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On the Cover: The cover of this issue is the official 2019 Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma National Convention photo taken by Aaron Moore on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


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4 From The Executive Director 5 Expansion & Membership 34 National Leadership 42 In Loving Memory 6 The Max Mitchell Grant Program Greg Boike

8 A Year In The Life

Paula Kyser & Darin Martin

10 Gamma Epsilon Goes To Ultra

Jordan Craft

12 Rebranding The Band

Deja Young & Niyah Heaggans

16 Gamma’s Largest

Service Project Ever! Nicole Pasia

18 Chi Chapter Welcomes

Family Members for Annual Parents Weekend

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22 Why Should I Attend Convention

Marissa Archuleta

24 National Convention Recap

37 How You Can

#PreserveTheHonor Bang Co

Vice President for Student Affairs, ΚΚΨ

38 For Greater Events Siobhan Wilkes

Vice President for Special Projects, ΤΒΣ

28 Centennial Day Recap 30 The Early Years of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity – Part 1

Aaron Moore & Clinton Wieden

34 President's Vision Adrienne Rall

National President, ΤΒΣ

40 Practicing Safe Social Media Leslie Gartin

Vice President for Communication & Recognition, ΤΒΣ

41 Moving In Unison With Overture Erika Pope

Vice President for Colonization & Membership, ΤΒΣ

36 The Second Century... Marco Krcatovich II National President, ΚΚΨ

Emily Sollars




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Dear Friends of ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ, What a momentous year we’ve had in 2019! Celebrations of the Centennial of Kappa Kappa Psi have been held at chapters, district conventions, and gatherings of alumni from coast to coast. It’s been truly great to experience much of it personally. The final ceremonies will occur on November 27, 2019 at the National Shrine at Oklahoma State University as we honor Bohumil Makovsky and the Charter Members on the Fraternity’s 100th anniversary. It has been a year full of music, cakes, service, rituals and memories. We’ve celebrated with all sorts of Centennial gear (“swag”), commemorative shingles and once in a lifetime jewelry keepsakes that will be treasured for years. The National Convention held at Oklahoma State University this summer, despite the heat and the crowded conditions, was a great success and created great memories that will help the Fraternity kick off its second century. Two fabulous concerts began and ended our time in Stillwater. First, the National Intercollegiate Band, conducted by Professor Jerry Junkin, was one of the best I’ve heard. I hope you get your hands on the recording. I’m sure you will like it. The Centennial Celebration Day culminated in a truly wonderful performance by the Centennial Alumni Band, conducted by Oklahoma State’s Dr. Joseph Missal. It was such fun to be able to showcase the talents of our alumni musicians. To all the brothers and sisters, active, honorary and alumni alike who attended this summer, THANK YOU for participating in this largest national convention gathering in our histories. As we close out the Fraternity’s Centennial year, we turn our attention to our next milestone celebration – the 75th Anniversary of Tau Beta Sigma! Our 2021 National Convention, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will celebrate the many accomplishments of the Sorority. To be held at the Amway Grand Hotel, we will have a chance to commemorate the sisterhood with elegance! Start planning to be there. Many thanks to all of our alumni and friends that support ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ with their donations! The membership dues paid by our collegiate members and alumni keep the doors open and the organizations running smoothly. However, it’s support of our donors, in all its forms, that help us do so much more, from scholarships and music commissions to leadership programs and the maintenance of our facilities. You are critical to the success of our missions! THANK YOU! As 2019 comes to close, let us be thankful for all the good things that membership in ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ brings us. Let’s honor our dedicated band directors and instructors for helping us appreciate the best in music and the richness it adds to our lives.

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NEWS MAY 5, 2019 Nu Phi (ΚΚΨ)

Schreiner University Kerrville, Texas

MAY 5, 2019 Theta Alpha (ΤΒΣ)

Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, North Carolina

MAY 9, 2019 Nu Chi (ΚΚΨ)

Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania




The Max Mitchell Grant Program:

A Legacy of Service to the NIB by Greg Boike, Outreach Director (KKΨAA Board of Directors)

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Psi Alumni Association member Mike Lindsay at the 2017 Northeast District Convention, and made possible through the tremendous support and backing of the Boards of Trustees of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association was able to develop a framework this biennium for a new program that has, for the first time, enabled direct support of selected NIB musicians through a nationwide program. Last summer, the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors (“AABOD”) met in Stillwater to finalize the details of this program. While we had managed to develop the structure of the program that would provide grants to NIB members, we were still lacking a name for this program -- a name that would reflect both outstanding musicianship and the legacy of fraternal service to the NIB. Late on our last evening in Stillwater, as the

sun was ending its slow descent over the long Oklahoma horizon, several AABOD members went to the Fairlawn Cemetery to visit the final resting places of our fraternity’s “Guiding Spirit” Bohumil “Boh” Makovsky and several founding fathers and notable brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. Found among these gravesites was a name less known within our brotherhood: Dr. Max Mitchell.

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rothers and Sisters in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are, by definition, outstanding band members. Based on how our purposes have been established, it is, in fact, our obligation to honor those band members who exhibit the best traits of musicianship. For many of us, these attributes of musicianship included participation in one or more middle school and/or high school honor bands prior to college. The performance of music at a high level was an honor and privilege bestowed upon us, and our parents, band directors, schools, and communities were often happy to support us in celebrations of our achievements. One similar and even more superlative opportunity is available to band members at the college level: the National Intercollegiate Band (“NIB”), which is made possible through the support of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. The first NIB was held in 1947 and featured 125 select student musicians from more than sixteen colleges. The NIB has routinely performed each biennium since its founding. The NIB is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many young musicians. Unfortunately, the costs borne by these musicians to perform with the NIB can be extremely high. The fraternity and sorority allocate close to $40,000 for the institutional costs of each iteration of the NIB. Beyond the costs covered by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, each individual NIB musician can easily incur over $1,000 in their own unreimbursed expenses, including the costs of travel, concert attire, and several meals. Many NIB student-musicians have had to bear these costs without outside assistance, even as they struggle with the more routine expenses of college life. Inspired by an idea shared by Kappa Kappa



Dr. Mitchell served as Grand President of the Fraternity from 1947-1949, taking the gavel from Dr. F. Lee Bowling, who led the founding of the NIB at that same National Convention in Stillwater in 1947. Dr. Mitchell’s biennium at the helm of Kappa Kappa Psi was among the most consequential in the fraternity’s history. Following World War II, the fraternity’s membership had severely fallen, and many chapters had become inactive. Dr. Mitchell set forth an ambitious expansion plan for the fraternity with a focus on service to the college and university bands at the forefront of our purposes. Over the next ten years, the fraternity would not only reach its pre-war size of forty-five chapters, but would more than double in size to ninety-eight chapters by the end of 1957. Dr. Mitchell would continue to support the NIB throughout his tenure, while also bolstering Tau Beta Sigma in its first full biennium of existence. While providing this fraternal service, Dr. Mitchell also distinguished himself as Director of Bands and head of the Music Department at Oklahoma A&M College, taking the baton from “Boh” Makovsky in 1943. Dr. Mitchell served as Director of Bands until 1957 and remained the head of the Music Department until 1977. The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association gives

