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Call for Nominations to 2018 George N. Parks Leadership Award

George Parks

Developed by the National Association for Music Education and Music for All, the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award is named for the late George Parks, director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. Considered a national authority on drum majoring, Mr. Parks led the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, including at the Music for All Summer Symposium.

The George N. Parks Award honors an exemplary band director who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks showed his students every day.

The deadline for nominations is September 7, 2018

Past recipients include Cyndi Napierkowski (2014), director of bands at Salem (MA) High School and Thom Hannum (2016), longtime associate director of the Minuteman Band.

2018 Nomination Instructions

NAfME and Music for All will hold an open nomination period for the George N. Parks Award beginning June 11, 2018 through September 7, 2018. Please send the following information to if you wish to nominate a candidate:

  1. One page, typed, double-spaced word document detailing why the band director should be a candidate for nomination.
    • The recipient must demonstrate:
      • Collaborative spirit
      • Dedication to knowing students as individuals
      • Perseverance and enthusiasm
      • Ability to instill qualities in students beyond achievement in music
  2. First and last name, email address, physical address, and phone number for you and your nominee.

Individuals selected as finalists will be contacted by phone. Finalists who wish to be considered for the award will be asked to complete a short biographical survey and submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues in the music education profession.

Members of the Music for All board of directors and the NAfME Council for Band Education will select the recipient based on the criteria, and information submitted with the nomination.

The recipient will be brought to Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis in November 2018 to accept the award on the field. The recipient will be listed on the NAfME website following the award presentation.