Members

Sunil Gadgil, baritone saxophone
Executive Director
Hometown: Houston, TX
DMA in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Sunil also loves to play recorder. Yes, the one from elementary school. Just nicer.
Billy McPhail, baritone saxophone
Internal Affairs Director
Hometown: Victoria, TX
BM in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Billy is an excellent cook, and enjoys preparing Mexican food for his family.
Liz Love, alto saxophone
Marketing Director
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
MM in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Liz was a member of the 2007 Disneyland All-American College Band and it was the best.summer.ever.
Amanda Dawson, alto saxophone
Hometown: Summerville, GA
MM in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Amanda grew up driving tractors on her family’s cattle farm.
Ben Kessler, tenor saxophone
Financial Director
Hometown: Denver, CO
MM in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Ben recorded and acted in the Hollywood film “Bandslam” (2008), starring Vanessa Hudgens and Lisa Kudrow.
Kevin Gibbs, tenor saxophone
Hometown: Round Rock, TX
BM in Music Performance, UT-Austin
Kevin can make an eerily accurate cricket noise by whistling.
Rami El-Farrah, soprano saxophone
Hometown: San Diego, CA
DMA in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Rami’s first language was French, but he’s since forgotten it. C’est la vie.
Jess Voigt Page, soprano saxophone
Hometown: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
MA in Music, University of Iowa
Jess writes articles for Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine.
James Hairston, alto saxophone
Hometown: El Paso, TX
MM in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
In 2008, James worked for the P. Mauriat Saxophone Company located in Taipei, Taiwan.
Michael Hertel, baritone saxophone
Hometown: Kingsport, TN
DMA in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Michael thinks E.T. is the scariest movie ever made.
Djamel Mami, alto saxophone
Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
DMA in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Djamel is an avid skier and rock climber.
Nathan Mertens, baritone saxophone
Hometown: Waverly, NE
MM in Saxophone Performance, UT-Austin
Nathan eats rice at least once-a-day, and went through 25 lbs by himself last year.
Walter Nichols, tenor saxophone
Hometown: Austin, TX
BM in Music Composition, UT-Austin
Walter played saxophone for Carnival Cruise Lines in the Caribbean, as well as composes concert, film, and electronic music.