The Parks Award will be on hiatus for 2021. Jennifer Collins, 2020 winner, will be honored at the Bands of America Grand National Championships this November.
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 at the Music for All Summer Symposium.
The George N. Parks Award honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks showed his students every day.
The recipient must demonstrate:
NAfME and Music for All will hold an open nomination period for the George N. Parks Award during the summer of 2022. Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. The recipient will be brought on the field to accept the award on November 12, 2021. The recipient will be listed on the NAfME website following the award presentation.
2022 Deadline TBA
(1953 – 2010)
Mr. Parks began teaching drum majors at the West Chester University summer marching band workshops in 1973, and founded the Drum Major Academy® in 1977. Mr. Parks was Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and the director of the Minuteman Marching Band for 33 years. He was a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teacher Award and the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service. He was named an Honorary Alumnus of the University of Massachusetts and inducted into the Massachusetts Instrumental Conductor’s Association Hall of Fame.
Professor Parks conducted numerous district and regional bands in Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as well as conducting the University Concert Band at UMass. Over the years his involvement with Bowl Games of America placed him at the helm of half–time productions for the National BCS Game, the Sugar, Orange, Carquest and Hall of Fame Bowl Games. In 2005 Professor Parks was Director of the Bands of America National Honor Band during their inaugural performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade. He returned as director in 2009 for the group’s second appearance.
Professor Parks has been featured in various instructional videos teaching drum majoring, leadership skills, and mace techniques, and authored “The Dynamic Drum Major,” a text on the art of drum majoring. Mr. Parks was drum major of the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band, an 8 time recipient of the DCA World Championship Drum Major Award as drum major of the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps and was inducted into the Drum Corps Associates Hall of Fame.
The Drum Major Academy® is the nation’s foremost authority on the art of drum majoring, and the staff, all prominent music educators, brings over 35 years of teaching and performing experience, instructing over 3000 drum major and band leadership students each year.
Music for All and NAfME honored Jennifer Collins, Director of Bands, Broad Rock Middle School, Wakefield, RI with the 2020 George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award.
2019 – Edward F. Protzman, Director of Bands, William Mason H.S., OH
2018 – David LaMorte, Assistant Principal of Visual, Performing, and Career Arts at Tottenville H.S., NY
2017 – Marisa Weinstein, Director at Warsaw M.S., ME
2016 – Thom Hannumm, Associate at the University of Massachusetts
2015 – Patrick M. Erwin, Director of Bands at Hillgrove H.S., GA
2014 – Cynthia Napierkowski, Director of Bands at Salem High School in Salem, MA
2013 – Dr. Barry Shepherd, Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, NC
2012 – Daniel Kirk, Blue Valley West H.S., KS
2011 – Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Hofstra University, NY