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credit to Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Makovsky for greatly shaping the music programs at the university, calling them “two of our most revered directors.” Given this legacy of musicianship and service, the AABOD knew that the NIB grant program has found its namesake, thereby affording Dr. Max Mitchell some additional welldeserved fraternal recognition. The most exciting aspect of this year’s launch of the Max Mitchell Grant Program has been seeing so many dedicated alumni embrace this program. During a limited promotional period of only three months, brothers and sisters came together to raise an astounding $5,250, all of which will go to support the travel and participation costs borne by NIB musicians. Such an outstanding response is truly a testament to the legacy of service set forth by Dr. Max Mitchell, Dr. F. Lee Bowling, and so many others. To donate to the Max Mitchell Grant Program for the support of studentmusicians in the 2021 NIB, please talk with one of the LAAs listed above or another Kappa Kappa Psi LAA that is associated with your district, region, or chapter. To help offset the institutional costs of the NIB covered by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, please also consider donating directly to the Stanley G. Finck Fund for the National Intercollegiate Band.

The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is particularly grateful to both our counterparts in the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association and our Kappa Kappa Psi Local Alumni Associations (“LAAs”), which were the primary contributors designated by this program. Our gracious donors for the 2019 NIB are listed below.

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Northeast District Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma


Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association


Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors


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Southeast District Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi


Southwest District Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma


Western District Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma


Omicron Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi (West Virginia University)


Zeta Chi Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi (University of South Carolina)





A YEAR IN THE LIFE by Paula Kyser, Membership Director

and Darin Martin, Chair (KKΨ - NCDAA)

Six of the NCDAA's Board of Directors after banquet at 2019 NCD Convention. Pictured from left to right are Michael Osborn, Bang Co, Paula Kyser, Michelle Banis, Darin Martin, and Akilah Thomas

Founded on April 4, 2018, the Kappa Kappa Psi North Central District Alumni Association (NCDAA) was created by a group of alumni Brothers who wanted to create a positive environment for our alumni to continue our service and experience with the district and fraternity. We are committed to developing a community and a culture of care where all Brothers feel welcomed and safe.

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(Right) Members of the NCDAA after our Business Meeting at the 2019 NCD Convention. (Below) Awards Committee Co-Chairs Akilah Thomas (left) and Darin Martin (right) with 2019 Life Membership Award Winner Allison Newman (center) from the Alpha Zeta Chapter at Indiana University.


ow has it already been one year since the North Central District Alumni Association has been formed? Time really flies when you are having fun. In our one year of existence, the NCDAA has strived for the highest in all aspects. The NCDAA was “created by a group of alumni Brothers who wanted to create a positive environment for our alumni to continue our service and experience with the district and fraternity. We are committed to developing a community and a culture of care where all Brothers feel welcomed and safe.” At the North Central District Convention this past March in Indianapolis, Indiana, six Brothers from our Board of Directors were present. This was our first Convention having a fully formed and active Alumni Association and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how the weekend went. We had an overwhelming number of Brothers who were graduating stop by our table during registration to come get information, learn about the NCDAA and sign up with our interest form. Friday night then led into our Spring Social where we had over 20 Brothers attend. Brothers were able to mix and mingle with Alumni of all ages as well as have meaningful conversations about some of their favorite memories, greatest Fraternity inspirations, and how they use Kappa Kappa Psi in their everyday lives. Saturday afternoon followed up with

our Graduating Senior Luncheon which was an overwhelming success. We were blown away with how many Brothers attended. We had close to 30 Brothers attend and we are so excited by their interest and motivation to be a part of the NCDAA upon graduation. The NCDAA is beyond thrilled to welcome them in the upcoming months. Lastly, we concluded with a successful business session where we got an extraordinary amount of good feedback to help make us stronger moving forward. We are also thankful to our Awards Committee for developing criteria, fielding applications, and selecting a winner of a Life Membership Award for a graduating Brother from the NCD. We were honored to award Allison Newman from the Alpha Zeta Chapter at Indiana University with this award. Allison has left a lasting impact on her chapter and is excited to stay engaged with Kappa Kappa Psi beyond her undergraduate career. Moving forward, the NCDAA has several social events planned for the upcoming months. The first being is our Book Club being sponsored by the Social Committee. Our first book is Becoming

by Michelle Obama. We had one meeting in mid-April and we plan on having several more with the months leading up to National Convention. Another event that Social Committee is planning is three regional meetups. They will be in Cleveland, Oho; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. Each meetup will be full day of Brotherhood and bonding along with some sightseeing in each city. These events are all planned by Brothers who live in each area and will take place in the summer leading up to National Convention. On behalf of the North Central District Alumni Association, we are beyond grateful for the support and guidance we have received thus far. We have learned immensely in our one year of existence and looking forward to celebrating the next biennium and National Convention in Stillwater, Oklahoma. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the North Central District Alumni Association, please feel free to contact us at



Student NEWS

Gamma Epsilon Goes To Ultra by Jordan Craft Gamma Epsilon - TBΣ University of Miami


aturday March 30th some members and membership candidates of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Miami experienced a once in a lifetime moment. While many music festival enthusiasts flocked to Virginia Key to attend the world renowned Ultra Music Festival, these students were preparing for much more. The chance to perform for thousands of people alongside GRiZ, a DJ and electronic music producer performing at Ultra for the first time. Preparing for the release of his studio album ‘Ride Waves,’ GRiZ wanted to do something out of the ordinary to stand out at this year’s Ultra Music Festival. He enlisted the University of Miami Frost Band of the Hour with the amazing opportunity of helping him ‘wow’ the audience. Among those selected to perform were Gamma Epsilon members, Jordan Craft, Travis Quinn, Terrell Key and Allison Ruka as well as membership candidates, Ben Gygi, Eliana Leish, James Kim, Samantha Atlas and Savannah Olivas. Before and after the performance the band was able to meet some amazing celebrities who voiced their support of

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collegiate bands. Shaquille O’Neal aka DJ Diesel posed with the band for a photo while they were basking in the backstage experience. Nearing the end of the night Paris Hilton stopped the band for a chance to bang a drum and get in on the fun. “It’s such an amazing opportunity,” said Jordan Craft. “As a non music major, I don’t get this kind of performance avenue and its just awesome to see someone like [GRiZ] bringing marching bands to a brand new audience.” The band was able to perform with GRiZ for his final 2 songs and really took the audience by surprise. Coming out to a drum feature that led into All of the Lights by Kanye West grabbed the audience’s attention as many of them recognized the iconic U on the uniforms of the marching band. Once the attention was locked in, the final song began to play. GRiZ’s ‘It Gets Better’ blended his technological sounds with the beauty of a live band and his own saxophone skills. It created an atmosphere that nothing else could replicate and left an astonishing impression on all that got to experience it. GRiZ helped in Gamma Epsilon’s desire to share music and spread the impact of college bands far and wide.

