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Professor George W. Edwards was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 5, 1948 to George and Beulah Edwards. He was Baptized at Second Missionary Baptist Chruch by Rev. Paul A. McDaniels and served faithfully until leaving to attend Florida A&M University. After joining Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1970 . He later received a Master’s in Music Education from Michigan State University in 1976. From 1975-1978 he traveled as Musical Director of Lansing Community College Suitcase Theater touring Holland, Germany, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, Belgium, and Japan.

In 1978, “Prof Edwards” came to Prairie View A&M University as Assistant Director of Bands and music arranger. In 1984, he became the Head Director of the University Marching Band and Jazz Band. Under his leadership, the band became “The Marching Storm.” His technique and passion for the art of marching band was characterized by his quest for perfection , and the motto the band came to live by was, “Make It Happen!”

The Marching Storm was led by Professor Edwards to the 2001 Presidential Inauguration Parade, four consecutive Honda Battle of the Bands appearances, the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade, the front page in the New York Times and BBC Radio 4. 

“Prof” left behind thousands of grateful students and his legacy continues in serveral former students who have become successful musicians and music educators.


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