Nancy (Hockett) Pike

Nancy (Hockett) Pike,
Asst. Band Director for IHS Tiger Band in 1993 and 1994
IHS Tiger Band class of 1978 (Trumpet).

Nancy Pike is a native Texan transplanted by God to beautiful, Eastern Indiana. She is married, in music education and loves to do creative things. In addition to her love for music and worship she enjoys set/stage design, lighting, media, service production, vocal coaching, singing and photography. Now in her eighth year as Creative Arts Director for Fountain City Wesleyan Church, her duties include all of the above. Mrs. Pike earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas, where she focused on trumpet and instrumental education.

Her first teaching position was from 1983-1987 as Band Director for Travis Jr. High School. The band program she inherited had 33 students and the program grew to 190 strong. She directed three bands, won numerous awards at All-City, U.I.L. Concert and Sight Reading Competitions, All-Region Band, Solo and Ensemble and Sandy Lake Band Festival. After taking some time away to have her son, in 1990 she served as Assistant Band Director at South Grand Prairie High School where she worked in every aspect of secondary music education, including marching band, flag corps, symphonic band and contests. She directed the Symphonic and Concert Bands in numerous concert and contest performances and, in 1991, won the “Sweepstakes” award at U.I.L Concert and Sight Reading Contest.

1992 was the year that she joined the Irving High School Band Program, and was Assistant Band Director to Lee South. She worked with the marching and symphonic bands, flag corps, and contests. She also taught beginning band students at Crockett and Austin Junior High Schools as part of a team teaching effort. She directed the Concert Band in multiple performances and contests each year, winning the “Best In Class” award at the Bluebonnet Band Festival in San Antonio in 1994.

From 1994-1998, Mrs. Pike was Head Band Director at Truman Middle School in Grand Prairie, TX. The band program was healthy when she took the position and started with 170 students. It continued to grow to 240. Each year at Truman demonstrated continued, growing success in student participation in all categories of band competition including: Superior ratings at U.I.L. Concert and Sight Reading Contests, strong showings at All-City and All-Region Band Competitions, an average of 250 medals won at Solo and Ensemble each year, and all Truman bands winning First Divisions at the Sandy Lake Contest each year. Her Symphonic Band was chosen as the “Outstanding Band of the Day” for three years consecutively.

During this time, Ms. Pike was frequently contracted as a guest clinician-consultant by other middle school music educators, and served as adjudicator in local and regional band and color guard competitions.

In 1997, Ms. Pike was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Grand Prairie ISD, Teacher of the Year for Truman Middle School. She was chosen as Regional Teacher of the Year, and was a nominee for both Texas State Middle School Teacher of the Year and for Texas State Teacher of the Year.


Before moving to Indiana, Mrs. Pike was a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. She has also has been a member and leader in the International Bible Study Fellowship Association, Randolph County Art Association board member, art show chairman, and art show award winner. She was also a Wayne County Art Association award winner, and a music review columnist for the Palladium-Item newspaper in Richmond, Indiana. She owns and operates an antique shop called “Hole in the Wall” in Cambridge City, Indiana.

Mrs. Pike loves to travel and has done so through short-term mission trips and on adventures with her husband. Her love of music has never wavered and continues to be a very important part of her life.

The IHSBAA needs YOU!

The IHSBAA operates as a 501(c)(3) in complete compliance with IRS regulations for non-profit organizations making less than $5000 per year and all donations made to us are 100% tax-deductible. However, many foundations and corporations will not grant funds to a charity without an official IRS “Letter of Designation” which requires additional forms and fees. While we have submitted this application to the IRS, they are still processing applications from 2011 and we will not have that IRS official designation in time for the 3rd Annual Band Jam on NOV 09.

As Fundraising Director, this puts my team in a bit of a bind as it limits some of the things that we were hoping to be able to do this year in the way of prizes. While Kim (Koether) Jakusz & I were able to obtain $1200 in prizes last year in only 2 weeks, we need to at least double our prize offerings this year so that we can double our proceeds and really make a significant contribution to the current IHS Band program.

This is where the IHSBAA needs **your** help. We need folks to step up and join the Fundraising Committee or help us by either directly donating cash or prizes that we can use as raffle and door prizes or by putting Kim or me in *direct contact* with a willing donor.

