The CheckPoints Band

The highly anticipated return of The CheckPoints, the house band of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, to the 34th Annual Meeting is scheduled for 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Comprised of SITC members who are luminaries in the field of cancer immunotherapy, The CheckPoints Band performance has become a mainstay of the SITC Annual Meeting experience for the past five years. Playing your favorite modern and classic rock hits, The CheckPoints has developed an devout following of fans.

Support the Forward Fund


The CheckPoints band are a major supporter of the Forward Fund.

The Forward Fund was established by the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) in 2012 to stimulate the future of science, development and application of cancer immunology and immunotherapy through financially supporting its education and research.

Contributions to the Forward Fund will help provide grants to promising young post-doctoral researchers, advocate for more young scientists to enter the field of cancer immunotherapy research and much more.

The Band


Thomas F. Gajewski, PhD – Lead Guitar


Dirk Spitzer, PhD – Drums


(From left to right)

Russell Pachynski, MD; Jason Luke, MD - Trumpet; Ferran Prat, PhD - Saxaphone


Rachel W. Humphrey, MD – Lead Vocals


Patrick Hwu, MD – Keyboard


James P. Allison, PhD – The Harmonica


(From left to right)

John Timmerman, MD – Guitar,
Brad Reinfeld – Bass Guitar