Hi there! My name is Caitlyn Butze and I am one of the Equipment Managers for the Colgate Raider Pep Band. I’m a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA, and I play the flute. I plan on majoring in geology with a minor in applied math. In addition to Pep Band, I am a CL (Community Leader) for the fifth floor of Curtis Hall, the president of Triathlon Club, and a member of symphonic band, Colgate Ballroom Dancers, and Lambda, a group for LGBTQ+ students on campus.
As Equipment Manager, it is my responsibility to keep track of the materials owned by the Pep Band and keep an updated inventory of supplies, including music, instruments, jerseys, and any free stuff that the Pep Band gets throughout the year (which is more than you may think!). It is also the job of the Equipment Managers to carry extra supplies that people may need for their instruments during Pep Band rehearsals and games. One of the most important times is during band camp, where I get to organize and update the flip folders, help the incoming first years get settled in, and make sure the pre-orientation runs smoothly.
Unlike lots of the other members, I only did wind ensemble during my freshman year in high school, and I never did marching band. I did play in a handbell choir, and I loved that so much, but where are you going to find handbells outside of a church setting, you know? So I looked for other ways to get involved in music. I really wanted to get back into playing flute, and I’d always wanted to wear the funny plumed hats, so I thought Pep Band would be the perfect way to do that! While I was a little disappointed about the lack of feathery hats, Pep Band has been wonderful in every other way. Everyone is so nice, and they’ve been nothing but welcoming from very start! I was a little nervous coming in because I hadn’t even looked at a flute for 3 years, but they took me right in, and I am so glad for that. I’m happy to be playing flute again, and even more so because it’s with such a great group of people. If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to send an email to me or any of the other officers!