Guitar

Jackson Price (C'18) | Jackson is a senior from Los Angeles pursuing a B.A. Honors degree in Comparative Literature with a German minor. He has been playing drums for 15 years, specializing in a wide variety of genres such as jazz, pop, hip hop, Latin, funk, rock, and musical theater. He studied abroad in Berlin during his junior spring semester and has since become one of those kids who always feels the need to mention the fact that he studied abroad. He has a great social media presence (@jackson_price on Instagram) and also studied abroad.

Will Miller (C'20) | Will Miller is a member of Penn Jazz. He is a friendly man with a good heart whom you are sure to enjoy. Yow!!

Harrison Meyer | Our current President and the man who can't sleep without being read a few chapters from his favorite book, Robert's Rules of Order, Harrison is always quick with some jazzy tune. And he can play the piano, too. 

Justin Mignatti | Justin Mignatti is a sophomore studying economics and music in the college of arts and sciences. Justin is Penn’s premiere sousaphone player. This is his first semester playing with Penn Jazz. In his free time he enjoys playing/listening to music, reading, and eating chicken parm.

Sammy Xu | Sam, a freshman from outside Philly, studies Mechanical Engineering and Business. He’ll tell you that he’s excited to be performing in his first Penn Jazz concert! He has been playing trumpet since fourth grade. His other interests include
acting on stage and cracking corny jokes.

​​​The Magnificent Members of Penn Jazz

Lena Leszinsky | A sophomore from Michigan studying biology in the college, she is slightly tone-deaf despite playing sax for nine years. You’ll usually find her in the biomed library making bad organic chemistry puns and taking her coffee intravenously.

Josh Berg (C'20) | Josh Berg is a sophomore from Philadelphia. he plays the saxophone and woweee can he play! OH boy, when josh berg starts honkin' the horn, the women swoon and blush. Be sure to get a good look at him before it's too late. 

Trombones

Sam Davis (C'20) | A sophomore in SEAS studying Networked and Social Systems Engineering, Sam has been playing various trombone-type things for 10 years, including trombone, bass trombone, and alto trombone. His favorite pastimes include playing poker and explaining exactly what Networked and Social Systems engineering actually is. 

Bennet Caraher | Born in Ireland and raised in North Carolina, Bennet is a Sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and has been playing trumpet for 5 years. Even though Bennet has never
gone by the name “Ben”, our wonderful Musical Director calls him that because he responded to it our first rehearsal and has not yet built up the courage to correct him.

Will Saunders | Along with Sam, this groovy trombone player makes up the second part of the dynamic trombonists. Will’s got the lungs of a humpback whale, the heart of a lioness, and the face of an angel. The sounds he can produce from his trombone will give you the chills. Everyone give it up for ‘Chill Will.’

Jackie Bein (C’19) | Jackie Bein is a junior from Connecticut studying history, consumer psychology, and Hispanic studies. She plays trumpet in multiple ensembles at Penn but finally came to her senses and joined Penn Jazz this year. Don’t be fooled by Jackie’s quiet demeanor – there’s a reason why she chose to play the *superior* brass instrument.

Ben Kim (E ’20) | Ben, a sophomore from San Jose, CA, has ten years of experience on alto sax, soprano sax, tenor sax, clarinet, and piano. Favorite pastimes include cracking open a cold and broken hallelujah with the boys. He studies computer science.

​​​Joshua Snitzer | While just a freshman, Joshua Snitzer has already demonstrated a personal
connection to Jazz piano. Due to studying both
Computer Science and Music, Joshua frequently works hard in front of a keyboard, either banging out serious code or sweet tunes. A Philadelphia local who has played the piano for 12 years, Joshua is ready to swing on with Penn Jazz.

Joey Piaker (C'18) | Originally from New York City, Joey is a Senior in the College of Arts & Crafts majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. Joey has been playing trumpet since 5th grade, and played with a group at Jazz at Lincoln Center in high school. On campus, Joey plays with several musical groups, but as former President of Penn Jazz, he is extremely happy to see you come support the band. 

Trumpets​

Drums

Saxophones

Colin Christie | Chilling in the rhythm section with his guitar and amp, Colin comps and chomps away, manipulating those guitar strings to make some beautiful sounds. He also has a weird obsession with Blackbird (The Beatles) which you should ask him about.

Bass

Piano

Chris Urffer (C'19) |A junior in Engineering studying Computer Engineering, Chris has played trombone for five years, and euphonium for eleven. Word on the street is that Chris's beard has been growing since the day he first picked up a trombone -- that's what his gristly sound would suggest. After long rehearsals, Chris goes home and drinks an entire keg of chocolate milk to build muscle mass in his lower lip. He hopes to continue playing jazz in the future by teaching an AI how to play classical trombone.

Kolbein Finsnes (E’20 W’20) | Kolbein Finsnes is a sophomore from New York City studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the engineering school and Finance and Statistics in Wharton. He has been playing drums for 10 years. Dean has never successfully pronounced his name, and refers to him as “Kurt”, which he finds incredibly annoying as he has a Norwegian name, and not some knock off 90s pop star name.

Sam Orlin (C ’19) | Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Sam has been playing the Tenor Sax for just one month...but damn can this kid
play! His favorite musician is Kenny G and he enjoys knitting and watching the Food Network in his free time. His fun fact is that he hates Jazz and has an IQ of 310. Should’ve thought this one
through a little more.

Pranav Iyer | Our Secretary extraordinaire, Pranav has been busy all semester making and distributing photocopies of all of our charts. When he’s not doing that, he’s serving as a crucial member of the sax section, playing serene solos that will leave you breathless. He is also a Geology major which needs to be shared
because who else do you know studying rocks?

Fiona Tsai | Even though she just joined Penn Jazz this year, Fiona has been bringing her thoughtful take on the jazz idiom to bands, big and small, for four years now. Fiona rounds out the trombone family and isn't afraid to whip 'em into shape. 

​​​Daniel Kranseler | Hailing from the far Northwest, Daniel has been playing piano since kindergarten and is a big fan of pun based humor. On an unrelated note, piano is the key to having a grand time.

Jesse Goodale | The trombonist with the best shoes, Jesse sets the bar for enthusiasm and energy in Penn Jazz. When he's not planning his next startup, you'll find Jesse hard at work practicing Penn Jazz charts.