Meet the 2024 Gold Star Marching Band Student Leaders!

Drum Majors

Usually a very small but extremely enthusiastic group! These 4 individuals come from any of our other sections to lead the band on the field!

Dylan Balken

Drum Major

Tenor Saxophone Player From St. Michael, MN Instrumental Music Education Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I love playing saxophone and all kinds of music. I'm involved in many other ensembles other than marching band but I have to say marching band is definitely one of the best. So excited for this season!"

Tyler Jabas

Drum Major Band President

Baritone Player From Alexandria, MN Natural Resource Management Major 4th Year in GSMB "I've been in bands a little over 11 years, this will be my 4th year in the GSMB, previous Baritone Section Leader, and second year as Drum Major! If anyone has any questions feel free to reach out to me! I look forward to seeing you all! Roll Herd!

Hannah Baum

Drum Major

Trumpet Player From Farmington, MN Music Education Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I absolute love music, especially marching bands. I've even tried out for a few DCI groups! I can't wait to be able to teach music in the future!

Alex Tjellesen

Drum Major

Tenor Saxophone Player From Grand Forks, ND Computer Science and Philosophy Major 5th Year in GSMB "Though you'll usually find me playing saxophone in ensembles around NDSU, I'm excited to serve as drum major for the GSMB this year! This band has given me so much over the years, and I cannot wait to give back!"

Piccolos

The Piccolos are a very tight-knit group that likes to tap out rhythms on their gameday morning pancakes!

Joslyn Pierce

Piccolo Section Leader

From West Fargo, ND Human Development and Family Sciences Major 4th Year in GSMB "GSMB has easily become my favorite part of my college experience and that also includes all the pep bands I am involved in. I enjoy everything that comes with marching band!"

Kaitlyn Nickel

Piccolo Section Leader

From Carver, MN Software Engineering Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I've been marching since 9th grade and started playing the piccolo 4 years ago! I love the amazing community and traditions that the GSMB has!"

Clarinets

The GSMB clarinet section is full of AWESOME people! We have some pretty cool dance moves during Bison football games and other pep band events!

Morgan Nelson

Clarinet Section Leader

From Bismarck, ND Architecture Major 5th Year in GSMB "I have been in band for 12 years and I am looking forward to another amazing marching season! Go Bison!"

Tyler Thompson

Clarinet Section Leader

From Fargo, ND Music Education Major 2nd Year in GSMB "The GSMB has helped me find some great friendships. I cannot wait for the next season to start!

Saxophones

The GSMB Saxophone section is a fun-loving, chaotic section that likes (among other things) Denny's, frogs, and memes!

Ryla Johnson

Alto Saxophone Section Leader

From Alexandria, MN Elementary Education Major 4th Year in GSMB "Hey all! Marching Band is easily my favorite part about college, and I am so excited to start the 2024 season. If you have any questions feel free to reach out!"

Blake Neubauer

Alto Saxophone Section Leader

From Isanti, MN Music Education Major 2nd Year in GSMB "In the Future I hope to play in cruise ships and gig around before I go into teaching hopefully directing bands at the High School level."

Tinley Hathaway

Tenor Saxophone Section Leader

From Crystal, MN Microbiology Major 4th Year in GSMB "I am a senior at NDSU and have been marching since 7th grade. Besides band, you'll find me around campus leading with Chi Alpha Campus Ministry and working at the USDA's virology lab!"

Barrett Nitz

Tenor Saxophone Section Leader

From Goehner, NE Music Education Major 2nd Year in GSMB "This will be my second year in the GSMB but my 6th year of doing marching band. I love to hang out with friends and play games to pass the time."

Trumpets

As the largest section, the GSMB trumpets pride themselves on exhibiting high levels of Bison pride, energy, hype, and overall POWER! Welcome to the loudest and proudest section in the band!

Em Hoedl

Trumpet Section Leader

From Fargo, ND Art Education and Graphic Design Major 3rd Year in GSMB "Hi! I am double majoring in Art Education and Graphic Design with a minor in Theatre Arts. I have been playing trumpet for 8 or 9 years now and I am super excited for marching season!"

Jaden Rohrich

Trumpet Section Leader

From Mandan, ND Business Administration Major 4th Year in GSMB "I am an inspiring entrepreneur with a love for music and the GSMB."

Rylie Schick

Trumpet Section Leader

From Mandan, ND Music Education Major 2nd Year in GSMB "I am a music education major and I love playing the trumpet with all different ensemble groups and people. Super excited for another great year with the GSMB!?

Toby Steimer

Trumpet Section Leader

From Williston, ND Music Education Major 3rd Year in GSMB "¡Studying music is the name, Toby’s the game! I’m here to play loud high and nasty!"

Mellophones

The Mellophones are a very fun group that is very relaxed. Be careful of what you say, it just might end up on our t-shirt!

