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  • Fri., Jul. 29, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Live Training Camp Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh, tight ends coach Richard Angulo, TE Dennis Pitta, DT Brandon Williams and G Marshal Yanda will address the media.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

Staff

President: John Ziemann

John joined the original Baltimore Colts' Band as a member of the percussion section in 1962. From that date until 1984, he performed many duties for the band including Music Librarian, Property Manager, Percussion Instructor and Public Relations Director, then in 1984 he was named Band President.

John led the band on a mission to stay together until the NFL returned to Baltimore. In that time, The Colts' Band performed at 30 NFL games, The Pro-Football Hall of Fame parade and game, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade and was known throughout the nation as "Baltimore's Pro-Football Musical Ambassadors". The band played a major part in keeping the spirit for Pro-Football alive plus restoring the NFL back to Baltimore and fighting for the new stadium complex at Camden Yards.

Ziemann was featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 series “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” directed and produced by Academy Award winning Director Barry Levinson telling the story worldwide of the Baltimore Colt’s Marching Band’s mission to return pro-football back to Baltimore and their transformation from the Colt’s Band info Baltimore’s Marching Ravens.

In 1971, John married Charlene Wills (a former Baltimore Colts Cheerleader and Ravens Flagline Director). John and Charlene are the proud parents of two sons, Christopher and Patrick who both have served as members of the band.

For 35 years, John worked as a studio technician at WMAR-TV in Baltimore and in addition to his volunteer status with the Marching Ravens; he is now the Deputy Director of Internal Affairs for the Sports Legends at Camden Yards Museum.

Ziemann was locally educated at Patterson High School and the Peabody Institute. Other musical experience was achieved through Junior and Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and has received such honors as the "Eddie Award" from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation and Patterson High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
 

Vice President: Peter Zirpolo

Pete Zirpolo, originally from Port Washington, Long Island, New York, joined the band by accident after his wife, one of his sons and daughter went to the Inner Harbor and saw Tuba Christmas. Pete got on the phone and spoke with John Ziemann, the band President, and the rest is history. Pete and his three children joined the Marching Ravens at the end of the 2003 season.

Pete was asked after just one game to join the sousaphone section for the beginning of the 2004 season. In 2005, he became the Assistant Section Leader of the sousaphones.  His leadership was seen right away and the section nick-named him “Mama Pete” and the “Den Mother.” Pete was asked to be become Vice President of the Marching Ravens in 2013.

Pete has been playing drums since the fourth grade. He was in both the marching and concert bands in his junior high and high schools, and he was drum captain his senior year of high school. Pete performed at several venues with his high school marching and concert bands, including Disney World, Madison Square Garden, Sea World, and Boston Garden. More recently, Pete has been a band parent volunteer at Maryland’s Parkville High School for his children’s marching band. All at the same time being a Cub and Boy Scout Leader for the Towson area.

For almost 10 years, Pete has been the EDI and First Pass Rate Analyst for Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Before that, Pete was running data centers for companies in the New York area.  Pete has been married to his wife, Diane, for over 25 years and together they have three children, who have all been in the band. Steven is currently in the trumpet section, Marisa is in the sousaphone section, and Patrick was in the Sousaphone section before leaving to serve in the United States Army as a Specialist.
 

Music Director: Daniel Fake

Daniel Fake joined the Marching Ravens in 2004 as a saxophone player. His leadership was quickly noticed and he became the section leader by the end of the season. In 2005, Dan advanced as the Drill Instructor and worked hand in hand with Todd Clontz to help design all drills for the organization. He was recently named Music Director in 2013 where he will oversee all musical aspects of the band.

As a former high school marching band director at Spring Grove Area High School, Dan has designed numerous drills and written multiple arrangements.

Dan is currently in his ninth year of public education. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and his Master’s in Education from Towson University in 2013.

 

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