Hello, my name is Chloe Ellison and I serve as a Co-Director for the Colgate Raider Pep Band during the spring semester of 2020. I am from the lovely town of Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a member of the 2022 class year and am pursuing a double major in Educational Studies and Music. I play both piano and percussion and am a member of the drum-line in the pep band. I am also a member of the Colgate University Orchestra, Chamber Players, Jazz Band, and I am also a Community Leader and member of Colgate’s Activities Board.
As Director, my responsibilities include managing the pep band, as well as serving as a liaison between the Athletics Department and band to decide on a schedule for both home and away games. I also coordinate with the other board members in order to facilitate the band and ensure that it is as successful as possible, while also organizing annual events, including both our fall and spring formals. I work with Colgate’s administration and the other officers to arrange and run Pep Band Pre-Orientation. During my semester abroad I will be in regular contact with my co-director, Victoria Peluf, to keep up on the pep band and help make important decisions.
In high school I was extremely involved in the music community and was a member of the symphonic band, symphony orchestra, marching/pep band where I served as center snare and section leader, pit orchestra, various chamber groups, my church choir and hand-bell choir, and I was involved in numerous honor bands, including All State Orchestra, where I was selected as first chair percussionist. I also served as the president of my school’s music honor society. While transitioning to Colgate my hope was that I would continue to be extremely involved in music and build another strong community. Pep band has been an important part of my integration into Colgate. I’ve made a lot of friends and it has been a fun way to continue playing outside of my music major requirements. The pep band is a tightly knit group and made the transition to college smooth and I have valued the relationships I’ve built with the members of the pep band. I’ve also been introduced to other clubs and opportunities through the pep band members. We would love to have you come and try pep band out, it is a great way to become involved in the Colgate community. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions related to pep band or Colgate, and I hope you will
consider joining the Raider Pep Band!