Member Spotlight: Sophie Therber

“Being in band has helped me to become a better person.”

— Sophie Therber ‘22

UNCBAA is kicking off a new series to highlight current members. We will learn some of their favorite band memories, their role in the band and what they are doing today. First up, we have Sophie Therber, a recent graduate from the Class of 2022.

Q: What instrument did you play?

A: Alto sax!

Q: What are you up to now?

A: Right now, I am an intern through Student Action with Farmworkers at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Morganton, NC. The clinic is a NC Farmworker Health Program site, so I help provide health care to farmworkers at the clinic and by traveling to farmworker housing in the area. I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity to work somewhere that is making such a difference in the movement towards farmworker justice, and I am learning so much.

Q: How did UNC Bands prepare you for what you are currently doing?

A: Being in band has helped me to become a better person. UNC Bands encouraged me to be myself when working with others to reach a common goal, and I feel more comfortable in leadership roles because of my experience in band. Additionally, being an MTH Volunteers coordinator helped me to prioritize service in my everyday life, which will no doubt continue to apply to my post-graduation plans.

Q: What is your favorite UNC Bands memory?

A: Although I have so many great band memories, nothing compares to being in the pep band when we beat Duke in the Final Four in New Orleans! Traveling with the band was a dream come true, and the energy in the Superdome was incredible. I truly have never experienced anything like it. It was so emotional and exciting, and I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to be there in-person.

Q: What is a fun fact about yourself?

A: My fun fact is that after I complete this internship, I am headed to Spain to work as a volunteer at a family farm in Seville! I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to travel abroad for the first time.

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