LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — USC’s first female drum major made her debut as the leader of the Trojan Marching Band.

Traditionally, the drum major kicks off every football season by stabbing the game-day sword on the grassy field to kick off festivities.

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An excited crowd watched India Anderson do it for the first time.

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“When the whole stadium goes off, it’s amazing,” said Anderson. “It’s just a huge rush of energy.”

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In 1971, women were brought into the band for the first time since World War II, according to USC News. Anderson is a junior at USC and also serves as a tuba player in The Spirit of Troy.