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Directors & Staff

  • Dr. Justin R. Stolarik
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    Director of Athletic Bands justin.stolarik@stonybrook.edu Biography

    Dr. Justin R. Stolarik serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at Stony Brook University, and is an  active freelance conductor and musician in New York City. Previously, he served as the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Oklahoma and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Mr. Michael Ayala
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    Drumline Instructor michael.ayala@stonybrook.edu Biography Mr. Mike Ayala currently serves as Drumline Instructor for the Spirit of Stony Brook. He was previously a member of the Spirit of Stony Brook while attending Stony Brook University as an undergraduate. He served as the Drumline Instructor prior to 2015, before returning to the  program again in 2018.
  • Mr. Taylor Peterson
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    Graduate Teaching Assistant taylor.peterson@stonybrook.edu Biography Mr. Taylor Peterson is currently a Ph.D. student pursuing a D.M.A. in Trombone music performance.
  • Mr. John Leddy
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    Athletic Bands, Director Emeritus and Arranger john.leddy@stonybrook.edu Biography John Leddy arrived at Stony Brook University in 2006 and is the Founding Director of The Spirit of Stony Brook. Prior to that, he taught music in the Connetquot school district for 33 years where he directed concert band, jazz ensemble, and marching band at all levels. 
  • Mr. Jeffrey A. Barnett
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    Interim Associate Dean of Students jeffrey.barnett@stonybrook.edu Biography Jeff Barnett is a longtime member and proud alum of the Stony Brook community. After having completed his B.S. in psychology from Stony Brook University, Jeff went on to hold several positions at the university in Student Affairs, Enrollment & Retention Management and the Undergraduate Colleges. Jeff earned his graduate degree in Higher & Post-Secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

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BAND Staff

Nick Manzella

Nicholas Manzella

Physics & Mathematics

'22

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Nylette Lopez

Materials Science and Engineering

'21, '22

Lilly Nicholson

Lilly Nicholson

Geology

'22

Nick Manzella

Yajvin Dabbiru

Biomedical Engineering

'23

Nick Manzella

Samantha Lankowicz

Atmospheric Science and Geology

'24

Nick Manzella

Isabella Evans

Psychology

'24