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FVSU female drum major featured in NY Times

Defying gender roles is how one Fort Valley State University Student got a feature in the New York Times.

Taheera Hansen's name was listed among 20 other female drum majors in the country.

"I woke up to millions of notifications," said Hansen. "So many shout-outs and other different articles."

She was the first drum major discussed in the article and was pictured in a Superman stance.

Hansen joined her middle school band in 6th grade. While in high school, she took things up a notch and auditioned for the role of drum major.

"My friends were like, 'You should try out for drum major.' I was like, 'What?' They were like, 'Yeah, you'd be good.' I was like, 'OK,'" said Hansen.

Before auditioning, she was given several tips, including one she's held onto throughout college.

"I was always told trying out for drum major, you shouldn't be able to tell you're a girl, in performance, in uniform," said Hansen.

Working harder than other males was also a prerequisite, but she says her passion makes it painless.

She hopes wearing the uniform can encourage other girls to march to the beat of their own drum.

"Don't be afraid to go for it. Just because you're a girl, don't think that position is not for you," said Hansen.

You can catch Hansen during Fort Valley's homecoming halftime show this Saturday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.


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