SC military college selects first ever female drum major

For the first time ever, a female has been selected as drum major at The Citadel Military College in Charleston, and she’s an Upstate graduate!

Cadet Hunter Crawley, a sophomore at The Citadel, is the first female regimental band drum major in the college’s history. She leads The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes which is composed of about 80 musicians, including upperclassmen.

Crawley led her first military dress parade on Sept 9 at The Citadel. She was coached by Colonel Tim Smith, who is the director of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, just before heading to the parade.

Crawley says she hopes to show women at The Citadel that they can do anything they set their minds on. Before The Citadel she spent five years in the Chapman High School Pride of Inman band here in the Upstate.

This huge milestone comes amid the 20th anniversary since women first entered the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel.

For more information on The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, visit their webpage here.