Tag Archives: Drum Major Academy

Bando selected to perform in Rose Parade with national Honor Band

Tiffany Brucker, a freshmen at UMass Amherst, was selected among hundreds of applicants across the nation to march and play tenor saxophone for the national Honor Band at the Rose Bowl parade on New Years Day.

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George Parks interviewed on NPR’s “Only A Game”

For 30 years, Minuteman Marching Band director George N. Parks has spent his summers teaching high school musicians the leaderships skills essential to being a drum major.

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Drum camp requires focus

These campers drum to the beat of a man named Thom Hannum.

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Coming up Roses

Under the direction of UMass Amherst’s own George N. Parks, a Rose Parade band shows how good it is.

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The Question Is the Pea: To Have or Have Not?

The reason is this: All whistles whistle, but those with peas produce a trill as air passes over the pea, which some whistlers use to create a range of sounds. Experienced whistle-users like Mr. George Parks use their pea whistles to articulate specific commands, which is useful when he needs to get the attention of […]

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