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.

Drum Major Julia White

Julia White is from Ames, Iowa, where she graduated from Ames High School. Julia was involved in dance and orchestra, but she dedicated most of her time in high school to Concert, Jazz, Pep, and Marching Band. Julia participated in various honor bands and in 2017, she was selected for the Iowa All State Band. During her time in the AHS Marching Band she found her passion for music and for leadership, and she served as one of the drum majors during her junior and senior years.

Julia is in the College of Biological Sciences, where she is majoring in genetics, cell biology and development and minoring in management. Once graduated, she hopes to attend dental school and become a general dentist. Julia plans to stay very connected with Minnesota and with the band after graduating. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering at a dental clinic, and playing duplicate bridge.

Before becoming Drum Major, Julia was an alto saxophone player for the University of Minnesota Marching Band for three years and served as an official leader for two years. During this time, she developed her passion and commitment to the band and all of its members. As Drum Major, she hopes to strengthen the connection of band members, connect with the University community, and create an environment where everyone feels like they belong.

These band members took great pride in leading one of the finest marching bands in the nation. The band has had 64 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
  • 1893–1894: 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
  • 1905–1906: R.C. Cannon
  • 1907: Ben E. Taylor
  • 1908–1910: George Cottingham
  • 1911–1913: Carroll F. Nelson
  • 1914–1917: Carl G. Swendseen
  • 1918: D.W. Kitzmiller
  • 1920–1921: Leonard Aamodt
  • 1923: Herbert Liese
  • 1924–1927: Wallace A. Thexton
  • 1928–1930: Wallace Benton
  • 1928: Walter Johnson
  • 1931–1935: George Aagaard
  • 1936–1938: Winston Jewson
  • 1939–1941: Laurence Ellefson
  • 1939–1941: Walter Holmstrom
  • 1939–1940: Ted Mosio
  • 1940: William Balamut
  • 1942: Jerry Benson
  • 1943: John Gruye
  • 1944–1947: John N. Smith
  • 1944: Albert Burns
  • 1947–1948: Cliff Schroeder
  • 1948: Robert Thompson
  • 1949–1953: Jim Wetherbee
  • 1954–1957: Don Elsen
  • 1958–1960: M. William Johnson
  • 1961–1965: Richard Johnson
  • 1966–1970: Jim Mitchell
  • 1967: Bill Ekstrum
  • 1971–1973: Bryan Warren
  • 1974: Charles Buck
  • 1975–1976: Jim Krikava
  • 1977: Pat Patton
  • 1978–1980: Grant Benjamin
  • 1981–1982: Dan Kuch
  • 1983–1984: Jeff Thomas
  • 1985–1986: Ed Long
  • 1987–1991: Kirk Juergens
  • 1992: Aaron Fisher
  • 1993–1994: Chad Saloka
  • 1995: J. Drew Kunkel
  • 1996–1997: Alec Charais
  • 1998–2000: Andy Richter
  • 2001: Todd Olin
  • 2002–2003: Jon Tepe
  • 2004: John Thompson
  • 2005: Dick Osterberg
  • 2006–2007: Molly Watters
  • 2008–2010: Aaron Marks
  • 2011–2013: Brandon Folkes
  • 2014: Joe Walsh
  • 2015–2016: Robert Rudin
  • 2017–2018: Tommy Greco
  • 2019–2020: Chamberlain Gregg
  • 2021–Present: Julia White