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Meet the 2021 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!

Matthew Pasch

Drum Major

Mellophone Player
From Rochester, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I play the horn in many ensembles at NDSU, and in my free time I like to play video games and board games"

Kenzie Johnson

Drum Major

Trombone Player
From Bismarck, ND
Instrumental Music Ed Major
3rd Year in GSMB

"I can rip an apple in half with my bare hands and am a competitive weightlifter. I love band, please join us!"

Sophia Strand

Drum Major

Cymbals Player
From Paynesville, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I am a percussionist, and I'm involved in 5 different ensembles within the Challey School of Music!  I am passionate about music, and I cannot wait to lead the band along with the other Drum Majors for this 2021 season!"

Cameron Solberg

Drum Major

Tenor Saxophone Player
From Fargo, ND
Music Ed and Math Ed Major
5th Year in GSMB
"I grew up in Fargo and went to North High School. I am the president of the band sorority Tau Beta Sigma! My main instrument is oboe, but I play saxophone for the marching band and jazz band at NDSU."

Piccolos

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

Tasha Meyer

Piccolo Section Leader

From Hawley, MN
Vocal Music Ed Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I was Miss Hawley 2019-21. I love crafting and I absolutely love my cat. If you have any questions please ask me, I am very open and honest and would love to get to know you better!"

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!

Benjamin Joy

Clarinet Section Leader

From Rochester, MN
Industrial Engineering Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I have been in bands for as long as I can remember. I am working towards a degree in Industrial Engineering and this is my fourth year with the GSMB!"

Margaret Schilling

Clarinet Section Leader

From Edina, MN
Nursing Major
4th Year in GSMB
"Hello! I am a nursing student who also loves music. Though I play clarinet in the GSMB, my main instrument is bassoon!"

Saxophones

The GSMB Saxophone section is a fun-loving, chaotic section that likes (among other things) Denny's, frogs, and memes! For more info, we have a pretty rockin' website that you can visit at the button below!

McKenna Brown

Alto Saxophone Section Leader

From Bismarck, ND
Architecture Major
5th Year in GSMB

"Hello! I'll be a 5th year in the band this coming fall and will be working on my master's in architecture. I'm super excited to get back to marching and playing with everyone!"

Rachel Olsen

Alto Saxophone Section Leader

From North Mankato, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I've been involved with marching bands since I was 12, and I love it! The GSMB atmosphere is the most hype I've ever played in and Bison Gameday is awesome!"

Camden Loth

Tenor Saxophone Section Leader
Band Secretary

From Elk River, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I have way too many things to do for my major, but no matter what happens I'm always going to make time for the Marching Band!"

Jack Wilson

Tenor Saxophone Section Leader

From Hopkins, MN
Criminal Justice Major
4th Year in GSMB

"I've met some of my closest friends through the marching band! Some of my favorite band memories are travelling to Frisco and later, Columbia!"

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!

Hailey Abrahamson

Trumpet Section Leader

From Montevideo, MN
Nursing Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I'm Hailey & I play trumpet. This will be my 4th year in the band and I have the honor of carrying the green trumpet for 2020-21 season!"

Travis Elliason

Trumpet Section Leader

From Maple Grove, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
5th Year in GSMB

"I enjoy all things marching band! I have been marching for 8 years now!
I can't wait for band to start again, join us!"

Isaac Homuth

Trumpet Section Leader

From Moorhead, MN
Music Education Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I am the principal trumpet player in Wind Symphony at NDSU, split-lead trumpet in the NDSU jazz ensemble, and play in other groups as well."

Rachel Rackov

Trumpet Section Leader

From Dickinson, ND
Math and Math Ed Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I have been in band since fifth grade, but I didn't march until college. My closest friends I have made are from the GSMB. I LOVE MATH!"

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!

Harlee Gunning

Mellophone Section Leader

From Lansford, ND
Crop and Weed Sciences Major
4th Year in GSMB
"This is my 4th year in school and in band. I'm majoring in crop and weed sciences. I grew up on a farm in a small town in ND and have a cat named Deere."

