Brothers, Sisters, and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi mourns the loss of Wava Henry, Founder of Tau Beta Sigma. Our thoughts and support are with the family during this time. We want to thank them for sharing the gift that was Wava with our organization. She was a lifelong advocate for bands, a visionary leader for both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, and truly a friend to all members of both organizations.
Born March 14, 1920, Wava’s life paralleled that of Kappa Kappa Psi as a leader in the college band movement. Wava was an early voice for inclusion. Wava exerted her special leadership by ensuring that women were included in the college band movement, founding Tau Beta Sigma was just part of her legacy. In her role as a pioneering female band director in Texas, she educated women and men about music and about seizing an ideal and fighting for it. Both her accomplishments and her “get it done” attitude remain undimmed and have our Brotherhood’s admiration.
Our hearts are with all of our brothers and sisters in Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. This is a time for us to bond together as organizations and remember the woman that helped pave the way for thousands of people to serve college bands through Tau Beta Sigma. As brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi we are committed to always “Strive for the Highest.” However, today we all are truly and sincerely with our sisters “For Greater Bands.”
For more information on Wava’s legacy and her story with Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, please visit www.tbsigma.org.
Adam D. Cantley
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity