John E. Newson Sr., is retiring as director of university Bands at Howard University after 50 years in music education.
A Rayville native, Newsom is a graduate of the Class of 1965, Eula D Britton. and the son of Roosevelt and Zipporah Newson.
Prior to his elevation to this position, he served as associate director of University Bands from 1986 to 1992. He has held the conductorship of the concert, marching and pep bands.
His career and retirement will be celebrated from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 during Howard homecoming weekend.