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The “Doug’s Own” Monmouth University Pep Band

The “Doug’s Own” Monmouth University Pep Band is under the direction of Professor Bryan H. Jenner. The band is a recognized performance ensemble with the Department of Music and Theatre Arts. The Pep Band is one of the busiest and most recognized ensembles on campus, performing upwards of 50 times a year. Affectionately labeled “The Big Sound of the Jersey Shore” by former MU President Paul G. Gaffney II, the band works to build spirit and excitement at all home football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games, as well as many other events around campus.

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Many members are music majors, and many are not. The band also awards a scholarship from the Doug Johnson estate. Doug was a long-time supporter of Monmouth University and the Pep Band, and his widow Elaine, selects one Pep Band member each year for this prestigious scholarship. The Pep Band was inactive for many years and was re-established in 2003 by Aimee Parks. Bryan Jenner became the director in 2009.

The Monmouth University Pep Band supports the University’s Division I Athletics Department, which competes as a full member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and as an associate football member of the Big South Conference.

We are proud to be endorsees of Vic Firth, Jupiter/Mapex, and Amedia Cymbals.

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Our Information

Director: Bryan H. Jenner
Director of Pep Band & Instrumental Ensembles
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Music and Theatre Arts

Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Pep Band Office Phone: 732-923-4747

If you have any questions, or would like more information, feel free to contact us at

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2018 – 2019 Officers:

  • President: Tobi Engstrom
  • Vice President: Taylor Donovan
  • Spirit Officer: Vincent Miele
  • Librarian: Melissa Culmone
  • Treasurer: Mathew Vazzana
  • Secretary: Caitlin Sime
  • Office Manager: TBA
  • Student Directors: Olivia Mingino & Tobi Engstrom

2017 – 2018 Pep Band Roster:

Congratulations to our graduates:

  • Katharine Dix
  • Mary Fitzgerald
  • Ryan Real
  • Jack Hayes
  • TJ Helm
  • Samantha Burkett


  • Caitlin Sime
  • Zoey Skultety
  • Sara Rizzo
  • Chandler Purry
  • Mary Fitzgerald


  • Monet Sheard

Alto Saxophone:

  • Richard Chu
  • Asher Cofer
  • Vincent Miele

Tenor Sax:

  • Ryan Real


  • Hayley Doherty
  • Matthew Vazzana


  • Lauren Berlinger
  • Andrew Hegerty
  • Allison McMunn


  • Taylor Donovan
  • Tobi Engstrom


  • Michael Bellina
  • Samantha Burkett
  • Katharine Dix
  • Jack Hayes
  • Christopher Duffett
  • Drew Fournier


  • Jane Lai
  • Olivia Mingino

Drum Set:

  • T.J. Helm


  • Theresa Armondo
  • Randy Cabrera
  • Nico Agostini


  • Melissa Culmone
  • Christopher Chen

Participating Alumni:

  • Kathryn Blanchard
  • Megan Meier
  • Devin Menker
  • Kyle Titmas
  • Eric Swagger

Lifetime Members

  • Paul Gaffney, Former MU President
  • o Kristen Isaksen
  • Eddy Occhipinti
  • Aimee Parks
  • Asher Cofer
  • Devin Menker
  • Coach Jenny Palmateer
  • The 15-16 Monmouth Men’s Basketball Bench – Greg Noack, Dan Pillari, Louie Pillari, Tyler Robinson
  • Kathryn Blanchard, Past Pep Band President
  • Rob Einhorn
  • Joseph Fenn
  • Aiden Glynn
  • Janet Fell
  • President Grey Dimenna, Esq.
  • Dr. Gilbert Fell – posthumously