Robert Foster, professor of music, was recently chosen as an ASCAPLUS Award recipient. These distinguished awards, created by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, are granted by an independent panel and based on the value of each writer's catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances.
Robert E. Foster is professor of music at KU and served as Director of Bands at for 31 years beginning in 1971. He is also the conductor and musical director of the award winning Lawrence City Band. His KU Symphonic Band performed at numerous national and regional conventions, including performances and clinics for Music Educators National Conference, the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, and others. He continues an active career as a guest conductor, adjudicator, author, composer, arranger, and editor, and has conducted or adjudicated in 37 different states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, and throughout Europe. Foster is Vice President of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and is former President of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Big Twelve Conference Band Directors Association. He also served as Chairman of the North American Band Directors Coordinating Committee.
Foster has been actively involved in the promotion and performances of music by John Philip Sousa, and he worked with the Instrumentalist magazine as guest editor to produce their Sousa Sesquicentennial issue in November 2004. In 1988 he was selected as the Kansas Bandmasters Association Bandmaster of the year. In 1989 his KU Marching Band was the 7th band to be awarded the Sudler Trophy for Intercollegiate Marching Bands. In 2001 he was awarded the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award. In 2006 he was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors. In 2007 he was presented an Award of Distinction from the Women Band Directors International organization for exceptional support toward women in the band movement. He was selected as the recipient of the 2010 International Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award.
He has written several books and numerous articles for The Instrumentalist magazine as well as for other band/music publications. He is editor of the "Authenticated Fillmore Editions" of band works by Henry Fillmore, published by Carl Fischer, and he serves as Educational Consultant to Wingert-Jones Music Publications.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu