An Alice marching band icon will be honored at the Texas A&I Alumni Banquet this Saturday. Bryce Taylor, long-time Alice High School band director, will be honored as a Distinguished Alumni at the luncheon.

The event, held in Kingsville, will honor both current students and notable alumni. The students being honored will be receiving scholarships on behalf of the A&I Alumni Association.

Taylor, who led the Alice High School band to many accolades, was born in Edinburg and attended Texas A&I Kingsville, where he graduated top of his class in 1951. After graduation, he was hired by Three Rivers ISD to lead their band program. In 1960, the Three Rivers band was selected as a Class A Honors Band and in 1961, Alice High School asked Taylor to lead their program. During his tenure at the school, Taylor’s band was recognized 12 times as a finalist in Honors Band competitions.

Taylor was selected for many honors during his career including State Band Chairman, TMEA President and Bandmaster of the Year in 1983. Taylor also has a musical legacy, as 30 of his former students have become music teachers, surely inspired by Taylor’s love of the discipline.

Taylor was an Alice resident until recently and now resides near Austin.