I’m not looking for “Have you thought about …” or “I think so-and-so might be a good idea”. We need direct donations or you putting us in direct contact with someone who is willing to support our cause.

Thus far, two of our alumni have already stepped forward with donations:

* Wendell Hanson (’85, Percussion) Three Guys Photography

* Grant Wood (’80, Trombone) Revolver Brewing

If you have a business and you wish to donate your goods or services as a prize, please contat us immediately. Or, if you don’t have a specific good or service that would serve as a prize, then buy a gift card and send it to:

PO Box 140834
Irving, TX 75014-0834

or contact Lee Fisher or Kim (Koether) Jakusz to see how you can help or participate.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lee Fisher
IHSBAA Fundraising Director

Eldon Janzen

Eldon Janzen
IHS Band Director (1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966-67)

Eldon Janzen was Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas from 1970 to 1995. In addition to serving as Director of the marching band and conductor of the symphonic band he taught instrumental methods and graduate conducting. He was Interim Chair of the Music Department in 1983 and continued as Coordinator of Music Education from 1983 to 1995.

Professor Janzen received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University and his Master of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, where he also served as Assistant to Director of Bands Maurice McAdow.

Mr. Janzen taught in the public schools of Oklahoma and Texas for fourteen years before he was appointed Director of Music Activities for the Irving Texas school system in 1966. During this time, Mr. Janzen developed band programs which consistently produced outstanding performing organizations in both marching and concert competition. His professional affiliations included American Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Lions International. Mr. Janzen has served as President of Texas Bandmasters Association, President of Southwest Division of CBDNA, President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association and President of Phi Beta Mu International.

He has been honored for his contribution to music education by membership in the Arkansas Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame; he received the Phi Beta Mu International award for outstanding contribution to music, was recently named Life President of Arkansas Bandmasters Association, and is a recipient of the “Distinguished Service” citation by Kappa Kappa Psi. His textbook BAND DIRECTORS SURVIVAL GUIDE was widely used in instrumental methods courses throughout the country.



Randy Hestand

Randy Hestand
IHS Tiger Band class of 1980 (Trombone)

Randall Hestand is a trombonist who has performed for the show bands/orchestras of cruise ship companies, Broadway shows touring Europe andNorth America, symphony and opera orchestras in the United States, brass chamber ensembles, and many other types of ensembles.  He has extensive experience in performing a variety of music styles.  He is “at home” playing a big band arrangement, playing a classical piece, playing a jazz standard and improvising a solo, or playing popular music in a horn line band.

Mr. Hestand earned his Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of North Texas, where he concentrated primarily on classical/symphonic music on tenor trombone and bass trombone.  He completed his Master of Music degree in performance at New England Conservatory of Music, where he focused on classical / symphonic bass trombone and studied with Douglas Yeo, the bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra.

During the years that Mr. Hestand lived in Boston, from 1987 to 1994, he worked as a freelance musician around the New England area.  The ensembles he performed with include the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Emmanuel Music, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and the Seaside Brass Quartet.  He also regularly performed with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra as a hired ringer and traveled with the orchestra on summer tours of Asia and Europe.  For part of the year 1992 Mr. Hestand had a stint working in Florida, performing in the orchestra of the Sarasota Opera for its season that year, and while there he also performed with the Florida West Coast Symphony as a substitute player.

During his New England years Mr. Hestand won the audition for the bass trombone position of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the summer of 1991.  While attending the music festival and playing in the orchestra he had the good fortune of performing in concerts with some prominent musicians, including conductors Simon Rattle and Seiji Ozawa, and singer Jessye Norman.  And while at the Tanglewood festival he was also employed as a substitute player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

One of the more interesting jobs he had during the New England freelance years was performing in a symphony orchestra that accompanied the popular music group, The Moody Blues, in an arena concert in Portland, Maine.

In 1994 Mr. Hestand began making his living solely on trombone performing (on both tenor and bass trombone) when he started working in pit orchestras for Broadway show tours.  From 1994 to 2004 he regularly toured Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, The United States, and Canada, performing the classics West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Hair, 42nd Street, Grease, and Funny Girl.  Some memorable highlights of this “on the road” period for Mr. Hestand include: performing on a North American tour of West Side Story with trumpeter Scott Englebright (who is most known for being a former lead player of the Maynard Ferguson band), and performing on a European tour of My Fair Lady, which featured actor Richard Chamberlin in the role of Henry Higgins.

