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Director's Corner 

What the UCMB Will Be Doing in Fall 2021: the Definitive Guess
By: Dr. David Mills
 

The UCMB directors are firm in our belief that we will be outside on our band field playing music and creating performances this Fall!

Beyond that, though, little is known. Things are still changing daily we are planning for every level of activity from a safely distanced on-campus, outside only, in-person band to something that is almost back to normal. Surely the end result will be somewhere in between. We have to have patience and flexibility.

Before we can narrow that focus there are a lot of variables in play. Decisions about the opening of school, vaccinations required or not, HVAC and use of indoor facilities, bus travel, stadium guidelines, field use guidelines, student housing, feeding the band, and a couple thousand other things all have to be decided. We know it’s hard to believe but your directors don’t get to make those decisions! We’ll just have to wait! But what your directors can do is to make the best of whatever situation we are faced with!

What I can say is that SOMEHOW we are going to bring back the UCMB, we are going to play music, we are going to perform together, we will welcome many new members, we will welcome many 2nd year members in-person for the first time, we are going to reunite buddies, we are going to have FUN, and we are going make FRIENDSHIPS THAT EVER REMAIN!

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Council Updates
Paint Night: Navigating Virtual Social Activities
By:  Aidan Caron
Featured artwork by: Michael Reed, Vilmette Mendoza, Julie Wakefield, Mikayla Cusack, Alex Ursin, Alexa Crea, Allan Lian, and Caitlyn Corsetti

 

The Spring 2021 semester might've been virtual for most Huskies, but that didn't stop the UCMB from participating in its first-ever Bob Ross Guided Virtual Paint Night! Spearheaded by Social Coordinator Aidan Caron and Mental Health Coordinator Vilmette Mendoza, the activity allowed for band members to destress and bond through a unique virtual experience. 

 

No paint? No problem! Virtual Paint Night challenged band members to "paint" along with a Bob Ross painting tutorial by using Kleki, an online whiteboard application, to manifest their inner Picasso.

 

Among attendees was First Year Caitlyn Corsetti who says, "Virtual Paint Night was a fun experience for anyone to enjoy and a great way to meet new people in the band. I also liked it because it made me feel like an artist even though I'm not one."

 

As an optimistic UCMB looks ahead towards some form of an in-person Fall 2021 season ("normal" or not), efforts will be made to create meaningful and safe in-person social activities for the Fall. But one thing's for certain - UCMB's first-ever Bob Ross Guided Virtual Paint Night will forever remain a chronicle of how a virtual UConn Marching Band remained united through a global pandemic. 

Alumni Spotlight
Feature Twirler Spotlight: Gabriella Medvick 2014-2018
By: Angela Rossi

 

Over spring break, I had the opportunity to meet with Gabriella (Ella) (over Zoom of course) and talk to her about her time in the UCMB and her life post-college and post driving a hot dog across the country. All I knew about Ella going into this interview was that she drove a hot dog and that she was part of my first experience I had with the UCMB (thanks Band Day 2017). She is a native of Ohio but moved around a lot and now lives in Hartford working as a talent attraction specialist. Leading up to college, Ella did a lot of competitive twirling and the best part was the performance aspect, not so much the competition part. That love of performing could not just be filled with competing, it needed to be filled with something much bigger, and on a bigger stage. 

One question that I knew was important to ask is why you joined the UCMB. We all have our own why, and I love learning about other people's why as well. Her answer was simple, Ella wanted to twirl at the D1 level in front of a crowd and for a big school football team. With both. Needless to say, after meeting with Dr. Mills and falling in love with Storrs, she found her home at W lot. After learning the why, I got into the real important questions. 

  • Favorite show? - Couldn't choose, each show had a special place in her heart, but Fusion being her senior show is important
  • Exhibitions or football games? - It was a tie, but football games may come ahead since that experience was part of the reasoning of coming to a D1 school. 
  • Best memory? - Bowl game, but not the game itself, winning a cupcake eating contest on ESPN
  • And of course, Emily Collins came up and all of the amazing work she does for the band. "The day Emily Collins showed up, the band played better, the sun shone brighter, and the world changed."

Lastly, the question that are the most important to our current members, how did being in the UCMB impact you post college? The band being a family is real, Ella still talks to band members today and meets up with one of her friends once a month. One of the biggest take-aways from the band is time management. Having such a crazy schedule really made time management important and it is a skill that she uses to this day. Another thing is learning to talk to anyone. Being in the band means interacting with people from all different backgrounds but we all have one thing in common, the love for music and marching band. Gabriella said she uses this every day, because no matter who you are with, you probably have at least one thing in common with them. And lastly, being in a group as big as the UCMB means you get what you give. Whatever effort you put into being involved is directly related to the benefits you will get for being involved, and being in the UCMB (and any other group for that matter) is 100% completely what you make of it. 

 
Alumni News 
 
  • Check out the UCAMB! Facebook Group for updates
  • More information coming soon on the Alumni Band
  • If you have any questions or would like to get more information specifically for Alumni, feel free to send an email to ucmb.alumni@gmail.com
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Editor: Jordan Hill
Staff Writers: Aidan Caron, Angela Rossi, and Dr. David Mills






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