Joshua Framke

Mellophone Section Leader

From Stillwater, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I've been playing some variation of the Horn for almost 10 years now and loved every minute of it, so it makes sense I would join marching and and major in music."

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!

Twyla Gross

Trombone Section Leader

From Enderlin, ND
Biological Sciences Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I am in the accelerated Master's program in biological sciences, where I am studying metabolic physiology in reptiles."

Grace Loegering

Trombone Section Leader

From Casselton, ND
Microbiology Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"Two of my favorite things are band and science. I have been playing trombone for exactly half of my life and loved every minute!"

Ethan Langerud

Trombone Section Leader

From East Grand Forks, MN
Mechanical Engineering Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I do lots of pep bands and basketball is my favorite! I've made so many friends through band and its one of the best things I've done in college!

Baritones

Jessica Spencer

Baritone Section Leader

From Rochester, MN
Instrumental Music Ed Major
2nd Year in GSMB
"I have always enjoyed music and have sung in choirs and I started to learn Clarinet when I was 8 but Baritone is really fun."

Sousaphones

Andrew Whipple

Sousaphone Section Leader

From Lakeville, MN
Theatre Arts Major
4th Year in GSMB

"I have been playing tuba for 7 years. My major is in theatre arts, and my emphasis is light and sound design. Outside of school, I play video games and hang out with friends!"

Jared Hartl

Sousaphone Section Leader

From New Rockford, ND
Instrumental Music Ed Major
4th Year in GSMB
"Hello! My name is Jared Hartl and I am one of the Section Leaders for the GSMB Sousas! I am studying Instrumental Music Ed and this will be my 4th year with the band!"

Snare Drums

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

Sam Buresh

Snare Drum Section Leader

From Farmington, MN
Med Lab Science Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I marched 4 years at Farmington High School, have multiple experiences in Minnesota Brass and Chops Inc. I am really into medicine and currently working at Sanford."

Eliott Kohler

Snare Drum Section Leader

From East Bethel, MN
Civil Engineering Major
3rd Year in GSMB

"I have been playing marching snare drum for 5 years. I am studying civil engineering and I have a particular interest in structural engineering."

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!

Nate Martin

Tenor Drum Section Leader

From Lake City, MN
Biology Major
4th Year in GSMB
"This will be my 4th year in drumline and 3rd playing tenors. Marching band was a must for me, and with being a pre-med student I know how tough but rewarding it can be!"

Bass Drums

The GSMB Bass Drum section is a lot of fun! We play Super Smash Bros together, we get to play really awesome splits, we have gameday juice boxes, and we have a ton of fun together!

Alli Pieper

Bass Drum Section Leader

From Horace, ND
Elementary Education Major
4th Year in GSMB

"I am an elementary education major with minors in both special ed and music. I absolutely love being a part of this band!! I also love riding my Razor scooter to band practice!"

Lauren Sampson

Bass Drum Section Leader
Band Vice President

From Edmore, ND
Music and Math Major
6th Year in GSMB
"Hi! I'm a double major in general music and math. I play clarinet in Wind Symphony and am President of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women in music fraternity!"

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.

Mae Meyer

Cymbals Section Leader

From Farmington, MN
Psychology Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"I absolutely love being a part of the GSMB and can't wait to meet new people every season!"

Front Line

Maggie Beach

Front Line Section Leader
Band Public Relations Manager

From Litchfield, MN
Elementary Education Major
4th Year in GSMB
"I love being around such a fun and inviting community! In my free time, I'm typically at home playing with my two cats, Poppy and Yuri."

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!

Katherine Kurtz

Color Guard Section Leader
Band Treasurer

From Waconia, MN
Criminal Justice Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"GSMB is my happy place! I am involved in Tau Beta Sigma and Criminal Justice Club on campus. I also march DCI in summers! I can't wait to start another amazing season!"

Nicole Stoltenberg

Color Guard Section Leader

From Grand Rapids, MN
Mechanical Engineering Major
3rd Year in GSMB
"GSMB is a great way to meet friends before classes even start. Other than band, I am involved in Society of Women Engineers."