Thousands of people were given a performance from a college band that none of them were expecting but all were excited about. These kinds of interactions can be creating the future of music and of college bands. GRiZ ended the night saying this after the performance, “I’m so glad I have an avenue to do things like this.” He added, “Keep pursuing music because you all deserve to do something creative with your lives.”

#givingtuesday is a global day of giving

How to build your legacy in Tau Beta Sigma

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fueled by social media that celebrates and supports giving. This year #givingtuesday takes place on December 3, 2019. The 13 Days of TBΣ is a celebration of sisterhood in the days leading up to our Founder’s Day on March 26. Celebrate with a donation to the Trust. There is no better way to say Happy Birthday! The 1946 Club is a yearlong commitment to a monthly donation of $19.46 or more. Those who join the campaign receive a special recognition for their support. Please note: the day you sign up for the 1946 Club will be the day your account is drafted each month. The Century Club is aimed at individuals looking to start building their legacy at a more manageable monthly contribution. With a year long commitment of $9 per month, Century Club members will achieve $100 in donations to the Trust in one calendar year. The White Rose Circle is a new form of recognition for those individuals wishing to include Tau Beta Sigma in their estate planning. This is an avenue through which individuals can make a significant charitable gift that is part of their financial or estate plan. Please contact Di Spiva at NHQ if you want to be a part of the inaugural class of the White Rose Circle. Did you know a gift of life membership can be a tax deduction? A portion of every life membership benefits the Tau Beta Sigma Trust. When purchased on someone else’s behalf and gifted, it is considered a donation to the sorority and therefore can be used as

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Student NEWS

Rebranding the Band by Deja Young & Niyah Heaggans Theta Phi - TBΣ Hampton University


uring the summer of 2017; after much anticipation from current and past students, Hampton University’s Department of Music announced that one of its own, Dr. Thomas L. Jones, will be the new Head Band Director of the school’s marching band known as The F.O.R.C.E. Dr. Jones played Trombone, Trumpet, and was also a Drum Major during his time as an undergraduate student here at Hampton University. He has an extensive educational background in multiple studies such as chemistry, leadership studies and education, and of course music from Gonzaga University, NC A&T State University, and Hampton University. He cultivated his talents as an arranger and drill writer for the famous Brooklyn Steppers Marching Arts before taking his talents to Greensboro, North Carolina and becoming the Chief Music Arranger at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He also serves as a Drill Sergeant with the United States Army, as well as being a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Being a Hampton University alumnus, was one of many reason why he decided to pursue becoming Director of Bands at Hampton University. In his first year, Dr. Jones has successfully rebranded the band by focusing specifically on the band’s image. He started off focusing on the instruments and how the band looked as a whole, after careful evaluation he decided that change was necessary. He invested in new instruments for almost every section in the band. He went so far as to ensure that each horn was silver, and had the cymbals personalized. Secondly he focused on the exposure of the band,

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and how to gain more attention. He became personally involved in the band’s media team and edited each field show for the entire marching season where he would then post the videos on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube to help the band gain a bigger following. He also made sure the band participated in various community parades, as well as performances at local elementary and high schools. His efforts and execution paid off when at the end of his inaugural season it was announced that The F.O.R.C.E. was voted to be one of 10 bands to participate in the Annual Honda Battle of the Bands. The Marching F.O.R.C.E. has received many recognitions since Dr. Jones has become the head band director. Besides having the opportunity to perform at the Battle of the Bands in 2018, the F.O.R.C.E. went on a week-long tour recruiting students from 19 different high schools the week of the show. Such places included high schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Outside of performing at Honda Battle of the Bands, the band has also had the pleasure of having its drumline travel to California to be apart of their Rose Parade where they got to play with other schools as a unit this past winter break along with having a small snippet in Beyoncé Homecoming special that aired in April 2019 on Netflix. Not to mention, the Marching F.O.R.C.E. has been selected to perform in Rome, Italy for the 2020 New Years Day Parade. And on top of that, the band has also been selected to participate in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2020. We are the 5th HBCU band to be selected to participate in this annual parade. All of these recognitions is one

of the many pushing reason as to why Dr. Jones has been heavily focused on recruiting across the nation. His goal is not only to give a great performance but give students an understanding on what to expect if they choose to come to Hampton University and be apart of the band. Band members have stated how the band has become more of a family due to all the improvements and support from Dr. Jones and the influence of TBS. He has given students a home away from home, by providing them with security in more ways than one. He has open the band room many times for students who needed a space to get extra practice in or even to get school work completed. He has taken kids home who didn’t have a ride along with paying for vegetarian band members to eat in situations where there were no other food options for them. Dr. Jones is always actively looking to expand the band and make it greater. This current 2018-2019 marching seasons Dr. Jones has recruited many students and doubled the bands members from 70 students to 140. Within that number, 80% consist of freshman on academic and band scholarships. Education is extremely important to him and he always makes it known that school comes before band. One of his infamous sayings is, “There’s school, band and everything else.” He has even encouraged the Theta

Phi chapter to host scholarship seminars where we helped students fill out outside scholarships to further help with tuition, along with opening the band room before finals exams so that band members will have a place to study. He is adamant about creating a safe space where students can focus on school and their craft. Since the beginning, Dr. Jones has had a vision on improving the band and has genuinely stopped at nothing to do so. He has made it his priority to provide all instrumentalists with new instruments and new uniforms that are better-suited for the reformed marching style. He understood that the transformation of the band would not be easy, but he insisted that the band “be living proof that it can be done.” Dr. Jones does all that he can for the Hampton University Marching Force and he has made it his duty to make a difference and the F.O.R.C.E. and the Theta Phi Chapter couldn’t be more grateful.



Celebrating our 1946 Club and Century Club donors! Being a monthly donor to the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund is one of the best ways to ensure the continued legacy and success of our organization. Since its inception, the 1946 Club has net over $45,000. While individual contributions may seem small, this figure proves the impact of the greater collective no matter the size of the donation. The Century Club is aimed at helping individuals begin a monthly giving journey. With a $9 per month contribution, individuals will reach $100 total in contributions to Tau Beta Sigma within one calendar year. Century Club Members Allison Leemann Jennifer Scott Samantha Kinnison Tiffany Singleton Timothy Greenwell David Stookey Jessica Stookey Olivia Stewart-Costa

Through the 1946 Club, individuals contribute $19.46 monthly to sustain their support of the mission and ideals of Tau Beta Sigma. 1946 Club Members David Alexander, Jr. Marcos Alvarez Carrie Anthony Debbie & Glenn Baker Justin Brady Sue Robash Carr Lance Coochyouma Lisa Croston Emily Donovan Bill and Kelly Eidson Dawn Farmer Leslie Gartin

Danny George Katherine Godwin Shalyn Guthery Karon and David Hammond Holli Hartman Dr. Kathryn Kelly Marisa Lunde Jonathan Markowski Carolyn and Scott McCambridge Leslie McClure Melanie Meehan Cathy and Melvin Miles

