Collegiate Affiliation

Assistant Professor: Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann

Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann is the Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. McCann is the first female head director of a marching band in the Big Ten Conference. McCann started with the U of M Marching Band in 2013 as Assistant Director. She previously directed bands at Watertown-Mayer High School (Watertown, MN), Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois) and Burnsville Senior High School (Burnsville, Minnesota). She holds a Bachelor of Music (flute performance and music education) from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music (conducting) from Northwestern University.

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Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music: Music Education and Flute Performance, University of Minnesota, 2003
  • Master of Music: Wind Band Conducting, Northwestern University, 2008