Mr. Hamby Goes to Washington

What do Broadway and Zach Hamby have in common?  Absolutely nothing.  What do Broadway and the White House have in common?  A television special airing on PBS and WETA in October. 

So outside of movies and sports, I am filling my time this summer with an internship at WETA, the Washington area’s PBS station.  And one of their television series is, In Performance at the White House where the President celebrates music and education (aka the president is too busy to leave his house so why watch television when he can have his own concert in his living room!).  So sadly I missed the Paul McCartney show while participating in Club Maymester. My consolation prize was working as a production assistant for A Celebration of Broadway starring: Nathan Lane, Elaine Stritch (Alec Baldwin’s mom from 30 Rock), Idina Menzel (Elphaba from Wicked), Marvin Hamlisch, Audra McDonald, and the stars of Hairspray among others.  Now let me tell you I know nothing about Broadway, but my mom kept saying she would kill to meet Marvin Hamlisch and my sister said the same thing about Idina Menzel.  Therefore after sleeping with one eye open I was off to Washington and the White House.

Now if you are reading this post you have most likely been to one of UPB’s Convo shows and if you had not realized a lot goes into making one of those shows.  This White House show was like a Convo show on speed.  And a few memorable moments included being a stand-in for ten hours. I got to play the fake drummers while Idina and Marvin rehearsed (yea we’re on a first name basis now).  

I was a human sign directing traffic to dinner and happened to run into Nathan Lane and the whole cast just hanging out waiting for the bus to arrive.  I stood on the roof of the White House breaking down tents and sound equipment at midnight while the staff told us to be quiet because the Obama kids were sleeping.  I ate free catered food sitting next to the famous Broadway director, but I was too focused on my food to notice.

So all in all, I learned more about Broadway then I care to divulge. But it was an amazing experience that I’ll remember forever and I shall pass on an exaggerated version to my children and grandchildren.  Soon I will be going back to JMU to start my senior year and be UPB’s VP of Marketing and Communication.  If this experience has taught me anything is that the real world is imminent, and if I can’t get anything with this degree of mine I know I have the right posture and determination to be a stand-in for a television show.

~Zach Hamby, Vice President of Marketing and Communication

Summer Living in NYC

In mid-May, I moved up to the city ready for an amazing (and hopefully relaxing) summer.  Although it’s been anything but relaxing, I’ve had a great time so far!  I have a full-time internship at Karlitz & Company (a culinary and luxury lifestyle event planning agency) as their Luxury Marketing intern.  As part of my job, I get to research new event concepts and potential partners, scope out event venue locations, source gift bag items, and work as on-site event management.  The highlight so far has been working a private Elton John concert at the Lincoln Center.  Although it didn’t quite top a Convo concert, it was pretty amazing!! 
Other than work, my roommates and I have been exploring the city like its our job.  Gramercy and the Flatiron District (where we live) is young and bustling.  Chelsea and the Meatpacking District is up-and-coming and super modern.  The villages are very unique with charm and character.  And the Upper East/ West Sides are older and more sophisticated.  And Midtown- it’s just too touristy!
  UPB-wise, the entire Exec board has been hard at work putting together events for this upcoming semester; and let me tell you, we have some AMAZING events coming!   From the Late Night Breakfasts to hilarious speakers to diverse concerts, this Fall will be jam-packed with exciting events all over campus.  And don’t forget, you can have your voice heard on who YOU want to see live in concert at the Fall Convocation concert.  All you need to do is click here and VOTE! 
I guess that’s it for now.  Keep checking all summer long to hear from all of Exec who will give you a peek into their summers and what events they are most looking forward to in the Fall!
Happy Summer!