University of Delaware
Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band

Professional Staff

  • HEIDI I SARVER, DIRECTOR
    Associate Professor of Music

    Ms. Sarver was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Music in 1995. In addition to being Director of the 340+ member Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, she is also the Co-Director of the Symphonic Band, instructor of the Marching Band Techniques course, and supervisor for student teachers pursuing an undergraduate degree in music education.

  • JAMES P ANCONA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    Assistant Professor of Music

    Mr. Ancona also joined the faculty of the Department of Music in 1995. In addition to being the Assistant Director of the 340+ member Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, he is also Director of the Basketball Pep Band, Co-Director of the Symphonic Band, instructor of the Marching Percussion Techniques course and Basic Instrumental Conducting course.

  • SARAH MCADAMS, COLORGUARD DIRECTOR

    Mrs. McAdams was the Assistant Colorguard Instructor with the UDMB prior to her becoming Director in 2006. She is also the Director of DELAZURE, our WGI Finalist and award winning Indoor Guard. She is a band director in the Daniel Boone School District, PA.

  • DEENA FRANK, GOLDEN GIRL INSTRUCTOR

    For over 20 years Mrs. Frank ran the Silver Starlite program in New York, where members of the program won numerous state, regional and national titles in team and solo events. She is the former director of numerous NBTA contests and the New York State NBTA competition. Currently she is an active NBTA national twirling judge and instructor.

Student Staff — 2012

    Graduate Assistants
  • Tim Pryzbelinski
    Robin Lamel
    Nick McGill
  • Drum Majors
  • Tresha Edmond
    Maggie Kehoe
    Michael Swiren
    Matthew Wiltshire
  • Uniform Managers
  • Dana Mieras
    Rachel Baughman
  • Attendance Manager
  • Laura White
  • Drill Coordinator
  • Michael Swiren
  • Music Coordinators
  • Tony Ohannessian
    Joanna McCoskey
  • Drill Section Leaders
  • Kait Houser, Flutes
    Amanda Strem, Clarinets
    Will Broelmann, Alto Saxophones
    Brandon Blue, Tenor Saxophones
    Missy Morrison, Trumpets
    Connor O’Leary, Mellophones
    Tony Ohannessian, Trombones
    Tyler Coty, Baritones
    Cristina Garbalosa, Tubas
  • Music Section Leaders
  • Julie Falango, Flutes
    Joanna McCoskey, Clarinets
    Katie Alexander, Alto Saxophones
    Laura White, Tenor Saxophones
    Kyle Menz, Trumpets
    Max Dabby, Mellophones
    Tony Ohannessian, Trombones
    Lauren Buzdygon, Baritones
    Ryan Palmer, Tubas
  • Rank Leaders
  • Vi Bui, Flutes
    Emily Pierce, Flutes
    Megan Hallet, Clarinets
    Tayler Jaffee, Clarinets
    Tyler Modesto, Clarinets
    Kat Caola, Alto Saxophones
    Christopher Gregan, Alto Saxophones
    Dominick Laurel, Alto Saxophones
    Brandon Blue, Tenor Saxophones
    Kyle Dettman, Trumpets
    Casey Knell, Trumpets
    Colin Land, Trumpets
    Fazad Mohamed, Trumpets
    Evan Roberts, Trumpets
    Chris Carroll, Mellophones
    Kelsey McWilliams, Trombones
    Emily Smith, Trombones
    Tyler Coty, Baritones
    Lauren Buzdygon, Baritones
    James Cavanaugh, Tubas
    Justin Grier, Tubas
  • Colorguard Captains
  • Megan Nogan
    Alissa Spittelle
    Erin McKenna
    Meg Murphy
  • Percussion Captain
  • Donte Cleveland