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


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 4th year Music Education and Saxophone Performance Major from Upstate NY. Coming into the band with no marching experience, she began her time with the UMMB in the tenor saxophone section. Zoe switched to flute her second year, to then become Field Staff the following year. This will be Zoe’s first year as a Drum Major and Music Specialist. In addition to her two years spent on Field Staff, Zoe has been a sister of Tau Beta Sigma since the fall of 2017 serving the band. In her free time, Zoe enjoys sewing clothes and performing with her rock band, The Onlys.


Anna Pless

Anna is a senior Music Education Major from Chester, MA. As a Western Mass native, she has always known and loved the UMMB for their Energy, Excellence, and Enthuuuuuuuusiasm! Anna proudly hails from the alto saxophone and tuba sections, and is now returning as a second year Drum Major. In addition, this is her first year as the Drum Major Section Leader. She is a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity for women. Aside from music, Anna enjoys driving buses for UMass Transit, spending time with friends, and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She truly believes "Band is for Everyone" and strives to make this coming season just that, a place for everyone. Please feel free to reach out to her about anything at


Zoë Cohen

Zoë Cohen is a sophomore 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 joined us last year as a member of the trumpet section and is extremely excited to be joining us this year as a Drum Major. 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 sophomore Civil Engineering Major from Beverly, MA. He comes from the trombone section, and this will be his first year as Drum Major. Besides trombone, Daniels 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 most excited to make connections with New Members this season!


Victoria Lee

Victoria is a junior Anthropology Major from Groton, Connecticut. This is her first year as Drum Major and Marching Specialist, though previously she was a member of the euphonium section and was on Field Staff her sophomore year. She is also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, a National Honorary Band Service Fraternity here on campus. In addition to the marching band, Victoria has also been involved with other ensembles such as the Concert and Symphony Bands. In her free-time, she enjoys making art and working out. In the summer, Victoria also marches drum corps, having toured with 7th Regiment, The Cadets, and she would have spent this summer on the road with the Bluecoats.