“First” Ladies

Bannister, Susan - First woman conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Western Washington University.

Butler, Helen May - First Woman to direct an all female professional band.  Helen May Butler and her Greatest American Ladies Concert Band.

Davis, Heather - Capt. Heather Davis, CD - First Woman director in the Canadian Military.

Hawley, Kay   - First Woman Phi Beta Mu in Minnesota.

Wright, Gladys - First Woman member of the American Bandmasters Association; First woman inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame; Founder and first president of Women Band Directors National Association (now Women Band Directors International);