Marching to a New Beat

Crissy Shannon in blue and gold PItt marching band drum major uniform sitting on cement bench with baton across her lap.This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 edition of Pitt Magazine.

Drumroll, please.

This year, football fans will meet Crissy Shannon, a senior in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the new head drum major for the University of Pittsburgh’s Varsity Marching Band. She's also the first woman to hold the position in the band’s 108-year history. 

A history and Russian major from Midland Park, New Jersey, she’s performed with the band since she was a first-year student. Before she high-stepped into her role, Shannon spoke with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

Read the full interview in the brand-new, Fall 2019 issue of Pitt Magazine and check out photos of the marching band's brand-new uniforms on the band's Twitter page.