George Nathan Parks, 57, of Amherst, Massachusetts, passed away on September 16 at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, following a UMass Marching Band performance.
For 33 years, he served was the Marching Band Director at University of Massachusetts. Besides serving as director of the band known as The Power and Class of New England, Parks was professor of music at UMass. He received 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.