On the 2,196,496th day, God created the DUMB Mellophone section, and he saw that it was good. Then he went to a Duke Football Game, and saw that it was bad (remember, this is 2010 Duke Football), and turned his back on those Devils. But alas! The glorious sound of the mellophone section rose through the air, and God heard that it was great. So he went back and saw them march, and he was struck with Au. He blessed the mellophones with two consecutive Gross Cups, the glory of which had never before been witnessed. Which really, was just a physical manifestation of what we already knew: the mellophone section is the best section in the band. I feel comfortable saying this because I lived it. The mellophone section is the family you need away from your family at home. We have the most wonderful people in our section that creates a dynamic of a special kind of love that is really beyond anything any other section could try to claim.

We have mellophones for all who want to try them at Duke. Of course, it is easiest if you come in with mellophone skills but, if you don’t, don’t let that get in the way of your dreams. Luckily for you dreamers, it is not required that you have ever played the mellophone before. We have members who have had great success switching to the mellophone for the first time at college. If you need help, you will get it. Not to mention the brass stipend.

Since you are reading this page, you are already one step closer to being a mellophone (aka self fulfillment and eternal glory). If you haven’t signed up for the band’s email list, do it now. If you haven’t joined the interest group on Facebook, do it now. If you have questions that you would like to email to your loving, helpful section leaders Jeremy Henkel (jh540@duke.edu) or Selin Ozcelik (selin.ozcelik@duke.edu) , do it now. Or if you like to keep it old school, email Kelly Calabrese(kelly.calabrese@alumni.duke.edu) or Emma Weitzner (emma.weitzner@duke.edu). They have both ascended into the real world, but are still nonetheless wise, fearless, loving, helpful leaders who can guide you to achieve great things in this world, and they will always remain mello section leaders in our hearts.

mello homecoming

Mellos vs Homecoming

mello xmas

Mellos vs Secret Santa

mello banquet

Mellos vs Senior Banquet

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