David Bergman, B.M. ’94, attended the University of Miami for photojournalism and Berklee College of Music for music production. He is currently the tour photographer for Bon Jovi . His travels with the world-famous rock group produced two coffee table books, including a 208-page photo book entitled WORK. His portfolio is filled with top celebrity, corporate, and music industry clients, as well as thirteen covers for Sports Illustrated. He has photographed six U.S. Presidents, including the world-famous panoramic image at President Obama’s first inauguration. His images have been published in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and The New York Times. He also spent eight years as a Miami Herald staff photographer.
Teresa Nicole Cabezas (Nodal), B.S. 2005, is a pediatrician in Southern Florida specializing in obesity. She earned her bachelor degree in biology at the University of Miami, her doctor of medicine at Florida State University. and served her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, she is married to Edward Nodal, a senior paralegal.
Bonita A. Caputo, B.Ed ’68, M.Ed ’71, worked as a Media Specialist with Miami-Dade Co. Public Schools from 1968 until her retirement in 1996. As a UM student, she was President of Tau Beta Sigma, later serving as Secretary of the Band of the Hour Alumni Association. An active donor to the UM community, she still resides in the Miami area.
Samantha Castagna, B.M. '94 , B.A. '13, is currently Corporate Service Manager at Jersey Cares, a Newark-based organization offering volunteer, youth service, and leadership opportunities. She has been affiliated as National Member at AmeriCorps State, Corporate Service Coordinator at Jersey Cares AmeriCorps VISTA, and Resource Development/Volunteer Management and Communications VISTA at Shiloh Community Development Corporation. She credits the Band of the Hour and Tau Beta Sigma Gamma Epsilon for helping her find her passion for philanthropy and volunteerism, ultimately leading to a fulfilling career.
Erika A. Fernandez, B.M. ’07, was a member of The Band of the Hour from 2004-06 and served as drum drum major in 2006. After graduating with her degree in Music Education, she held the position of Director of Bands at Westminster Christian School as well as Barbara Goleman Senior High School. She is Sergeant, Clarinet, and Alto Saxophone player of the National Guard-13th Army Band. Some notable recognitions include Soldier Leader of the Cycle-Basic Training, Ft.Jackson, SC; Soldier of the Year-Florida National Guard State Runner-up; and Honor Graduate-Armed Forces School of Music. She is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree in the field of Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University.
David F. Garr, M.B.A. ’88, B.M.’94, participated in marching band both at The University of Miami and at Ohio State University where he earned his BSBA in Marketing. He went on to work in Marketing and Market Research, and is currently Executive in Business and Sales Operations of the Presidio Corporation, an IT/VAR networking integrator, providing products and services to support enterprise and carrier-grade networks. Previously, he worked at Wellfleet Communications/Bay Networks/Nortel.
Larry Leiby, B.M. ’65, has been a construction lawyer, author, mediator, arbitrator and law professor at Florida International University College of Law. His current concentration is in construction mediation and arbitration. He founded the Florida Bar Construction Law Committee in 1976, was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Florida Bar Construction Law Committee in 2009, and was elected a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators in 2010. In addition, he authored the annually published Florida Construction Law Manual. He continues to play tuba in a polka group as an enjoyable part of his life.
Budd Malchus, BM ’59, MM ’60, is a career Band Director who has had many of his concert band and clarinet choir arrangements performed throughout the U.S. He worked with the Pelham City Schools and Randolph County Schools in Georgia, followed by a 30-year tenure with the Olmsted City Schools in Ohio. He was a member of the Cleveland Instrumental Contest Association, the Ohio Music Education Association, and an elected member of the American School Bandmasters Association. He also served on the Executive Board of the North Olmsted Education Assoc. Malchus relocated to Tucson, Arizona, working as a Band Director in the Amphi City Schools before retiring from teaching. He continues to perform with the community music ensembles Arizona Symphonic Winds, Tucson Concert Band, Old Pueblo Brass Band, Tucson Clarinet Quartet, the Bouncing Czechs, and The Desert Aire Clarinet Quartet, which he also directs.
Cinthia M. Manzano, B.S. ’91, J.D. ’94, B.M. ’94, has been an attorney since 1994. She is currently attorney and partner at Frascona, Joiner, Goodman & Greenstein, P.C. in Boulder, Colorado. She practices Construction Defect Litigation, Construction Litigation, Association Law, Real Estate Litigation, Commercial & Civil Litigation, Property Management and Special Needs Education Law. She presents various programs, workshops and seminars for real estate professionals. She also taught Business Law at Front Range Community College in Colorado.
Dennis Charles Morris, B.S. ’72, is a retired computer scientist who worked for over 34 years at the U.S. Defense Communications Agency & Defense Information Systems Agency. He was a network engineer on a number global communications networks including Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), Defense Data Networks (DDN), Automatic Voice Network (AUTOVON), and Automatic Digital Network (AUTODIN). He currently resides in Sunset Beach, NC.
Sarah Pachter (Freudenberger), B.M. 2006, is a Cantorial Associate at Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton. She met her husband Peter Freudenberger in the Band of the Hour, when she was a Hurricanette dancer and he played trombone. They have two small daughters, Aria and Ada.
