Hello! My name is Mary Festa and I am the Director of the Colgate Raider Pep Band. I am from Smithtown, a town in Long Island, NY. I am a junior here at Colgate, and I am majoring in Computer Science with a double minor in Sociology and Economics. My main instrument is clarinet, but in the pep band I play tenor saxophone. In addition to the pep band, I am a CL (Community Leader) for Cobb Hall, I am an officer in the Symphonic Band, the co-president of DoRAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness), and a member of the Tap Troupe.
As the Director, I’m responsible for organizing everything the band does. I meet with the Athletics Department to schedule home and away games for the band to play at and then coordinate with pep band directors from the schools we play. I work with the other officers to keep the band running smoothly, and to plan annual band events such as our “Bandquet” and Spring Formal. I’m also responsible for working with the administration to plan our Band Camp Pre-Orientation and then running Band Camp with the other officers.
I was extremely involved in music in high school, especially within the marching band and wind ensemble, so once I committed to Colgate I inquired about the Pep Band immediately. I knew I wanted to continue music in college, and hoped that there was a sense of community within the Pep Band like there was within my band in high school, and was not disappointed. Getting accustomed to my first year of college was much easier when I had a band full of new friends by my side, and joining Pep Band certainly allowed me to become more comfortable at Colgate. The people I have met here are my closest friends, and joining the pep band is like having a second family. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions at all – I definitely did this before coming to Colgate, so don’t hesitate! I’d love to hear from you, and I hope you consider joining the Pep Band.