Meet your 2017 Clarinet Staff!


Natalie Morales

I was born in Miami, Florida but moved to Texas when I was young! I went to Smithson Valley High School and currently live in San Antonio. I am an incoming sophomore getting a degree in Music Education and I play the clarinet! This will be my second year in SOSA and my first year on staff. I am in SOSA because I love how so many different people can come together and create an awesome marching show through their individual love for music. My favorite quote is "Happiness is a state of mind. It's just according to the way you look at things" by Walt Disney. Speaking of, I'm obsessed with Disney!!!

Russell Wander

Welcome to the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band. My name is Russell Wander. I am a member of the clarinet marching staff and a Student Assistant. I graduated from Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, TX, just northwest of Houston. Here at UTSA I am a senior pursuing a BBA in Economics. I play the clarinet and I am a member of the band service organization Tau Beta Sigma. I have been a member of SOSA since my freshman year and a member of the staff for the past two years, and I became a Student Assistant last year. When I became a member of SOSA I thought “hmmm, I guess I’ll give this a try.” After being in marching band for the past four years in high school I was feeling burned out, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with the marching band and the clarinet. I have come to realize during my last three years with the ensemble that it was truly one of the best decisions I made during my college experience. SOSA became the foundation for me to branch out into other organizations, and I have made friends here that I just wouldn’t make outside of the band world. It has been a memorable part of my life I cannot wait for my fourth and final year in SOSA!

Favorite Quote: “Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire 


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Kaitlyn Laurel

Hi friends,

My name is Kaitlyn Laurel, and I am one of SOSA’s student assistants and clarinet marching staff this year. I was raised in Laredo, Texas and went to Alexander High School. For the past three years, I have been studying to become a teacher in early childhood education (Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6). I’m finally a senior! One last year and then I’m off to student teaching. I have been playing clarinet in SOSA since my freshmen year- 4.OSA. I joined staff the next year as a section leader and continued up until this past year. SOSA came into my life because I followed a friend here from high school- a trumpet player who has recently graduated. I immediately fell in love with the band. The energy is great, the people are friendly, and the organizations- TBS and KKY- enhance the experience of being a part of music at UTSA. I am also a sister of TBS! As this will be my fourth and final year of SOSA, I am excited to see some new faces and for the SOSA experience to be even greater than before! Here’s to another bowl game!

Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax