Category: Athletic Bands
On March 18, 2016, members of the BU Band performed “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” on stage at Agganis Arena with the Dropkick Murphys! St. Patrick’s Day in Boston just got that much more exciting for the BU Band.
Interested in seeing what the BU Pep Band does? Want to recap some memorable events from the Fall ’15 Semester? Check out our Semester In Review video. We can’t wait to see what Spring ’16 has in store!
Boston English High School joined forces with the Boston University Pep Band to support the BU Men’s Ice Hockey team versus the University of Vermont, read about it here:
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A message from Aaron Goldberg, Director of the BU Athletic Bands:
I am sad to announce that, after 3 years with Boston University Percussion, Jason Dye (Percussion Director) will be moving to Austin, Texas. Jason is a wonderful instructor, arranger, musician, and friend, and I hope that you will join me in wishing him the absolute best in the next chapter of his musical career. (please see his quote below)
Sharif Mamoun, our very own front ensemble instructor, will be taking over for Jason in the role of Percussion Director. Sharif is also a marvelous instructor and arranger, and with his wealth of musical knowledge and his organizational ability, I can confidently say that he will take the baton from Jason and run with it. After teaching at BU for the past two years, Sharif has a great handle on the BU Percussion standards, vibe, and schedule, and I am very excited to work with him in the next chapter of BU Percussion. (please see his quote below)
Andrew “Shaggy” MacLeay, one half of our tag-team battery duo, will sadly be departing the program as well. With more and more outside commitments piling up, Shaggy is unable to dedicate the time that he’s used to dedicating to the percussion program. However, he made sure to mention how fun it’s been, how much he’s enjoyed working with the students in the battery for the last two years, and how much he thanks everyone who worked with him. Please join me in wishing this fabulous instructor and dear friend the best.
Taking Shaggy’s spot will be Chris Watson, who subbed on battery staff last Band Camp and in September. “Watso” comes from a great battery tradition in drum corps, and he used to perform in The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps bass line alongside Shaggy. With his excellent standards, great teaching ability, and fun delivery, Watso will be a fabulous addition to our percussion staff.
Christopher “Nibbles” Lawlor will be returning as battery coordinator, and will be writing for the battery as well. Nibbles has a great presence in front of the drumline, he is a pleasure to work with, and I am thrilled that he will continue to share his knowledge, experience, and humor with the students in our battery.
We will make additional percussion staff announcements when they become clearer.
“I am very excited to begin a new chapter in Boston University Percussion. The talent that the members exhibit and the resources the university provides the band program is invigorating. I am hopeful we can explore and unlock every student’s potential, resulting in a rewarding percussive and musical experience!”
– Sharif Mamoun
“BU Bands has been an incredible experience for me and I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to be in front of such an inspiring group of musicians for the last three years. My partner and I are taking a leap of faith and moving to Austin, Texas, to pursue percussion specialization positions at the high school level. As excited as I am, my heart sinks a little bit more with every bike ride through the city, with every challenging middle school lesson taught, and every time I see some of my dear friends and students here in Boston. I will miss you all, and thank you so much for the years of great musical experiences had at BU. I will be organizing a send-off gathering soon in the BU area so that all of you who are near may have a chance to say ‘farewell!'”
– Jason Dye
After weeks of preparation, the BU Marching Band premiered its 2014 show, “Ritmos de Fuego,” on September 27 and 28 to crowds in the Northeast. Our students traveled over 650 miles by bus to perform at two different shows for Fall Tour- Saturday, at New Milford High School in Connecticut as exhibition for a US Bands competition, and Sunday, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Penn. for the 19th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival. Though the trip saw a venue change from recent years for the first stop, the different location meant that the band was able to sleep in an extra 4 hours before departure on Saturday, and still have plenty of rehearsal time in New Milford before the show. The first performance of the season took place that evening in Connecticut to a crowd of students, parents and marching band fans that made for the perfect first audience. We even had a BU musician that graduated from New Milford this past year, who received a warm welcome home and helped bring the groups a little closer.
Very early on Sunday morning, the band left a church in downtown New Milford after a wonderful breakfast from the band parents of the host school, and made their way to Allentown for a lunchtime performance. After a quick warm up in perfect fall weather, BU took the field for a second time that weekend and got the crowd clapping along to several sections of the Latin-themed show. We were also glad to hear and see many alumni of BU and the Marching Band in the crowd throughout the day!
The students spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying many other college bands and getting to see friends and family from all over, before taking the 6-hour trek back to BU through dinner and into the late evening. Though it was a long and packed weekend, the musicians got a few great performances of the show, and came back to BU closer and more prepared for another month of fun-filled performances!
To hear from some of the student musicians, and see what it’s like to be on Fall Tour first-hand, check out the wrap-up video below.
Boston University Athletic Bands is proud to have two new, talented graduate assistants this year. These gentlemen will be teaching the BU Marching Band and conducting the BU Pep Band at home and away, all while working towards their Masters degree in Music at Boston University.
Steven Fulginiti, a native of Roxbury, NJ, is currently pursuing a masters degree in tuba performance at Boston University after graduating from BU in 2014 with a bachelors in music education. During his time at BU, he performed at Symphony Hall with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, played in the BU Wind Ensemble, and performed in various chamber groups. He studied tuba with Ken Amis (Empire Brass) and Mike Roylance (Boston Sympony Orchestra), and studied abroad at the Royal College of Music in London. Steven also interned at three Boston area public schools and did his student teaching at Wellesley Middle School and Wellesley High School teaching every level of band, general music, and music technology. He conducted the Wellesley Concert Band at the MICCA Festival in April of 2014. Some other hobbies Steven has include disc golf, ultimate, biking, swimming, hiking, and baking. He’s a big baseball fan and roots for New York sports teams (Mets and Giants).
Jason Saetta is a woodwind performer and educator from Rochester, NY. He graduated from Ithaca College with his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2011 under the instruction of Steven Mauk. The next year, he traveled as the saxophonist for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus until he accepted a position in St. Johnsbury, Vermont as the band director of the St. Johnsbury Elementary and Middle School. During this time, he also taught as an adjunct music theory professor at Lyndon State College. Jason is currently earning his Masters in Music Education at Boston University.
The BU Marching Band had a successful camp out at Tanglewood last
week, where members learned songs for the 2014 show Ritmos De
Fuego. The band put music to drill and
began compiling all of the elements needed for the show’s Opener.
Everyone worked hard and new members are doing great, and the show
will continue to be refined when rehearsal starts on the first day of
classes. A fun and productive Band Camp for everyone!