A native of the beautiful southern state of New Jersey, Doug led
the YPMB as an avid fan of all Yale sports. Despite a perennially
great showing for the home crowd, the band enjoyed some of its biggest
highlights of Doug’s year as Drum Major came away from Yale. Back-to-back
spring break road-trips saw a pair of overtime hockey thrillers:
an “extravaganza” of sorts at Dartmouth for the men’s team and the
YPMB’s first travel for a women’s team in recent memory, to the
ECACHL semifinals in Schenectady. Also, no one can forget the time
that Doug single-handedly overpowered the entire hahvahd home basketball
crowd, shouting actual quotes about the drudgeries of the cantabridgian
collegiate experience as Yale’s opponents attempted their free throws.
When fall rolled around and visiting director Dr. Jim Chesebrough
came to town, the YPMB picked up where it left off, taking to the
skies for the beaches, In-n-Out burgers, and football fields of
sunny San Diego. As the weather chilled and the leaves turned, the
band trekked to Doug’s home state for a come-from-behind victory
at p-ton that must have been inspired by the YPMB’s own sans-instrument
pregame soccer match, complete with Spanish narration. ¡Gooooooooal!
Back in New Haven, the YPMB made its Spring Fling debut under Doug’s
watch at the selection of Magnificent Mugsy Rangoon as Handsome
Dan XVI, Yale’s new mascot. Football season saw its share of great
halftime shows, none grander than the spectacle at The Game: a smoking
tank that shot down an observation balloon, three biplanes, five
triplanes, and a rush of twelve college flags over the top.
Outside of the YPMB, Doug’s interests at Yale included Hebrew,
home brews, the history of S&M (science and medicine), and clowns.
He spent a year as saxophone section leader before leading the band
in its moments of glory.
Past Drum Majors