Directors

The band has had 18 directors since 1892, starting with Neville Staughton, the director of the Winona community band and a Lieutenant in the Cadet Corps. In 1932, Gerald R. Prescott was granted a professorship in the music department, becoming the first Director of Bands at the University, and becoming the first full-time director of the football band.

  • 18921894: Neville Staughton
  • 18941898: Charles W. Graves
  • 18981918: B.A. Rose
  • 19181919: J. Arthur Lampe
  • 19191920: Karl Scheurer
  • 19201931: Michael Jalma
  • 19311932: William A. Abbott
  • 19321943: 1946-1950, 1951-1960: Gerald R. Prescott
  • 19431945: Daniel Martino
  • 19451946: Merton Urgaard
  • 19501951: Ernest Villas
  • 19571960: Gale Sperry
  • 19601976: 1985-1986: Frank Bencriscutto
  • 19761985: O'Neill Sanford
  • 19861990: Barry E. Kopetz
  • 19911996: Eric A. Becher
  • 19972004: Jerry Luckhardt
  • 2005–2016: Timothy Diem
  • 2016–present: Elizabeth (Besty) McCann