music as a whole has taught me how to be disciplined and function well under pressure. It has also advanced my communication skills and has prepared me for future success no matter what career path I choose. Also, the fan base and alumni base have built a strong network for me in my future goals in life.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DEVON’S INTERNSHIP AND HIS TIME WITH GREENSTONE, CHECK OUT HIS ARTICLE!
Taylor Evon – Band Vice President
4th Year, Ithaca, Michigan
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR THE 2018 SEASON?
I’m most excited about meeting all the new first year members coming into the band. Playing a role in their development is something I’ve enjoyed the past few years. Everyone comes in eager to learn and carry on our traditions.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE SMB?
My favorite part about the SMB is the sense of family everyone has with one another. It’s a big group, but if you ever need any help or advice someone is always willing to help. Whether you know people well or not, everyone is willing to help.
WHY DID YOU AUDITION FOR THE BAND?
I auditioned for the band because of the deep-rooted history and traditions the SMB has. The staff is historically excellent and I wanted to be a part of a group that was the best of the best.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THROUGH BEING A PART OF THE SMB?
I have learned that you can always do more. You can always be a better marcher, musician, and person. You should always seek to lend a helping hand, improve yourself, and learn all you can.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE AUDITIONING FOR OR NEW TO THE SMB?
The advice to new members I have is to take risks and put yourself out there. If you do that, you won’t have any regrets. Breathe. It seems so simple but taking a deep breath when you are nervous goes a long way. Be open. Be open minded and seek to learn from others. And lastly, have fun! This is such a
special and unique experience… make the most of it! You are only in the SMB for a short period of time