Madelyn Palko, Assistant Drum Major
Madelyn is a senior from Concord, North Carolina, who is pursuing a degree in communication studies with a concentration in public advocacy at UNC Charlotte. She is also completing two minors: women's & gender studies and legal studies. Madelyn graduated from Concord High School in 2014, and was drum major of the Concord Marching Spiders for two years. She likes to play all types of flutes (piccolo, soprano, bass), and loves ice cream, weight lifting, rollerblading, and gardening. Madelyn advocates for many causes such as fair treatment and education regarding wildlife and pets, as well as traffic safety. In the future, she plans on using the communication skills she has cultivated in her time at UNC Charlotte to further the causes that are near and dear to her heart through volunteer work and advocacy.
"Marching band is where I go to be at home,” says Madelyn. “I didn't have a niche until I joined marching band in high school, and it has proven to be even more of a blessing to me here at UNC Charlotte.” As a transfer student in the spring 2015 semester, Madelyn says that band beginning that fall was the perfect time to realize the real reason she loves UNC Charlotte. “The professors and classes are so important, but the PNNMB is what continues to provide me with experiences and memories that I will carry with me forever.”