H. 'Bud' Leabo
Bud Leabo was born February 1, 1907 in Creswell; a small
community just outside of Eugene, Oregon. His youth was
spent in music – he played the violin, saxophone,
clarinet, flute, piano, and organ. He graduated from Jefferson
High School in Portland, Oregon in 1926. He became Superintendent
and Partner of Hills Creek Lumber Company, from which
he retired in 1968.
met his to-be wife Velva at a dance in 1926 and married
her in December of 1927. They had four children –
three girls and one boy. They celebrated their fifty-fourth
anniversary in 1980.
gave so much to so many, and helped them find in their
they never would have found except by his encouragement.”
1945-46, Bud helped to organize the Eugene Chapter. He
was their director between 1949 and 1970 and brought them
as high as second place in International Competition.
was instrumental in organizing the Evergreen District
and served from 1958 to 1960 as its President. He served
for 5 years as District Music Education Chairman and as
International Board Member for 2 years. He was a Category
Specialist for Arrangements in 1960, and had over 100
arrangements of his own. He was elected Evergreen District
Barbershopper of the Year in 1964 and in 1982 was inducted
into the Evergreen District Hall of Fame.
He was quartet coach for the Journeymen (1962 District
Champions), The Most Happy Fellows (1977 International
Champions), Lion’s Share (1975 District Champions),
Bay Shore Four (1966 District Champions), and many others.
fund was established as a working memorial to the precepts
and philosophy of Bud Leabo. He firmly believed in the
value of music education and the impact of barbershop
on all aspects of life. His belief was that more fun and
satisfaction are possible by means of a heightened barbershop
Bud Leabo Memorial Fund is an endowment fund. Disbursements
are made from the interest earned on the fund. Twice a
year reports as to the status of the fund and disbursements
are made to the Evergreen District Board of Directors
and the House of Delegates.
Bud Leabo Memorial Fund vision has been expanded to raise
and award funds for new ideas and initiatives to attract
singers and fans to barbershop harmony. Grants are awarded
annually for ideas that encourage and grow barbershop
singing and membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society
and are available to all organizations, institutions and
to the general public.