B i o g r a p h y: George A. Faber, II
The musical career of George A. Faber, II, leader and founder of Faber & Friends Band is rich, diverse and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days of piano lessons and recitals in Kilgore, Texas, to performing with groups at Stephen F. Austin State University, to Lincoln Center in New York City, the Great Wall of China and beyond, George is well known and highly respected for his skills as a Keyboardist, Bass Player, Producer, Arranger and Innovative Arts Educator and his music has captivated audiences all over the world.
As a Smooth Jazz Artist with a strong Top-40 background, the breath of Faber's experience and abilities encompasses multiple genres, including Gospel, Country, Classical, Pop, Funk, Classic Rock & Roll, Big Band, R&B and of course Jazz.
During the early 80's he toured with the group Sunshine Express which gave him the opportunity to perform all over the US and performing for and with national recording artists Charlie Daniels, The Statler Brothers, The Oakridge Boys, Percy Sledge, and Chubby Checker just to name a few.
Recently, George has performed with Eric Marienthal, Bob McChesney, Joseph Vincelli, Pamela Williams, Allen Vizzutti, Gary Freeman, Blue Lou (Marini of the Blues Brothers), Mark Mullins and Tom Brown.
Faber and Friends Jazz Ensemble also opened up for Freda Payne (2012) and Jazz singer Al Jarreau (2013) and he has done several studio recordings and voice overs for numerous radio and television commercials.
Faber is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where he received his BA and MA in Music and Administrative Education and in 2016 received a Music Alumni of the Year “Hall of Fame Award” from Stephen F. Austin State University for his career in music and education.
Recently retiring (2017) with 35 years for the Tyler Independent School District, George’s career in education started in 1982 as a Band director, Assistant Principal, Principal and finishing his career as the Visual and Performing Arts Director for Tyler ISD serving over 18,000 students K-12. His career in Education also included serving as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas (Tyler).
Although retired from Tyler ISD, Faber continues his career as an educator and is presently an Adjunct Professor at LeTourneau University and Tyler Jr. College. He also continues to serve as the organist for Green Acres Baptist Church -Tyler, Texas.
Faber started Faber &Friends Band in the late 90’s but performs with several other local bands in the East Texas and Dallas Metroplex areas as well.
George is married to Anita (Hill) Faber (38 yrs.) and they have 2 children: Candice Faber and George A. Faber, III (Lindsay Baniewicz Faber-wife), and 1 grandson Zion Faber.
Faber’s Belief is: “Playing Music is for the Soul”