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 directs the UMass Color Guard as Visual Coordinator, and is the assistant director of the UMass Marching Band. She attended DMA and was drum major for Melrose High School, where she started color guard at age 11. Chris joined the UMMB in 1988, was captain in 1989, and graduated in 1990 with a BA in Communications. Chris instructed the UMMBCG from 1990-1995. She then moved to South Carolina, and taught the University of South Carolina Color Guard from 1997-1999 while her husband completed his PhD. Chris went back to school for music at USC as a voice major and got a Bachelor's and Master's in Music Ed with a concentration in Early Childhood Music Development. She moved back to Amherst in 2013 and resumed working with the UMass Color Guard, and works as a music teacher in nearby Shutesbury. Chris is so happy to be back!

Student Leaders

Sarah Carroll

Band Manager



Sarah Carroll is a rising senior from Franklin Massachusetts majoring in Legal Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Sarah is a member of the clarinet section and has been playing since the fifth grade. While at UMass Sarah is an active Peer Advisor for her college of Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as being a waitress at Goten of Japan, a local eatery. Sarah loves talking about band, watching Netflix, and petting dogs. She cannot wait to work her co-manager Ryan and have a wonderful 2017 season.


Ryan Kramer

Band Manager

Ryan Kramer is a member of the UMass Class of 2019 majoring in English and minoring in Arabic Language. A member of the UMMB Alto Saxline since 2015, he served as the Personnel Manager for the 2016 season and is proud to be serving as Co- Band Manager for the 2017 season along with his friend Sarah Carroll. In addition to his work with the UMMB, Ryan is also a Co- Manager of the UMass Hoop and Ice Band. Originally from Norwell, Ma, Ryan is a proud native Bay- Stater and his favorite part of being in the UMMB is being a member of an organization which represents the University and the Commonwealth as a whole. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, reading and writing poetry, and any activity that involves a trip to the ocean! Ryan can be reached at

Lia Wood

Personnel Manager



Lia Wood is a senior hailing from Agawam, MA. She graduated in the Spring of 2016 from Holyoke Community College with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. She is a member of the UMMB flute section. At UMass she studies Hospitality and Tourism Management. Lia spends her free time baking, hanging out with her dogs, and going to concerts. If you ever have any questions you can reach Lia at! Lia is excited for the upcoming season.

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