Student Assistants

Meet your 2017 Student Assistants!


Jesse Esparza

Hey everyone, I'm Jesse Esparza and I play alto sax. I'm a senior public health major with a concentration in epidemiology and this will be my fourth season in SOSA. I spent the past two seasons on visual staff and this will be my second season as a student assistant. I graduated from Southside High School here in San Antonio. I am in SOSA because I love music and performances especially at football and volleyball games. I'm looking forward to another great season! See you all soon! "The best preparation for good work tomorrow, is to do good work today." - Elbert Hubbard

Ryan Erfurth 

Hey guys, my name is Ryan Erfurth and I am from the great city of San Antonio, home of this wonderful university. I grew up on the south side of San Antonio attending Southside high school. I am a Senior here at UTSA and am studying Administration and Economics. I am apart of the best section in SOSA, the saxophones and this is my 4th year in SOSA, 3rd year on staff. I am currently sitting as the Treasurer of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and I am beginning my 3rd year in the fraternity. I am an avid golfer, camper and I love the outdoors in general so if you do, let me know, I always enjoy company. "Live life to the fullest because it only happens once."


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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

Russel 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 



Raymond Herrera

Hometown/School: Texas City HS/Texas City, TX

Major: Music Composition 

Classification: Senior

Instrument: Battery

This will be my fourth year in SOSA and my third year on staff! There are many reasons why I keep doing SOSA, but to me it's one big diverse family of people from different places and with different stories. What's so great about it, is that we are all here to do the same thing. We are here to make music while running around on the football field! I am also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia! 

"To me, it's so simple that life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion, to refuse to taper yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself. And then you are going to live your life on a tightrope. I know its impossible, but I know I will do it." - Phillippe Petit

I am very flexible amongst sections, as I jump across the realms of woodwinds, percussion, and brass on almost a daily basis. My primary instrument is Saxophone, but I've also marched with several Drum Corps the past few years in the horn line. The most notably was with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2016. If you have any questions about me, feel free to ask!

Marquis Anderson

Hometown/School: Manor, TX/Manor HS


Classification: Junior

Instrument: Cymbals

This will be my third year on staff with the cymbals! I've been a part of SOSA because I love playing cymbals and the people!

Krishna: "Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom."