The CheckPoints Band

The highly anticipated return of The CheckPoints, the house band of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), took place at 8:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at the 33rd Annual Meeting.

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. Playing your favorite modern and classic rock hits, The CheckPoints have developed a devout following of fans.

sitc-ff-rgb.jpgProceeds from The CheckPoints performances and merchandise sales support SITC's 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.

tshirt-graphic-black-2017-lg.pngYou can support the next generation of cancer immunotherapy leaders through a purchase of CheckPoints merchandise!

  • T-shirts
  • Bobbleheads
  • Posters
  • CDs (coming soon!)

The Band


Thomas F. Gajewski, PhD – Lead Guitar


Dirk Spitzer, PhD – Drums


(From left to right)

Russell Pachynski, MD (honorary band member) – Trombone,
Jason Luke, MD – Trumpet,
Ferran Prat, PhD – Saxophone


Rachel W. Humphrey, MD – Vocals


Patrick Hwu, MD – Keyboard


James P. Allison, PhD – Harmonica


(From left to right)

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