Band of the Hour Association

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Executive Board

Robert Mann


Augie Silva

August (Augie) Silva  earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Miami. He and his wife Donna have five children. While at the University he performed in the Band of Hour for four years playing alto saxophone and clarinet. He served as section leader and was a member Phi Mu Alpha. He received his BM in 1964 and MM in 1973. 

Susan Kezer

Recording Secretary

Doug Thurber


Suzan Keezer


Rick Veingrad

Past President
Rick Veingrad attended the University of Miami from 1977 to 1981, graduating with a BBA in Marketing and a Minor in Music Merchandising. He played the trumpet during those years and was the band photographer the last two. Rick met his wife Sharon (MBA, BBA) at a UM Alumni event.  In 1984, he established a chain of video stores in the Fort Lauderdale area lasting some 25 years. Today, his company distributes DVD's around the country.

Band of the Hour Leadership and Student Representative


Jay Rees

Director of the Frost School, Band of the Hour
B.M. ’84, Jazz Performance & Music Education

Jay Rees is professor of music and director of athletic bands at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His responsibilities include leading the Frost Band of the Hour, the marching and pep bands of the University of Miami, at UM sporting events such as nationally televised Miami Hurricanes football and basketball games, and expanding the band’s reach and reputation throughout the region.

Douglas McCullough

Assistant Director of Bands

Douglas L. McCullough is Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Director of Marching Percussion at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Additionally Douglas is the Director of Marching Percussion.

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Charles Damon

Assistant Director of Programs

Jayme Podgorowiez

Student representative


Members of the Board and Committee Members


Aurelio Azpiazu

Trumpet, DM 1963 - 1968
Henry Fillmore National Band Competition Committee Chair

Colleen Boylan Conti

Clarinet, 1979 - 1982

Randy Cash

Homecoming Committee Chair

The homecoming committee organizes all the activities that are traditions of BOTHA during the annual University of Miami Alumni Homecoming Weekend that includes Induction of the new class of Hall of Fame, Alumni participation in the Parade, Pep Rally and Boat Burning and Alumni band at the homecoming game.

Sherry (Schnell, Russell) Hancock

Clarinet 1960 - 1963

Bonnie Hinck

Hall of Fame Committee Chair

Hall of Fame was created to honor outstanding contribution to the University of Miami Band of the Hour. The inaugural Class of 1994 jump started a great tradition at the University of Miami. Members of the Hall include Miami Fight song composer's, a U.S Congressman, a current Trustee of the University, and former band members. This distinct group of people stand for the tradition and history of the Band of the Hour. 

Dr. Maria (Sammarco) Maxwell

Percussion 1981-1985

Melly Mizrachi

Hurricanette 1992 - 1996

Rick Veingrad

Trumpet 1977 - 1981

Cristina Ward

Guard, Co-Captain 1991 - 1994