HB 921

Moved TMEA Office from Houston to


Bought first TMEA computer

Hired Bill Cormack as Executive Director

Conducted Public Relations Symposium

Henry Schraub’s career in music education spanned 42 years. His last 27 years were spent as Director of Fine Arts for the Birdville Independent School District. Prior to this position, Mr. Schraub taught band and choir in the Seguin and Bishop, Texas Independent School Districts and was the Supervisor of Music and Director of Bands with the Weatherford, Texas, Independent School District. Mr. Schraub’s bands were consistent Sweepstakes winners in UIL competition, and his Bishop and Weatherford bands were ranked third in the State Honor Band Competition sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association. During his tenure as Director of Fine Arts in Birdville, the Birdville Fine Arts programs distinguished themselves at the state and national level. Mr. Schraub regularly serves as a clinician throughout Texas and has served as an adjudicator at the district, regional, area and state level. Mr. Schraub received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and has completed additional work at the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University. Mr. Schraub is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Mu National Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity. He is a Past-President of Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Schraub received the 2000 Outstanding Music Educator Award for Texas from the National Federation of Interscholastic Music Associations and was named the 2002-2003 Music Administrator of the Year by the Texas Music Administrators Conference. Mr. Schraub lists the following events and milestones that occurred during his tenure as President of TMEA.


  1. The first half of his presidency was spent without an Executive Secretary due to the death of Joe Lenzo. During this time the TMEA office remained in Houston on Uvalde Street. Beside monitoring the activities in the TMEA office, among the many duties of the presidency during this time were the collecting and editing of articles for the magazine.
  2. An intense lobbying effort helped to defeat at the eleventh hour House Bill 921, better known as the Delco bill. This bill was intended to define what was basic to education in Texas but did not include Fine Arts in that definition.
  3. Following defeat of that bill, then Governor Clements established a Blue Ribbon Education Committee to determine what constituted a basic education in Texas. The Committee conducted hearings throughout Texas, and at each site TMEA had representatives from that community testify to the importance of Fine Arts in education. This eventually led to the passage of House Bill 246 which defined what was basic to education and included Fine Arts.
  4. Bill Cormack was hired as Executive Secretary.
  5. The TMEA office was moved from Houston to Austin.
  6. TMEA purchased its first computer.
  7. A symposium on Public Relations was conducted at SMU in the summer of 1979.


In retirement Mr. Schraub is presently the conductor of the Greater Fort Worth Community Band. In addition, he remains involved in music education by clinicing, judging and serving as a consultant.