Grambling State University Names First Female Drum Major in Nearly 70 Years

Grambling State University has announced its first female drum major in nearly 70 years.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of this band,” said senior Candace Hawthorne, a double major studying engineering technology and music.

Gibson, a native of Dallas, Texas, is one of the three students named as drum majors Thursday for the upcoming season. Grambling says Hawthorne will be the second female drum major to grace the field since Patricia Patterson took on the role and served through 1952.

Also setting the tempo this season will be Jeanerette, Louisiana native senior marketing/management major Deante Gibson as head drum major and junior marketing major Sheavion Jones, who is also from Dallas.

Landing a spot as a drum major in the World Famed Tiger Marching Band is an honor and a serious responsibility for any student, and Hawthorne says she is still in shock over her selection.

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SOURCE: ArkLaTex Homepage, Ya’Lisha Gatewood

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