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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With William Foster

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Academic administrator and band director William Patrick Foster was born on August 25, 1919, in Kansas City-Wyandotte, Kansas. He received his B.A. in music education from the University of Kansas in 1941, and his M.S. from Wayne State University in 1950. Foster earned his Ph.D. in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1955. At age 17, Foster was director of an all-city band. After college, he taught at Lincoln University, Fort Valley State University and Tuskegee Institute before being hired by Florida A&M University in 1946. Foster became chairman of the music department and director of bands emeritus at Florida A&M University. He created the famed 329-piece Marching 100 Band and developed more than 200 halftime pageants. He revolutionized marching techniques and reshaped the world's concept of marching bands. In 1998, he was elected to the National Band Association Hall of Fame. Foster passed away on August 28, 2010 at age 91.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
153 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with William Foster
William Foster
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Tallahassee, Florida 2002 April 20.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 32 min., 12 sec.)) : sound, color
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