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Jairus Montgomery

Hi there! My name is Jairus Montgomery and I am one of the mellophone section leaders. I am a junior in both school and band, and I am majoring in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering. I’ve started playing music since the third grade (how many of you played the recorder like I did?) and continued on the clarinet since the fourth grade. Before I officially committed to joining the band, I visited the TMB pavilion during my orientation where I was able to meet with a former mellophone section leader. She convinced me to make the switch from clarinet, since anyone with any level of experience can join the band. Looking back, I’m extremely happy I made that decision to step outside of my comfort zone in terms of my instrument of choice.

My favorite TMB memory is definitely the Women’s Basketball tournament in Las Vegas that I had the opportunity to play at my freshman year. The only two mellophones on the gig were me and another freshman, so we had to be on our A-game. We ended up doing exceptionally well on that gig to the point where upperclassmen from other sections were complimenting us. It was at that moment I realized just how far I’d come from first learning the mellophone nine months prior.

Fun fact: For those who took AP European History or AP US History in high school, I ran @apeuro.memes and @apush_memes on Instagram and Twitter which were the two most popular meme accounts for their respective classes. I even worked with Tom Richey on multiple occasions.

Stephanie Gimenez

Hi and welcome to the TMB! I’m Steph and I’m a rising senior and am so excited to be one of the horn section leaders this year! I’m majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Programming. I grew up going to all the USC home football games and loved watching the TMB perform since I was 2 years old. I always knew I wanted to join the band and that’s the reason I came to USC! There is truly no other organization that has as much fun, spirit and energy as the TMB. I’ve played saxophone since 5th grade, and I randomly switched to horn when I got to USC. It turned out to be the best decision ever! The horns are the best section in the band! They have quickly become my family and I even live with some of them. My favorite memories in band are going on fun trips to places like Washington, Chicago, and Arizona and getting to bond with my section and make friends with other sections too! A fun fact about me is that I was the drum major of my high school band!

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