COL. E. VERGNE ADAMS
Col. E. Vergne Adams, best known as director of the famed Texas A & M Aggie Band, was born in Bryan, Texas on September 1, 1907.
After graduation from A & M College in 1929, he began his career in teaching at Humble, Texas where he organized their first band program and also taught English.
The next year, he organized the Nederland bands, moving later to Donna in 1933. He also started the first band program at Bryan High School in 1934 and taught there through 1940. He moved to Palestine in 1940.
He served as Secretary of the Southern Division of the Texas Band Teachers Association in 1933 and '34. He was Vice-President of TMEA during his tenure at Bryan and later served as Vice-President of TBA.
His teaching career was interrupted by World War II (1942-46). Col. Adams served in the army on active duty as an officer in the U. S. Army Chemical Corps in the Pacific.
He returned to A & M College in 1946 as the Colonel of the Aggie Band. His bands at A & M were imitated but never matched.
Col. Adams retired in 1973 and was later honored by A & M by naming the band rehearsal facility the "E. V. Adams Band Building". He died September 21, 1982.