Video: First female drum major for the Hawkeye Marching Band since 1940s takes attention in stride

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It may be a surprise to Analisa Iole, but people have taken notice of her presence as the drum major for the Iowa Hawkeyes Marching Band.

Even though Iole, a human physiology major from Marshalltown, is the first woman to fill the drum major role for the Hawkeyes since the 1940s, she says she focuses on doing the best she can as drum major.

“I don’t think of myself as the first female drum major in however many years. I think of myself as the drum major,” Iole said.

She does acknowledge, however, that young girls in particular in the audience have become some of her biggest fans.

Iole is being helped to learn the role by the previous drum major, Isaac Anderson, and she recently received an award of Drum Major First Class for her mace work at a weeklong workshop for drum majors.

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