Hey guys, my name is Chris Kim and I’m one of the Equipment Managers for the Colgate Raider Pep Band. I’m currently a sophomore from Farmingdale which is in Long Island, New York. My main instrument is clarinet, but for Pep Band I play percussion. I plan on majoring in biology and I have a lot of interests in the research of epidemiology. In addition to Pep Band, I am a clarinetist in the Colgate University Orchestra and an active member in the Grappling Club, which is an competitive mixed martial arts club on campus.
As one of the Equipment Managers, I am responsible for handling the material and property that is owned by the Pep Band, and ensuring that it is organized and accounted for. This includes sheet music, rental instruments, flip folders, uniforms and any free stuff that the Pep Band happens to get that year. Although equipment manager is a busy job all year round, a lot of my responsibilities happen during the band camp pre-orientation, helping my other officers with organization, getting the incoming first years situated, and making sure that the music is revised and updated.
I was pretty involved in music in high school, but I was unsure whether or not music would fit into my busy schedule. Luckily, Pep Band is a student run organization that is very flexible with attendance to practices and games, which allows me to maintain all my responsibilities along with providing me an opportunity to be an active member of the Pep Band. Looking back at all that I have done here at Colgate, Pep Band made the majority of my free time, as I looked forward to playing with my friends at practices and events. Unexpectedly, Pep Band has provided me with my closest friends and I would say that it is one of the most tight-knit communities that Colgate has to offer. If you are on the fence whether or not the Pep Band is right for you like I was, you can always sign up and see for yourself, whether it be in band camp or even playing at a practice. I or any of the other officers would be happy to answer questions you might have, so feel free to email any one of us.