Hello! My name is Ryan Rios and I am the Director of the Colgate Raider Pep Band. I am from a small town in California known as Los Angeles. I am a junior here at Colgate, and I am majoring in Computer Science and Japanese. My main instrument is electric bass, but in the pep band I play baritone saxophone and percussion. In addition to the pep band, I am a bassist for the jazz ensemble, a member of the Colgate Ballroom Dancers, and a DJ for WRCU.
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.
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.