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

Michael Trehey

Band Manager



Mike Trehey is a senior living in Washington, DC majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Information Technology. He is a member of the UMMB Tenor Saxophone section, has played saxophone since grade school. At UMass, Mike works for the AHL Springfield Falcons, the Mullins Center as a changeover crewmember and for UMass Campus Recreation as a basketball official. He spends his summers working at Nationals Park and exploring the nation’s capital. Mike is excited for the 2016 season and wants this to be his best year yet.

Leslie Kmetz

Travel Manager



Leslie Kmetz is a senior hailing from Easton, PA. She is a proud member of the trombone section and the travel manager for the 2016 UMMB season. At UMass, she studies Hospitality and Tourism Management. She is also a sister of Tau Beta Sigma, the co-Ed national honorary band service sorority, and plays with the Hoop Band and Concert Band. When not participating in band activities, Leslie enjoys trips to Yankee Candle, baking cupcakes, and watching Bob's Burgers. She can't wait to see familiar faces at band camp and meet all the new members!

Ryan Kramer

Personnel Manager



Ryan Kramer is a sophomore double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and English and minoring in Arabic Language. Ryan is unbelievably excited to return to the UMMB this fall as a member of the Alto Sax line and to be the new Personnel Manager for the band. In addition to the UMMB, Ryan also plays in the Hoop/Ice band and the Concert Band. Ryan is originally from Norwell, MA and spends his summers selling Bouncy Houses on the South Shore. If you ever have a question for Ryan, or just want to say hi, shoot him an email at! He looks forward to meeting you all!

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

Drum Majors

Michael Nicholson

Mike Nicholson is a senior in the one year Master's of Public Policy student at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy. He graduated from his undergraduate career in the Spring of 2016, earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in History and Political Science, and two undergraduate certificates, in Public Administration and International Relations, as well as being a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. He is going into his second year as Drum Major of the UMMB and is a former member of the trumpet section. Mike was also a 2016 recipient of the University's 21st Century Leadership Award and the Department of Higher Education's "29 Who Shine" Award. When he's not at UMass, he works as an aide in the Mayor's Office in Gardner, Massachusetts

Eddie Gelberg is a senior from Burlington, MA studying Physics and minoring in Mathematics. He is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, and is currently doing thesis research as a part of the UMass Branch of the Darkside Dark Matter Detection Collaboration. Eddie is going into is second year as Drum Major, and is previously of the Tenor Saxophone section, which he plays in the UMass Hoop Band and Amherst Community Band. Eddie eagerly looks forward to the 2016 season, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email him at See you at band camp!

Eddie Gelberg

Jackie Nicholson

Jackie Nicholson is a sophomore at UMass and one of the new Drum Majors in the UMMB! She is studying Marketing and Communication and is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. She hopes to one day work for the Alzheimer's Association. She's also a saxophone in the Hoop Band, and a member of one of the music fraternities at UMass: Sigma Alpha Iota! She's really excited for the 2016 season and looks forward to meeting the new members! If you have any questions about band, school, or just about anything feel free to get in touch with her at! And a final fun Fact: She's met Satch Sanders (A really good former Celtics player)!

Alex Wang is a rising sophomore 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