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. He can be reached at


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. He can be reached at


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. She can be reached at


Eliza Frasier

Business Manager

Eliza has been the Business Manager for the Minuteman Marching Band since 2016, having been with the University in other capacities since 2013. She loves the energy of the band, and she enjoys getting to know all the band members and to assist them in accomplishing their goals. Eliza is originally from Western Mass, and moved back after many years in Nashville. She now resides in Amherst with her family. She can be reached at

Student Leaders


Anna Stone

Band Manager

Anna Stone is a junior pursuing a degree in Operations and Information Management and a certificate in Business Data Analytics. She is from Dighton, Massachusetts and this will be her fourth season as a member of the flute section in the UMMB. Anna began her career on Ad Staff in her sophomore year as a member of Publicity and Recruitment staff and is proud to be the 2020 Band Manager! In her free time, she can be found watching ice hockey, reading a good book, and hiking. If you have any questions, you can reach Anna at!


Zach Bachta

Travel Manager

Zach Bachta is currently a sophomore Industrial Engineering student at UMass. He is from Methuen, Massachusetts and is entering his third season in the UMMB as a member of the tenor sax section. Zach was previously a member of Library Staff, and is looking forward to being the 2020 Travel Manager. In his free time, you can find Zach at the movies, eating Italian food, working at Staples, and thinking about Disney World. Zach can be reached at if you have any questions!


Julia Sullivan

Personnel Manager

Julia is a junior Journalism and Communication Major from Woburn, Massachusetts. She is in the netline (bestline!), and this will be her fourth year in the UMMB. She was previously on the Publicity and Recruitment Staff, and is so excited to be the 2020 Personnel Manager. In her free time, you can find Julia watching Mamma Mia, roller blading, or working at the Du Bois Library! Feel free to reach out to her at

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

Drum Majors


Jack Mellish

Jack Mellish is a senior music education major from Ashburnham MA. This will be his fourth year with the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band and he is ecstatic about returning as Drum Major. Jack is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, one of the music fraternities on campus. He believes that band and music are the greatest ways for people to connect and improve lives, and can't wait for the season to start. After college, he plans to teach band/choir at either the middle or high school level. Outside of music, he enjoys memes, superhero movies, and especially UMass's No. 1 dining!!! Word on the street is that Jack is no fan of Paul Rudd. Jack loves helping people, so if you have any questions about band, UMass, or anything, feel free to reach out to Jack at


Patrick Marum

Patrick is a super-senior music education major from Palmer, MA. Before being Drum Major, Patrick was a member of the trumpet section in the band. Along with Marching Band, Patrick is also involved in many other ensembles, such as the Wind Ensemble, Hoop Band, and various small ensembles. With these groups, he has had the opportunity to travel to places such as Pennsylvania, Texas, Canada, and even Ireland! Patrick is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, a National Honorary Band Service Fraternity on campus. A few things that he loves besides music are baseball, pizza, and dogs!. Patrick is wicked excited for the upcoming season, and knows it is going to be very rewarding. He can’t wait to share some awesome moments with everyone throughout the year!


Sam Adelsohn

Sam Adelsohn is a senior hospitality and tourism management major from West Orange, NJ. For the first three years in the UMMB, Sam was a part of the front ensemble and is now excited to do his first season as Drum Major! Besides marching band, Sam has been involved in concert band and hoop/ice band. Outside of music ensembles, he can be found skiing, sailing, playing Mah Jongg (ask him how to play!), or just taking hikes around campus. Sam is eager to use his hospitality skills to make everyone in band feel welcomed as part of our UMMB family!


Anna Pless

Anna is a rising junior music education major from Chester, MA. She began her involvement with the UMMB playing the alto sax, and later joined the tuba section during her sophomore year. In her free time, Anna enjoys bowling, jigsaw puzzles, and is a proud plant mom. She also dreams of being a professional organizer and extreme couponer! She is super excited for the upcoming marching band season, and is looking forward to meeting all the new members of the UMMB.


Ryan Waselik

Ryan is a senior psychology major and education minor from Sparta, NJ. This will be his fourth year with the UMMB. The past three years he was a part of the Alto Sax section, and served as the Alto Sax Section Leader this past year! He is also a proud member of the Hoop/Ice Pep Bands and Concert Band. Ryan is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, a National Honorary Band Service Fraternity. Some hobbies of his include watching baseball (Go Yankees!), playing video games, and listening to jazz! Most of all, he’s excited for yet another amazing season with the Power and Class of New England! He can’t wait to meet all of the new members at band camp!