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Crissy Shannon: Bending over backwards for Pitt band

Crissy Shannon: Bending over backwards for Pitt band

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

September 5, 2019

Pitt senior Crissy Shannon earned the role of drum major last spring, becoming the first woman to do so in the band’s 108-year history.

Bend, but no snap: The logistics behind a successful Pitt Band show

Bend, but no snap: The logistics behind a successful Pitt Band show

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

October 24, 2014

Right before every Pitt football game, a famous scene from “The Matrix” is duplicated — without any flying bullets or slow motion.Stephen Ruzzini, the Pitt band’s drum major, slowly lowers his back until it’s nearly parallel to the ground, and the feathers of his plumed hat touch the 50-yard-li...

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