Jean Newman Dollie O’Neill Maisha Paggett Erika Pope Adrienne Rall Dr. Nicole Sanchez Kimbi Sigle Zara Simpson Jessica Smith Rebekah Tarplin Chelsea Zuniga

Continue your Tau Beta Sigma journey by giving back as part of our monthly giving clubs. To join the Century Club visit:

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To join the 1946 Club visit:

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Generosity of mind, heart and hand‌

The rich history and legacy of Tau Beta Sigma thrives and continues to grow thanks to the loyalty and passion of all who have financially supported the organization. On behalf of the Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees, we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to the following individuals for their total contributions across the years. Legacy Society $50,000+

Wava Banes Founder Society $20,000 - $49,000 Alan Harriet Max Mitchell

Crown Pearl Society $10,000 - $19,999 Debbie & Glenn Baker Wava Henry Kathryn Kelly

Golden Lyre Circle $5,000 - $9,999 Lisa Croston Melvin & Cathy Miles Jean Newman

Red Rose Circle $1,000 - $4999

Justin Brady Gretchen Buchen Sue Robash Carr Lance Coochyouma Emily Donovan Judith Dulcich Bill & Kelly Eidson Dawn Farmer Christopher Foster Leslie Gartin Daniel George Katherine Godwin Christina Gordon David & Karon Hammond Patsy Hejl Reese Henry Deborah Kaplan Jonathan Markowski Heather Marshall Marc Martinez Scott & Carolyn McCambridge Wendy McCann

Leslie McClure Donna McCormick Melanie Meehan Christopher Miller David Oakley Dollie O'Neill Catherine Oster Elaine Ostrander Kathy Rider Carla Robinson Nicole Sanchez April Sansing Scott Sergeant Kimbi Sigle Jessica Smith Sandra Weese Janet West Miller Leeann Wieser Kristin Wright

White and Blue Circle $500 - $999 Courtney Biagas Meredith Brazzell Beth Bronk Paula Crider Jennifer DiBenedetto Kevin Earnest Edward Elsea, III Timothy Greenwell, Jr. Lois Gribler Shalyn Guthery Kim Hamilton Carol Kruse Allison Leemann Marla Lewiski Marisa Lunde Theodore McCadden, Jr. Peter Murray Steven Nelson Norma Parrish Erika Pope Theresa Powell Linda Rae Adrienne Rall Ashlyn Simmons Zara Simpson Kelly Sipko Mary Stuart

Sisterhood Circle $250 - $499

Marcos Alvarez Lennie Ambelang Legacy Asset Management Birkofer Joanna Bonner Skylar Buffington Tammy Carethers Renee Cartee Alison Clanton John Finocchiaro Gwyn Fox Stump Mary Gibson Mary Gradisher Holli Hartman Georganne Hodges Jennifer Khasilev Jack & Jessica Lee Lueen Lindsay Susan Lodal Christopher Lukasik Heather Mackey Rene Mark Suzanne Marques Malinda Matney Kelli McDoulett Kaitlyn Musterman Stephani Noar Robin Oegerle Pauline Ottaviano Maisha Paggett Zachary Rebarchek Christina Reed Constance Reishus Katherine Rodeffer Tiffany Singleton Meghan Smith Sibyl Snyder Stacey Stenerson Jennifer Tracy Georgette Washington Terri White Siobhan Wilkes Julia Woodson Marcus Wyche Chelsea Zuniga Sales Match Intel Matching Grant Program



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Student NEWS

Gamma’s Largest Service Project Ever! by Nicole Pasia Gamma - ΚΚΨ University of Washington


ast Spring, the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi put on our largest service project ever: Junior Senior Day. Held during our football team’s Spring Preview Game, Junior Senior day is a chance for junior and senior band students from local high schools to come and play with the Husky Marching Band for a day. From playing upbeat stands tunes such as “Louie Louie” and fan favorite “Tequila” to learning each section’s specific choreography, the high school students were able to see what it was like participating in band at the college level. Over 160 high school students signed up for our most recent Junior Senior Day, making it our largest event yet! Since several of the seniors who participated have committed to the University of Washington, this event is key in recruiting new members for the marching band. First implemented by one of our past presidents, Romulus Ragudos Jr., around 10 years ago, the Service Committee of Kappa Kappa Psi is responsible for most of the coordination and planning behind Junior Senior Day. First, Brothers volunteer to travel to local high schools and give a presentation about the benefits of continuing music beyond high school. These presentations include talking about ensembles in several state universities, the many music groups at the University of Washington (including the Husky Marching Band),

and encouraging students to participate in local community bands or start music groups with their friends. With nearly 80 Brothers in the Gamma Chapter, we were able to present at dozens of local schools. Leading up to Junior Senior Day, the Service Committee cleaned the band equipment room, organized music, and provided instruments for students to check out. The Fundraising Committee also created buttons corresponding to each of the sections in the marching band for everyone to wear. At last, the day of the event arrived. Brothers showed up at 7am (five hours before kickoff!) and helped the high school students register, get all the music and equipment they needed, and talked to them about participating in music in college. A few high school students even showed an early interest in Kappa Kappa Psi. When it was time to

rehearse the stands tunes, Brothers in the marching band helped the students, answering questions and demonstrating awesome dance moves. When the band moved into Husky Stadium and began to perform, it was clear that the Husky Marching Band was full of spirit and energy, which easily spread to the high school students. Even when it rained (we do live in Seattle), that didn’t stop the fun, as ponchos were passed around. At the end of the day, high schoolers expressed how much fun they had playing with the Husky Marching Band. The Gamma Chapter truly enjoys being able to help local musicians in the community discover new ways to have fun doing what they love. Until next year’s Junior Senior Day!



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Chi Chapter Welcomes Family Members for Annual Parents Weekend by Emily Sollars Chi - TBΣ Ohio State University


ver the first weekend of March, the Sisters of Chi invited our parents to join us for our annual “Parents Weekend”. Sisters and their parents took part in a dinner on Saturday night at an Italian restaurant as well as a potluck style brunch on Sunday morning that took place in our marching band’s facility. The weekend was successfully planned and coordinated by our Social Committee Head Taylor Thompson from restaurant reservations to coordinating potluck signups she handled it all. After hosting a successful parents weekend I reached out to some of the Parent’s in the Chi Chapter to ask about the following questions: “What does your son or daughter participating in Tau Beta Sigma mean to you?”, “What was your favorite part/best memory of the parent’s weekend for Tau Beta Sigma?” and “Do you have any experience with Tau Beta Sigma prior to your daughter being an active member?”. The responses from the parents were absolutely wonderful. When talking with the parents about “What does your son or daughter participating in Tau Beta Sigma mean to you?” Kathy Duncan (Mother to current Active Sister Abby Duncan and Alumni Sister Kayla Duncan) said; “For Abby to participate I think just gives her a closer lifelong connection to the music world and opportunities to give.” Becci and Marc Catalfina (parents to Active Sister Kaity Catalfina) expressed their gratitude for their daughter being in Tau Beta Sigma, stating; “We are grateful that out of all the extra-curricular activities available at The Ohio State University, our daughter is a