Linnea Hagestuen

Mellophone Section Leader

From Plymouth, MN Biochemistry Major 3rd Year in GSMB "Hi! I’m Linnea and I’ve been marching since I was a sophomore in High School. It may seem a bit odd to see a biochemistry major in marching band, this band is a great place to unwind after all of my science classes. I hope to see you on the field!"

Chase Spillum

Mellophone Section Leader

From Becker, MN Mechanical Engineering Major 2nd Year in GSMB "I have been playing mellophone for a year but have been in band for close to 8 years. I found my friends and my home in the GSMB since joining!"

Trombones

The GSMB trombone section is a lighthearted group that knows how to have fun but also when its time to get to work! This group loves playing kickball together on gameday mornings. They look forward, every year, to adding new members to their family!

Joseph Dawson

Trombone Section Leader Band Secretary

From Casselton, ND Computer Science Major 4th Year in GSMB "Joining the marching band has been the best decision in my college life. I love everyone in the band, I love playing the trombone, and I cannot wait to get back out onto the field!"

Rylie Dohrmann

Trombone Section Leader

From Dickinson, ND Pharmacy Major 3rd Year in GSMB "Being in the GSMB is the best part of my college experience. Cannot wait for another season of rocking out with the band!"

Baritones

Will Ziegler

Baritone Section Leader

From West Fargo, ND Chemistry Major 2nd Year in GSMB "In addition to the GSMB, I also participate in the NDSU Wind Symphony and Statesmen."

Sousaphones

Benjamin Hubbard

Sousaphone Section Leader

From Superior, WI Civil Engineering Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I came here to chew bubble gum and play loud and I'm all out of bubble gum."

David Hutar

Sousaphone Section Leader Band Treasurer

From Cold Spring, MN Industrial Engineering and Management Major 4th Year in GSMB "I have been surrounded by music my whole life and when I heard of the GSMB, I just had to join. In my free time, I enjoy watching football and good board games."

Snare Drums & Toms

Here at Snare Drum University, you'll have the opportunity to get a degree in hitty sticky (hit stuff with drumsticks), please join us!

Owen Cary

Snare Drum Section Leader

From St. Michael, MN Music Education/Composition Major 3rd Year in GSMB "Hello! I’m Owen and I’ve been in band related activities for 10 years now! A huge belief of mine is that the strongest bondings one can have, are those made through music. I have met some of my greatest friends in the drumline and the rest of the GSMB! I look forward to meeting more amazing people this season!"

Alex Treakle

Toms Section Leader

From Farmington, MN Electrical Engineering Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I’ve been in marching band since freshman year of high school. I’m an Electrical Engineering major who also loves to rock climb."

Tenor Drums

Whatever you wish to call them; quads, tenors, or toms, we add flair and flavor to the sound of the drumline while staying rhythmically and technically intensive. We have a lot of fun playing, so long as our backs hold up from carrying the weight of the heaviest drum on the line!

James Carney

Tenor Drum Section Leader

From White Bear Lake, MN Mechanical Engineering Major 4th Year in GSMB "I have been a drummer for the last 16 years. I am very excited to welcome all the new members to this Drumline family!"

Ayla Vettleson

Bass Drum Section Leader

From Cold Spring, MN Exercise Science Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I've played percussion in concert band, winter drumline, pep band, and pit band, but I never marched bass drum until college! Outside of band, I enjoy weightlifting, puzzles, and watching too many YouTube videos. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to know more!"

Cymbals

Cymbals are the flashiest instrument in the Drumline! We have a lot of fun crashing loudly on the field and doing flashy, visual flips.

Faith Orner

Cymbals Section Leader

From Valley City, ND Medical Laboratory Science Major 3rd Year in GSMB "This has been a great opportunity for me to be able to do music in college and I’ve had such a blast doing it! I can’t wait to meet all the new people that join!"

Owen McShane

Cymbal Section Leader

From Maple Grove, MN Mechanical Engineering Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I am a mechanical engineering major here at NDSU and this will be my third season marching cymbals with the GSMB. "

Front Line

Isabelle Haring

Frontline Section Leader

From Oakes, ND Music and Psychology Major 2nd Year in GSMB "Coming from a small town I didn’t have a lot of marching experience but the GSMB is so welcoming of all skill levels and I didn’t have a problem learning how to play in a marching band!"

Noah Kalthoff

Frontline Section Leader

From Albany, MN Computer Science Major 3rd Year in GSMB "I'm Noah Kalthoff, I'm a rubber duck connoisseur and Mug maniac. I'm the Director of Administration of FarmHouse Fraternity here at NDSU. I am also the Co-lead of the VEX U project in Bison Robotics."

Color Guard

The GSMB color guard welcomes all skill levels! Ranging from never spinning before to spinning 5+ years! Join us to experience Bison buddies (game day Secret Santa), fun choreography, and amazing people!

Caitlyn Burghard

Color Guard Section Leader

From Cheyenne, WY Emergency Management Major 2nd Year in GSMB "The GSMB is the best part of college for me, and I would recommend it to anyone going to NDSU! I look forward to being section leader this year, and I'm excited to welcome new members to the color guard!"