The Old Michaela is Out and the New Michaela is In!

Hey, all! It’s me again—Michaela Olson, your 2014 and 2015 drum major! Emily has gone over all of our wonderful spring events in her article, and I went over all of the past fall in my last article, so I’ll keep this one (fairly) brief. As a refresher, I’m formerly of the trumpet section (and still spend a lot of time there for pep band!) and currently studying Materials Science Engineering. The band has been plenty busy with our regular spring activities (spring concert, Cornell Days) as well as an addition of sesqui-stuff (and I’ve been plenty busy with learning how to spell sesquicentennial) to commemorate Cornell’s 150th anniversary. Charter Day weekend is coming soon, and I’m excited for the band to continue to be a part of the big celebration.

As for some sneak peeks for the fall, I’m excited to say that, after a few years of strictly using purchased arrangements for field shows, this fall we will be debuting some brand new student arrangements on the field! I have made the push to get student arrangements out there because I believe it shows just how much we are capable of as a student run group. Our show themes for the fall have also been decided! We will be performing a The Who show in honor of their 50th anniversary (or semicentennial, apparently), a Sci Fi show in honor of it being 2015 (for all those confused, it’s a Back to the Future reference), and a Dragon and a (K)night for no special reason other than we thought the themes were cool and liked the songs. I’m very excited about basically every song we’ve got lined up, and can’t wait to see them on the field!

To sum things up, I am thrilled to be serving a second term as drum major. I hope to take everything I’ve learned over the past year and work to make this next year somehow even better. I look forward to seeing some of you at reunion this summer, and I look forward to welcoming the class of 2019 (eep) in the fall. Welcoming new members into our big red family is one of my favorite moments of the season because it’s so wonderful to see new people fall in love with the band the same way I did.


Alright, that’s enough of me being a sentimental drum major. Check out this picture taken from spring concert! Apparently, selfie culture has hit the band, but it’s a pretty good one if I do say so myself.

I look forward to seeing you all at reunion and homecoming!