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part of one that promotes not only friendship amongst its members, but also has a focus on service.” Donna Brink (Mother to Chi President Katie Brink) spoke to the opportunities that Chi Chapter has offered her daughter: “Tau Beta Sigma has been a generally positive experience for Katie. As with most sororities/fraternities, initially TBS provided Katie a social connection to students “For Abby to with similar interests. As she participate I think matured in the sorority she has gained experience with outreach, just gives her a fundraising, resilience, and leadership-all which helped Katie closer lifelong sharpen valuable life skills.” connection to the The parent’s shared some amazing memories with me music world and when talking about the question opportunities “What was your favorite part/ best memory of the parent’s to give.” weekend for Tau Beta Sigma?” Mr. - Kathy Duncan and Mrs. Catalfina talked about (Mother to current Active the Sunday Brunch saying; “We Sister Abby Duncan and enjoyed the opportunity to meet Alumni Sister Kayla Duncan) the members of TBS and their families at the Sunday brunch. More importantly, we particularly appreciated the moment when, Katie Brink, the President, underscored the Sororities focus on service by describing each of the projects and programs

in which the Chi Chapter is involved. As she spoke, it was clear to see that service meant a great deal to each and every member. We also felt honored to get to hear the young ladies lift their voices as they shared their affirmation hymn and Carmen Ohio with us at the end- it was an intimate moment, and we are grateful that they allowed us to take a ‘peek’ into what a meeting might be like each week. It was a wonderful weekend, and as parents, we felt proud of not only our daughter, but of each and every member of the chapter!” Mrs. Duncan also spoke about being able to meet the friends and families at the Sunday Brunch saying; “My favorite part was meeting my daughters friends family’s and seeing the girls intersect, lead- they were wonderful speakers, oh... and meeting the mascot, the bull!” The Sisters of Chi loved talking more about the Sorority with the parents on Sunday, and we closed by singing for the parents. Mrs. Brink spoke to this saying: “I have enjoyed coming to the parents’ weekend events. I think the most memorable moments for me are when the sisters join together to sing their sorority songs. It always makes me cry tears of tenderness. The words and the beauty of the voices really touch my heart.” When answering the question, “Do you have any experience with Tau Beta Sigma prior to your daughter being an active member?” Both Mrs. Duncan and Mr. and Mrs. Catalfina stated that they had had experiences with Tau Beta Sigma in the past. Mrs. Duncan said “I had friend, roommates, and Row mates from the band who all participated in TBS.” The Catalfina’s responded in saying that “Lindsay Conkel, our daughter’s cousin, was previously a president of the Chi Chapter.” Mrs. Brink offered a different perspective, one that most other parents can relate to by saying, “I was not aware of TBS before Katie joined, but I am grateful she found her way to it!” Thank you so much to Taylor Thompson for organizing and planning Chi Chapter’s annual Parent’s Weekend. A special thank you to Kathy Duncan, Becci and Marc Catalfina, and Donna Brink for reaching out to collaborate on this article.



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WHY SHOULD I ATTEND CONVENTION? by Marissa Archuleta Delta Kappa - TBΣ Kansas State University TBΣAA Executive Council, Programs Director


ne of the best parts of being in TBS is attending district and national conventions. There is so much you can get out of convention if you put yourself out there and are willing to go outside of your comfort zone. Attending convention can be intimidating, especially if you are a first year member, because you aren’t sure what to expect. It is a great experience and it is worth it to go to as many as you can. No matter what district you are from, I recommend attending district and national convention both while you are active and again once you are an alumni.


• Make sure to budget for hotel, food, travel, adventures, miscellaneous (shopping at the marketplace) • Pack accordingly to the weather but also bring a jacket because meeting rooms tend to be cold most of the time • Pack snacks because meetings can be long • Travel with a buddy or other members from your chapter- it makes for good memories • Bring thank you cards- you never know when you will need them • Allow plenty of time for travel if you can- sometimes the unexpected happens

Lisa Croston, Marissa Archuleta, Wendy McCann 2017 National Convention Orlando, FL

WHAT TO PACK: • • • • • •

Membership card Ritual clothes Banquet clothes Letters Chargers Notebook/pen (take notes during sessions) • Water bottle *There is more you should pack but these are my top items that are the most important


• If you have ever considered running for office at any level I encourage you to do so • It is a great way to serve the sorority in a different capacity • You form a special bond with the members on your council • You have the opportunity to plan a convention • Are in charge of running district days with your council


• Go out of your comfort zone and make new friends with people from other chapters • It is ok to spend time away from your chapter • Go on adventures and make memories with new people • You may be surprised and some of the people you meet will become your best friend, mentor, travel buddy, etc. • You will meet other people in your major- convention is a great place to network • Get to know people at the chapter, district, and national level • Meeting national dignitaries- They like meeting people and you have no reason to be nervous to meet them


• Join a committee to learn more about what we do in the organization • Have a voice and contribute to conversations during meetings • Be part of the changes happening • Meet new people from other chapters Marissa Archuleta, Melissa Askren, Emily Grusenmeyer, Samantha Boxberger, Debbie Bakerm Hollyann Sewell 2011 National Convention Colorado Springs, CO

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Leslie Gartin, Marissa Archuleta, Aaron Woolley, Laura Cooke, Samantha Boxberger, Zack Rebarchek - 2016 MWD Convention Kearney, NE


• Apply for awards because there are some that have money attached to them- college is expensive (use that to help you with your expenses) • Deserving members should be recognized for their contribution to the sorority • Let people know about the good things your chapter is doing


• After graduation come to alumni land and learn about how you can continue to serve the sorority • Attend the business meetings and activities and meet other alumni • Use convention to network and make connections in the workplace • Join your district's TBSAA and stay involved • Go to local area meet ups and stay connected with the sister’s in your area


• See the similarities and differences between your district and the other districts • Meet new people • Travel to new places • Join other districts TBSAA


• Being initiated into the Delta Kappa Chapter at Kansas State UniversityDec. 4, 2010 • Receiving the Grace and A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Award at the 2011 National Convention in Colorado Springs, CO • Meet Wava at the 2011 National Convention • Being elected as the MWD Vice President of Membership- 2015 MWD Convention Minneapolis, MN • Going on adventures with the familyChelsea Raising, Lisa Croston, Wendy McCann, Andy Melvin, Katie Rixon, Dave Alexander • Playing with all the kids at conventions • Sharing memories and reminiscing on past convention experiences • Seeing my best friend Chelsea Raising and always laughing and having a good time • Getting to travel to many new places • Road trips with Sam Boxberger to district and national conventions

Overall, convention is a great way to see the inner workings of the sorority while also making memories to last a lifetime. You get to see these people once a year or once every two years which makes convention even more special. It is a time to come together to serve,

Steve Nelson, Marissa Archuleta, Adrienne Rall, Erika Pope 2019 MWD District Convention Boulder, CO connect with friends, and travel to new places. Each convention is unique in their own way and you leave with new ideas on how to continue serving and improving your chapter and yourself as a sister in the bond. There are so many things that happen at convention that it is hard to cover them all. You will have to attend to see for yourself and pave the way in your TBS journey. I challenge you to go to as many conventions as you can because those are some of the best moments of the year. I would not be who I am today without my sisters and am looking forward to seeing what exciting things are to come in the next few years. Big milestones are happening in the next few years and you don’t want to miss out! Be bold. Be brave. Be you and take the journey to your next district and national convention. The experience and memories will last for a lifetime!













