Robert E. Foster is Professor of Music and Assistant Chairman of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Kansas. He was Director of Bands at the University of Kansas from 1971 to 2002, and prior to that time he served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Florida. Before moving to Florida he taught in the public schools in Texas. He has served as president and as chairman of the board of directors of the American Bandmasters Association and the National Band Association, and as president of the Southwest Division of CBDNA and of the Big 12 Conference Band Directors Association. A life member of NBA and CBDNA, he has been on the board of directors for CBDNA, ABA, NBA, The John Philip Sousa Foundation, and the Kansas Bandmasters Association, and was selected Bandmaster of the year by KBA. He was selected one of the Ten Music Educators honored by the School Musician magazine, and was awarded the Higher Education Service Award by the students of the University of Kansas in 1975. He is on the advisory board of The Instrumentalist magazine, and has served as the band adviser for the MENC Adviser column in their magazine Teaching Music from 1995 through 2001. An active composer/arranger/conductor/clinician, he has numerous published compositions and arrangements, and he serves as educational consultant for Wingert-Jones Publications. He has served as a conductor, clinician, or adjudicator throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, and Japan.