|In loving memory of Wava Banes Turner Henry (1920-2012).|
"She graduated in the summer of 1940 with a Bachelor’s Degree and a major in Band Music. While attending Texas Tech, Wava succeeded in getting sorority status for Tau Beta Sigma in 1939. Most universities were not allowing women in the band at that time, and there were no women Band Directors around. Finally, she got her first position in Avoca, Texas, in the fall of 1940." www.tbsigma.org
As a service-oriented professional organization, we commissioned new compositions, supported our university ensembles with equipment and other supplies, provided instruments and financial support to local school districts without sufficient music program budgets, helped Girl Scout troops earn their music badges, and so much more. We made an impact not only in the musical community on campus, but in our neighboring communities. And this work continues.
|Wearing my letters for Wava!|
On this chilly October evening, I'm wearing my letters for Wava, the letters which meant so much to her and continue to inspire the hearts of all brothers and sisters within the organization. They stand for more than just a fraternal bond. They represent unwavering affection, ambition and altruism, not only for the advancement of women, but for music as a vehicle for the greater good of us all. Thank you, Wava. I'm forever proud to be your sister.