George N. Parks

George N. Parks 1953-2010

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.

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One Response to George N. Parks

  1. Thank you, John, for posting this. I too was saddened this morning upon hearing the news.

    Everyone is so proud of the UMass Minuteman Band for deciding to go ahead with its guest appearance at the University of Michigan.

    Gretchen Saathoff in Amherst, MA

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