GRAMBLING, La. — Grambling State University has hired its first female band director. 

Dr. Nikole Roebuck will lead as the university’s new chair of the Department of Music and the first female director of bands in its 93-year history.

Roebuck’s work will include overseeing operations for the world-famed Tiger Marching Band, which was recognized globally in April 2019 after performing for Beyoncé and Adidas, according to Grambling State University’s website. The band was started in 1926.

“We are excited to have one of our home-grown innovators lead during this historic time,” said President Rick Gallot. “Dr. Roebuck is one of our most dedicated and humble leaders and a proven gift to our students, community, and all who support the world-famed sound of Grambling.” 

Roebuck will serve as the third woman band director in the history of historically black colleges and universities, joining Tomisha Brock of Clark Atlanta University and Dr. Kerry Anne Simon of Mississippi Valley State University who were appointed in May 2017 and 2019, respectively. 

Her appointment will also make her the second woman band director in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.