The Alumni Band Organization (ABO) was founded in 1986 as a special interest alumni group and a support group for the current band program. The Board of Directors, as of January 1, 1994, officially granted the ABO constituent status. This group is dedicated to preserving alumni connections with the College Band program. This group is composed of William and Mary alumni and faculty who participated in or were affiliated with the band program during their time here at the College. Those who are affiliates include majorettes and flag team members and band leaders.
The ABO remains active by hosting receptions after concerts, responding to the needs of the band director, continuing homecoming performances and activities, and providing important service to the William and Mary Alumni Association. To support outstanding band members the ABO started the Charles R. Varner Scholarship Endowment, which has been awarded. It was named for Charles Varner to show appreciation for his contributions to the William and Mary band and to provide assistance to promising young musicians in furthering their education at the College.
Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Alumni Band Organization..
The William and Mary Alumni Association, http://services.wmalumni.com/Chapter.asp, accessed 6 November 2007.