STAFF

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 following twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan's diverse and historic band program. Ensembles under Haithcock's guidance have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. Professor Haithcock was selected to conduct the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Bandanna, an opera for voice and wind band, commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association and is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band. Haithcock has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the wind ensemble repertoire and programming. Professor Haithcock is in constant demand as a guest conductor and as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings as well as festival and all-state appearances throughout the country. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature.

STUDENT STAFF

Business-Library Staff

Jack Ombry - Manager

Abbi Bader

Maisey Schuler

Isabelle Stiver

 

Equipment Staff

Jake Baur - Manager

Erika Binroth

Amos Nissley

Eric Payerle

Tiffany Raetzel

 

Marketing & Information Staff

Rachel Kaufman-Levine - Manager

Danielle DeMarco

Justine Ezell

Sara Jex

Anne-Elizabeth Jones

Rebecca Lee

Nathan Rodwell


Volunteer Staff

Carl Grapentine - Announcer

Carl Grapentine has been "The Voice of the Michigan Band" since 1970 when he was appointed to the post by Dr. William D. Revelli. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, he played oboe in the Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra, and was baritone soloist with the Men's Glee Club during his student years. He added duties of game announcer at Michigan Stadium in 2006. Carl has sung the National Anthem at Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, the Pontiac Silverdome and Crisler Arena. He is the morning host of WFMT radio in Chicago, the country's leading classical music station. He resides in Oak Park, Illinois.
 

Dr. John P. Schmidt - Staff Physician 

John Schmidt, MD, originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Schmidt marched in the trombone section for four years while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Michigan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System. John currently works as a hospitalist in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.


Dr. Cemal Sozener - Staff Physician

Cemal Sozener, MD marched for five years in the euphonium section then served on the graduate staff of the MMB. While attending the University of Michigan he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Doctor of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the UM Health System. Cemal currently works as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital.

Tim Demske - Videographer / Photographer

Tim has been a member of the video crew since 2004. He marched saxophone from 1997 through 2000 and holds three degrees from Michigan (Mechanical Engineering BS and MS, and MBA). The atmosphere in Ann Arbor on a crisp fall Saturday game day keeps him coming back season after season. He has a great love and passion for the MMB, videography, and video editing and is grateful to be able to give back to the MMB. Tim lives in South Lyon with his wife Kelly and son Benjamin.

 

Mark Haddlesey - Videographer / Photographer

Mark has been a member of the photo/video crew since 2011 and returns this fall to assist both behind the camera and in the editing room. He is an avid photographer and video producer with years of experience at Pioneer and Skyline High School, recording marching band, concerts and jazz band performances, along with sporting events. "Capturing the moments of my three boys, their friends, and the MMB has been a very rewarding experience." Mark would like to thank his wife Karen for her understanding ...not sitting with her at concerts, games while he is recording.

 

Jeff Stokes -Videographer/Photographer

Jeff has been with the MMB continuously since the fall of 1986 (33 seasons). He marched in the trombone section for two years, one as rank leader, before being elected to Drum Major for the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Following his marching years, Jeff served as a graduate assistant for two years and has served as a member of the video crew since life required him to get a “real” job as an engineer in the auto industry. Jeff lives in Milan, Michigan with his wife, Teresa (a former MMB tuba rank leader), and daughters Samantha and Jacquelyn.

 

Sarah Halstead - Videographer/ Photographer / Audio

Sarah joined the video crew in 2009 after marching Piccolo in the band from 2004 through 2007. Now living in Milwaukee, WI after graduation from the Ross School of Business, the draw of the MMB and Michigan Football on a crisp Saturday morning is what brings her back throughout the season. When not working audio, cheering on the team, or wishing there was a better twitter client for webOS (follow us on twitter @mmbphotovideo) you'll most likely find her behind her camera capturing the excitement that is a Football Saturday! Go Blue!

 

Steve Sciatto - Photographer / Audio

Steve joined the MMB Photo/Video team in 2017 as a photographer and audio controller. Steve's daughter, Danielle, and son-in-law, David, were both members of the MMB. Steve is a photographer who focuses on sports, family portraits, and most recently, landscape photography. Steve is the President of Prototype and Creative Services for Roush Industries. He has worked for Roush for over 35 years and has made numerous connections throughout Livonia and southeastern Michigan.  

 

Chris Sorensen - Videographer

Chris has been a member of the video crew since 2005. An avid amateur video producer and self-proclaimed marching band geek, he is a 3rd generation M football season ticket holder and hasn’t missed a home game in 21 years. When he was introduced to video crew through a friend, a lifelong dream was realized. Though never a member of the MMB, he is an enduring musician, marching with a saxophone throughout high school, and studying piano at the college level. He currently plays saxophone and percussion in the Downriver Community Band. Chris resides in Southgate with his wife Michelle and awesome kids Baker, and Veronica.

