Professional Staff


Timothy Todd Anderson


Timothy Todd Anderson has been at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2011. In addition to his marching band responsibilities, Dr. Anderson also directs the Pep Band, the Concert Band, teaches Marching Band Techniques and works with student teachers. During the summers, he is the conductor of the Amherst Community Band. Dr. Anderson previously served as the Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno, from 2006 – 2011. He is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with school band programs throughout New England. Dr. Anderson holds the Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa, the Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida, and the Doctorate of Education in Music Education from the University of Illinois. His career began as an instrumental music teacher in the West Marshall Community School District of State Center, Iowa. Dr. Anderson resides in Amherst with his wife Jennifer and their cat Gatsby.


Thomas P. Hannum

Associate Director

Thom Hannum has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1984; he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band as well as the Coordinator of the Marimba Band/Marimba Ensemble program. He received the Distinguished Service to the University Award, recognizing his considerable contributions to the University. Mr. Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation's foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Thom is also a charter member of the design team for the Tony Award-winning show Blast! He is known internationally for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Mr. Hannum is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Arranger for the Carolina Crown.


Chris McHugh Sirard

Assistant Director

Chris has been the Assistant Director of the UMass Marching Band, serving as Color Guard Director and Visual Coordinator, since 2015. She previously worked as Color Guard Instructor for the UMMB from 1990-1995. As a UMass student, Chris joined the UMMB in 1988, was color guard captain in 1989, and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Communications. Chris taught the Color Guard at the University of South Carolina where she earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood Music Development. She has taught early childhood music in California and Minnesota, and elementary general music classes in Virginia and Massachusetts. She moved back to Amherst in 2013 and happily resumed working with the UMass Guard. She lives in Amherst with her family, and teaches early childhood music classes in the area.

Student Leaders

Lilly Povey

Band Manager



Lilly Povey is a part of the UMass Class of 2019 majoring in Food Science. She has been a member of the Tenor Saxline since 2015 and has previously served on the Library Staff in the 2016 and 2017 seasons of the UMMB. Lilly is from Beverly, MA, and loves tea, Steven Universe, cats, and being a part of something as big and awesome as the UMMB! If you have any questions feel free to reach her at


Sabrina Azinheira

Personnel Manager

Sabrina Azinheira is rising junior from Dartmouth, Massachusetts majoring in Biology with a Music minor. This will be her third year as a member of the trombone section in the UMass Marching Band. She has been playing the trombone since she was in fifth grade and continues to play with not only the marching band, but also the university’s Wind Ensemble and Trombone Choir. Sabrina is proud to be the 2018 Personnel manager and is excited for a great season. In her free time, she can be found reading in the Durfee Conservatory, watching Netflix, and more often then not, playing the trombone. If you have any questions you can reach Sabrina at!

Kaet Rice

Travel Manager



Kaet Rice is a rising senior pursuing a nursing degree with a psychology minor! Kaet is from Medway, Massachusetts, and is a member of the clarinet section in the UMMB. Kaet is a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma, one of the school’s music service sororities on campus, and loves being involved in marching band, hoop/ice band, and concert band. She started her career on Ad Staff her sophomore year as a member of merchandise staff, and will now be serving as the Travel Manager for the 2018 season! Kaet enjoys working with kids, loves all things UMass, and hopes to one day work as a pediatric nurse! If you have any questions about band, UMass, or anything else, feel free to reach out to her at or!

The UMMB has many more student leaders that strive to make the band successful.  

Drum Majors

Sarah Crump

Sarah Crump is a senior at UMass and a new drum major of the UMMB! She is a music education major focusing on clarinet, but hails from the sax section of the band. She hopes to someday work in a middle school teaching general music or band. Last year at UMass she played clarinet in the wind ensemble and went on a tour to Ireland! She is also a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, one of the school's music fraternities.  Sarah can be contacted at with any questions about band, school, or life in general. She is super excited for the upcoming season and can't wait to meet all of the new members!

Alex Wang is a junior with a major in Music Education. He's from Salem, Massachusetts and would like it to be known that "No - I'm not a witch". Last year on campus, he played clarinet in the Symphony Band and sang in the University chorus and Minutemen's choir. He is also a brother of ΦΜΑ. His interests are not just music - he is "extremely nerdy" loves playing board games. Alex can't wait for this season to start and see the heights that the band can reach together!

Alex Wang

Jackie Nicholson

Jackie Nicholson is a rising junior pursuing a dual degree in Marketing and Communication here at UMass. She hails from Gardner, MA and would love to talk to you about it sometime. She plays the Alto Sax in the Hoop Band, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, one of the music fraternities on campus. During Summer 2017, she is interning at the Alzheimer's Association, and working at her local golf course! She also runs a music class for her local Assisted Living Residence.  Jackie can't wait to meet all new member of the UMMB and see what good times we can cook up together! If you have any questions about anything, whether it be band, school, or her favorite ice cream flavor, don't hesitate to reach out to her at 

Jack Mellish is a sophomore from Ashburnham MA, studying music education. This will be Jack's first year as Drum Major for UMass, and he is ecstatic about the entire season. In addition to marching band, he is also a member of the UMass symphony band, a saxophone quartet, and a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Jack can not wait for band camp, as well as the rest of the marching band season. He is especially excited to meet and connect with both new and returning members. Please don't hesitate to email him at if you have any questions about band, school, etc. He is more than happy to help! Go UMass!!! 

Jack Mellish