Sadly, I learned this morning of the sudden loss of a former colleague, fellow tuba player and giant of the marching band world, George N. Parks. He was the director of the marching band at the University of Massachusetts and long-time teacher and mentor to thousands of students over the years through his very successful Drum Major Academy
The University of Massachusetts has put up a very nice tribute page here, a facebook page here, and you can read more here. There is also a beautiful tribute article in the Boston Globe. George made a huge impact on so many people, he will be sorely missed.