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Goal to Raise: $100,000 in Donations

Total Raised: $95,400

Choose a Recurring Monthly Donation or a One Time Donation

The WTAMU Band network is truly an amazing one. Today, our alumni are leading the top band programs in the nation, performing in world-class concert halls, and using the skills and techniques that they learned and developed in the WT Band to better their businesses, enrich their communities, and live meaningful and impactful lives.

But, it all starts here – in a band hall in Canyon, Texas.

You know that the music education and experiences you received at West Texas A&M rival that of any other major institution. The WTAMU Band needs your help to continue attracting and supporting top talent, ensuring the legacy of the Sound of West Texas continues to thrive.

Your donation to the band scholarship fund today supports the success of a student tomorrow.

We are so proud of our alumni’s ability to support deserving students with scholarships.

Thank you for believing in our students and programs.

A huge thank you to everyone listed below that have donated:

Gabriel Balderas
James Barger
Cynthia Beard
John Black
Helen Blackburn
Angie Munoz Blackiston
Jack Buckner
Mike & Cindy Bulloch
Bryan Burton
BJ & Mel Brooks
Tim Bynum
Diane Chalk
Nathan & Kim Cooley
Giva Conner
Paul Davidson
Lisha Davis
Ginger Denney
Jennifer DeWaelsche
Wanda Doughten (deceased)
Ted & Janet DuBois
Mary Jo Erb
Charles Faulkner
David Finnell
Lisa Thomas Fitts
Robert Frost
Alice Flanagan
Hannah Garcia
Gary Garner
Bryan & Karolyne Garner
Darrell & Lamonye Garrison
David Green

Vicki Glenn
Evan Grasser
Robin Gresens
Rusty & Linda Gray
Harry Haines
Chris & BreeAnne Harwerth
Gordon & Judy Hart
Dean & Elysee Hearn
Kevin & Christy Henson
Alisha Hilde
Robert & Diane Hinds
John & Maria Hunt
Charles Johnson
Kathy & Lee Kendle
Mike Keig
Brent Key
Noelle Lankford
Tiffany Tarr Laur
Lee Ann & Don Lefevre
Bill Levy
Paul & Amy Lindley
Toni Lopez
David Martinez
Curtis & Candi McDonald
Cicely & Mikey McDowell
Sherry McQueen
Susan Milligan
Kelly & Greg Montgomery
Gary Moss
Michael Nelson
Matt & Debbie Randolph
Teddye Read

Kendra Nichols
Nadina Baird Oney
Opportunity Plan Inc.
Jim & Judy Pierce
Michelle Ray
Cynthia Rogers
Robert & Johnny Rumph
Keith Sacane
Stephen Sampsell
Kristen Scheirman
Brenda Schroer
Benjamin Seago
Jim & Jenny Shaw
Regan Smith
Bob & Lynette Spring
Marcia Stevens
Jonathan Strahan
Bill & Karen Takacs
Russ Teweleit
Randy & Cindy Vaughn
Ronnie & Peggy Vaughn
Bridget Walker
Anne Watson
Christine Watson
David Wimberly
Jolette Wine
Barbara Wooldridge
Keith & Carol Ann Wood
Paul & Susan Worosello
Wildy Zumwalt

If your name has been inadvertently left off this list, please contact Don Lefevre at:

Choose a Recurring Monthly Donation or a One Time Donation

Any amount will go a long way, including monthly giving

  • $50 Helps support one credit hour at WTAMU
  • $100 Helps support the cost of required supplies and materials
  • $250 Helps support the cost of textbooks
  • $500 Helps offset the cost of a Meal Plan
  • $1000 Helps support two semesters (24 credit hours) at WTAMU

A recurring monthly donation is ideal but anything helps!

Your gift is tax-deductible and helps band students offset the rising costs of tuition so they can continue to focus on learning and growing as talented musicians. The WTAMU Band accepts all donations through a special WT Band fund held with the Opportunity Plan, a Canyon-based 501c3 nonprofit committed to supporting students with college expenses.

To give, click the button above. You will be automatically redirected to the secure WT Band Opportunity Plan Fund site to complete your donation to either The Gary & Mariellen Garner Band Scholarship Fund or the Don Baird Memorial Scholarship Fund. Both funds support our WTAMU Band Student Scholarships.

