Officers

   

President-Michael Kerr

"Hey Everyone! My name is Michael Kerr and I have the privilege of serving as President of the Liberty University Marching Band: The Spirit of the Mountain. I am a Senior Music Education and Performance Major from Forest, Virginia and I have been playing the trumpet for about 11 years now. Along with Marching Band, I have participated in Liberty University’s Wind Ensemble for the past 3 years. I have also spent the last two summers touring with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. When I actually do find free time between the Cadets, Band, and school, I love to run and read. I also like to perform at Thomas Road Baptist Church for Sunday morning worship. I can’t wait to have a great 2013 season with you all! I look forward to the hard work, fellowship, and memories we’ll share! "
 

 

   

Vice President-Rebekah Neale

"Hi! My name is Rebekah Neale (or Reba) and I am the Vice President for the Liberty University Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band. I have been a member of the Spirit of the Mountain for one year playing the saxophone. I am a Business Management Major with specializations in Human Resource Management and Marketing and I plan to graduate in 2016. When I am not playing the saxophone in the Marching Band , Jazz band, or Wind Ensemble I can be found at the Tilley, ballin, or outside doing any kind of sport, and I also study occasionally (haha). I love Pride and Prejudice and Disney (of course), but most of all I love Jesus!"

 

 

   

Chaplain-Bryan Clark

"Hello,  my name is Bryan Clark and I am honored to serve you as your chaplain. I have a passion for pursuing God and his will for our lives and encouraging others to do the same. I truly believe that he has great plans for our program and will give you many opportunities this semester to grow deeper with him than ever before! I have participated in the Spirit of the Mountain for two years playing the trombone. I am a Worship and Music Studies major here at Liberty University and plan to graduate in 2015. Along with participation in the Spirit of the Mountain, I have also performed with the Liberty University Wind Ensemble for two years on the trombone as well."

 

 

   

Secretary/Treasurer-Valorie Sims

"I am a country girl from the great state of Texas but Dinwiddie Virginia is now my home. During the 6th grade, music became my dream and after attending a camp that summer I was ready for Liberty.  Since then, God has allowed me to do great things and He’s given me a passion to serve and help children and I am now perusing a degree in music education. I am so blessed to have a loving family who supports me and my dreams as well as a wonderful boyfriend and awesome friends. When I’m not studying, practicing trombone, or marching I enjoy sewing, taking photos, watching scary movies, and playing tennis. This year is going to be very exciting and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. Boneheadz 2013!!!!"

 

 

   

Social Media-Kristopher Suptela

"Hey guys my name is Kristopher Suptela and I am your Social Media officer. I have been a member of the Liberty University Marching Band for 2 years playing the alto sax. I am a junior Molecular Biology major and I plan to graduate in 2015 with hopes of going to med school. I am also a member of the Wind Ensemble here at Liberty and I play the bass clarinet. When I’m not playing in either of these ensembles you can usually find me hanging out with friends or studying. I hope you enjoy being a member of this family! Come talk to us! We would love to talk to you!"

 

 

     

Christian Service-Kelsie Rhodes

"My name is Kelsie Rhodes and I serve as the Christian Service Officer for the Liberty University Marching Band. I have participated in the Spirit of the Mountain for 1 year playing the mellophone. I am majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations and plan on graduating in 2016 (fingers crossed!). When I’m not spending time with my Spirit of the Mountain family, I also enjoy serving the Lord by playing the piano at church and spending time with my wonderful family in my hometown of Bakersfield, CA."

 

                                                        

                                                      

 

Field Leadership

   

Head Field Commander-Shelby Hamrick

Shelby Hamrick, from Chesapeake, Virginia, will be a senior at Liberty this fall serving as the Head Drum Major for the Liberty University Marching Band: The Spirit of the Mountain. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education and Performance, with a concentration in flute.  Her hobbies include cycling, running, painting, playing the piano, and spending time at Lake Gaston or the beach.  Shelby has been a member of both the Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble since the 2010-2011 academic year, and this will be her 3rd season as Drum Major.  “I am very excited to get to know every new band member and strengthen my friendships with all the returning members.  I look forward to everything we will accomplish together this season, and I can't wait to have fun as Drum Major leading the show of my senior year: Rock of Ages.”  Shelby plans to teach music and/or be a band director after getting her license to teach, maybe getting a fun small performing job playing flute along the way.

 

Field Commander-Rebecca McDonald

Becca McDonald from Stafford, Virginia, will be a senior at Liberty this fall serving as one of the field commanders for the Liberty University Marching Band: The Spirit of the Mountain. She is currently studying Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure, and plans on teaching history in the high school classroom. This is her fourth year as a member of the Marching Band, having served as a field commander in 2012 and marched the clarinet for her freshman and sophomore years. She has also been involved in the Wind Ensemble for the last three years, playing the clarinet and bass clarinet. "I am so excited to meet and get to know each one of our members! I am ready to serve again this fall, and am always available to help in any way. Please know that I care and have been praying for each one of you!"
 

Field Commander-Daniel Spencer

Daniel Spencer, from Roanoke, Virginia, will be a junior at Liberty this fall serving as one of the drum majors for the Liberty University Marching Band: The Spirit of the Mountain. He is currently studying Music Education, and he plays the saxophone, piano and sings. Daniel has been a member of both the Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble since the 2011-2012 academic year, serving last year as our CSER (Christian Service) Officer. “I welcome you and I am excited to see you men and women when you get here to LU. I am always here for anyone who needs it.” Daniel plans on teaching high school band out of state, or wherever God leads him, and possibly get his masters along the way.

 

        

       

 

 

Section Leaders

 

 

Flute/Piccolo

 

David Stoeltzing

Clarinet

 

Whitney Pannell

Saxophone

 

Kaleb Gooden

Mellophone

 

Matthew Shinsky

Trumpet

 

Corrie Sober

Trombone

 

Dominic Williams

Baritone

 

Maurice "Moe" Daly

Tuba

 

Alex VanderMey

Battery

 

Aaron Maraj

Front Ensemble

 

Devon Lupton

Guard

 

Stephanie Creech
Brianna Creech

Field Crew

 

Caleb Childers