Drum Majors

Michael Dong

Michael Dong

Michael is a rising fourth year from Mclean, Virginia. Before he was a drum major, Michael served the CMB as a Section Leader and Drill Instructor for the Tenor Saxophone section. Michael also is a member of the Wind Ensemble and a brother of the honorary music fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.

At Mclean High School, Michael played in both the marching band and the symphonic band under band director, Chris Weise, and also took private lessons with saxophone instructor and director of the Capital Winds Symphony, George Etheridge.

Outside of band, Michael is pursuing a B.A. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Biology in the College and conducts research in the Condron Lab. He serves the community as a volunteer EMT through the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad and through music tutoring at Buford Middle School. He also plays on the Whomping Wahoos Quidditch Team and various IM sports teams.

Earl Park

Earl Park

Raised in Herndon, Virginia, Earl Park is a Fourth Year Government major and History minor at Mr. Jefferson’s University. Earl is a proud graduate of Westfield High School under the direction of Mr. Steve Panoff. He was a member of the WHS Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and served as Class President and Pit Section Leader his junior and senior years.

For the first three years in the CMB, Earl was a member of the Cavalier Drumline, performing in the Pit for halftime and cymbals for pregame. He is the first Percussionist in the history of the CMB to serve as Drum Major. Earl stays musically active in the spring as a member of the UVa Percussion Ensemble.

On grounds, Earl serves as an advisor to incoming First Year students with PAFN (Peer Advising and Family Network), represents the Washington, DC area as an UVaClubs Student Ambassador, and volunteers with Virginia Ambassadors. During his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends on the UVa Corner and watching the Hoos and Redskins win all year long.

Jeff Principe

Jeff Principe

Born in Miami, Florida, Jeff is a fourth year at U.Va. and a third year member of the Cavalier Marching Band. During his time in the CMB, Jeff has served as section leader and webmaster. A former member of the clarinet section, he can still be seen playing his clarinet in the university Wind Ensemble and basketball band every chance he gets.

Jeff attended Langley High School in McLean, Virginia where he was a four year member of the marching band, including two years as drum major. However, his love for music can be traced back further to his days as a proud member the Knox Junior High School band in The Woodlands, Texas under the direction of Jennifer Dillard.

When he is not spending his time with the band, Jeff can be found working on his latest website, going for a run around grounds or just reading a good book. He is a Computer Science major on the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Jeff has also spent several years organizing tournaments and coordinating volunteers for Virginia Science Olympiad.

Anna Smith

Anna Smith

Born and raised in Roanoke, VA, Anna is a third year at UVa. Before becoming a Drum Major, she was a member of the bodacious saxophone section, playing tenor sax for her first two years in the CMB. She served on attendance and librarian staff for the saxes her second year. Outside of the CMB, you may also find her playing the baritone saxophone in the Wind Ensemble.

Anna is a proud alumna of Cave Spring High School and its band program, which is under the direction of Brian Quakenbush. She played alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone during her years at Cave Spring and served as Drum Major her senior year.

During her limited time not spent at the HSBB, Anna is involved with other goings-on on grounds. She is an active member and Bible Study leader in the Catholic Student Ministry. She also tutors local high schoolers as a student in the Curry School of Education, through which she plans to earn a Master’s in secondary education. Her undergraduate major is Classics with a concentration in Latin.