Sam Foster

Sam Foster
Lunenburg, MA

I first realized that I had a passion for American history while I was in high school. My course on World War One was taught by a captain in the United States Army who had served in Iraq. From that point onward, I knew I was destined to be a History major. There was no other subject that piqued my curiosity more than American history.  I am particularly interested in World War One and the Roaring Twenties. In the course The United States Since 1877 at SLU, I had the opportunity to combine my interests in music composition with American history, defining America through text, images, and my original, symphonic jazz composition. In History 299: The American Revolution, I had the opportunity to explore, research, and write a historiography on the role of Hessians during the American Revolution. I was fascinated to learn about the true story of Pocahontas in my Colonial British America class. In addition to being a History major, I am also an active member of the Improvisation Lab Ensemble at SLU, composing and performing my own jazz composition every semester.

In addition to course work, I am interested in entertainment history during the 1920s, reading stories about the original silent film star, Rin Tin Tin. I'm also interested in music during the 1920s.  I love listening to the original 1924 78 RPM edition of George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" on the Internet Archive, a website containing historical recordings, films, and digitized books.  I have taken a course entitled History of  Popular Entertainment in the Performance and Communications Arts department as a complement to my History courses.

 In the future, I hope to use my History major as a jumping off point for a career in production for a television network or internet media/content company.  I plan on actively composing jazz and classical music as a sideline as well. The History major will give me the skills I need to succeed in the media world.