Carl Grapentine has been "The Voice of the Michigan Band" since 1970 when he was appointed to the post by Dr. William D. Revelli. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, he played oboe in the Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra, and was baritone soloist with the Men's Glee Club during his student years. He added duties of game announcer at Michigan Stadium in 2006. Carl has sung the National Anthem at Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, the Pontiac Silverdome and Crisler Arena. He is the morning host of WFMT radio in Chicago, the country's leading classical music station. He resides in Oak Park, Illinois.
John W. Stout is now in his 35th year as one of the arrangers for the Michigan Marching Band. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, John holds Bachelor and Master degrees in composition and conducting. John's arrangements and original compositions have been published by companies such as Hal Leonard, Manhattan Beach, Boosey & Hawkes, and Columbia Pictures. John has been the recipient of several commissions and grants, including a commission from the Boston Pops Orchestra. John is the owner of a software consulting company in Ann Arbor where he also resides.
Dr. John P. Schmidt
John Schmidt, MD, originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Schmidt marched in the trombone section for four years while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Michigan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System. John currently works as a hospitalist in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Cemal Sozener
Cemal Sozener, MD marched for five years in the euphonium section then served on the graduate staff of the MMB. While attending the University of Michigan he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Doctor of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the UM Health System. Cemal currently works as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Hospital.
Dick Gaskill - Photographer
Dick Gaskill returns for his 55th season as a photographer for the Michigan Marching Band. Recently, in 2001 at the beginning of the digital age, Dick began to record and document his collection of over 87,000 negatives; 10,000 digital files; movies; sound tapes and correspondence on his web site: www.dickgaskill.printroom.com. Arrangements have been made to donate this entire collection to the U of M Bentley Library. Dick resides in Livonia with his wife Peg and Shih tzu Holly.
Robert Brown - Photographer
Robert has provided photo and video services to the MMB since 1975. Throughout that time he has helped to expand the use of video and digital audio for learning and performance documentation for the MMB. One enjoyable aspect of being part of the MMB video crew for Robert has been the level of commitment and generous sharing of time and talent by all members of the crew. "There always seems to be a new excitement with the start of each new season that keeps all of us coming back for more."
Belinda Carter - Photographer
Belinda has been capturing photos of the MMB since 1999 and will be back this fall. She loves being part of an organization that has such high energy and is so dedicated to putting a superior product on the field week in and week out. She captures and creates memories from moments throughout the day, from early morning rehearsal through the post-game performance. Her photos can be viewed and purchased at mmbphotovideo.com. Belinda lives in Saline and is a former flute/piccolo player.
Tim Demske - Video Crew Coordinator
Tim has been a member of the video crew since 2004 and returns as the video crew coordinator this season. He marched saxophone from 1997 through 2000 and holds three degrees from Michigan (Mechanical Engineering BS and MS, and MBA). There is no place Tim would rather be than in Ann Arbor on a crisp fall Saturday game day morning capturing the activities and performances of the MMB. He has a great love and passion for the MMB, videography, and video editing and is grateful to be able to give back to an organization that meant so much to him as an undergraduate student at Michigan. Tim lives down the road from Ann Arbor in Canton.
David Aguilar - Videographer / Photographer
David was a member of the trombone section from 2005 through 2009 and a member of the Michiigan Hockey Band. He is originally from El Paso, Texas and currently works and lives in Ann Arbor. In 2010 he joined the video crew and contributes behind the camera and in the editing room. His interest in video editing and the MMB allow him to create lasting memories for the members of the MMB.
John (UJ) Finch - Videographer
UJ is in his second stint with the video crew which began in 2004. He first worked on the video crew after graduation in the late ‘80s before leaving to work in California. He marched trumpet (where he gained the nick-name “UJ”) from 1981 through 1985 serving as rank leader and on the equipment staff for three years and bus captain for one year (Bus 6 – Glocks Rule!). The excitement of being part of and giving back to an organization that has done so much to shape his life and friendships is what keeps UJ coming back to Ann Arbor every Saturday in the fall. John currently resides in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Sarah Hanchar - Videographer / Photographer
Sarah joined the video crew in 2009 after marching Piccolo in the band from 2004 through 2007. Now living in Milwaukee, WI after graduation from the Ross School of Business, the draw of the MMB and Michigan Football on a crisp Saturday morning is what brings her back throughout the season. When not working audio, cheering on the team, or wishing there was a better twitter client for webOS (follow us on twitter @mmbphotovideo) you'll most likely find her behind her camera capturing the excitement that is a Football Saturday! Go Blue!
Chris Sorensen - Videographer / Photographer
Chris has been a member of the video crew since 2005. An avid amateur video producer and self-proclaimed marching band geek, he is a 3rd generation M football season ticket holder and hasn’t missed a home game in 20 years. When he was introduced to video crew through a friend, a lifelong dream was realized. Though never a member of the MMB, he is an enduring musician, marching with a saxophone throughout high school, and studying piano at the college level. He currently plays saxophone and percussion in the Downriver Community Band. Chris resides in Southgate with his wife Michelle and awesome kids Baker, and Veronica.
Jeff Stokes - Videographer / Photographer
Jeff has been with the MMB continuously since the fall of 1986. He marched in the trombone section for two years, one as rank leader, before being elected to Drum Major for the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Following his marching years, Jeff served as a graduate assistant for two years and has served as a member of the video crew since life required him to get a “real” job as an engineer in the auto industry. Jeff lives in Milan, Michigan with his wife, Teresa (a former MMB tuba rank leader), daughters Samantha and Jacquelyn, and about twenty dairy goats.
Jeff Wohl - Videographer
Jeff marched alto saxophone from 1981 through 1985 and then sat in the stands for two years after that. Realizing that he could not stand being just an observer (too much Yuba in him), in the summer of 1988 he asked director Eric Becher if he could volunteer for something MMB. Eric said his current video crew of two was leaving for real employment and that he should give videography a try -- best 'take the plunge' decision Jeff ever made. Jeff lives in Canton with his part-time videographer wife Terri and two die-hard teenage marching band children Benjamin and Sarah.