There are probably two major influences behind my daughter Iona’s decision to go to Cornell.
First would be the love of engineering inspired by FIRST Robotics.
The next would be the fact that Cornell prides itself in being the only Ivy League university with a real marching band.
While it may have been other kids and the music teachers at Wolcott High School who encouraged her to first pick up a drum, a saxophone and a baton, it was without doubt George N Parks who inspired her to take it to the next level.
Tragically, Mr Parks (Director of the UMASS Band and the Drum Major Academy) died this week.
We were fortunate enough to see him train and conduct an entire football field full of High School musicians.
It was quite a sight.
There aren’t many truly inspirational leaders out there, but Mr. Parks was one of them.
For those of you who may also have shared in the joy of being under the direction of George Parks, Iona has put together a very touching tribute on Facebook called The George N. Parks Salute Project. Go take a look.
:: Justin ::