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President Wilson mourns the passing of George N. Parks

All of the University of Massachusetts is shocked and saddened at the loss of George N. Parks, who died suddenly on September 16 shortly after a performance of the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band as it traveled to the UMass-Michigan football game.  That George died while doing what he loved so very much seems fitting, although terribly premature.  Our thoughts and condolences go to his family as well as to his extended family of band members past and present, their families and everyone who loves UMass. 

Over the years it was the case that UMass would win a lot of football game and lose a few, but the Minuteman Marching Band would always win the battle of the bands.  Under George's direction from his appointment at age 24 to his death at age 57, the Minuteman Marching Band rose to national prominence as the Power and Class of New England.

George's leadership, energy, devotion to excellence, and vibrant personality will be missed by everyone.

-- President Jack M. Wilson

>> Visit George N. Parks Tribute Page


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