Several years after finishing his school degrees and working for a while, Mr. Hestand started to rethink his overall musical goals, and he was wanting to be more versatile.  Then in 2005 he decided he was ready to take on new musical challenges which were completely different from the ones he had concentrated on in music school. Wanting to work on his jazz improvisation most of all, he started working in the orchestras of cruise ships, since that would give him an outlet for honing jazz soloing and it would make it possible for him to earn a living at the same time.  He has performed on tenor trombone in the orchestras of Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.  Cruise ships have taken him to every continent of the globe (except for Antarctica).  In addition to giving Mr. Hestand improvised solo experience in small group and big band jazz sets on board, ship work has also given him experience in performing the wide variety of music styles which are used in the shows in the main theaters.  And the show band / orchestra work has required him to keep his music sight reading skills sharp, in order to rapidly prepare for guest entertainers who rehearse on the same day as performances.  Mr. Hestand has accompanied many different types of entertainers on cruise ships, including: The Original Drifters, The Coasters, The Osmond Brothers, Greg Bonham, Bobby Arvon, Ian Finkel, Elliot Finkel, Nicola Loud, Domenick Allen, Tony Tillman, Doug Cameron, and the Olympic gymnast, Lance Ringnald.

Announcing the 2012 Alumni Band Jam!

2012 Alumni Band Jam


W. Francis McBeth

W. Francis McBeth 1933-2012
IHS Band Class of 1951 (Trumpet)

President of the IHS Senior Class 1951, President of Future Farmer of America.  He lettered in football and track and was a member of the band and choir.  Mary Sue White McBeth, wife of Frances, was also in the Irving High Tiger Band class of 1951.

McBeth, who began playing trumpet in the second grade, received his BM in music Hardin Simmons University and Eastman School of Music in 1954.  He received his MM from the University of Texas in 1957.  He was Professor of music, resident composer and chairman of theory composition at Quachita University in Arkadelphia 1957-1996.

Dr. McBeth, who earned extensive accolades throughout his career, served as Ouachita’s composer-in-residence, Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music and chair of the theory/composition department of the Division of Music. He also served as conductor of the Arkansas Symphony and as Arkansas’ composer laureate, the first composer laureate named in the United States.

McBeth, who joined the Ouachita faculty in 1957, was named Distinguished University Professor by the Ouachita Board of Trustees upon his retirement in 1996. Trustees also named the William Francis McBeth Recital Hall in Mabee Fine Arts Center in his honor.

President Emeritus Daniel Grant, who served as president of Ouachita from 1970 to 1988, recalled, “On becoming president of Ouachita Baptist University in 1970, I soon learned that W. Francis McBeth qualified as every university president’s distinguished ‘dream professor.’  Everyone sang his praises – students, faculty, administrators, custodians, community leaders and professional peers literally around the world!”

Citing McBeth’s recognition as Distinguished University Professor, Grant added that “he had already set an almost unreachable standard for measuring distinction.”

He served from 1954-56 with the 101st Airborne Band at Fort Jackson, S.C., and the 98th Army Band at Fort Rucker, Ala. One of the most prolific composers of wind band music in the 20th century, he was a past president of the American Bandmasters Association. His “Double Pyramid Balance System” is a widely used pedagogical tool in the concert band world.

During a musical tribute titled “The Creative World of Francis McBeth,” presented on the Ouachita campus in conjunction with his retirement, McBeth was invited to conduct several of his compositions as part of the two-night concert, including “Caccia, Opus 62,” “The Dream Catcher, Opus 86” and “The Gathering of the Waters, Opus 76.”

In a 2003 interview with Jim Newsom, McBeth said that “Through the Countless Halls of Air,” a piece commissioned by and dedicated to the U.S. Air Force Band, best defined his work. “I just think it’s the best piece I’ve ever done,” he noted.

Reflecting on his musical legacy, McBeth told Newsom that his fondest desire was for his fellow musicians, students and music lovers everywhere to say of him, “I liked his music!”

