• 2019-2020 GVHS Marching Patriots -- Student Leadership

    It is with great excitement that the GVHS Marching Band Staff announces the student leadership invitations for the 2019-2020 school year.  The development of leadership is one of the major goals of the instrumental music program.  Leadership, both assigned and unassigned, is very important to the instrumental music program because it unites the music family as a whole.  In fact, leadership begins with your reaction to this announcement – for all members, leaders or not.  By displaying solid examples of team approach, hard work, positive attitude, and an enjoyment of music, ALL members of the GVHS Marching Band make the entire program better, stronger, and more enjoyable.

    Not everyone who auditioned was selected for what they were hoping for, but this is does not mean that everyone cannot be a leader that contributes to the great whole.  There were many outstanding candidates, and everyone who auditioned can still make significant contributions to the Great Valley Marching Band.  It is also important that all members are supportive of leadership.  We cannot improve if we are tearing others down.  The only way up is to trust that everyone else is just as committed to the team as everyone else.

    Please know that regardless of which high school or music program, assigning Student Leadership positions is never an easy decision for a Marching Band Director.  If you did not receive a position, it is NOT an attack on your character or a reflection of who you are as a person.  I have taken a painstaking amount of time to deliberate and decide on what is best for the band [and for each of you as individuals], and also have devoted this entire school year to display my care and build your trust in me.  I hope you can sense and believe in those efforts.

    The leadership teams for next school year are strong, engaged, and excited.  They have shown themselves to be great musicians, great students, and great people.  The possibilities for the instrumental music program are great because of these young leaders.  Congratulations to them!


    Mr. Cohen


    Drum Major: Tyler DeTulleo

    Drum Major: Claire Chen

    Woodwind Captain: Katelyn DePaula

    Brass Captain: Peter Crane

    Battery Captain: Travis Madden

    Front Ensemble Captain: Jess Langlois

    Color Guard Captain: Avani Kavathekar


    General Student Leadership:    

    Heidi Atlas

    Gnanesh Gutta

    Dhruv Chandiramani

    Riya Tandon

    Ilse Nunez

    Kirsten Ho

    Evan Butow

    Hannah Search