Drum Majors

The drum major is the heartbeat of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. The drum major wears many hats - musician, conductor, leader, performer, and role model for the Marching Band community. 

Photograph of Robert Rudin in marching band uniform

Drum Major Robert Rudin

Robert Rudin is from Maple Grove, Minnesota where he graduated from Wayzata High School. While attending Wayzata, he was a member of numerous musical groups ranging from concert and jazz ensembles to marching and pep bands. Additionally, Robert was also a member of his school’s National Honor Society as well as a varsity track and cross country athlete.

Robert is majoring in civil engineering with a minor in chemistry within the College of Science and Engineering. In the summer of 2015, Robert performed research at the University of Maryland on various topics in transportation. He hopes to one day work within the field of transportation on mass transit.

After being admitted to the University, Robert immediately joined the University of Minnesota Marching Band and Gopher and Maroon Pep Bands as a member of the trombone section. He has also participated in concert band and jazz ensemble and intends to continue playing music during his time at the University of Minnesota.

These band members took great pride in leading one of the finest marching bands in the nation. The band has had 62 drum majors, including 5-year drum majors George Aagaard (1931–35), Jim Wetherbee (1949–53), Richard Johnson (1961–1965), Jim Mitchell (1966–1970), and Kirk Juergens (1987–1991).

  • 1892: Jennings C. Litzenberg
  • 1893–94: Joel Gregory
  • 1895: N.D. Bessessen
  • 1896: Tom L. Jones
  • 1896: Ben Towne
  • 1897: Claude Cotton
  • 1900: George B. Webster
  • 1903: R.T. Hugo
  • 1903: W.B. Stout
  • 1904: C.W. Huntington
  • 1905–06: R.C. Cannon
  • 1907: Ben E. Taylor
  • 1908–10: George Cottingham
  • 1911–13: Carroll F. Nelson
  • 1914–17: Carl G. Swendseen
  • 1918: D.W. Kitzmiller
  • 1920–21: Leonard Aamodt
  • 1923: Herbert Liese
  • 1924–27: Wallace A. Thexton
  • 1928–30: Wallace Benton
  • 1928: Walter Johnson
  • 1931–35: George Aagaard
  • 1936–38: Winston Jewson
  • 1939–41: Laurence Ellefson
  • 1939–41: Walter Holmstrom
  • 1939–40: Ted Mosio
  • 1940: William Balamut
  • 1942: Jerry Benson
  • 1943: John Gruye
  • 1944–47: John N. Smith
  • 1944: Albert Burns
  • 1947–48: Cliff Schroeder
  • 1948: Robert Thompson
  • 1949–53: Jim Wetherbee
  • 1954–57: Don Elsen
  • 1958–60: M. William Johnson
  • 1961–65: Richard Johnson
  • 1966–70: Jim Mitchell
  • 1967: Bill Ekstrum
  • 1971–73: Bryan Warren
  • 1974: Charles Buck
  • 1975–76: Jim Krikava
  • 1977: Pat Patton
  • 1978–80: Grant Benjamin
  • 1981–82: Dan Kuch
  • 1983–84: Jeff Thomas
  • 1985–86: Ed Long
  • 1987–91: Kirk Juergens
  • 1992: Aaron Fisher
  • 1993–94: Chad Saloka
  • 1995: J. Drew Kunkel
  • 1996–97: Alec Charais
  • 1998–2000: Andy Richter
  • 2001: Todd Olin
  • 2002–03: Jon Tepe
  • 2004: John Thompson
  • 2005: Dick Osterberg
  • 2006–07: Molly Watters
  • 2008–2010: Aaron Marks
  • 2011–2013: Brandon Folkes
  • 2014: Joe Walsh
  • 2015–present: Robert Rudin