The engineer who leads the band
Chamberlain Gregg loves generating ideas, whether for a new 3D printing design, a plan to make business operations more efficient, or a new morale booster for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ 320-member marching band. A junior from Minneapolis, Gregg is the University’s 64th drum major and a College of Science and Engineering student majoring in industrial and systems engineering.
Gregg was energized when, while still in high school, he watched the Gopher Marching Band’s annual indoor performance in Northrop.
“After seeing that everything I loved to do in high school was bigger and better in college, I just knew I was going to come to the U of M, and I knew I wanted to be in the band,” he says.
As drum major, he conducts the band on game days, leads stretching exercises and marching practice during rehearsal, and speaks on behalf of student band members at public University events. Not to mention doing back flips on the field before games. He says his favorite part of being a drum major is interacting with and getting to know his fellow band members from a new perspective. Gregg is also involved in Kappa Kappa Psi, a fraternity that raises money for music programs at the University.
He loves industrial and systems engineering because it’s about efficiency, “and whether I’m creating something new or modifying something that already exists, I like the idea of slimming down a process.” After graduation, he hopes to work in operations research, using math and analytics to help companies make their processes more efficient.