Meet the Band

Hey! My name is Ashleigh Stone and I am in the color guard in the band program. I am currently a junior studying Psychology, interested in Speech and Language Pathology. When I first toured SHU, I knew that it was somewhere that I was one day going to be able to call home. Coming into SHU as a freshman, I knew that I wanted to spin in the guard here because it was something that I completely loved and that I did not want to give up. When I joined the program, I did not know what to expect but I knew that it was going to be fun. Joining this program was the best decision I have ever made. Although it can be time consuming, it is where I made my best friends and created a family that I know I can always count on. Freshman year, I had to learn how to live on my own without my family close by, but the unending support I felt from my band friends helped me overcome my fears and to become independent. The band has given me many opportunities to challenge myself and to overcome things that I am weak in and has helped me become the person that I had always hoped to be; strong, trustworthy, and so much more. I love being a part of the band and I hope you choose to join as well. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

          -Ashleigh Stone, Psychology Major (Nashua, NH)

Hi! My name is Amy Bois and I play the clarinet in the band program. I am a Health Sciences major here at Sacred Heart also. I could not be any happier; the moment I stepped on this campus, I knew this was home. Although I knew this campus was home, I did not know I was going to be playing in the band my freshman year. My mom had me think about joining the band. I decided to join the band and joining the band was the greatest decision I made my freshman year. To me, the people in the band are my family. Since my family cannot be with me here on campus, having a group of people on campus that I can trust, hangout with, and laugh with is amazing.  Marching and pep band are fun and energetic bands. The marching band goes to football games and performs field shows during halftime. The pep band goes to basketball and hockey games; cheering and supporting those sports teams puts a smile on my face and the face of the players. Concert band is where we play more traditional concert music, but the band still knows how to have fun while being serious.  There are many wonderful ensembles here at Sacred Heart. Joining the band program was the best idea for me and I hope you will join the band and enjoy it as much as I do!

          -Amy Bois, Health Sciences Major (Litchfield, NH) 

Hey, my name is Nikki Castellucci and I play tenor sax in the band.  I’m an athletic training major and prospective physical therapy student.  I’m extremely happy with my decision to go to Sacred Heart.  To be honest, I never expected that I would end up playing in college.  I had never marched before and was hesitant about joining until the day of my audition during Orientation weekend.  The second I walked into the performing arts office I was instantly welcomed by upperclassmen and introduced to my future peers, who are now my closest friends.  The camaraderie in the band is awesome.  There is an underlying trust and respect between everyone, which give a nice comforting feeling like home.  Leaving home was terrifying for me for all the same reasons that any other small-town kid would experience.  However, the very first day of band camp promptly extinguished those fears of not knowing anyone.  The Band is a great organization that has opened an infinite amount of doors for me socially and academically.  It is a challenge that I think builds character and confidence.  I recommend joining, even if you’re not sure.  You’ll play great music, make even better friends, and have a place to call home.  Hopefully I’ll get to meet you soon!

          -Nikki Castellucci, Athletic Training Major (Mountain Lakes, NJ)

Hey guys! My name is Mike Tomanelli and I play tuba.  I am a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Spanish, and I am loving every second here at SHU.  Before this year, I had never marched a day in my life. I was always caught up in so many activities and sports in high school that I never thought about marching in college.  To be honest I was a little bit nervous at first seeing that most of the people here had previous experience marching. But nevertheless, everyone in band was friendly and more than happy to help me out with whatever I needed.  This really helped me push through the first couple of weeks of school because I already knew people here and I could ask them anything.  When I was in high school I came to play with the Pep Band for a basketball game and that’s what sealed it for me.  I felt like I was a member of their family from the second I got here.  I strongly encourage you to consider how comfortable you feel when you come to campus.  The band here is a family.  I really hope to see you guys in the future and best of luck finishing up your school year!

          -Michael Tomanelli, Criminal Justice Major, Minor in Spanish (Marlboro, NY) 

Hey, my name is Michael Gaudioso and I am one of the members of the percussion section of the band. One of the big draws for me coming to Sacred Heart was the organized band program. I love music and being involved in the Sacred Heart band for my freshman year has not only fueled that passion, but made me a better musician overall. Though I was very nervous about having no marching experience, the band members made it stress free and were always there to lend a hand. Plus, getting to know nearly everyone in band makes the transition from high school to college so much easier. You will find many great people to be friends with throughout the school year who are willing to help you with both school and band. Band is a great time to learn musicality, and it is a great break from the pressures that school can entail. The SHU Band is a great community and I am very happy that I chose Sacred Heart as my college.

          -Michael Gaudioso, Psychology Major (Stamford, CT)