The Irving High School Band Alumni Association is the culmination of an idea formed in December of 2007 after a small dinner party idea between a few former band members turned into a 150 plus person IHS Band reunion in less than 4 weeks. During the next year, former IHS band members Ray DeYoung (Class of ’82), Mike Grabeel (Class of ’82), Stephanie (South) Gelber (Class of ’81), Ed Terrill (Class of ’81) and Greg Wilson (Class of ’81), began a series of meetings to see if the idea of an association would fly.
Mike Grabeel (originator of our Facebook page) and Greg Wilson worked tirelessly in their PR capacity of the original group, while Ray DeYoung wrote and rewrote versions of the founding documents. Mike and Greg made contacts with literally hundreds of alumni and from that, a small founding board was put together.
Eventually, an Articles of Association was formed and on January 3, 2009 (at Class of ’65 member Linda Barnum Liebman’s house) the IHSBAA became a reality. The purpose of the Association is to maintain the history of the Irving High School band program, to keep a network between alumni alive and to do what we can for the current music program at Irving High School. So far, we have claimed from Irving High School several van loads of historical artifacts-from old uniforms to drum major batons. All historical artifacts have been donated to the Irving Public Library-Irving Archives where from time to time, they will be displayed for the citizens of Irving.
The IHSBAA is unusual in that there are not many true alumni associations (of any kind) for high schools. We are proud to do what all band “kids” do-lead the way!