Band of the Hour Association

  Drumming Up Support For The Band of the Hour

Executive Board

Rick Veingrad

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.

Augie Silva

Treasurer
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. 

Christina Ward

Secretary
Christina Ward was a member of the Band of the Hour from 1991-1994 and was Co-Captain of the Hurricane Guard.  She is a life member of Tau Beta Sigma.  She received her BA in psychology from Florida International University.  She also has a Master of Social Work from Florida State University and currently works with the US Department of Veterans Affairs since 2004.  She lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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President Elect

Suzan Keezer

Historian

Debbie Robinson Baker

Past President
Debbie Baker Robinson served as President of the Band of the Hour Association from 2015 until 2018. She marched in the UM band from 1978 to 1983 where she played clarinet, served as a section leader, and then as Assistant Drum Major. A member of Tau Beta Sigma and president of the little sisters of Phi Mu Alpha, Debbie graduated in 1984 with a BBA degree in CIS/ACC. As President of BOTHA, her mission was to reignite the passion of all those whose lives have been touched by the Band of the Hour, and to engage them in worthwhile and fun activities that promote student and alumni participation in the
UM Band of the Hour.

 

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.

See all Band of the Hour Staff here.

Charles Damon

Assistant Director of Programs

Christina Loisel

Student representative

 

Members of the Board and Committee Members

 

Aurelio Azpiazu

Trumpet, DM 1963 - 1968
Fillmore Competition Committee Chair

Aurelio is the chair for the Fillmore Competition Committee.

Colleen Boylan Conti

Clarinet, 1979 - 1982
Homecoming Committee Member

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.

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.

Rafael Ciordia

Color Guard, 1982 - 1986
Communications and Social Media Chair

The communications and social media committee prepares and distributes all official communications on behalf of the Band of the Hour Association including the quarterly newsletter and this website. The chair also serves as the liaison with the UMAA to promote the activities of the BOTHA and UM Frost School Band of the Hour via social media outreach on Facebook and other channels.

Sherry (Schnell, Russell) Hancock

Clarinet, 1960 - 1963
Scholarship Committee Chair

Bonnie Hinck-Baldatti

Hall of Fame 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
Board Member & Communications Committee 

Melly Mizrachi

Hurricanette, 1992 - 1996
Board Member, Homecoming Committee & Hurricanette Alumna Chair

Paul Thaller

Trumpet, 1983 - 1986
Board Member & Membership Committee

Helen Tallman-Braithwaite

Board Member and UM Alumna

Robert Mann

Finance Committee Chair

Ralph Raymond Hays

Saxophone, 1980-1989
Board Member

Ralph is our newest member of the Hall of Fame and joins the Board.  He is an experienced and well published composer and alum of UM School of Music and has  JD from the school of law.  He also has a Masters in Music from Kent State University.