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Pep Band

Established in 2001, the Panther Pep Band is composed of over 20 talented, enthusiastic Florida Tech students who support the Panthers at home volleyball games, home men's and women's basketball games, special events, including the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally, and various other functions. They also periodically travel to away games and perform in community parades and events, including the Meg O'Malley's St. Patrick's Day Parade and the ceremony for the Last Naval Battle of the America Revolution. Along with the Panther Cheerleading Team and the University’s mascot, Pete the Panther, they help compose Florida Tech’s Spirit Team.

Governed by a constitution, the Pep Band is an entirely student run organization. Each year, they nominate and elect six officers. The officers for the 2011-12 school year are Lindsey Carboneau (President), Karlee Radford (Vice President), Nichole Miller (Secretary), Laura Zagorski (Treasurer), Jeff Vreeland (Historian/Librarian) and Ashley Ferguson (Public Relations). Pep Band LogoLimited scholarships are available for participants. Athletic Director Bill Jurgens is the club’s sponsor.

The ensemble entertains from start to finish, earning the reputation as one of the best Pep Bands in the Sunshine State Conference. When the Panther volleyball and basketball teams take to the hardwood floor at the Clemente Center, the Pep Band provides them with a home court advantage that opposing teams immediately recognize. Panther fans feed off the band’s energy, creating an exciting game environment for all.

In 2008, the Office of Student Life named the Pep Band its Rising Star Student Organization of the Year. Just 12 months later, they received the office’s Organization of the Year honor.

Current and former instrumentalists, who presently attend Florida Tech, are encouraged to sign-up. For information on joining the Pep Band, please contact Lindsey Carboneau at lcarboneau2009@my.fit.edu or Ashley Ferguson at fergusoa@my.fit.edu.

2011-12 Officers

PositionNameTitleEmail
Pep Band Sponsor Bill Jurgens Athletic Director bjurgens@fit.edu
Officer Lindsey Carboneau President lcarboneau2009@my.fit.edu
Officer Karlee Radford Vice President kradford2009@my.fit.edu
Officer Nichole Miller Secretary nmiller2008@my.fit.edu
Officer Laura Zagorski Treasurer lzagorski2010@my.fit.edu
Officer Jeffrey Vreeland Historian/Librarian jvreeland2010@my.fit.edu
Officer Ashley Ferguson Public Relations fergusoa@my.fit.edu

Pep Band Photo 1 Pep Band Photo 2
Pep Band Members
NameGradeHometown
Amanda Bessette Junior Agawam, Mass.
John Bohanon
Freshman
Canton, Mass.
Katie Branham Junior Panama City, Fla.
Hannah Briant
Freshman
Gainesville, Fla.
Chris Bridgeman  Sophomore
Bedford, Mass. 
Lindsey Carboneau Junior
Suffield, Conn.
Paul Decker
Senior
Memphis, Tenn.
Patrick Diep
Freshman
China Grove, N.C.
Ashley Ferguson Graduate Student
Port Charlotte, Fla.
Rachel Furtado Sophomore
Naples, Fla. 
David Jarkey Graduate Student
Middletown, Md.
Brendan Keegan Sophomore
Kenmore, Wash. 
Matt Kemmerer
Freshman
Palm Bay, Fla.
Carmen Lau
Sophomore
Omaha, Neb.
Gabby Leesman
Freshman
Springfield, Ill.
Quncy Little
Freshman
Hampton, Ga.
Melissa Lockwood Senior
Gooding, Idaho
Alex Martin
Freshman
Bethlehem, Pa.
Joey Militti
Freshman
Port Orange, Fla.
Nichole Miller Senior
Fargo, N.D.
Dominique Mojay
Freshman
Dumfries, Va.
Kevin Nelson Senior Prior Lake, Minn.
Jashelle Ojeda
Junior
Yubucoa, Puerto Rico
Jake Olson
Freshman
East Brunswick, N.J.
Chris Penta
Junior
Middleton, Mass.
Clint Price
Freshman
Melbourne, Fla.
Karlee Radford
Junior
Topeka, Kan.
Miles Reynolds-Chew
Freshman
Spotslyvania, Va.
Daryle Serrant Senior
Pompano Beach, Fla.
Sara Smasal  Sophomore
Chicago, Ill.
Jennifer Stephens Sophomore Merritt Island, Fla.
Jeff Vreeland Sophomore
Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Michael Yost Junior
Gainesville, Fla.
Laura Zagorski Sophomore
Harleysville, Pa.
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