Yale Concert Band Roster 2021-2022

 

Piccolo

Salena Huang YSEAS ‘26

Salena is a 3rd year PhD student from Houston in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. She has been playing flute for over 17 years and piccolo for 10 years. In addition to the flute and piccolo, Salena enjoys singing and playing keyboard and guitar. Outside of music, she also enjoys sewing, photography, and learning new languages.

 

Flute

Rosa Kleinman BF ‘23, Principal

Rosa Kleinman is a senior in Benjamin Franklin college studying Economics and Math. She is from northern New Jersey and has been playing flute for 11 years. When not practicing, she can be found working on p-sets in various libraries on campus or spending time outdoors.

Emily He DC ‘24

Emily He is a junior in Davenport College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology on a pre-med track. Emily grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and has been playing the flute for eleven years. She was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for six years and enjoys ensemble playing more than anything else. When she is not in band rehearsal or researching cancer immunotherapies, you can find her biking or crying to movies.

Allie Gruber PC ‘26

Allie is a first year in Pierson College. She has been playing the flute for ten years but has yet to establish a consistent practice routine! She plans to major in literature or a language. Aside from playing the flute, Allie loves jamming it out on the alto (or bari) saxophone. Coming from London, she is enthralled by the great American breakfast, so on a Saturday morning you can usually find her eating a hearty brunch of pancakes, waffles - and generally anything doused in syrup!

Raaghav Malik BF ‘26

Raaghav is a first-year in Benjamin Franklin planning on majoring in either physics or CS but interested in everything from biology to EP&E. He has been playing the flute for nine years and loves music. Growing up near Columbus, Ohio, he was a member of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band. He also enjoys playing board games, solving and designing puzzles, and biking.

Seb Seager SM ‘23

Seb Seager is a senior in Silliman College pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B). He played the flute for six years before coming to Yale—in his high school bands, All-Area and All-State groups, and at competitions with the Houston Flute Club. When not in YCB rehearsal, working on a pset, or researching protein imaging, he enjoys going on walks or hikes, and joining friends for a movie night.

Elijah Bakaleynik DC ‘24

I’ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive. - R. Munroe. Cynical optimist, disillusioned not-quite-physics and somewhat CS major with a touch of Energy Studies. Irresponsible flautist and pianist. Avid boardgamer and beginner dungeon master. Aspiring climber and self-taught programmer with strong opinions on hardware and game worlds. Outdoors, a seeker of verticality (hiking, biking, skiing, diving). Rest of the time spent with good sci-fi.

Peter Nelson JE ‘26

Peter is a first-year student in Jonathan Edwards, and is frankly not entirely sure what he’s really doing in life. With no real theme in interests, he thinks he’s better than he really is at everything from playing volleyball, being a flutist, and retaining random science facts. Despite this, his unnecessarily robust competitive spirit has him enjoying board games, word puzzles, number and logic games, and valorant. In his next four years, he hopes to learn to lead a balanced and more productive lifestyle.

Mei Hao YSEAS ‘28

Mei is a first-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. She started playing the flute 17 years ago but may or may not have paused practicing for a few years in between. She enjoys playing in band and is always happy to meet new friends interested in music. When not in class, in lab, in lab, in lab, or playing music, she puts her time into painting, RPG games, and cooking.

 

Oboe

Miranda Margulis-Ohnuma BR ‘23, Principal

Miranda Margulis-Ohnuma is a senior in Branford studying Earth and Planetary Sciences on the paleontology track. Miranda LOVES band. She also currently performs with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, is the president of Low Strung (Yale’s all-cello rock band), and studies cello with Professor Ole Akahoshi. In her free time she likes to hike and look at fossils.

Ana Rodrigues BR ‘25

Ana is a sophomore in Branford College majoring in the History of Art and Urban Studies. Other extracurriculars outside of band that Ana is involved in include Yale Matriculate and the student guide program for the Yale Center for British Art. Ana loves long walks in great weather with friends, so if you’re ever trying to track Ana down on a Saturday morning, definitely check the Wooster Square farmer’s market first for best results. Also, her favorite campus library is Haas, and that’s not up for debate.

Zara Ashford SY ‘25

Zara is a sophomore in Saybrook College from Leesburg, VA studying Economics and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Besides playing oboe, she enjoys visiting the Yale University Art Gallery (where she also works!). When not going to art or music events with Ana, she enjoys painting, listening to records, and bird watching.

Sophia Graham DC ‘26

Sophia is a first-year in Davenport from Michigan who is so thrilled to be joining the YCB oboe section! When she’s not busy stressing out over her reeds, you can find Sophia biking around New Haven, rehearsing with DPops, shuffling with Yale Taps, or simply hanging out with her 8 amazing suitemates.

