Bierley, Paul Edmund
- George C. Foreman
(b Portsmouth, OH, Feb 3, 1926; d Columbus, OH, April 9, 2016). American band researcher, author, and tubist. He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of engineering degree in 1953 and had a 35-year career as an aeronautical engineer, working primarily for Rockwell International in Columbus, Ohio. During this time he was also active as a professional tubist in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1964–81), the Detroit Concert Band (1973–93), and the Brass Band of Columbus (1984–95). He was recognized as the foremost historian on the music, life, and band of John Philip Sousa. His more than 40 years of meticulous research on Sousa led to three definitive publications, John Philip Sousa: a Catalogue of his Works (Urbana, IL, 1973); a biography, John Philip Sousa: American Phenomenon (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1973); and The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa...