George Foreman

Associate Professor
Musicology - Band

George C. Foreman, former director of the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, teaches musicology at the Hodgson School, specializing in early band music.

Foreman was formerly managing director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, a position he held from 1983 - 2009. While at Centre College, Foreman served as conductor and co-founder of the New Columbian Brass Band, which performs the music of the Golden Age of American Bands (1880 to 1920). The 23-piece ensemble is comprised of leading professional musicians from coast to coast. A review in The New Yorker of the band's recording The Teddy Bears Picnic called it "the most delightful collection of musical levity on the market."

Foreman also founded the Advocate Brass Band and served as its conductor for twenty years. Composed of amateur and professional musicians from the region, the band has performed more than 150 live concerts and released six CDs of historic American band music, including four compilations of marches named for American newspapers. Before directing the Norton Center, Foreman was director of the Thomas H. Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas.

Foreman earned his doctorate in musicology from the University of Kansas and holds a master's and bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico.