Legendary PVAMU band director dies

May 29, 2009 12:19:22 PM PDT
It's a sad day for students and staff at Prairie View A&M University. The school's legendary band director passed away.George Edwards, who directed the 'Marching Storm Band' for three decades, passed away yesterday. At this point, we don't know the cause of his death.

"On behalf of the entire PVAMU community, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire Edwards family. For three decades we were fortunate to have George contribute to our community and nurture the talent of our student performers," states Prairie View A&M President George C. Wright.

Edwards first arrived at Prairie View A&M in 1978. Under his tenure, the university's Marching Storm Band entertained audiences around the U.S. and the world and developed a reputation for its unique sound. Prairie View A&M's band, once known as the "Funky 50," was renamed under Edwards' leadership and vision in 1984.

A tribute to his success and unique skill, Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Chancellor Michael McKinney invited Edwards, the Marching Storm Band and the Black Foxes auxiliary dance troupe, under the direction of Margaret Sherrod, to perform at Kyle Field during a Texas A&M University game, a first in the history of the TAMUS.

Under Edward's tenure, the Marching Storm also performed in President George W. Bush's Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. in 2001 and was a featured performer in the 2004 Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game. In 2006, he led the band to perform in the ESSENCE Music Festival in Houston.

For three consecutive years, the Prairie View A&M University's Marching Storm Band performed in the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, which later allowed Edwards and the band to be featured in "Stompin' at the Dome" a DVD band documentary, which featured PVAMU.

Funeral services are being determined and will be announced when available.

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