Sad to report that UMass Band Director George Parks passed away last night after a performance in Ohio. The marching band was on its way to perform at halftime of Saturday’s UMass-Michigan football game in Ann Arbor. Here he is at Band Day a few years ago when the North Andover high school marching band joined in with 3,000 band members for the largest half time show ever. Band members have reported that they still plan on making the trip to the UMass Michigan game.
Here’s a video of the Marimbas at UMass Band Day 2008 welcoming the busses as they unloaded – Thank you Chris Allen for this one!
Here are two videos of Band Day. The first is the rehearsal conducted by George Parks, director of the UMass band. Check out 4:10 mark where you see George in full action!!!
The second is the halftime show. Thanks to all that came to UMass band day!!!!