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The Early Years of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity – Part 1 Aaron Moore

National Alumni Historical and Development Coordinator Alpha Rho - ΚΚΨ, Northeastern State University

Clinton Wieden

Southwest District Governor Alpha - ΚΚΨ, Oklahoma State University


hough World War I ended in 1918 and most Americans were eager for peace and security, 1919 would prove to be anything but. Revolution and unrest continued to spread across Europe and North America, a Flu Pandemic continued with a third brutal wave in the spring, terrorist bombings rocked seven U.S. cities in June (the first of a series of “Red Scares” began when the government passed an act that blacklisted anyone thought to be involved with communism), race riots rocked the nation, and hundreds of workers went on strike across the country. The adoption of constitutional amendments giving women the vote and establishing Prohibition denoted the high-water mark of the moral impulses of the Progressive era. Set against this backdrop, William A. Scroggs brought his idea of a band fraternity to Oklahoma A&M College band director Bohumil “Boh” Makovsky. Boh realized the need for such an organization, and selected A. Frank Martin, Raymond D Shannon, Clyde Haston, Clayton Soule, Carl Stevens, William Coppedge, Dick Hurst, Asher Hendrickson, and Iron H Nelson to work with Scroggs to organize the first local club. Officers for the local club were elected and William A. Scroggs was elected the first chapter president. Many of the charter members were members of social fraternities and were aware of other fraternity rituals. During the first year of operation as an honorary society, the members kept busy laying out the framework for the Fraternity they were establishing. They enlisted assistance working out and adopting a national constitution, creating and developing

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Bohumil “Boh” Makovsky served as Director of Bands Stillwater native William A. Scroggs and Head of the Music Department at Oklahoma proposed the idea of a band Fraternity to A&M College from 1915-43. He is known to members director Bohumil Makovsky in Fall 1919. of Kappa Kappa Psi as the “Guiding Spirit.”

the Ritual, designing the jewelry needed to provide distinctive recognition for the organization, and setting up plans for the expansion of the Fraternity. The Greek name and symbols, “Kappa Kappa Psi,” were furnished by Dr. Hilton Ira Jones of the OSU Chemistry faculty, and assistance from Col. F.D. Wickham of the OSU Military Department was instrumental in the design of the Ritual. As the club continued to organize, Scroggs, Martin, and Shannon signed Articles of Incorporation in Payne County,

Oklahoma on March 3, 1920 for the “Kappa Kappa Psi, Honorary Fraternity for College Bandsmen.” These Article of Incorporation were approved by the State of Oklahoma two days later. That same semester, the 1920 Oklahoma A & M Red and Black annual published an announcement to campus that the fraternity work was completed and functioning. While we look back on 100 years of service to college bands, we were not fundamentally a service organization for the first thirty years of our existence. The

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Fraternity’s recruiting primarily targeted upper class members. The charter members of Kappa Kappa Psi were all upperclassmen, and began graduating in 1920 and 1922. This approach was taken in order to advance the reputation they were trying to build. Built along the lines of an Honor Society, William A Scroggs believed that Kappa Kappa Psi could and should achieve the same level of recognition as Phi Beta Kappa. The purposes of the new organization were to assist the band by assisting new members socially, educationally, and by encouraging better musical ability in college bands. The Alpha chapter, and the Grand Officers, saw immediately growing the Fraternity beyond a local club as their primary responsibility. In an age before instantaneous communication, this was an enormous task. The Alpha chapter put out a call via postal service and telegrams to large stable colleges and wellestablished private school band programs that would be good foundations for the fraternity. Having these programs as member institutions would help in their goal to improve the image and reputation of the Fraternity. The schools that accepted the call petitioned to become part of the Kappa Kappa Psi. The petitioning processed differed then, as each active chapter would receive a copy of the petition for review, and would have a vote on whether or not to accept the school into the Fraternity. Following the approval of the first petitions, trips were planned by train to Montana State University and the University of Washington to install the Beta and Gamma chapters in December 1920. The Delta chapter at the University of Oklahoma was installed in May 1921. However, at that time these chapters may not have been known by those names. The earliest naming convention for chapters was based on their state. For example, the Alpha chapter was known as Oklahoma Alpha, while Delta was known as Oklahoma Beta. This naming style did not last long since it became confusing. Much of the early organization of the Fraternity was handled by three men:

The Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at OAMC in March 1950. William A. Scroggs, Bohumil Makovsky, and A. Frank Martin. Scroggs and Makovsky continued their involvement throughout all the early history of Kappa Kappa Psi. A. Frank Martin left Stillwater and the involvement with the Fraternity after serving as the first Grand President from 1919-1922. By 1922, there was still little organization to the functioning of the national fraternity. The Grand Council had no definitive goals beyond expansion and organizing in to something other than a loose collection of far flung group of band clubs from Oklahoma, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Mississippi, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. The next phase of fraternal development was led by Scott Squyres of the Delta chapter who served as second (1922-1923) and third (1923-1926) Grand President Scott Squyres. Squyres was a charter member of the Delta chapter and was an accomplished individual and prominent attorney in Oklahoma City. He

was also a key figure in setting in motion the honorary membership and long-time support of John Philip Sousa. During Squyres’ terms as Grand President, he also operated the National Headquarters. The Fraternity was still developing its organizational structure and procedures, and the National Headquarters was not much more than a place to exchange fees for shingles and pins. While serving as Grand President, Squyres began serving in the role of Executive Secretary in 1925. However, his work and involvement in other organizations resulted in slow correspondence with chapters. This issue was compounded by National Headquarters relocating each time Squyres’ law office would move. Another key figure in the development of the early Fraternity was J. Lee Burke from the Eta Chapter. Burke served as Grand President from 1926 to 1927, and his work has had a lasting impact on the Fraternity. An authority on parliamentary procedure and fraternity governance, J. Lee Burke expanded the early constitution into a comprehensive governing document. In recognition of his work, he was later named Parliamentarian for Life. Conflict between Burke and Squyres resulted in one of the earliest bouts of political maneuvering in Fraternity leadership, ultimately shortening Burke’s terms as Grand President when Squyres had the National Convention moved up six months earlier than initially scheduled. Only ten years after the birth of the Fraternity, the United States was wracked by the Great Depression. Already fighting a tough financial situation, the Fraternity was hit hard during this time when no dues were being paid. “The Baton” was forced to cease publication in 1930 due to no money coming in from chapters. During this time, Kappa Kappa Psi saw its first shift in leadership. From 192729, Bohumil Makovsky served as Grand President and was succeeded by Oscar Lehrer from the Delta chapter in 19291932. These two individuals were the first nationally prominent band directors to serve in the leadership of Kappa Kappa Psi. Expansion was still the heart of the



