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Meet the 2021 Gold Star Marching Band Officer Team!

Erich Froiland

Band President

Snare Drum Player
From Fargo, ND
Physics Major
3rd Year in GSMB

HI! My name is Erich and I'll be your GSMB president for this year. I've lived in Fargo my whole life and went to Oak Grove Lutheran School for first grade through graduation, so if you have any questions about the Fargo area I can probably answer them! In high school, I was in swimming and golf. The GSMB is my first experience with a marching band as I only had concert band in high school. I am proof that not having experience is ok! I am on drumline and in my first year, I was on frontline and also played cymbals. Last year I was on the tom line, and this year I hope to be on the snare line. I am a physics major with computer science and math minors and I hope to go onto grad school for physics. I am also in Theta Chi fraternity where I am currently the philanthropy chair. I enjoy skiing, backpacking, collecting music, and going on road trips and I want to eventually visit all the national parks in the US. I've also been watching a lot of Star Trek lately. I like listening to Rush, The Strokes, Daft Punk, Kanye, Tyler The Creator, Steely Dan, and Mac Demarco. If you have any questions about Fargo, NDSU, the band, or anything, please don't hesitate to reach out. I hope to have a great season with you!

Lauren Sampson

Band Vice President
Bass Drum Section Leader

From Edmore, ND
Music and Math Major
6th Year in GSMB

Lauren Sampson has grown up with music playing an important role in her life thanks to her mother being a music teacher. She started playing clarinet in 5th grade and bass clarinet in 7th, continuing both in college as her instrument of choice. However, Sampson was also heavily involved in the percussion ensemble during junior high and high school. To push her percussive chops, she decided to join the percussion ensemble for a few semesters.

In the GSMB, she started with front ensemble and cymbal line her freshman and sophomore years respectively. She also got to try playing marching bass drum during winter line and fell in love, having now played it for the past three years. Always interested in learning a new instrument, Sampson also got herself a tenor sax to play in pep band at basketball games. Outside of band, Sampson is a double major in math and music. She is involved in the math club, NDSU curling club, Dungeons & Dragons through the NDSU Gaming Guild, and is acting president of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women in music fraternity.

Katherine Kurtz

Band Treasurer
Color Guard Section Leader

From Waconia, MN
Criminal Justice Major
3rd Year in GSMB

Katherine is from Waconia, Minnesota. This will be her third year in the GSMB Color Guard and second year as the section leader. She parade marched with the Waconia Marching Band in high school and got the chance to march with the Colt Cadets, a Drum Corps International group, in the summer of 2019. She also participated in the 2020 CBDNA Intercollegiate Marching Band, and the 2021 River City Rhythm Winter Guard.

Katherine is a Criminal Justice major at NDSU. She is involved in the NDSU choirs, the Criminal Justice Club, where she is also the treasurer, and Tau Beta Sigma, a co-ed service band sorority on campus. In her free time, Katherine enjoys listening to podcasts and having game nights with friends.

Camden Loth

Band Secretary
Tenor Saxophone Section Leader

From Elk River, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
4th Year in GSMB

Camden Loth is the current Secretary of the Gold Star Marching Band (GSMB) and is a junior pursuing a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Instrumental Music Education with a focus on the Clarinet at North Dakota State University (NDSU). In addition to Clarinet, Camden performs on the Tenor Sax as a section leader in the GSMB. Hailing from central Minnesota, Camden was initially going to come to the university in pursuit of an engineering degree, but many positive involvements in the music program led to a change of heart.

His passion for spreadsheets and taking notes in addition to music has guided him on to the Secretarial position that he now occupies. Camden also finds involvement with the local chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a co-ed band service sorority that also has many ties with the GSMB.

When Camden isn't practicing his clarinet or one of several other instruments, you can find him either tinkering with and repairing the ones that don't work as well, or biking around campus and the rest of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Maggie Beach

Band Public Relations Manager
Front Line Section Leader

From Litchfield, MN
Elementary Education Major
4th Year in GSMB

Maggie graduated from Mandan, ND, but her family is back in their hometown of Litchfield, MN. She marched for 6 years with the Mandan Marching Band in parades, and 2 years on the field, while also being involved in their concert band and jazz bands.

This is Maggie's 4th year in the band. Being part of the drumline, she has had the opportunity to be part of multiple sections; front ensemble, cymbals, and snare. The last 3 years, she was named the front ensemble section leader. She is an Elementary Education and Human Development and Family Sciences major with a minor in Music. She has been involved in the Wind Symphony, Women's Choir, Percussion Ensemble, jazz bands, and Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir through NDSU over the last three years.

Outside of band, Maggie spends time at home with her two cats, Poppy and Yuri, likes to be outdoors, and brews lots of beans at work.

Nate Thoms

Band Website Manager

Trumpet Player
From Maplewood, MN
Computer Science Major
3rd Year in GSMB

Nate Thoms is from Maplewood, Minnesota. This will be his third year in the Gold Star Marching Band Trumpet section and his second as the Band Website Manager. He has played his trumpet since the 4th grade and has continued it all the way through college.

Nate never really marched in high school, except for a couple homecoming games and band trips. He graduated from Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minnesota and spent all four years in band.

Nate is a Computer Science major at NDSU. He has been involved with computers since he was 5 years old and his interest continues today as he has been involved before with the NDSU Association of Computing Machinery and the Cybersecurity Association.

He heavily enjoys the GSMB and has enjoyed learning how to march, as well as the community the GSMB provides.

You can find Nate usually in many places on campus; walking around to class, hanging out in the Memorial Union doing homework, or hanging out in the QBB.