Marching Through the Snow: A Message from the 2018 Drum Major

Hey alumni!
My name is Katherine Curtis and I am your 2018 BRMB Drum Major! I am a junior Human Biology, Health, and Society (HBHS) major in the College of Human Ecology. After graduation, I plan on going to medical school with the goal of going into pediatrics. Last season, I served as one of the saxophone section leaders. Although I do miss playing, I am having the time of my life in front of the band, and still have the opportunity to pick up a saxophone every so often.3 Drum Major
Marching band recently came out of their winter hibernation by helping the Hotel School to celebrate the beginning of Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC). On a snowy Wednesday afternoon, clad in hats and gloves, members of the BRMB paraded down to the Statler and warmed up with our annual parade through the building. The event concluded with a short concert outside of the Statler Auditorium for the Introduction to Wines students. Members of our trumpet section were also invited to the Hotel Ezra Cornell Banquet to parade visitors to the ballroom.
We held our Giving Day Concert on March 20th, which coincidentally (or not!) occured on the International Day of Happiness. Because some students were unable to get out of class for HEC, it was great to have so many band members playing for the Giving Day Concert. Hopefully, you were able to spot some of your favorite dances during the livestream! We want to thank you all for listening!
The band has already been preparing for our upcoming fall season. Our Show Committee Chairs held our first ever spring marching clinic. This was designed for members who were interested in applying to Show Committee, as well as prospective rank leaders, in order to brush up on marching skills and help them understand how best to teach others proper marching technique.
In addition, we recently held our first music rehearsal! We are very excited about the music we have chosen for our shows and will be working hard to make it sound great. We are lucky to have a group of dedicated student arrangers who will be working on the songs that are in two of our shows! They have put in a lot of hard work to make our shows unique. Homecoming will be on September 22nd, and we are excited to announce that our homecoming song this year will be Conquistador!
As the snow starts to melt, we look forward to the other events in the coming months! Many of our members discovered the BRMB during Cornell Days, so we are excited to get back to Ho Plaza and play for all of the prospective students. April 21 marks the day of the Spring Concert! If you will be in town, our concert will take place in the Ithaca Commons. The Big Red Marching Band has a lot to be proud of in the work we’ve done in the past year and I am so excited to see what the band has in store for the season. I hope to see everyone at these future events! Thank you for all of your continued support!
Katherine Curtis ‘19