The T. Jervis Underwood Cup goes to the chapter each year determined to have done the most to advance musical interests in America by the donation of time, talent and treasure to local elementary, high school and collegiate music programs.
T. Jervis Underwood
Dr. T Jervis Underwood (1932-2017) was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who loved him. His kindness, easiness, fairness, intelligence, sense of humor and warmth were obvious to anyone who met him.
When he was an undergraduate at North Texas State College, Jervis was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha, a men’s music fraternity, in 1954. His affiliation with the Phi Mu Alpha became a lifetime commitment and he held many important positions in the fraternity, such as serving as founding advisers to the Iota Psi and Epsilon Kappa chapters, province governor for Province 5, chairman of the Commission on Standards, national secretary-treasurer (1982-1988), and national vice president (1985-1988). He was elected national president in 1988 and served in that capacity until 1991.
His service and dedication to Phi Mu Alpha led him to research and complete the 100-year history of the fraternity when he was appointed to the position of national historian. The first edition of “Phi Mu Alpha: A Centennial History” was published in 2000, revised in 2005 and reprinted in 2008.
Jervis was awarded the fraternity’s Robert J. Rogers Lifetime Service Award on July 18, 2009, at its national gala. He continued his affiliation with his fraternity when he retired from SIU, and he joined the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Alumni Association He passed away in 2017 at the age of 85, and we honor his undeniable legacy of service and leadership with the Underwood Cup.