Saxes/Low Reeds

Meet your 2017 Saxes and Low Reed Staff!

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Ashley Gorden

Howdy! My name is Ashley Gorden and I’m from Bulverde, TX. I am a senior Music Education Major with my primary instrument alto saxophone. This is my 4th year in SOSA, and 3rd year as Music Staff. 

Coming to college as a music education major, I was required to do two years of marching band (although I knew I was going to band in college regardless). I stayed past the required two years because every season is unique with new members, diverse shows, and exciting opportunities that I would have never experienced had I not been a part of SOSA. Performing pre-game and halftime in the Alamodome (Yes, 72 degrees), traveling to away games and our first Bowl Game, the Fiesta Night Parade, and making memories with the band along the way are one of the many things I enjoy about SOSA. If you’re on the fence about joining, just try it! College is a completely different experience than high school band no matter what type of program you came from (and you DO have time). See you at band camp and Go Runners!

 “Feel the fear and do it anyways” -Joyce Meyers

Conner Smith

Major: Music Education 

Classification: Junior

Instrument: Alto Sax for SOSA and Bassoon for Concert Band

This will be my third year in SOSA and my second year on music staff for the Alto Saxes. I went to Roosevelt HS here in San Antonio, Texas. I have always loved marching band, so doing SOSA wasn't even a debate for me. I'm glad I joined because I have learned what a marching band should be; and organization that isn't dictated by a director, rather thrives off of the energy of the student. I am also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia!

"I do cool things!" - Ron Ellis

P.S. JOIN SOSA. Just do it. Sign up. Show up. Make friends. Love it. DO cool things. When you get to SOSA, come say hi to me and all of your staff members! WE WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND! #SOSALOVE!!!!



Britnee Gallindo

Hey guys!!

I'm Britnee Galindo and I'm on the marching staff for the saxophone section. I will be a sophomore studying Public Health/ Epidemiology with a minor in Math. I'm out of my mind, I know! It'll be my second year in SOSA and my first year on staff. I graduated from East Central High School here in San Antonio. 
I joined SOSA to step out of my comfort zone, experience new things and meet new people. I did just that! I have met so many amazing people, and of course the games and trips are pretty exciting too. It is an awesome organization, if you're still debating whether you should join, I highly encourage you to try. It is a great way to start off your college years! If you have any questions feel free to message me,  I can't wait to see you at camp in August!!
                                                                                                     -Britnee Galindo

P.S. My favorite quote -
"Her soul is a kaleidoscope bursting with every shade and hue,but shift your angle ever so slightly and she's something entirely new"  (Eric Hanson)

Rudy Sanchez 

Hometown: Sinton, Texas

Major: English

Classification: Sophomore 

Instrument: Alto Sax

This is my first season being a part of SOSA student staff and my second season in SOSA. I joined SOSA because I wanted to continue my passion of music into a college marching band. I fell in love with high school marching band and performing in front of large audiences. SOSA gave me the opportunity to play in an ensemble that was nearly 3 times the size of my former high school band, and allowed me to play in front of tens of thousands of people. I am also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia!

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." - Henry David Thoreau

P.S. If you are indecisive towards joining SOSA possibly due to your work load or time issues, don't fret! I too had these concerns, and looking back I can confidently say I'm content with my decision of joining SOSA. Yes, SOSA gives you a little more responsibilities to take on, but the relationships and experiences you will receive will make it all worth while. Plus, knowing that everyone else is taking on similar workloads is also very reassuring. :)




Jake De Anda

Hometown/School: Boerne High School, Boerne, Texas

Major: Criminal Justice

Classification: Junior

Instrument:Tenor Sax

This will be my fourth year in SOSA and my first year on staff! I joined SOSA and have continued to be in it because marching band is fun! I am also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia!

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams"

Joel McMinn-Reyna

Hello! My name is Joel McMinn-Reyna and I went to Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas. I am a Sophmore Music Education Major. My primary instrument is Saxophone! Although I do know how to play many others. This is my first year on staff and my 2nd year with SOSA! The reason why I joined SOSA is because I had heard many great things about SOSA and I wanted to be a part of the program! My favorite quote is " Live like you are dying"