Meet your 2017 Piccolo Staff!
Major: Music Education
This year will be my second season with SOSA and my first time on Piccolo staff! I joined SOSA because it's a giant family, and an experience you won't find anywhere else. I am also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Service Fraternity!
"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." This is one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
My name is Chandler Balcer, and I am from San Antonio. I am a sophomore music education major and I play the flute/piccolo. This will be my second season with SOSA. I am in SOSA because of the opportunities it presents for me; it allows me to make more friends and keep on networking. Through SOSA I have met some of my best friends. My favorite quote is “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” - Aristotle
My name is Sebastian Godinez, I graduated from David Crockett High School in Austin, Texas back in 2015. I am in my third year at UTSA pursuing a degree in Cyber Security. My main instrument in the Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) is the piccolo, this coming 2017 season will mark my third year with the band and my first as a staff member. The reason I joined SOSA is due to the experience I went through in high school with performing and traveling. I am not going to lie I was skeptical at first but after listening to the Drum Major during orientation and somehow persuaded me to rethink my decision, I said: “what the heck I'll never know unless I try.” From that moment on I have not regretted my decision. SOSA is an amazing organization with so many amazing people, our job as the Spirit of San Antonio is grand and important. My being in the band is representing my pride in my school and my love for band, that I gained in high school and will continue to experience it throughout the remaining years. My favorite quote comes from Christopher Nolan’s: Batman Begins (2005), “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”-Alfred Pennyworth to Bruce Wayne.
The quote means a lot to me due to the fact that I went through the majority of my life figuring things out and learning from my mistakes. Yes I had support from my parents but they could only do so much and it came to the point to where they said, “only you can do it, we don’t know how to help.” In life, we hit obstacles making us fall down to the floor, and it's up to us to get back on our feet and give it another go. Showing those around us that we haven’t given up and have more in store.