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


Ian Hale

Associate Director

Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro, and DCI Hall of Fame member and past Associate Director Thom Hannum. Ian was a member of the music facility at UMass from 2007-2008 and has served as a percussion instructor and clinician ever since. He was the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011 and has served as Percussion Director for Spirit Winter Percussion from Orleans, Massachusetts since 2012. Ian has worked with many national and international ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.


Thomas P. Hannum

Thom Hannum has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1984; he has served 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


Zach Bachta

Band Manager

Zach Bachta is currently a junior Industrial Engineering student at UMass. He is from Methuen, Massachusetts and is entering his fourth season in the UMMB as a member of the tenor sax section. Zach was a member of Library Staff his sophomore year, was last year’s Travel Manager, and now is proud to be the 2021 Band Manager. In his free time, you can find Zach watching movies, eating Italian food, and thinking about Disney World. Feel free to reach him at if you have any questions!


Aly Kosteva

Travel Manager

Aly is the Travel Manager of the UMMB and a junior public health major. She's in the clarinet section and in the past, has held positions on the Publicity and Recruitment staff, including a staff member and a manager. Band is one of her favorite aspects of college and being on ad staff has made her experience even better! Also a fun fact about her is that she loves horror movies! Aly can be reached at if you have any questions!


Neva Payson

Personnel Manager

Neva is a junior Political Science and Legal Studies major from Salem, Massachusetts. She is in the netline and this will be her fourth season in the UMMB. She was previously the Merchandise Manager and served on the Merch Staff the year prior to that. She is excited to serve the band in a new way as Personnel Manager! In her free time, she loves re-watching Parks & Recreation, reading, and drinking coffee. Feel free to reach out to her at!

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

Drum Majors


Zoe Stinson

Zoe Stinson is a 5th year Music Education and Saxophone Performance Major from Upstate NY. Being one of two Zoes on the Drum Major team, you can call her Stinson. Coming into the band with no marching experience, she began her time with the UMMB in the tenor saxophone section. Stinson switched to flute her second year, to then become a member of Field Staff the following year. This will be Stinson’s second year as a Drum Major, and first year leading the team. In addition to her three years spent on Field Staff, Stinson has been a sister of Tau Beta Sigma since the fall of 2017 serving the band. Her utmost goal is to make band a welcoming place for everyone, and to be a familiar face to each and every band member. If you ever want to chat, you can reach her at!


Zoë Cohen

Zoë Cohen is a Junior Music Education Major from Nevada City, CA. You may be asking yourself, but why would someone come to UMass from California? Well, as she will proudly tell you, she came for the UMMB! She came to us first as a member of our trumpet section (OINK!), and is now joining us for her second year as a Drum Major. She is proud to have made it through ZoomMMB, but is more than ready to get back out on the field. Cohen is an avid skier and loves spending time with her very wrinkly dogs. After college she plans on pursuing a career in conducting and music leadership. She loves connecting with people so feel free to reach out at Life is pretty crazy these days but nothing gets in the way of the music and Cohen cannot wait to make the best of this season with the UMMB we know and love!


Daniel Cuoco

Daniel is a Junior Civil Engineering Major from Beverly, MA. He comes from the trombone section, and this will be his second year as Drum Major. Besides trombone, Daniel's main instrument is guitar, which he plays in the Hoop and Ice band at UMass. His other interests include video games, skiing, and skateboarding. Daniel is also a Brother of the Epsilon Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary band fraternity. His favorite music artist is Hozier (and he’ll be sure to tell you that at some point). He’s also made Adam Sandler a smoothie. Daniel loves meeting new people so feel free to reach out to him at


Lauren Foley

Lauren Foley is a senior Music Education major in the flute studio from LaGrangeville, NY. She has been a member of the UMMB flute section, joining the field staff her junior year and was one of two section leaders for the spring semester. Outside of marching band, she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends. Feel free to say hello at, she'd love to meet you!


Jack Bainton

Jack is a junior Music Education major in the Trumpet Studio from North Attleboro, MA. Previously a member of the trumpet section, he was on Field Staff his sophomore year and this will be his first year as a Drum Major. Going into this season, he is super excited to make music with amazing people and bring the UMMB back to full force, coming out of the pandemic! In his spare time, you can find Jack spending time with friends, doing outdoor activities, and scrolling through TikTok for hours on end. He knows how intimidating joining such a big band like this can be, so free to reach out to him about anything at!