Betsy Kerns McCann (B.A. '03) is the new director of the University of Minnesota Marching Band and Athletic Bands, succeeding Tim Diem (B.A. '92, UM, Morris) who served in the position for 16 years. She is the first woman director of the U's marching band and the first woman band director in the Big Ten Conference. McCann started with the U of M Marching Band in 2013 as assistant director.
This is the marching band's 125th anniversary season. Marching band alumni, members of the band, and others raised more than $300,000 to fund new uniforms-the first in 23 years-which will debut this fall. Marching band alumna and design apparel graduate Elizabeth Bischoff (B.S. '16) helped design the new uniform.