The reason for this band's creation is to help boost the school spirit among Cal Poly Pomona Students. We do our best to play at every home basketball game, some of the away games, and some of the other sports and activities around campus. We maintain good musicianship, but our prime directive is to keep learning new music, to push ourselves every bit possible, and to just have fun.
Kingsley Hickman, born in Gloucester, England and raised in Thousand Oaks, California, is in his fifth year towards his degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has been playing and studying saxophone since the age of 8 and earned the Patrick S. Gilmore Award for his dedication, loyalty, character, and discipline to the Thousand Oaks High School band program in 2013. Kingsley volunteers at Redwood Middle School as a woodwind instructor and has been teaching saxophone privately for 5 years. He has studied privately under Kevin Garren, Brian Scanlon and currently, at Cal Poly Pomona, Lori Rosenbauer Huff. Kingsley is a member of two semi-professional wind ensembles in Southern California, Symphonic Winds of the Pacific and the Orange County Wind Symphony. Here at Cal Poly Pomona he has held principal positions in the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Choir, and Jazz Ensemble.
Viral Shukla, born and raised in Pleasanton California, is in his second year towards his degree in Food Science and Technology, with a minor in Music. He began studying music on the piano at the age of six and has been playing brass since age ten; he now primarily plays low brass and percussion. Viral earned the Outstanding Service Award from Amador Valley High School for his dedication and service as Band Council President and Honorary Band Director. In high school he performed in the Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands as well as winter percussion. In 2014 and 2015 he marched in the Blue Devils “B” Drum Corps. He currently volunteers as a musical and visual instructor at Amador Valley Highschool. At Cal Poly Pomona, he performs in the Concert Band, and volunteers as the Concert Band Librarian. He holds a position on the Music Board and is the Vice President of the Nu Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
If you would like to read about our previous directors, please see our list of previous directors.