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OU junior to make history as marching band's first female drum major

Julie Siberts, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, is the first female drum major in the 112-year history of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. Now, she wants to inspire others as she leads the band. (KTUL)

In just over a week, the Oklahoma Sooners will hit the gridiron for the first game of the season. This year, one face on the field is making history -- and we're not talking about a football player.

Julie Siberts, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, is the first female drum major in the 112-year history of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. Now, she wants to inspire others as she leads the band.

The fourth generation Sooner was "born ready" for the role. Her sister also played in the band, and her parents met at OU and played in the band together.

"Sooner born, Sooner bred, and [my mother] also says, my hair is Sooner red," Siberts said.

Siberts, who was voted into the position by her peers, said she wants to be a role model for others. She's the face of the Pride, the team leader and the morale booster.

"I just hope this encourages more girls to step into leadership roles, not just in band, but other organizations as well," Siberts said.

Each game, the drum major runs to the 50-yard line and struts into the end zone, head tilted as far back as possible.

"You have to be in shape," Siberts said. "I've been working all summer, coming out in the hottest part of the day since the first game is at 2:30 in the afternoon."

Siberts said she is looking forward to looking back at that first game -- and leading the way for women in the future.

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