IHSBAA History

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!


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  • Mission

    To uphold the Dignity, Honor and Pride of the Irving High School Tiger Band by preserving its unique history, strengthening friendships, and above all else, ensuring a tradition of musical excellence for future generations.

  • Vision

    • Raising funds for scholarships and other means of assisting students who are financially in need, musically talented, and demonstrate dignity, honor and pride in their academic and community endeavors. 
    • Recruiting recent Tiger Band graduates, along with former students from all generations, to continually infuse the organization with new members and subsequently new ideas. 
    • Developing and maintaining an accurate, historic, annual record of the Irving High School Tiger Band, from its formation in 1938 through the current year, as an ongoing, perpetual legacy for future classes and generations.
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