In This Issue:
Welcome back for another addition of the RPI Pep Band Alumni (and Friends) newsletter. Just because its' the off season doesn't mean there aren't all sorts of things going on. With Spring over and Summer finally upon us, let's take a look at what's coming up in the next few months.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
As you all know, this was an exciting NHL postseason for RPI alums. Adam Oates came within one win of his first Stanley Cup, losing in game seven to the New Jersey Devils. Adam went 4-9 (13) in 21 games. After outstanding play, he now finds himself looking for a team as the Ducks failed to pick up his option.
Of lesser note in this year's playoffs was Brian Pothier '00 of the Ottawa Senators.This post season Brian played in his first NHL playoff game against the NY Islanders. Though he did not score, he registered one shot and two penalty minutes. Hopefully we'll get to see both players fighting for the Cup next season.
This year we held a Reunion Weekend Pub Night. After some time spent in the Clubhouse Pub, we all wandered down to the Union Games room for some pool (where some of us played much better than others).Thanks to all those who attended.
Athletic Reunion Weekend
Keep the weekend of September 19th through the 21st open, as the Alumni House will be holding their first "themed" reunion weekend. We are still trying to get information about this event, but we do know that the festivities will focus around the RPI vs Coast Guard football game on Saturday the 20th. Plan on bringing your horns as well. More details to follow in the next few weeks.
Hockey Prospects - Changes Around the ECAC, NCAA
It's been a busy off season in college hockey, and there's even more to come.The ECAC has seen several coaching changes in both men's and women's hockey. On the women's side, Dartmouth college has replaced Judy Oberting with assistant coach Mark Hudak. For the men, both Clarkson and Vermont have new coaches. Interim coach Fred Parker, who stepped up mid-season amid the Mark Morris controversy has been replaced with former D3 coach George Roll. Union head coach Kevin Sneddon has accepted the job at UVM, replacing Mike Gilligan who stepped down at the end of the 02-03 post-season. No word yet on who will take over at Union. Former RPI and Bowling Green head coach Buddy Powers will now be coaching at D3 Wesleyan.
The ECAC also lot two of its star players to the NHL. Cornell's David LeNeveu has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, while Yale's Chris Higgins has gone on to the Montreal Canadiens. Both were sophomores.
Other items of note: The MAAC hockey schools have broken away and are forming a new conference - Atlantic Hockey. This change is immediate, and they are starting to build their conference staff. Also newsworthy is the selection of hosts for the 2007 and 2008 Frozen Four tournaments. 2007 will be held in St. Louis, while 2008 will be held in Denver.
RPI's hockey season will start Saturday October 11th at Boston University! The complete schedule can be found in the Calendar of the Yahoo Group.
Spring time seems to be the start of wedding season, and for our organization their seems to be no exception. In April, Adam Payne '00 (Chris' former roommate) married Katie Farrar (Chris' sister). In May, former conductor Sebastian Corbisiero '01 married clarinet Amber Master '98, and percussionist and bartender John Sassatelli '96 wed Jeanette Premo. This summer will see more of our members get hitched, with two weddings on the same day (though not in the same place).
If you know of any more band alums who are celebrating weddings or other important events, please let us know so we can include them in future newsletters.
New Website - Suggestions Anyone?
We're still looking for suggestions for our new website. Andrea Catenaro has graciously volunteered her considerable talents to design the site for us. If you have any ideas at all, just let us know.
Help Us Find These People
Well, last newsletter we asked for your help in finding four former pep band members. With your help we did catch up with both Lea Chan and Tim Martin. This issue we're going to add two more to our list: Jamie Haletky and Chris Tomaso.
Jamie Haletky was class of 2000 and mastered the Mexican Cheer on the trumpet. Jamie played in the band for four years and hardly ever missed an event. Last we heard, he was doing graduate work somewhere out in California.
Chris Tomaso is a saxophone from the class of 1998. In addition to doing pep band, he was a Resident Assistant.
In addition to these two, we are still looking for Seth Bumpurs and Bobby Hazan. If you know how to reach any of these people please let us know, or pass along the subscribe information to them. If there is anyone else you would like us to look for, e-mail us or add them to the database section of the Yahoo Group.
From The Managers
In the on going shirt search, we have been in contact with Rugby Imports and we think we are close to working something out with them on a similar design as to what we have.
That's all we have for this time. If anyone has any comments or suggestions for us please feel free to drop us an email at the above address.
Well, that's it for this issue. Just some final points before we go:
Next issue: hockey season in full swing! See you then!