Friday, September 17, 2010

George Parks passes away

Image from the William & Mary game.

The UMass Blog is saddened and shocked to hear that George N. Parks the nationally known UMass Band Director died of a heart attack while traveling with the band in Ohio.

Mrs Blog and I wish to express our condolences to George's family and the whole band

Game Day at UMass has been changed forever.

UPDATE: 11:00 PM UMass website with a statement fromChancellor Holub about the loss of George Parks.

The Boston Globe says "Thank you Mr. Parks"

The Detroit Free Press says the UMass band will play Saturday.

MassLive says George felt the Band's performance at Michigan would have been a "pinnacle" in his career.

MassLive also has some comments and memories from the UMass and UMass Marching Band community.

The UMass Band's decision to play tomorrow is the correct one. I am absolutely sure George would have expected everyone to carry on the tradition he created.

Fight UMass!


Anonymous said...

Far, far too young. God Bless him and his family, the band, and the team. Unimaginable loss.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a sad day. Great man! RIP Mr. Parks.

UMass74 said...

It's 8:30 am and I have to close the Blog until this evening when I get to Ann Arbor. I will not be able to get your comments up until then.

At this time there is no word on the UMass website about George.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot express how saddened I am for the Loss of Mr. Parks. He must of been on top of the world with his band performing in front of 115,000 fans, the construction of the new band facilities and conducting the top College Band in the country. God Bless the Parks family and the UMass community.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of Michigan fans everywhere, the UMass community has our deepest condolences.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Parks was directing the band the day I attended my first game in September of 1980 and was still directing last Sat. vs Holy Cross. His passion, imagination and creative talents ALWAYS shone through with the quality of his band's performances and his Band Day shows were truly amazing.

His loss will be felt throughout New England but the memory of Mr. Parks will last for years to come.

My thoughts go out to his family, the UMass community and the thousands of musicians whose lives he touched over the years. I will miss seeing him directing from the first row of the stadium, his focus on the band he si lovedm

Eric Plantier said...

As an alumnus of the University of Michigan and of the Michigan Marching Band I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the UMass band and the university community on the untimely loss of Mr. Parks. May he rest in peace. The hearts of all Michigan fans and MMB members go out to his family, friends, students and those whose lives he has touched.

Eric J. Plantier
Class of 2001
MMB 1997-2001

TopUMassFan said...

Here's a thought: When they make the 2nd generation of Banners for McQuirk, how about an image of Mr.Parks perched on the cement wall conducting; he deserves to be up there as well.

izy455 said...

We had the honor to know George Parks as our son was a member of the Minuteman Marching Band for several years. George always had a smile a nice word to say to you and always remembered who you were no matter how many people he lovingly embraced.He was an inspiration to his students, his Band and the Bands family.We are deeply saddened and we will miss him greatly. George Parks WAS the POWER AND CLASS OF NEW ENGLAND