Robert E. Foster

Induction: February 4, 2006

Robert E. Foster has an extensive background as a music educator, conductor, adjudicator, and as
a composer and arranger. He has served as a successful band director at the junior high school,
high school, and university levels, and he has conducted and/or adjudicated throughout the
United States, in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Singapore. He is Professor at the
University of Kansas where he was Director of Bands from 1971 – 2002. He was assistant chair
of the Department of Music and Dance from 2002 to 2009. He is past president of the American
Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the Southwest Division of College
Band Directors National Association, and of the Big Twelve Conference Band Directors
Association. He is the conductor of the award winning Lawrence City Band, and he serves as
Educational Consultant to Wingert-Jones Publications. In 2006 he was inducted into the National
Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors. Foster is Vice-President of the
John Philip Sousa Foundation, and has been actively involved in the promotion and
performances of the music of John Philip Sousa. He worked with The Instrumentalist magazine
as guest editor to produce their Sousa Sesquicentennial issue in November, 2004. He has written
several books, including: Multiple-Option Marching Band Techniques, 1971, published by Alfred
Publishing Co., Inc.; Practical Hints For Playing the Cornet or Trumpet, published by Belwin
Publishing Co.; and My First Arban, book I and book II (a method book for brass instruments),
published by Carl Fischer, Inc. He has written numerous articles for The Instrumentalist
magazine as well as for other band/music publications, and has several hundred publications of
music for bands or for band instruments. They are primarily published by Carl Fischer, Wingert-
Jones Publications, CCP/Belwin & Warner Bros. Pub., and by Alfred Publishing Co. He
continues an active schedule as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and he serves as the
director of the Lawrence City Band.