Meet the Officers

The UCSD Pepband is a student-run organization. The officer corps for the coming year is elected by band members at the end of the previous school year. The lead positions of Manager, Assistant Manager, and Treasurer are required to be current undergraduates at UCSD. There are no term limits, but amazingly enough, some people actually leave the band after they graduate.

The Last Stew


Sherry Diep

Qualifications: Sherry has officially mastered the art of thugging by going from historian to manager by using her street skillz to climb her way to the top. What is she going to do now that she’s at the top? No one knows. She holds the power of pep in her iron fist and can bring either total destruction or a new year of prosperity to Pepband.

Job description: The Manager is the leader of the band. She is in charge of organizing events and dealing with anyone who needs to be dealt with. The Manager tends to get her greedy little hands into a bit of everything.

Assistant Manager

Charles “Mkay” McKay AKA Chuckles 

Qualifications: Mkay’s the kinda guy who’ll wake up at 5:30, bring his laptop to RIMAC and SSH into ieng6 just so he can finish up that CSE 131 assignment while benching 295. And then stare at a poster of Captain America for a couple hours. No cardio though.

Job description: The Assistant Manager, aside from assisting the Manager in any way necessary, is in charge of planning social events and the famous trip to Davis for Picnic Day.


Linda Zhang

Qualifications: Shhh. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but Linda is secretly an undercover CIA agent. Her special skills are being inconspicuous, seemingly “very busy”, and being “the queen of effing everything”. Now that she has the key to the treasure, we can only hope she won’t tell them where that $83.50 disappeared to after Davis last year.

Job description: The treasurer is in charge of managing the band’s treasure finances. Duh.


Alyssa Torres

Qualifications: Have a snapchat? Get one. You’re missing out on everything ranging from snapcats to pep hangouts to complaining about how hot her hometown is. After joining Pepband as a trombone player, Alyssa had a particularly vivid dream about Ringo Starr and decided that hitting things with sticks was her true calling.

Job description: The secretary takes minutes at officer meetings, takes attendance, writes letters when they need to be written, and supposedly sends out birthday cards on the birthdays of our members.


Anya Lebedeva

Qualifications: A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… there was a council of people who controlled the Internet. They distributed the tasks between their constituents as fairly as possible. One day, a king rose up against the council and usurped them from power. Thus began a new age for the galaxy – an age where there was such a thing as webslavery. Long did this king rule and though his rule was terrifying, it finally ended a few millenia ago. Anyway, when the world could breathe again, these so-called webslaves became known as webmasters since they were the most knowledgeable about all things Internet. This is where I come in. I come from a long line of webmasters and finally the duty has fallen into my lap. All I can do is hope to continue to bring honor to my family line.

And it’s webmistress to you!

Job description: The webslave keeps the website up to date. She is also in charge of handling any problems with the mailing list and being the laziest officer of them all.


Laura Thapa & Harley Norton

Qualifications: Laura and Harley won us over with their hip attitude, groovy shades, and knock-your-socks-off song and dance. But it’s definitely not because Harley bribed us with a trip to Tahoe. Scout’s honor.

But popularity aside, both Laura and Harley seem like pretty cool people. Laura, more commonly known as “the cello player”, is famous for her solo in.. well you’ll find out soon enough. Harley, more commonly known as “thatonerunnerguy”, is famous for.. well ask him yourself.

Job description: The historians are in charge of taking pictures to document pep band events. They are also in charge of creating the quarterly (yearly) scrapbooks, being spirited, and helping with new member integration.

Music Librarian

Ian Martin

Qualifications: Known for his dapper appearance, Ian has been adding a sense of sophistication with his fashionable vests that he gets from his third cousin’s best friend’s aunt’s cousin twice removed. They also give him sheets of music from time to time, which is where he gets his love for organizing half-sheets of paper. He’s been doing this for who know’s how long, and most likely has already accumulated a whole library’s worth.

Job description: The music librarian is in charge of making, updating and distributing our music to pep band members.

Public Relations Manager

Natalie Culhane

Qualifications: Natalie Culhane is finally top dog in the Natalie hierarchy after she began the “Occupy Green Room” movement. It only took two years for, well, the other Natalie to graduate, but now she’s finally free! Free Natalie! What? The email signup sheet has three new Natalies? Legalize… uh… exclusivity.

Job description: The PR manager is responsible for organizing events and promotions outside of athletics. These are mostly community events.


Chris Gross & Lawrence Lee

Qualifications: Oh, Chris. This is the chillest dude you’ll ever meet. Rumor is, if you press your ear against the door while he’s taking a shower, you’ll hear a faint moaning … “Roxanne…you don’t have to put on the red light.” Apart from his vocal talents, he’ll make you a mean Goody’s burrito if you ask nicely. Just don’t get the guacamole.

Lawrence’s reign as king of the Internet has abruptly ended, and with that he was crowned prince of Pepband. What type of songs will we be playing in this upcoming year? It is said by many that Lawrence’s favorite setlist is:
Fight Song
Under the Sea
Kids Aren’t All Right
You Need This
Ocean Avenue
Under the Sea (again)
Louie Louie
All Right Now
Eye of the Tiger
No Leaf Clover
Come On Eileen
Everything Sucks
Will it all go downhill from here? Will he be a kind and gentle ruler? Stay tuned and find it out for yourself, all in the new edition of ………..UCSD Pepband!

Job description: The conductors plan what music we need to rehearse, and, obviously, conduct the band.


Kirk Wang

Qualifications: Three bari saxes, you hear him whisper. Think about it. His hot breath in your ear haunts you with his careless whipser, sticks to you,… convinces you? At this rate, Kirk Wang might just be the best contender for the 2016 presidential election.

Job description: The Director, by virtue of being old and not an undergrad, adds that extra ounce of credibility when dealing with The Man.

View past years’ officers