 

English Horn

Ana Rodrigues BR ‘25

Ana is a sophomore in Branford College majoring in the History of Art and Urban Studies. Other extracurriculars outside of band that Ana is involved in include Yale Matriculate and the student guide program for the Yale Center for British Art. Ana loves long walks in great weather with friends, so if you’re ever trying to track Ana down on a Saturday morning, definitely check the Wooster Square farmer’s market first for best results. Also, her favorite campus library is Haas, and that’s not up for debate.

 

Eb Clarinet

Margalit Patry-Martin GH ‘24

Margalit Patry-Martin is a junior in Grace Hopper majoring in Music and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She’s been playing clarinet for around 13 years, 10 of which were spent at the Norwalk Youth Symphony (where she was coincidentally the third principal clarinetist in a row to go to Yale!). When she’s not playing clarinet you can probably find her practicing organ in the basement of Woolsey, nerding out about history with the Feminist Science and Tech Studies club, or drawing trees around campus.

 

Clarinet

Jalen Li PC ‘23, Keith L. Wilson Principal Clarinet Chair

Jalen is a senior in Pierson majoring in S&DS. He has played the clarinet for eight years in orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, and pit orchestras. When not playing clarinet, listening to music or psetting, Jalen enjoys meals + walks with friends, exercise, and combat sports. Despite being from Florida, he far prefers crisp fall and winter weather to heat and humidity. You can find Jalen saying hi to everyone’s dogs, staying in dining halls past closing, and falling off his bike at various places around campus.

Ben Swinchoski BF ‘25

Ben Swinchoski is a second-semester sophomore from Wall, New Jersey in Benjamin Franklin College. He will most likely major in neuroscience, but is up for a conversation about pretty much anything. Outside of studying and playing music, you might find Ben playing Mario Kart, ping-pong, or foosball.

Margalit Patry-Martin GH ‘24

Margalit Patry-Martin is a junior in Grace Hopper majoring in Music and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She’s been playing clarinet for around 13 years, 10 of which were spent at the Norwalk Youth Symphony (where she was coincidentally the third principal clarinetist in a row to go to Yale!). When she’s not playing clarinet you can probably find her practicing organ in the basement of Woolsey, nerding out about history with the Feminist Science and Tech Studies club, or drawing trees around campus.

Michael Cheng BK ‘26

Michael plays the clarinet and is a first year in Berkeley College.

Michael Ying BK ‘24

Michael is a junior in Berkeley majoring in S&DS. He grew up in Dallas but went to an international high school in Shanghai, China. Playing clarinet in band festivals with other international students has brought him around the world to places like Salzburg and Myanmar. When not rehearsing with the concert band, he might be found performing movie music with DPops, playing table tennis, watching premier league highlights, grinding out problem sets, or really wanting to go to Japan.

Joshua Rothbaum TD ‘23

Joshua Rothbaum is a senior Applied Mathematics major in Timothy Dwight College. A proud Long Islander hailing from Great Neck, NY, Josh has been playing the clarinet for 11 years in wind ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups. Josh enjoys playing and watching sports, particularly baseball (Lets Go Mets!), Premier League football (Come On You Spurs!), and tennis (Allez Roger! oh wait, he just retired). When not playing or listening to music, watching sports, or psetting, Josh can most often be found at the gym or playing speed chess online.

Avery Maples PC ‘26

Avery Maples is a first year student in Pierson College from Whittier, North Carolina. She has been playing the clarinet for 8 years. Music has opened many doors for her and given her many amazing opportunities like performing abroad and in Carnegie Hall. When she’s not playing her clarinet, she loves to hike (particularly in the Appalachian Mountains she calls home), make friendship bracelets, and spend time with her friends.

Daniel Denney ES ‘24

Daniel is a Junior in Ezra Stiles majoring in MB&B. Growing up in Medford, Oregon, he has played clarinet for 8 years, participating in various school and honor bands around his state, including the Western International Band Clinic. In addition to band, Daniel enjoys trying out new lattes around New Haven and conducts research investigating non-canonical coreceptor binding in the Wnt Signaling Pathway at the Yale Cancer Biology Institute.

Jessica Liu GH ‘25

Jessica plays the clarinet and is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College.

Alexandra Schoettler SM ‘26

Alexandra (Sasha) Schoettler is a first-year in Silliman College from Los Angeles, California, who is tentatively studying Ethics, Politics and Economics. She’s also excited to explore her interests in History and Philosophy throughout her time at Yale and anticipates her major changing many times in the next two years. Sasha has been playing clarinet for 8 years and has had the opportunity to perform in wind ensembles, orchestras, chamber groups, and pit orchestras. Outside of the band room, Sasha can be spotted studying in the music library in Sterling, hanging out in the Silliman courtyard with friends (and Handsome Dan), watching Avatar with her suitemates, or at Moot Court practice.

