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Student Leaders
Band Council (2019-2020) 

President - Ryan Brannon

Ryan Brannon is a Senior Marketing major enrolled in the integrated program from Pittsburgh, PA and has been playing the trumpet since 5th grade. He participates in the marching band, pep band, concert band, and brass ensemble. Aside from being a member of the band, Ryan is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity and AMA. In past years, he has served as Trumpet Section Leader, Librarian, and President for the band. Ryan is very excited to be working with the band council this year to continue the tradition of excellence in the RMU band.

Chief Operating Officer - Sydney Nelson

Sydney is a junior psychology major from Fairview, Pennsylvania.  She has been involved in the band since fifth grade and plays flute and piccolo.  At RMU, she served the band as the Assistant Chief Operating Officer and piccolo section leader during her sophomore year.  She participates in marching band, pep band, and concert band at RMU and is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Band Service Fraternity.  Outside of band, Sydney is involved in the RMU honors program, WLMP, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the psychology honorary Psi Chi, and the honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi.  This year, she is thrilled to serve the band as Chief Operating Officer and looks forward to another busy and exciting year at RMU!



Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer - Josh Wilson

Josh is a sophomore Computer Information Systems major from Pittsburgh, PA. He is the Equipment Manager of the RMU Bands and also has experience with the trumpet. He is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity and a member of the Top Secret Colonials. Josh is very excited to serve on this years band council and continue to serve the band!







Senior Student Conductor - Dakota Staley

Dakota is a senior clinical psychology major from West Brownsville, PA. As a junior, Dakota served the band as the junior conductor. This year she is excited to serve the band as the senior conductor. Dakota started playing the clarinet in fifth grade and has now played the tuba since her freshman year of high school. In addition, Dakota is a brother of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and will be serving as the vice president of service this year. Outside of band, Dakota is very active on campus. She is a part of the honors program, Delta Zeta sorority, the non-profit leadership association, the psychology honors organization Psi Chi, and works on campus as a thrive leader with the counseling center. Dakota is very excited to be serving the band again this year!




Junior Student Conductor - Katelyn Cole 

Katelyn is a sophomore Cyber Forensics and Information Security major. She plays the trumpet in the Marching Show Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble. She is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity. In which, she serves as Music Chair. Additionally, Katelyn is a member of the RMU Honors Program, Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, and Top Secret Colonials. She is excited to serve as Junior Student Conductor this year and to have another fun-filled year with the RMU Bands.





Woodwind Captain - Amanda Linn

Amanda Linn is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA. She is expected to graduate from RMU with a BS in Computer Information Systems and an MS in Data Analytics. A graduate of Carrick High School, she has had 6 years of marching band experience playing both the flute and piccolo. Amanda has served the band by managing the Jazz and Wind ensembles, acting as piccolo section leader, and being an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.  Amanda is excited to be serving as the woodwind captain for the second year in a row and hopes to make this year fun and enjoyable for everyone. 




Brass Captain - Josh (Goose) Pitcock
 

Josh is a Junior Computer and Information Systems major from Washington County. He attended Chartiers-Houston High School, where he was a very active member of the band. He learned how to play trumpet in the second grade, and joined the marching band his Freshman year. Josh's first major leadership role in a band program has come as of the 2019-2020 year, serving as the Brass Captain for the RMU Band.







Percussion Captain - Alex Gagnon

Alex is a Junior Sport Management Major from Burlington Township, NJ. He is a member of the RMU Marching Show Band and is a member of the RMU Drumline. His primary instrument is the Bass Drum. This upcoming season will be Alexander’s third year as a member of RMU Bands. He also is the President of the Sport Analytics Club on campus. Alexander is looking forward to another strong season for the RMU Show Band.






Auxiliary Captain - Taylor Pannett

Taylor is a junior Hospitality and Tourism Management major from Weirton, West Virginia.  Her previous leadership roles for the RMU Band include Auxiliary Rookie Representative and the Dance Team Assistant Captain.  This year, Taylor is excited to serve as the Auxiliary Captain, as well as the Dance Team Captain. She has been dancing for 17 years and is a proud member of the University’s Honors Program, as well as Phi Sigma Pi.  Taylor is also an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi and is honored to serve as the Vice President of Membership for this academic year. She is excited to take on these leadership roles and continue to bring spirit and enthusiasm to this program!


Kappa Kappa Psi Representative - Josh Horn

Josh is a Junior Actuarial Science major. Josh plays various instruments in the Marching Show Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Fife and Drum Corps. He is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity, where he is serving as President for the academic year. Josh is also a member of the University Honors Program. During his freshman year, Josh served on the band recruitment committee and helped to facilitate the spring recruitment weekend.  Josh is very excited to welcome the new members and maintain strong relationships with current and alumni members. He is looking forward to another great year of music and fellowship.