Much will be written about the life of George N. Parks, Professor of Music and director of the legendary “Pride and Class of New England” – the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band.
In addition to his 33 years guiding the Minutemen, George was a husband, father, brother, son, student, teacher, mentor, friend and colleague. In essence, he was just like you and I. Except … he wasn’t.
Today, as George is being laid to rest, my writing serves two purposes:
1. As grief therapy for me, and
2. To frame the impact of George N. Parks’ life on all of us in music