Drum Majors

Carissa Carlson

Carissa Born in Charlottesville, Virginia but now hailing from Delaware, Carissa is a fourth year at the University. She began playing flute in 4th grade and continued playing at St. Mark’s High School under the direction of Mr. Arthur Bookout. She served as drum major during her senior year after attending the 2009 Cavalier Drum Major Camp.

As a member of the CMB, Carissa played piccolo for her first two years, also taking on the role of piccolo drill instructor during her second year; however, she is most recently a proud member of the trombone section. Carissa plays with the concert band, the HOOps band, and is a counselor for the Cavalier Band Camps. She has also been a part of the CMB office staff and the recruiting team.

When she’s not marching, Carissa can usually be found in the library studying, grading math papers, or working on a group project towards her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She is also actively involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and plays on an ultimate frisbee intramural team.

Stefani Bell

stefBellRaised in Clarke County, Virginia, Stefani will be a Fourth Year at the University. Stefani started playing trombone in 5th grade and immediately developed a passion for band and music. In 8th grade she began marching in the Screamin’ Eagles Marching Band under the direction of Mark Curry and Greg Abell. She served as trombone section leader her sophomore year and drum major her junior and senior year. She was also a member of the CCHS Jazz Band, Indoor Drumline, Concert Band, and Varsity Swim Team.

Stefani participates in many extracurricular activities on Grounds. In addition to the CMB, Stefani plays trombone in the Wind Ensemble and HOOps Band. Outside of band, she served on Third Year Council, is a Brother of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and can often be found reading a book on The Lawn. Stefani is a Distinguished Major in the English department and is also pursing a degree in Italian Studies.

Cameron Louttit

cameron_dmA fourth-year student from Murrysville, PA, Cameron Louttit is entering his second season as Drum Major of the Cavalier Marching Band. He was a member of the saxophone section for his first two years, serving as Section Leader his second year as well as a member of Banquet Staff. He also plays the alto saxophone for the HOOps Basketball Band as well as the Olympic Sports Band and is a counselor for the Summer Cavalier Band Camps.

Cameron graduated in 2010 from Franklin Regional Senior High School and was a four-year member of the Franklin Regional Panther Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Kevin Pollock. He was selected as one of three Drum Majors his junior year and continued to serve in this role his senior year, when the band marched in the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Outside of the CMB, Cameron is a worship leader with UVA’s Catholic Student Ministry and participates in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and conducts research under the advising of Dr. Richard Price.

Kyle Ruempler

Kyle Ruempler

Here are the University, Kyle is involved with just about everything band-related. He has played trombone, clarinet, and trumpet in Concert Band, been a member of the Wind Ensemble since his first year, and is an active member of the Basketball and Olympic Sports bands. Kyle is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and has served as the Musicianship Chair as well as had the honor of conducting at the Northeast District 2013 Convention. This coming summer, Kyle hopes to figure out what it means to be a Drum Major of the CMB by helping out with the Cavalier Band Camps.

Outside of band, Kyle works as the Promotions Assistant for the McIntire Department of Music, and serves as the Treasurer for the Music and Performing Arts Council. He is a Music and Studio Art double major, and plans to study either conducting or animation after his undergraduate career.