 

Jeff Wohl - Videographer

Jeff marched alto saxophone from 1981 through graduation in 1986 and remained in the area to pursue a career in computer engineering. While attending games as a 'civilian', he realized that he could not bear being just an observer (too much Yuba in him). In the Spring of 1989 he asked director Eric Becher if he could volunteer for something MMB. Eric said his current video crew coordinator would soon be leaving for real employment and that he should give videography a try -- best 'take the plunge' decision Jeff ever made. He apprenticed during the 1989 season and took over the reins in 1990. He managed the team's activities through the 2003 season after which he passed those duties along to Tim Demske. The 2018 season represents year number thirty on the crew. With his wife Terri (a fellow video crew team member), the now empty-nesters live in Canton, MI. They very much appreciate the experiences that the MMB afforded their children Ben and Sarah as they both participated in marching band in the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, with Sarah even moving forward into college marching at Miami University.

 

Terri Wohl - Videographer

Terri is beginning year number twenty nine as a contributing member of the video crew along with her husband Jeff. She graduated in 1988 with a bachelors degree in Sports Management and Communication from the School of Kinesiology. Though she never marched in the band, she has an equal passion for all things ]V[ having played on the varsity golf team during her undergraduate years. She currently works in the School of Kinesiology at UM assisting both the Associate Dean of Faculty and Undergraduate Affairs as well as the Curriculum Coordinator.

 

Robert Brown - Photographer

Robert has provided photo and video services to the MMB since 1975. Throughout that time he has helped to expand the use of video and digital audio for learning and performance documentation for the MMB. One enjoyable aspect of being part of the MMB video crew for Robert has been the level of commitment and generous sharing of time and talent by all members of the crew. "There always seems to be a new excitement with the start of each new season that keeps all of us coming back for more."

 

Belinda Carter - Photographer

Belinda has been capturing photos of the MMB since 1999 and will be back this fall. She loves being part of an organization that has such high energy and is so dedicated to putting a superior product on the field week in and week out. She captures and creates memories from moments throughout the day, from early morning rehearsal through the post-game performance. Her photos can be viewed and purchased at mmbphotovideo.com. Belinda lives in Tecumseh and is a former flute/piccolo player.

 

Richard Gaskill - Photographer

Dick Gaskill returns for his 62nd season, this year (2018) as a photographer for the Michigan marching band. In 2001, at the beginning of the digital age, Dick began to document his collection of over 100,000 negatives ; 50,000 digital files; movies;videos; sound tapes and correspondence. Arrangements have been made to donate this entire collection to the U of M bentley library and a repository has been started which holds band photos and over 3000 music listings of pre-game and half-time shows and other band items. Dick is one of only two photographers ever given a lifetime membership in the Michigan Band with the family name spelled out on the field at “The Big House” in 1995.He has only missed two homes games in 62 seasons and was William D. Revelli’s photographer for 12 years from 1960 to 1972. In 2016 he was inducted into the Livonia, Michigan hall of fame for being a lifetime member of MMB and contributing so many photos over the years starting in 1953. Dick resides in Livonia ,Mi. with his wife Peggy of over 54 years and their shih tzu Holly. There are two sons, Mark and Alan,; Mark’s wife Kelly; a granddaughter Katelynn (husband Brian) and two grandsons, Joe and Jack. Every one of them a true Michigan fan.

 

Kristan Rodwell - Photographer

Kristan is a passionate photographer that has brought years of experience to the MMB crew that she has gained from capturing marching bands, concert bands, winter guards, and winter drumlines when she joined in 2017. During the week, Kristan is a proud owner of her very own photography studio along with being a registered nurse. With the years of experience she has attained photographing the marching arts, she has also been a member within a marching band as both a flutist and color guard member. Kristan was thrilled when she found out that she was finally able to capture one of the most historic marching bands in the nation. From football games, hockey games, basketball games, and even the cheer team when performing alongside drumline members, Kristan’s love for the marching arts is unsurpassable. With her husband, Paul, and two boys, Nathan and Bryan, Kristan lives right down the road from Ann Arbor in Canton, Michigan.

 

Eric Miller - Video Editor

Eric Miller joined the video crew in 2013, after being a member of the Trumpet section from 2008-2013, and graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his time as a student, Eric was also a member of the hockey and basketball bands. He continues to participate by taking an active role with the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association, both as a board member and as a participant in their ensembles. He can be found either behind a camera or in the editing room, and enjoys every moment spent in documenting current and future generations of the MMB.

 

Josh Weiss - Video Editor

Josh has been a member of the video crew since 2010, first editing while in school then working audio and video on the sidelines. He played trumpet from the MMB from 2009 to 2012 as well as the basketball band, and is a two-time graduate from Michigan. Currently living in Seattle, WA, Josh now helps out with video and outtakes editing remotely. While he isn't able to make it back to Michigan for many games, he enjoys watching 9AM kickoffs from the West Coast with other MMB alumni in the area.