Conductor Emeritus - Ed Jones
Foster E. (Ed) Jones attended college in Greenville, North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. As an undergraduate, he was a member and leader of “the Collegians”, a 17-piece dance band that emulated sounds of the big band era. Mr. Jones earned his Master of Music Education degree from East Carolina University. He was a member of MENC, VMODA, VEA, PWEA, NAJE, NSOA, and Phi Mu Alpha, and he was honored as “Distinguished Alumnus of 1993: from the ECU School of Music. Mr. Jones has been a clinician and adjudicator in Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Mr. Jones became director of bands at Gar-Field High School in 1970. In 1987 he was appointed supervisor of music for Prince William County Schools where he served until June 1993. Mr. Jones served as the guitar and band teacher at Woodbridge Senior High School, retiring in 1999. At festivals, his bands consistently received superior ratings. He was musical director for several locally produced Broadway musicals, and during his military service he led a jazz combo on live television in Shreveport,. La. He helped start the Prince William Community Band in 1996 and served as its principal conductor until 2017. On occassion he still conducts the Prince William Community Band.