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Betsy McCann leads the U of M Marching Band at a performance for new students in Mariucci Arena

For University of Minnesota Marching Band Director, a Historic 'Surprise'

Nearly half a century after the University of Minnesota Marching Band begrudgingly welcomed its first female percussionist, a woman is running the show. Betsy McCann is the first female marching and athletic bands director in the University band’s 125-year history — and the first woman to lead a marching band in the Big Ten Conference.