2016 Marching Saints Student Leadership Announced!


Over the last few weeks, several students applied, auditioned, and interviewed to fill the student leadership roles for the 2016 football and marching season. During this process, it was apparent to the Marching Saints Faculty and Staff that there are many dedicated and talented students that want to see Limestone College’s marching band succeed and grow. While several applicants were music majors, many were not, which shows that anyone with a love for marching and music can participate and shine within the Marching Saints.

Rising Junior AJ Rhodes will take on a new role to the Marching Saints in 2016 as Student Director. Rhodes will work closely with Asst. Band Director Ryan Williams in all of the overall planning and directing duties of the marching saints which includes running rehearsals, assisting students in marching and music performance, and overall planning. According to Williams, “AJ has proven through his academic and marching band experience that he will be able to handle this new position, which will give him experience that he needs for his future career as a band director and teacher.”

In a tight race for the Drum Major position, rising Sophomore Emma Draney was chosen for this important position. Draney will be the third student and second female to take on this position. According to Williams, Draney showed the professionalism, talent, determination, and tenacity that it takes to excel in leading the Marching Saints on and off of the field. Along with conducting the Marching Saints musically, Draney will assist in running rehearsals, and assisting with marching and music performance.

Joining Rhodes and Draney in leading the Marching Saints are:

  • Samantha Iliescu (Rising Senior), Staff Coordinator
  • Felipe Quistian (Rising Junior), Recruiting Coordinator
  • Will Tomkins (Rising Sophomore), Travel Coordinator
  • MacKenzie Sanders (Rising Senior), Uniform Manager
  • Denise Cipriano (Rising Sophomore), Uniform Manager
  • Kayleigh Butler (Rising Sophomore), Library Manager
  • Raymond Nelson (Rising Senior), Equipment Manager
  • David Turner (Rising Junior), Section Leader
  • Jesse Davis (Rising Sophomore), Section Leader
  • John Hutchins (Rising Sophomore), Section Leader
  • Quandarius Neal (Rising Sophomore), Section Leader
  • Hayden Osborne (Rising Sophomore), Section Leader
  • Jillian Suarez (Rising Junior), Color Guard Caption

All of these students will join the Marching Saints staff in planning and preparation for the 2016 season. Please join us in congratulating these students, and watch for them and all of the Marching Saints members during 2016 football and marching season! GO SAINTS!