The last #BandMemberOfTheWeek for the 2016-2017 academic school year goes to our Band Manager Michael Saxer. On Michael’s first day of high school in 2011, he watched and heard the St. Anthony's HS Pipe Band – which is a band comprised of current students - perform at St. Anthony's High School welcoming ceremony. Michael was immediately hooked and knew learning how to play the pipes was something he wanted to pursue. So with months of practice and hard work, Michael became an official member of the St. Anthony’s PB. Now he is a bagpiper for @empirepipeband – a Grade Three competition band – and the Iona College Pipe Band. Michael says his favorite part about being in our pipe band is the diversity of talent and skill sets amongst our members, and we agree! He also says he loves playing the bagpipes because he is reminded of his Irish heritage and the fond memories he made as a young boy with his family members at St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Michael is currently a sophomore that is majoring in Computer Science. He is originally from East Northport, New York, and chose to attend Iona College solely because of our pipe band. He knew Iona would be a place where he would have peers who shared his love of pipe bands and would be pushed to become a better player. Aside from serving as our Band Manager, Michael is the Community Service Chairman for the Computer Science Club. He also enjoys solving riddles, crosswords and other brainteaser puzzles in his spare time. Thank you for always making yourself available to help your fellow band mates and we hope you will keep up the great work next year!
Fun fact: Michael is a big fan of Star Wars and his favorite movie is Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith #starwars #episodethree #pipeband #computerscience