Get to Know Us: Melissa Reese, Band Relations Representative, USBands

The YEA! employee spotlight

This week's employee of the week is Melissa Reese, who works in the band relations departement in USBands. She also stars in many of our videos, namely USBands updates, and she made a recent cameo in our Valentine's Day installment of Always a Cadet. Here are Melissa's answers to some fun questions.

mreese copy.jpgWhat did you do in drum corps?

What did you do in marching band?
I was in the colorguard/indoor program at my high school and also marched in two independent winterguards after I graduated - Co-motion (2005) and Blackwatch Winterguard (2006).

After graduating HS I have taught at several different schools but have been a member of the West Deptford HS colorguard staff since 2004.

Who's your favorite music person, living or dead, real or fictional?
Billy Joel.

What's the best meal you've eaten? What was it and where?
Rio Brazilian Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, or locally I prefer exploring new restaurants in Philly – I would eat anything on the menu at Devil’s Alley or El Vez.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I am part of USBands and work to make sure that everyone has the best experience for both marching band and the indoor season. For 2013, I manage the New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia events and bands.

What was your first job?
Cashier at Party City Glassboro, NJ

What's the last thing you saw in the movies?

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Nope, I’m a plastic.

Whats your drink at Starbucks?
Grande Café Vanilla anything – iced or hot – skim & Splenda

What's your drink at the local bar?
Knuckleball if I’m at Allentown/Bethlehem Brew Works

How often do you prepare your own meals?
4-5 nights a week

What's your favorite cereal?
Raisin Bran

What's hanging above your sofa?
A big mirror and two little candle holders that have mirrors. The candles are from Ikea and don’t match and everything looks crooked.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
$75 (I have a lot of hair…they charge more)

When's bedtime?

Have you been to NYC? Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Yes. Neither. I strongly dislike most things about NY and tourist traps.

How about Broadway? What have you loved?
Wicked & Hairspray

What do you think of American Idol?

Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? What was the last book you read?
Usually go for non-fiction. I read all summer by the pool and usually get through quite a few books. For Christmas I got three new ones that I finished pretty quickly:

  • Believe by Eric LeGrand
  • ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

Who is your mortal enemy?
Jon Swengler & Matt Hinchcliff… just kidding. I don’t hold grudges long enough to consider anyone an enemy.

When's the last vacation you took? Where did you go?
Outter Banks, North Carolina in August with my family.

Do you FB? What do you like about it?
Yes. Photo sharing, keeps me connected to friends from all the different places I’ve lived and worked. I love using Facebook as a marketing tool, and think every company should have a set communication plan for social media. If you use it right, it works! 

Do you Twitter?
Of course!  - @USBands

Where do you go to be alone?
My apartment or in my car.

And finally, if you could meet one person, dead or living, who would it be?
Bill Clinton.


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