Jay C. Rees, B.M. ’84, studied music education and jazz performance at the University of Miami. In 2014, he was appointed Director of the Athletic Bands for the Frost School of Music. He received his M.M. in conducting at the University of Arizona, followed by a 21-year tenure as UA’s Director of Athletic Bands and Professor of Music. He is nationally recognized for his innovative music arrangements and inventive drill design for marching band, He has a large catalog of published original music for jazz, wind ensemble, concert bands, and athletic bands, commissioned and performed by major universities and high schools nationwide. He is a sought after clinician, guest speaker, adjudicator, and conductor for band programs across the country. An accomplished jazz bassist with international touring credits, he currently composes, performs, and records with the Summit Records jazz ensemble Sylvan Street.
David Rothfeld, B.Ed. ’61, studied music education at The University of Miami. He credits being in the Band of the Hour as the starting point for a long career as a band director, which later led to a very successful career in the business of music. His started out as a high school band director in Miami and New Jersey, followed by a rich background in business-to-business selling and corporate management. He was Executive V.P. Sales at Gulf & Western Corp. (Viacom), a field Sales Representative for several music instrument manufacturers, and General Manager of Bose. As General Sales Manager at Electro-Voice Corp., he was responsible for a $100k PA donation to the Frost School of Music. In addition, he is founder of Creative Sales & Management, a business training and consulting firm, with extensive experience guiding international businesses in the U.S. and abroad. He was recently appointed “Executive in Residence” with Stetson University to create and conduct a variety of Business Development workshops for students and alumni. He is an invited speaker at many universities on the subject of Careers in Business and Entrepreneurship.
Heidi DeNeve Sandorf, B.M. ’92, studied music industry under renowned composer and former UM professor Alfred Reed. She went on to serve in the ROTC army, served nine years in the reserves, and retired in 2001 as a first lieutenant. Currently, she is a realtor with the Engel and Völkers firm in Clearwater/Belleaire, Florida, assisting clients with buying and selling Gulf Coast commercial and residential luxury properties and real estate. A former owner of an adoption assistance corporation, she is a married mother of five children.
James Harold Schmelzer, B.M. ’94, is owner of Big Note Music, providing mobile musical instrument repair services to schools throughout the Atlanta, GA metro area. Schmelzer is a long-time musician, participating in band, from middle school through college. He marched with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, attended Interlochen Music Camp, and was Drum Major of the University of Miami Marching Band. Prior to forming Big Note Music with his wife Cindy, Schmelzer worked at his family's music store in Wisconsin, and two other major music retailers. He has been a resident of Acworth/Woodstock for over 10 years and has 3 children, also musicians.
Mallory Janine Sosinski (Bryson), B.A. '07, MS Ed '09, is a K12 educator who has taught classes in English and Spanish language, reading and math. She earned four teaching certificates in Florida (ESE K-12, Social Studies 6-12, English 6-12, and ESOL), as well as four teaching certificates in New Jersey (English, Social Studies, Elementary Education, and Special Education). She was chosen for the Okaloosa County Best Practices teaching group, as well as as a site coordinator for a 1:1 Chromebook Pilot Program. Married to United States Airforce Airman First Class Robert Bryson, she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at the University of West Florida.
Beth A. Spiegel, B.M. ’92, is a graduate of the Music Industry program at the Frost School of Music. She completed her MBA in Finance at DePaul University and currently holds the position as Second Vice President at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago where she serves as a Private Banker, Commercial Banking Analyst, Commercial Banker, and Lender. She resides in Wheaton, IL with her husband, Dan Spiegel, a UM jazz vocal performance graduate, and their two children.
Christopher “Kip” Sullivan, B.M. ’81, M.M. ’84, M.B.A.’86, is a triple UM alumnus and member of The Band of The Hour Alumni Association. He is founder and partner of Summit Records, and Executive Producer of two Grammy winners, including a 2014 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for it’s Night In Calisia by Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio, and Kalisz Philharmonic. Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association marching festivals keep him actively involved with secondary band programs, and he was recognized in 2010 as Volunteer of the Year for his contributions with NCAA Fiesta Bowl band events. Prior to relocating to Arizona, he was Orchestra Manager of The Naples Philharmonic.
Jonathan Tuzman, B.M. '06, is a keyboardist and musical director who has worked at all the major theaters in the Washington, DC area, including Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford's Theater, and Signature Theatre. He has accompanied master classes at the Kennedy Center for Sutton Foster, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Martin Charnin, and Steven Lutvak. He is found/resident pianist at LaTiDo, DC's premiere weekly cabaret-and-spoken-word series, and keyboardist/music director for Infusion, an event variety band in the DC/Baltimore area. He also performs regularly as a guitar/vocal duo with fellow UM alumnus Brad Emmett.
Rachel K. Valentino, B.M. '94, is a Managing Partner of Valentino & Associates LLC, one of the top real estate teams in the Washington, DC region. Washington CityPaper named her Best Real Estate Agent 2010. She was featured on the June 2009 cover of REALTOR magazine, and was recognized in Washington Life magazine as well as the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. She received her BBA in 2004 from American University, Washington DC, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship/Management and Marketing. She is a nationwide judge and instructor for the National Baton Twirling Association, and a former feature twirler for the Band of the Hour.
Rick Veingrad, B.A. '81, played trumpet in the Band of the Hour (1977-81) and was the official UM Band photographer (1979-81). During that time, he worked at the UM Newspaper and Ibis Yearbook where many of his photographs were published. He went on to work at Video Connection, a video/DVD distributor. They were awarded Video Store of the Year by the Video Software Dealers Association. He is a member of the Business Club of Weston, FL.
Thomas J. Vicino, B.M. '94, B.S.C. '02, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis. The author of the four books, he was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar in Brazil. He marched from 1998-2001 as a student at UM and considers himself a lifelong trumpet player.