Peilin Lu PC ‘26

Peilin is a first-year in Pierson College planning to study Ethics, Politics, & Economics or Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. She has been playing clarinet for eight years in wind ensembles and chamber groups, and is thrilled to continue her Squidwardian journey as a part of YCB. In addition to being part of the band, Peilin also enjoys participating in the Yale Policy Institute, Model United Nations, and Asian American Students Alliance. In her free time, Peilin can be found going on coffee runs with friends, binge-watching the latest K-drama, and forcibly converting cat people with pictures of her dog, Hector.

Meiling Laurence BF ‘26

Meiling is a first-year in Franklin from Long Island, New York thinking about studying physics or math (but possibly even English). She has been playing the clarinet for 9 years and is really thrilled that she gets to continue playing her instrument in YCB. When she’s not at band rehearsal, she can be found making unprovoked, nonsensical jokes, working on dorm improvement projects (my suitemate threatened to confiscate my duct tape), and scheming about accessing Pauli Murray’s facilities through its shared basement with Franklin.

Kayleigh Hackett SY ‘25

Kayleigh is a sophomore from Milford, Connecticut and is studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. When not in band, she can usually be found doing any one of a number of psets, running, or lying on the floor in her friends’ common rooms.

 

Bassoon

Ryan Goodwin YSM ‘23

Lucas Zeiter YSM ‘23

Sharif Hassen ES ‘26

 

Alto Saxophone

Tony Ruan BF ‘25, Principal

Hello! My name is Tony (he/him) and I’m a sophomore in Franklin studying Political Economy and Education Studies. I’m from Phoenix, Arizona, and I love saxophone, politics, and my dog Taro. Outside of band rehearsal, I’m involved with Moot Court and the Asian American Student Alliance.

Alina Martel TC ‘23

A proud Minnesotan and Trumbullian, Alina Martel is a senior Neuroscience major and premedical student. Alina has played the alto saxophone for eleven years in a variety of wind ensembles, jazz bands, pit bands, and marching bands. Now, she is a proud member of the Yale Concert Band and Yale Precision Marching Band. When she isn’t poking at brains or making music in Hendrie Hall, Alina can be found writing poetry, brewing coffee, running, or reading in Bass Library. She also dabbles in the ukulele (though it will never become her day job).

Dennis Lee DC ‘24

Dennis plays the alto saxophone and is a junior in Davenport College.

Felix Gong SM ‘26

Felix plays the alto saxophone and is a first year in Silliman College.

 

Tenor Saxophone

Aaron Yu MC ‘25, Principal

Aaron is a sophomore in Morse majoring in computer science and applied math. He is from Atlanta and has played the saxophone for 9 years. Aaron has played in the Yale Concert Band, the Yale Jazz Ensemble, the Yale Symphony Orchestra (very briefly), and various saxophone ensembles. When he’s not playing music, you can find him playing unnecessarily complicated card games, walking around campus really fast, or rating Yale floors near you.

Esteban Figueroa MC ‘25

Esteban plays the tenor saxophone and is a sophomore in Morse College.

 

Baritone Saxophone

Michael Chen GH ‘23

Michael is a Senior in Grace Hopper College. He is Pre-Med, majoring in Math & Philosophy. His fun facts are that he used to have the Google Minesweeper World Record, and also that as of this summer he has more than 3,000 books. When he’s not playing Bari in band, you can find him playing Bari in sax quartet, singing in Yale Out of the Blue, and/or playing pickleball. Michael is also the Yale Bands librarian :)

 

Cornet/Trumpet

Aidan Garcia MC ‘26

Aidan plays the trumpet and is a first year in Morse College. He played trumpet in high school for the Pride of Pearland Marching Band and went to the Rose Parade 2020. He also played in the Houston Youth Symphony for one year. Besides band, Aidan played tennis in high school. His fun facts are that he can solve the Rubik’s Cube in 7.5 seconds and he still plays Fortnite Battle Royale. At Yale he plans to study Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He also plays on the club baseball team.

Izzy Lopez MY ‘23

Izzy is a senior in Pauli Murray from Denver, Colorado. Majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, you can often find her making the treacherous journey from science hill to the med school via skateboard. She plays the trumpet in various bands at Yale (including Tertulia, Yale’s salsa band!) and is the captain of the women’s club basketball team. She loves all things outdoors such as rock climbing, hiking and fishing. She is also a pro embroiderer and a proud plant mother of 8!