struggling Fraternity’s goals during this time. From 1919 thru 1929, 27 new chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi were installed. In the following eight years, only 14 chapters were installed. Early National Conventions of the Fraternity did not have very high attendance because of various reasons; primarily lack of transportation and money. The first National Convention was held in Stillwater in January 1922 in a building that still stands on the OSU campus today. The 1923, 1926, 1927, 1929, and 1932 National Conventions were all held at the Huckins Hotel in Oklahoma City. The reuse of this venue was largely due to its proximity to Scott Squyres’ law office. At the 1937 National Convention in Denver, Colorado, A. Frank Martin returns to Kappa Kappa Psi at the urging of William A. Scroggs. He was recruited in an effort to remove Scott Squyres from his role as Executive Secretary and John Brady from the Grand Council. A. Frank Martin was elected to serve as the Grand Editor (an additional position that had been held by Squyres), and Herman Ziemer (Delta) was elected Assistant Executive Secretary with an eye toward him taking over for Squyres. Ziemer had also been elected to district office at the convention, and had to resign in order to assume the Executive Secretary duties. At the 1939 National Convention in Cincinnati, OH, A. Frank Martin was elected National Executive Secretary replaced Herman Ziemer. During this same time, war broke out in Europe and threatened to become a global conflict. During the 1939-40 school year, Kappa Kappa Psi reached a high of 658 members and Francis R. Todd, Grand President (1939-1941) from Upsilon, provided the Fraternity the sound administration and leadership which the times required. By 1941, the Fraternity was still at only 43 chapters, even though Todd’s expansion program of the 1937-39 biennium had brought in a number of new chapters. That year, the National Convention in Corvallis, OR brought a number of significant changes to Kappa Kappa Psi. First was a major revision to

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Prior to his tenure at OAMC, Boh Makovsky led a popular dance band in the Oklahoma City area. Seen here is a photo of his band in 1903.

the Ritual which had seen little change since 1920. The original First Degree of the Ritual was thought to be out of line and too rough; it was completely replaced with a new version that had been tested over the preceding biennium. The district alignment and structure also received a major revision, and serves as the basis of the geographical system in place today. Major revisions were made to the National Constitution as well, including the establishment of the Board of Trustees. The first trustees were elected at this convention, with Bohumil Makvosky serving at the first board chair. Participation beyond collegiate years was first addressed with Ralph Senders’ (Theta) proposal for the establishment of a Life Member program. His proposal was accepted and he is recognized as Life Member # 1. With the United States entering World War II in December, the 1941 National Convention would be the last until the end of the war. By 1943-44, World War II showed its effects on college band and Fraternity membership. During that year, Kappa Kappa Psi recorded only 59 active members. As enrollment dwindled, many chapters were forced to close, with only five chapters remaining active throughout the entirety of World War II. It is during this period of our history, that a similar movement began amongst college

bandswomen resulting in the establishment of Tau Beta Sigma. Following the war, a program and a set of procedures had to be developed to reactivate dormant chapters. With the assistance of band directors, national officers, and district governors, the Fraternity began to function again. The 14th Biennial Convention in 1947 marked a return to Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater. It was at this convention that Kappa Kappa Psi debuted the National Intercollegiate Band, and adopted Tau Beta Sigma as a sister organization. Piecing together an early history of Kappa Kappa Psi proves to be a very difficult task. Many of the early records have been lost, including much from Scott Squyres’ tenure. This is often compounded by differing accounts of the founding depending on when an article was written or an interview conducted. Fortunately for us, J. Lee Burke saw the value in keeping meticulous records, and a large portion of the information housed in the Fraternity’s archives comes from his personal collection. Issues of The Baton are also instrumental in piecing together the disparate threads to find a complete narrative. In addition to Fraternal news, The Baton including early convention minutes and chapter reports. After examining the growth of the early organization, it is also interesting to compare some of the things that have seen significant change from those early years. Today we have six primary individual membership statuses, in the early years, all members were treated as having the same status in the Fraternity. The first District system were likely adopted at the 1929 National Convention and had four districts which appear to have been based more on chapter grouping rather than geographical boundaries. In 1935, the system was revised to eight districts divided into groups of states, then further revised to eleven districts. The current district alignment was created in 1987. As previously mentioned, the First Degree of the Ritual was also completely replaced in 1941.


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Adrienne Rall, National President - ΤΒΣ

President's Vision


ision: What a daunting word. A word that holds a lot of weight and yet is hard to define in real terms. As I sat down to write this speech I found it hard to succinctly state the entirety of my hopes and dreams for the organization, but I am going to try my best. Moving into this next biennium, taking into consideration our 75th Anniversary in 2021, I think that it’s extremely important to reflect on our history. The foundation laid before us in 1946 is, at its core, strong and unwavering. Throughout the past 75 years, we have used that foundation as a springboard for ideas, for initiatives, for programming, and for policies to make our Sorority greater and grander, taking us through wonderful periods of growth. In fact, if we take a look at the past several years, it is easy to see that we have experienced a time of expansion in many ways: More national programs, a chapter visitation program, more resources, a standardized national curriculum. Resources and activities that enhance our ideals and purposes and make Tau Beta Sigma better and stronger than ever. As I discussed with many of you during caucuses and over the course of this last week, when I think of my vision

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for Tau Beta Sigma, of what I want to see for our organization in the next 2, 5, 10, 75 years, it’s simple: I want us to do TBS and do it well. And I think that in order to do that we need to take a hard look inward to see where we excel and where we have areas of improvement. As a National Leadership Team, we need to take the time to re-evaluate our new practices, programming, curriculum to make sure that we are providing you with the best National structure and resources possible. At the same, we need chapters to take an internal look – is your chapter living up to the ideals and purposes of Tau Beta Sigma? Does your chapter have the best practices and programming in place to serve your bands and to ensure the longevity of Tau Beta Sigma on your campus. One of my careers outside of Sorority life is instructing and choreographing for high school and collegiate color guards. At the beginning of each season I give my each of my groups the same little speech about their conduct and their character; I also point them back to my words throughout the season - before games and competitions and during rough patches. I would like to share what I say to them with you today, as I believe that the message translates well to Tau Beta Sigma and to our duty to

uphold our ideals and purposes - ensuring we have a future to look forward to. Concerning expectations for their conduct, I say, “Color guard is one of the most challenging sections on the band. We come in earlier in the summer to work; we have to memorize routines to even begin to perfect them while band members are afforded the luxury of reading their music for a bit before memorization needs to occur; every routine move is impacted differently by the marching maneuver we are being asked to complete while band members may not have to change their horn carriage at all in the show; as a section we are often spread clear across the field yet expected to still communicate effectively with one another while most of the time band members have at least someone from their section very close by; if a color guard member makes one simple mistake everyone notices and knows who made the mistake band members can be more hidden. The cards can be stacked against us, but we MUST rise to the occasion. We MUST be the example for the band. You need to be the first ones to practice; the first ones to reset your drill spots; the section that stays at attention until given other instructions; the section that does not talk in between runs of the show or inbetween sets. BE the excellence you want to see in the band.” Concerning their character and the tools they can utilize to meet the previous expectations, I ask the color guard what they are capable of controlling when they are out on the field practicing and performing. Their smiles, their posture, their chins, their ATTITUDE, their concentration, their focus. Then I ask them what they cannot control: the band, the audience, the elements... especially that

