George N. Parks (1953 – 2010)

It is with a heavy heart that the Drum Major Academy® mourns the sudden passing of George N. Parks.

In 1973 he taught his first drum major workshop at West Chester University and founded the Drum Major Academy® in 1978. Every year over 3000 high school students have spent their summers learning from him–learning conducting, marching, teaching techniques, and learning life skills.

George had a profound impact upon the lives of everyone he touched through every thing he did. Whether it was here with the Drum Major Academy®, home with his beloved UMASS Minuteman Marching Band, at a concert band festival or with the Reading Buccaneers, George brought the best out of every person who ever encountered him.

We know you join us as we keep George close to our heart, and keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.