Your Contributions Help Current WT Band Students Succeed

WT Band Student Spotlight: Braden Lefevre 2024

April 19, 2024

Name: Braden Lefevre Years in Band: 2018 – 2024 Graduation & Degrees:(Spring 2024 Expected) Master of Music Performance – Instrumental Conducting (Spring 2022) Music – E.C.-12 Certification – Instrumental Emphasis,…

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Richard Rath

“I was the only person in my family to attend college. The music scholarship allowed me to consider a college degree. I started at WT with the goal of being a saxophonist and Band Director. WT offered me an opportunity that I would not have ever aspired to. Dr. Garner asked me to consider taking up the oboe. The scholarship covered my extra lessons and fees and I ended up playing all the woodwinds on my Senior Recital and secured a position at WT as Graduate Assistant and studying for my MA in Music on the Oboe. The Band Scholarship was the financial aid that allowed me to become a college professor, play in orchestras and become a Yamaha Performing Artist. This financial aid allows a student the opportunities he might not have otherwise.”

G. Richard Rath

WT Band (1962 – 1968)

Richard Rath
Donita Rule

“In high school, I liked marching in the band and getting to attend football games that I would not have been able to do otherwise. The same happened in college. It gave me an opportunity to participate and make friends. I belonged to Tau Beta Sigma and attended regularly. I still remember and communicate with many of the band members even though I was not a music major. Of course, getting acquainted with such a wonderful man as Gary Garner was a delight and privilege. I would not trade my experiences being associated with the WT band for anything.”

Donita Allred Rule

WT Band (1963 – 1967)

Donita Rule
Randy Vaughn

“I made the decision to attend West Texas State University in 1963, Dr. Gary Garner’s first year at WTSU. That decision turned out to be the most important and best decision of my life. My five years at West Texas allowed me to become the band director and educator I aspired to be, and were the most exciting, inspiring, challenging, and competitive years in my life! Whatever success I have achieved as a band director can be in large part due to my education and experiences at West Texas. None of this would have been possible without the help of several scholarships I was afforded at WT. The one program that really allowed me to attend was the Opportunity Plan. Today, my experiences with the Opportunity Plan and money management have allowed me and my wife, Cindy, to live debt free for the last twenty years. We owe so much to this great program and West Texas State University.”

Randy Vaughn

WT Band (1963 - 1968)

Randy Vaughn
Cicely McDowell

“I was part of WT’s band program all four years of college. Every year I was a recipient of a music scholarship, which allowed me to graduate with nominal debt. The WTAMU band program is a wonderful, supportive network that is unparalleled. The band program itself brings up memories of warm summer evenings with some of the best friends I have ever made, along with ample opportunities to perform and enrich others lives with live music via concerts and recruitment tours. Part of the support and opportunities that WT’s band program offers allowed me to venture to Nashville, TN, and I am forever grateful. WT’s band program doesn't stop at the band hall doors: the connections last a lifetime.”

Cicely McDowell

WT Band (2012 - 2016)

Cicely McDowell
Gary & Mariellen Garner

Dr. Gary & Mariellen Garner WTAMU Band Scholarship

The Dr. Gary & Mariellen Garner Band Scholarship Fund at O.P.I. honors an unparalleled legacy that began in 1963. With the help of our donors, talented students from all regions of Texas will have an opportunity to begin a degree at one of the finest music programs in the nation. We are excited about our future at West Texas A&M University School of Music, and believe that our best years are yet to come.

Don Baird Scholarship

Don Baird Low Brass Scholarship

The Don Baird Memorial Scholarship Fund at O.P.I. was generously seeded by Robert Frost in the spring of 2021. Robert is a former student of Mr. Baird, and he has been an avid supporter of the WT Band and our students for over five decades. Don Baird was an integral part of the WT Band program, and this memorial scholarship fund honors his legacy through support of the low brass recipients.

Other Ways To GiveOther Ways To Give

Leave a Legacy

Including a charitable bequest in your will is a simple way to make a lasting gift to the WTAMU Band. To leave a bequest, add WTAMU Band to an existing will or draft a new one. Make a gift of a stated dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after distributions to others. Leave a legacy, yet preserve and enjoy assets you might need during your lifetime.

Other Gifts to Consider:

  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Gifts of Stock
  • Anonymous Gifts

Please consult with your tax advisor or planning professional to decide what is the best choice for you.

Marcia McEntyre Zoffuto

Marcia McEntyre Zoffuto Memorial Music Scholarship (Endowed)

Awarded to West Texas A&M music education students

Endowment Manager: Dick Clardy