Malcolm Helm Memorial Endowed Scholarship

In 1993, TBA, instrumental music education, and Texas bands suffered a great loss with the passing of Malcolm Helm. Malcolm was a friend and colleague to many. Long after becoming ill, he continued to serve his beloved profession tirelessly with the same uncompromising commitment to service and excellence exhibited throughout an illustrious 23-year career. TBA’s Executive Board established the Malcolm Helm Memorial Endowed Scholarship to be supported by an endowment funded by donations from friends and colleagues.


The Malcolm Helm $4000 Scholarship is Awarded Annually To A Texas College Student Who:

  • Attended high school in Texas
  • Is a wind or percussion instrumentalist who participated in high school band
  • Is majoring in Music Education
  • Plans to teach band in Texas
  • Will complete a minimum of 60 hours toward their degree by the end of this Spring semester
  • Maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Scholarship is awarded based on:

  • Musical accomplishments and contributions
  • Academic accomplishments
  • Potential for success in the teaching profession
  • Personal qualifications


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Application Process

Now accepting applications!

Online applications will be accepted until May 15, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

You will need the following information in order to complete your application.  You will not be able to submit the application if you are missing any information.

  • Your contact information
  • Your college name and address
  • Your degree title and number of hours completed
  • List of  scholarships you have received including the amount
  • Letter of application which is an essay addressing your intent to apply for the scholarship. Include educational, musical, and extracurricular activities as well as additional information to help determine your potential as a future band director
  • Resume to include collegiate education, work experience, honors, awards. and other relevant information
  • Name, job title, and email address of 3 references who can speak to your qualifications – The first reference must be your primary university ensemble conductor
  • A PDF of your college transcript – To qualify for the scholarship, you must complete 60 hours by the end of this Spring semester and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Your transcript should include completed hours and show the classes you are currently enrolled in.


The $4000 Malcolm Helm Memorial  Scholarship will be awarded during the TBA Convention/Clinic. The recipient will be an outstanding undergraduate wind or percussion player, who is majoring in instrumental music education at a college or university within the state of Texas. Your tax-deductible contribution will go far in helping this worthwhile effort grow as it assists outstanding prospective band directors currently enrolled in college. This contribution is tax deductible.

To make a contribution, complete the form and mail it with your check.

For Any Questions / Comments Contact:

Daniel Allen
Scholarship Selection Committee Chair

2019 Malcolm Helm Scholarship Recipient

– Jessica Calvit

The Texas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors congratulates Jessica Calvit as the recipient of the 2019 Malcolm Helm Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Calvit was recognized at the 2019 TBA Active & Retired Member Luncheon and Business Meeting where she was presented the $4000 scholarship.

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