PVAMU Mourns A Great Loss


Prairie View A&M University mourns the death of Professor and Director of Bands George Edwards. He directed PVAMU’s world renowned Marching Storm Band for 30 years, before his death on May 28.

Affectionately known around campus as “Prof Edwards”, 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. Today, the Marching Storm is now considered among the most dynamic and skilled bands in the world for its unparalleled musical artistry, and electrifying and adventurous drum line which is showcased during each performance. Many music scholars attribute the growing popularity of drum line techniques to Edwards and Prairie View A&M.

“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 PVAMU President George C. Wright.

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