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Band Council (2015-2016)
President - Xavier Hickman
Senior sport management major Xavier Hickman is the
President of the Robert Morris University Band Program. Hailing from
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Xavier is an alumni of Penn Hills Senior High School.
He has completed various public relations internships with organizations such
as The Pittsburgh Power, The Washington Wildthings, and Robert Morris
University. Xavier plays the sousaphone and baritone horn, and participates in
the university marching band, pep band, and jazz band. He is also a member of
the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, where he currently
serves as the Historian.
Chief Operating Officer - Jennifer Hoffman
Jennifer Hoffman is a Senior
Photography Major with a Minor in Advertising. This is her second year as the
Chief Operating Officer (COO) for RMU Bands. She is also a brother of Kappa
Kappa Psi and was the Historian for 2 years. Outside of band Jennifer is a
Photographer for Along the Boards, a nationwide hockey publication.
Marketing and Information - Amanda Lewis
Amanda Lewis is a senior B.A. Media Arts concentrating in
TV/Video Production and a minor in Documentary Studies. She is currently serving as the Marketing and
Information person for the RMU Band. In
the Band Amanda plays the sousaphone for marching band and pep band, Clarinet
for concert band, and the Fife in the Drum and Fife Corp. Amanda also is serving her second year as the
treasurer for the Nu Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band
Student Conductor - Kelsey Mahoney
Kelsey is a senior Media Arts major with a concentration in
Graphic Design with a Photography minor. Along with being the senior student
conductor, she has been playing the clarinet for almost 14 years. Kelsey is
also a brother of the National Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
Outside of band, Kelsey has an internship with the Robert Morris PR and
Marketing Department as a design intern. Last semester, she lived in Orlando,
Florida and participated in the Disney College Program as a photography intern.
Before that, Kelsey was a graphic design intern at G and Co Design Studios and
Acosta Marketing Group in Pittsburgh.
Assistant Student Conductor - Tresa Rentler - Bio unavailable at this time
Woodwind Captain - Bailey Neale
Bailey Neale is a current senior at Robert Morris
University, majoring in communication (journalism), with a sport
management minor. Her academic organizations include Lambda Pi Eta, the
communication honor society, Society for Collegiate Journalists, Sport
Management Association, and RMU Sentry Media. Last year, she was the chapter
secretary for the national honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. She
currently produces all of the band's Instagram content. She also contributes to
the communication team for the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program.
Brass Captain - Chelsea Hepfl
Chelsea Hepfl is a Junior Media Arts student with a concentration
in Graphic Design. Chelsea plays the baritone in the RMU marching and pep bands
since her freshman year and is an active Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi as of
Spring 2014 where she is currently serving as the Music Chair.
Percussion Captain - Andrea Bracken
Andrea Bracken is a senior Psychology major with a clinical
concentration. Andrea is serving as our
Percussion captain and is also the Vice President of Membership of the Nu Gamma
Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. Andrea has been playing percussion
instruments for 12 years. Outside of
band, Andrea serves as the Historian for Psi Chi, International honor society
in psychology. Andrea is also interning
at Community Alternatives, where she is mentoring high school students.
Colorguard Captain - Amanda Kuss
is from Bethel Park, PA and is a Senior Nuclear Medicine Major this year.
Amanda is a 4th year member of the RMU Band and this year she serves as
Auxiliary Captain on the Band Council as well as Colorguard Captain. Currently
she is in her clinical rotations, and also works at a retirement home. Amanda
served as a Global Ambassador last semester, and has participated in the
Nuclear Medicine Club on campus over the years.
Kappa Kappa Psi Representative - Jacob Pearson
Jacob Pearson is a junior Accounting and Marketing dual
major and a Patriot Scholar. He is the Kappa Kappa Psi Representative on the
Band Council. He is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary
band fraternity, in which he is the Vice-President of Service. He plays alto,
tenor, and baritone saxophones and is the Saxophone Section Leader. He is a
member of the Marching Show Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Band. Outside of band, he
is involved in Claddagh Club, AFA, AMA, SMA, and intramural sports.