Hello there! My name is Alex Albrecht, and I am the Colgate Pep Band Director. I’m currently a senior from Lemont, IL (which is in the south suburbs of Chicago, north of help-there’s-so-much-corn-help-me-please if you are familiar with the state). My main instruments are flute and piccolo, but for Pep Band I play the baritone saxophone. I’m majoring in International Relations, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition to being Director of the best club at Colgate, I also play in the Student Wind Ensemble and the Colgate University Orchestra. I’m also an Alumni Memorial Scholar, an alum of the Sophomore Residential Seminars program, a member of Delta Delta Delta (one of the sororities on campus), and I just completed a semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland.
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 very involved with competition marching band and symphonic band in high school, so the second after I committed to Colgate, I hunted down the Pep Band website and filled out the recruitment form. For all of my enthusiasm, I was actually a little daunted at first; coming from a band of roughly 135 kids with a few really good friends, I was worried that my chances of fitting in and making friends in a band of around 35 kids were pretty slim. Boy, was I wrong! Not only is band camp a great pre-orientation that allowed me to explore campus and become accustomed to college before the rest of the incoming class arrived for orientation, but the band itself welcomed me with open arms. Don’t hesitate to join if it’s been a few years since you picked up your horn—as a student run group, we are truthfully all willing to help each other out and there’s a place for anyone and everyone who wants to participate, regardless of musical ability. The fact that you are even on this page means that you are considering it, so go ahead and sign up on the recruiting page or email me for more information!