Wade is currently in his fourth year as a double major in Music and Biology. He first heard a carillon at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, and joined the carillon studio at UF when he found out it was offered as a class. Although his principal instrument is the piano, he enjoys playing the bells, giving tours after recitals, and arranging music for the carillon. Outside of class, he is a School of Music Ambassador, and he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, catching snakes, and photography. He is also President of Florida Trailgators, a club which organizes nature hikes and trail runs in the Gainesville area.
Kathryn Clark is a fourth-year Neuroscience and Anthropology Double Major at the University of Florida. Kathryn became interested in carillon after learning from friends that non-music students could audition for the studio. This is her second semester as part of the studio. Outside of class she serves as UF’s Neuroscience Club Treasurer as well as being a CLAS Ambassador and honors Luminary. Beyond school, Kathryn volunteers at the Alachua County Crisis Center as a phone counselor and CARE Team interventionist for a local branch of the National Suicide Hotline.
Danny Baker is a 5th year Civil Engineering major. This is his second semester in the carillon studio, having joined after learning about it from Becca Kiriazes. He has been playing piano for the past 10 years and his favorite pieces of music to play are from movies, television shows, and games. His notable accomplishments include being an okay guy and winning 1st place at a local Game of Thrones trivia night.
Katie Boole is a second-year biology student at the University of Florida. This is her second semester in the studio, having stumbled upon it while in search of a handbell choir. Her musical background includes piano, flute, and handbells. In her spare time, Katie enjoys volunteering in the Ichthyology Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History and serving as a Site Coordinator for MentorGNV, an organization that pairs university students with mentees at Alachua County schools.
Elizabeth Parker is a third year electrical engineering student. After hearing about the similarities between the carillon and the piano, and listening to the music that was heard by thousands of UF students on campus, she auditioned for the class at the beginning of the fall semester. Her musical background includes piano and guitar, as well as singing songs from many musicals. Elizabeth is involved in the UF Navigators, a campus ministry and leads a bible study with them. She is also very active in her housing organization, the Cooperative Living Organization (CLO), which is an affordable student co-op. She loves to read, watch football games, and hang out with her friends.
John Kemmerer is a third year material science student. This is his third semester with the studio and his musical background comes from piano. John found out about the carillon studio after reading about it online and immediately became interested. Outside of class, he enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to a copious amount of music and reading.
Jack is a second-year civil engineering student at the University of Florida. In Jack’s second semester he played tuba in the UF concert band, for his second year he decided to follow the family tradition, set by his older sisters Anna and Becca, of being a UF carillonneur. Many nights of the week Jack can be found devouring a Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse with his family or ordering Papa John’s for a study party with friends.