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KU professor receives honor from international bandmasters organization

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Robert E. Foster, KU professor of music and former KU Director of Bands, was presented their highest honor by Phi Beta Mu, International School Bandmasters' Fraternity. The award was presented during the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago at the annual Phi Beta Mu Awards Breakfast in December 2010. The Outstanding Bandmaster 2010 award was resented to Foster in front of the group and was presented by Keith Bearden, member of the Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors and chairman of the awards committee.

Foster is the twenty-fifth recipient of the Outstanding Bandmaster award in the past 30 years, and becomes part of a distinguished list of bandmaster including such notable conductors as H. Robert Reynolds, University of Michigan, retired, Eugene Corporon, North Texas State University, Frederick Fennell, founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Col. John Bourgeois, former leader of the U.S. Marine Band, and Col. Arnald Gabriel, retired leader of the U.S. Air Force Band.

Phi Beta Mu is a non-political, non-profit fraternity organized to promote fellowship among its members, to encourage the building o better bands and the development of better musicians throughout the world, to foster a deeper appreciation for quality wind literature, and to encourage widespread interest in band performance.

Foster was director of bands at KU from 1971-2002. He continues to serve on the music faculty at the University of Kansas, and he is the leader of the Lawrence City Band.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.

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