Meet a few of the CAFNR students in Marching Mizzou who performed in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Founded in 1885, Marching Mizzou is the marching band for the University of Missouri. With 350 members, the band features students from nearly every major at Mizzou – including numerous students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. For the first time in the band’s history, Marching Mizzou participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Isaac Abbott, senior, natural resource science and management, plays trumpet
Isaac Abbott has played the trumpet since he was young and said he fell in love with marching band as a high school student in Westphalia, Mo. As one of the more senior members of Marching Mizzou, Abbott said he has seen a lot of changes throughout his time, including a steady growth in the number of bandmates. Photo courtesy of Marching Mizzou.
Rachel Alvarez, junior, natural resource science and management, plays sousaphone
Rachel Alvarez plays a variety of instruments, including the trombone, baritone, auxiliary percussion and a little bit of guitar. She plays the sousaphone for Marching Mizzou. The sousaphone is a brass instrument in the tuba family designed to be easier to play while marching. Photo courtesy of Rachel Alvarez.
Ryan Chapski, sophomore, animal sciences, plays trombone
Ryan Chapski, a sophomore animal sciences major, is in his second year as a member of Marching Mizzou. He said he has enjoyed being part of such a historic band – especially one that continues to honor years of tradition. Photo courtesy of Marching Mizzou.
Sarah Keely, junior, animal sciences, plays mellophone
While Sarah Keely grew up in a family of musicians, she didn’t get actively involved with music until she was in the sixth grade. She began playing the French horn that year and soon realized that she wanted to dive straight in. When Keely joined Rock Bridge’s marching band she started playing the mellophone, which is used as the middle-voiced brass instrument in marching bands in place of the French horn. Photo courtesy of Sarah Keely.
Kesley Kobielusz, senior, environmental sciences, plays clarinet
Kesley Kobielusz, a senior environmental sciences major, is in her fourth year as a member of Marching Mizzou. She has played the clarinet throughout her time in the band. Photo courtesy of Marching Mizzou.