Organizing the first high school band in Texas and the first school orchestra are just two of Raymond T. Bynum’s many accomplishments. Raymond T. Bynum was born on August 14, 1906 in Springdale, Arkansas. He received a B.A. and B.M. from Hardin Simmons University where he was a member of fellow Hall of Fame honoree D. O. Wiley’s original Cowboy Band and later, a Doctor of Music from Oklahoma City University.
Bynum directed the Abilene High School Band winning many honors from 1926-1946. While at Abilene, Dr. Bynum was active in the development of the TMEA.
He was honored by being named Professor Emeritus of the McMurry University Band and having the two-storied band hall at McMurry named "Bynum Band Hall". Raymond Bynum was president of the Abilene Rotary Club, and President of TMEA.