“That’s your whole lifetime’s work. You want it accepted more than you want yourself accepted,” McBeth explained. “The work is much more important – especially when you’ve spent your whole life just doing that.”

As a trumpet and bass violin player, McBeth performed in England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy and Scotland. He also served as a conductor throughout Europe as well as Australia, Canada and Japan.

Among his many accomplishments, McBeth was a recipient of an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Special Award annually for more than 30 consecutive years. He also received the Howard Hanson Prize of the Eastman School of Music for his “Third Symphony,” the American School Band Directors Association’s Edwin Franko Goldman Award in 1983, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s American Man of Music in 1988, Kappa Kappa Psi’s National Service to Music Award in 1989, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic’s Medal of Honor in 1993 and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Medal of Honor in 2000.

Ouachita Chancellor Ben Elrod, who served as president from 1988 to 1998, said, “Mac was clearly among the top tier of composers of band music in the country. His works were performed country-wide and internationally. His identification with Ouachita gave added luster to the institution.

“Equal value issued from his life and career through the significant impact which his teaching had upon his students,” Elrod emphasized. “Although a celebrity, he was very accessible to students, colleagues, audiences and friends. His life was well-lived and made great contributions to all.”

Dr. Craig Hamilton, Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music and director of bands, described McBeth as “a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend. Through his composition, conducting and teaching, he impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. His sharp wit and engaging smile endeared him to everyone he met. We are all better musicians, teachers and people for having known Dr. Mac. His passing leaves a huge void.”

The Tiger Band Class of 2012 is here!

Ladies and Gentlemen of the IHS Band Alumni Association. May I present the 74th (yes, 74th) graduating class of IHS Band Alumni. Please welcome the Class of 2012 to our ranks of Alumni. Say hello to:

Jade Bermudez-Trombone
Edgar Cortez-Percussion
Davina Defee-Colorguard
Rolando Echeverria-Trumpet
Jennifer Gomez-Clarinet
Carl Havlik-Tuba
Diana Henriquez-Percussion
Santos Mar-Clarinet
Jose Martinez-Trumpet
Adam McWilliams-Trombone
Josselyn Mendoza-Clarinet/Drum Major
Jacqueline Perez-Flute/Drum Major
Stephanie Pipes-Clarinet
Octavio Ramirez-Oboe
Dean Robertson-Saxophone
Mayra Rodriguez-Clarinet
Angie Tharp-Colorguard
Eric Williams-Trumpet

Welcome to the IHSBAA former Tiger Band Students!
-Ray DeYoung, Chairman, Co-founding Director-IHSBAA

IHS Spring Concert & Alumni Happy Hour


Join us again at the IHS Auditorium for another evening of great music and fun memories.

The Austin Middle School bands will start the evening at 6:30 pm and you will be amazed how good a middle school band can sound.
They’re followed up by the IHS Symphonic Band at 7 and the IHS Wind Ensemble at 7:30pm.

If you missed the concert in February, don’t miss this last chance to hear how good the 2011-2012 edition of IHS band sounds!

After the concert, join us at our new hangout, (The Cellar Restaurant & Bar) at 220 W. Las Colinas Blvd, less than 10 minutes from IHS, near O’Connor & 114. Be sure to watch this video about free parking at The Cellar!



Inaugural Music & Memories Night with the IHSBAA!


Here’s your chance to be a part of history – the first ever donation by the IHSBAA to Irving High School Band Program.

This is what we’re all about, folks. Sure it’s fun to get together and talk about old times and even play once in a while, but would any of that have happened if we hadn’t been a part of a great program? So now it’s our turn to give back to that program to help it continue our tradition of excellence.

We give you not 1, not 2 but 3 great reasons to join us for a special evening on TUE FEB 07:

1) Enjoy the IHS Cluster concert in the IHS Auditorium starting at 6:30
2) Be a part of our first (of many to come) donations to the IHS Band program
3) Join your fellow IHSBAA alumni at (The Cellar Restaurant & Bar) afterwards to celebrate this remarkable achievement

We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this remarkable night that YOU have helped to make possible. Please show your support by coming out for an evening of great music, great memories and great friends!

Be sure to watch this video about free parking!

Please go to our Facebook event and RSVP!!!

2nd Annual IHS Cluster Percussion Concert


More Details to come

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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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