In addition to the French horn, Jaron plays the mellophone, or “marching French horn,” in the Redcoat Marching Band. He immediately fell in love with the Redcoats and made lifelong friends who offer emotional support when Jaron needs it most.
In 2016, Jaron was diagnosed with cancer. While undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy, words of encouragement from his fellow Redcoats, classmates, and professors helped Jaron stay positive. In late 2016, Jaron’s doctors pronounced him cancer-free. Now, he sees the silver lining in this difficult time, emphasizing that it made him grateful for the relationships he’s formed at UGA.
“My horn professor started a social media hashtag, #teamjaron, to give me some support. I loved that. Most memorable, though, is the collective of small things – getting messages from people that you don’t know that well, but you’ve talked to a couple of times, saying: ‘hey, I’m thinking of you.’ The most memorable part of UGA is all of these small things that come together to make it beautiful.”