Risha Chakraborty SY ‘25

Risha is a sophomore in Saybrook College hailing from San Francisco, California. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Chemistry and enjoys dissecting mouse brains with the Chandra Lab with the intention of curing Parkinson’s Disease and saving the world. She has played trumpet for 7 years in jazz bands prior to Yale and joined the Yale Precision Marching Band and La Orquesta Tertulia alongside the Concert Band. In addition to playing the trumpet, Risha writes for the Yale Scientific Magazine and volunteers for the Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale. She enjoys cracking jokes with her friends and acquiring free food from the Asian American Cultural Center.

Josh Bialkin YSM ‘23

 

French Horn

Rory Bricca ES ‘26

Rory Bricca is a first year in Ezra Stiles from Tucson, AZ. He loves composing and is planning to major in Music, but is also interested in Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and the humanities and social sciences in general. He has played horn in the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra and Arizona All-State Band and piano in the Tucson Jazz Institute and Arizona All-State Jazz Band. He also loves solo piano improvisation and has had orchestral compositions performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as part of their Young Composers Project.

Zane Glick ES ‘26

Zane Glick is a first-year student in Ezra Stiles from Columbus, Indiana. An Indiana All-State Band alum, he is in his sixth year playing the french horn, but also enjoys playing the drumset and marching snare. Although not entirely certain, he is planning on majoring in Philosophy en route to law school while studying Music Composition on the side. Some of Zane’s favorite things include: fashion, chess, traveling, video games, and of course music.

Kate Hall ES ‘26

Kate plays the French horn and is a first year in Ezra Stiles College. She is planning to major in Mechanical Engineering. She loves hiking, hockey, and music. She also likes math and running cross country, both of which are completely normal and not weird, no matter what other people say. She is from Texas, where she participated in her school’s marching and concert bands, and was a drum major her senior year. She is also involved with Danceworks, the Rural Students Alliance at Yale, and Rocket in the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association. When not playing French Horn, you can find her either doing psets or causing problems at duty night.

Miriam Huerta BF ‘23

Miriam Huerta is a super senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science hailing from Wisconsin. (The cheese state!) She has been playing French Horn for 12 years in concert band, as well as Mellophone and Trumpet for 9 years in marching band. Her love of music extends to the world of theater, and you can often find Miriam working as the sound designer or sound engineer for many productions on campus. Beyond this, she is very involved with robotics and nonprofit work, and she plans to use her engineering degree throughout her career to improve people’s lives by advancing infrastructure worldwide. For fun, Miriam loves traveling everywhere and embarking on all sorts of adventures!

Michelle Ross GH ‘26

Michelle plays the French horn and is a first year in Grace Hopper College.

 

Trombone

Theo Haaks BR ‘24

Theo Haaks is a junior from Wisconsin, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in urbanism. He has been playing Trombone for nearly nine years and also assists the band as a General Manager. In addition to playing trombone, Theo serves as a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow at DesegregateCT, works for the Yale Bird-Friendly Building Initiative, and is a part of the FOOT leader community. He also enjoys hiking outdoors with his friends and pickleballing with the Branford Intramural Pickleball team.

Declan Wilcox YSM ‘22

Cody Uman MC ‘25

Cody is a sophomore in Morse College, majoring in mathematics. Along with playing trombone in Concert Band, they also play sousaphone in the Yale Precision Marching Band. Academically, they are interested in math, math education, and foreign languages. Outside of school, they like to ice skate, make origami, and listen to musical theater.

 

Euphonium

John Liu TD ‘25

John plays the Euphonium and is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College.

 

Tuba

Bridget Conley YSM ‘23

Julia Chen YSE ‘24

Julia Chen is a first year Master of Forestry student in the Yale School of the Environment. Hailing from the Bay Area, Julia was a previous member of the UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble and University of California Marching Band. Outside of playing tuba, Julia can be found hiking or taking in the woods of New England.

 

Piano

Serina Wang SY ‘26

Serina plays the piano and is a first year in Saybrook College.

 

Percussion

Max Su SY ‘25

Max plays percussion and is a sophomore in Saybrook College.

Madeline Chun SM ‘26

Madeline plays percussion and is a first year in Silliman College.

Kyle Thomas Ramos MY ‘26

Kyle plays percussion and is a first year in Pauli Murray College.

Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum BF ‘26

Nikolai plays percussion and is a first year in Benjamin Franklin college. He is majoring in mechanical engineering and plays soccer and tennis outside of school.

 

Music Librarian

Michael Chen GH ‘23

Michael is a Senior in Grace Hopper College. He is Pre-Med, majoring in Math & Philosophy. His fun facts are that he used to have the Google Minesweeper World Record, and also that as of this summer he has more than 3,000 books. When he’s not playing Bari in band, you can find him playing Bari in sax quartet, singing in Yale Out of the Blue, and/or playing pickleball. Michael is also the Yale Bands librarian :)