Wava Banes Turner Henry

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Wava Banes Turner Henry (March 14, 1920 – October 16, 2012) was the founder of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, while attending Texas Tech College.

Tau Beta Sigma

Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority is a co-educational service sorority.


Wava Banes was born in March 14, 1920 in Cleveland, Oklahoma. In 1937, she began her studies at Texas Tech College, where she graduated with a degree in Band Music, which is now known as Music Education. During her time at Texas Tech, she was one of the first female members in the band, and the first female to graduate with her degree. Additionally, she was motivated by a desire for women to have the same opportunities as men, and founded the Tau Beta Sigma Club in 1939. In 1946, the club became Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority. [1]

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In 1941 she graduated from college and married her first husband, Jack Turner, who was a member of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Following her graduation, she also taught band in the state of Texas, before returning to school. Following her husband's death in 1958, she returned to school to receive certification in counseling and mathematics. Eventually, she moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1961, where she taught in the school system. [1]

Kappa Kappa Psi North American collegiate honor fraternity for band members

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While teaching she ceased to be involved with the activities of Tau Beta Sigma, although she attended the 1971 National Convention, and continued to attend conventions until her death. [1]

In 1981 she married Reese Henry, adopting her present name. [1]

On October 16, 2012, Wava died of natural causes in Grand Junction, Colorado, being survived by her husband, daughter, and three granddaughters. [2]

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