Casey Pease, Drumline Captain
Casey was born in Chesapeake, Virginia, and has lived here in Charlottesville since 2003. Casey began his musical interests at a very young age. His first instrument was the French Horn then moved quickly to percussion the following year. Casey went to Albemarle High School and was on their drum line his freshman and sophomore year, marching cymbals then bass drum the next year. While at Albemarle High School, he began to moonlight as a drummer for the University of Virginia Marching Cavaliers and played in the drum line his junior and senior year of high school. Casey has played in the CMB for six years on the bass drum line. He has also participated in the Wind Ensemble here at the University for the past 5 years as well. Casey is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2014 with a degree in Sociology. Casey enjoys swimming, participating in outdoor sports, playing video games, and being a gorilla.
Alan Brody, Drumline Captain
Alan Brody is an active performer in the Charlottesville area. He is currently in his third year of undergraduate study at the University of Virginia, pursuing degrees in Music and Physics. Alan hopes to take his passion for performance into the field of performance education working with youth around the world.
Dominic DeLotto, Snare Section Leader
Originally from San Bernardino, California, Dominic moved to Roanoke, Virginia at the age of four. He picked up drumming at age 8 when he was inspired by his father. Dominic joined the Cave Spring High School marching band in 8th grade and was drum captain his senior year. He marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corp for 3 years and also the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp in the 2012 summer. Dominic is studying biochemistry at the University of Virginia and plans on going into pharmacy school. In his free time, Dominic enjoys playing piano, jazz drumming, working out, baseball, and surfing.
Robby Wegman, Quad Section Leader
Robby was born on a cool, crisp December morning in Suffern, New York, a city in which he never lived. He has spent the majority of his living moments in Chesapeake, VA. He started playing percussion instruments in the 6th grade. He has played with various groups including the Indian River Marching Band, Dominion Storm Indoor Drum Line, and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corp. Aside from the UVA drum line, he has been involved with numerous University affiliated groups including the UVA concert band. As a rising third year in the McIntire School of Commerce, he intends to concentrate within the areas of finance and accounting with the hope of one day owning Wall Street. In his free time, Robby enjoys flexing, watching basketball, and chilling.
Kaitlin “Taylor” LaGrasta, Bass Drum Section Leader
Kaitlin is from Laurel, Maryland and has been a percussionist since fourth grade. At Reservoir High School she marched bass drum for a year, snare for two years, and became the drum captain in her senior year. Kaitlin also performed with the full orchestra, the concert choir, and a student-run percussion ensemble called “Marimbas on Fire.” At UVa Kaitlin is studying Anthropology and Spanish, and will be attending the Monticello Archaeological Field School this summer. She hopes to become the next Indiana Jones. Kaitlin is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and sings with a gospel choir on Grounds. In her spare time Kaitlin enjoys playing with dogs, cheering on the Baltimore Orioles, and eating Italian food.
Mikhail Payson, Cymbal Section Leader
Mikhail Payson is from Burke, Virginia and attended Lake Braddock Secondary School. Besides doing band and drum line through high school, he was also a member of Boy Scouts and Venturing Crew. He also really likes movies and TV, but don’t rely on him to be your Entertainment Weekly. Mikhail likes basketball, football and baseball-but more coaching than playing. He is a 4th year architecture major, and when he isn’t at home or band, he is usually in the studio. He is planning on being an architect in either a commercial or residential firm. He has enjoyed music all his life and particularly favors old rock and roll and new age dub-step (yes, that is an interesting combo). He is also minoring in astronomy and has a fascination with the universe, physics, and materiality.
Sarah Clements, Pit Section Leader
Sarah was born in Naples, Italy, but has lived mostly (and for the near entirety of the time she can actually remember) in Manassas, Virginia. She spent her young life as a humble choir dork and solo pianist until one fateful day when the middle school band director told her that playing mallet percussion was just like playing a piano – except you get to hit things with sticks! The next year, in 9th grade, she joined band and has never looked back.
At UVa, Sarah is majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in printmaking. She is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, a member of Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and drives the bus for the University Transit Service.