Robert E. Foster, Jr (b. 22 January 1966, Gainesville, Fla.) is an American composer, conductor and educator. He is the son of long-term University of Kansas director of bands and composer Robert E. Foster.
Foster attended the University of Kansas from 1984 to1990 on a football scholarship while working toward a music education degree. As a starting center and three-year letterman on the University of Kansas football team, he received several awards and signed a contract with the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons during the preseason, 1988.
Foster attended the University of Illinois from 1990-1992, working on his master’s degree in music education, meanwhile writing marching drills and arrangements for the Marching Illini and studying conducting with James F. Keene. He served as interim associate director of bands at the University of Maryland from 1992-1993 and also directed the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band, the Concert Band, and the Basketball Bands.
Foster served as the associate director of bands at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. His responsibilities included directing the Marching Horned Frog Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Basketball Bands. Additionally, he taught courses in freshman theory and marching band procedures.
Mr. Foster currently is the Band Director for the International Kansas Lions Club Band, serves on the Kansas John Philip Sousa Honor Band board of directors, and is a strong advocate and member of the Fountain City Brass Band educational team where he assists and arranges music for the FCYBA Youth and Academy Brass Bands in Kansas City. He has also held memberships with the College Band Directors National Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi-Tau Beta Sigma, and the K-Club (Univ. of Kansas Letterman's Club).
As a composer, Foster’s published works for concert band range in difficulty from junior high level to the professional band level.
Works for Winds
- African Dances (2018)
- Arabian Dreams (2017)
- Arcadian Jubilee (1991)
- Blazing Bugles (2010)
- Gettysburg (2014)
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