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lovely Midwest wind. Finally, I ask them to put it all together: I tell them that those pieces that you can control are the pieces needed to meet the expectations I have for them. If they come to practice every day and CHOOSE to smile, to roll their shoulders back, to focus and concentrate then they will rise to the occasion - they will be the example to the band. The rest of it – the band, the audience, the wind – has to be let go in order to succeed. I ask them to CHOOSE to let go of that which they cannot control so that they may succeed more in the areas that they can control. I challenge you to control what you can as chapters and districts during the next biennium: Choose to turn that paperwork in ON TIME, EVERY TIME; choose to make it a priority and then make advance plans to participate in Focus on Five campaign and in our National Programs; choose to serve your BAND often, with enthusiasm, and in ways that are essential and impactful; choose to attend District and National convention. At the same time know that there are things that you cannot control – and Choose to not dwell on them. Let them roll off of you. Together, let’s choose to take the color guard’s lead: Roll those shoulders back, put those chins up, smile sincerely, and let’s “Do Tau Beta Sigma and Do it WELL.”

Congratulations to the recipients! Outstanding Student Leaders Scholarship: Quintavia DeShay, Beta Zeta Stephen F. Austin State University

Patsy Drury Hejl Scholarship for Outstanding Musical Achievement: Zoe Stinson, Delta Delta University of Massachusetts

Wava Scholarship: Megan Darlington, Beta Gamma University of Texas, Austin

Legacy Scholarship: Ciara Gibbs, Eta Pi Northwestern State University



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Marco Krcatovich II, National President - ΚΚΨ

The Second Century of

Kappa Kappa Psi


o matter how much I thought I was ready for the 2019 National Convention and our Centennial Celebration, I could not have imagined the energy, excitement, and overwhelming spirit of brotherhood that I felt every minute with our membership in Stillwater. As I prepared, I spent a lot of time reading old reports, national convention minutes, speeches, and old issues of the Podium. I even pulled out my candidate binder. As I dug through old calendars, scribbled notes from membership education lessons, and a lot of terrible band puns, I found notes from my coffee dates and lunches with members of the chapter to get to know them as a candidate. In it I saw a common question I had asked of all of these fellow band members, many of whom I really looked up to as a shy kid in my section of boisterous, intense, and dedicated musicians. The question I asked, “Why did you join Kappa Kappa Psi?”. A lot of the answers were focused on some aspect of our mission, the people in our chapter, or the importance of giving back to the Michigan Bands. But one answer, from a brother I probably haven’t spoken to fifteen years, resonated with me as I started to think about the upcoming convention: “I thought it would change my life. And it did. So now I HAVE to give that to someone else. I can’t be the only lucky one.”

huge Fraternity a little closer together. Already you are seeing our national leaders making themselves available to you to connect with you and help you discover ways you can improve your chapter’s work this year. Expect more videos and resources like the VPSA Chats and membership education and recruitment conversations, like the ones that featured our National VPCM, Jessica Lee. Even the work that happens every biennium, like the recognition work of our National VPP, Mike Napolitano, and the planning for the 2021 and 2023 National Intercollegiate Band by our National VPPR, Tony Falcone, is being looked at through a different lens because you spoke up and asked for it. Your voice matters, your actions matter, your commitment to better music matters, your leadership and service to our bands matters, your love for each other matters and without them we are just another club on campus and not a National Brotherhood celebrating a century of success.

Brothers, we ARE the lucky ones. We get to not only witness another century of Kappa Kappa Psi, we get to shape it. So what are we going to do?

There is a lot of work to do and we must defend college bands from a difficult climate at our colleges and universities. We must show the value of our work for our bands and help grow Kappa Kappa Psi to new campuses. We have to hold each other accountable to our values and fight back against hazing, harassment, and the gross disrespect of others that our Ritual warns us to avoid at all costs. We have to focus our chapters on our bands and improve musicianship and our fellow musicians. That’s the “what”, but the “how” is up to all of us, working together a Brotherhood of fellow musicians. The “how” isn’t possible if you don’t get involved in your chapter and in the Fraternity. Without that, we aren’t worthy of the great luck we have been given to be in this moment, creating the framework for our next one hundred years. AEA

We inherit a Fraternity that is investing in its future with new and improved programming and resources being launched in areas like membership education, leadership development, ritual and values discussions, and chapter officer training. Those initiatives are because brothers before you advocated for them and the National Council took the steps to make your vision happen. Brothers asked for more education and resources for their sponsors and Directors of Bands and that work is starting. For years the request has been for more student voice in our operational and strategic work. Now each of our national committees has active members involved and I’m excited to see the work our National VPSA, Bang Co, does with helping us bring this

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In the next biennium, we will be working hard to lay down the foundation for our next one hundred years. But that work can’t be (and, as you can see, won’t be) isolated to “Mount Nationals” and our volunteer leaders. Your engagement on issues moves them forward. And I’m excited to see where YOU lead us in the years ahead.

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Bang Co, Vice President for Student Affairs - ΚΚΨ

Hazing Intervention:

How You Can #PreserveTheHonor of Kappa Kappa Psi


rothers, we all have a role to play in hazing prevention. We all have a responsibility to preserve the honor of our Brotherhood and to protect the Fraternity against any and all harms of hazing. Each of us must make take a stand against hazing activities and commit to intervening when we suspect such activities are taking place. Speaking up, however, is not always clear or easy to do. The National Council and I recognize that there are several factors that may hinder your ability to intervene. The most common include a lack of understanding of what hazing is or what it might look like; now knowing what questions to ask to assess an event or activity; and what effective bystander intervention entails. This is why we are joining organizations from across the country in promoting anti-hazing efforts through hazing prevention education. During the last full week of September (9/22/19-9/28/19), we utilized our social media accounts to share resources on the factors previously mentioned. It is important, however, for me to stress that this is an on-going conversation. Hazing prevention should not last for just a week or a certain period of time. Our efforts to promote and educate each other on how to preserve the honor of this Brotherhood should be a consistent component of our fraternal work. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the content from our National Hazing Prevention Week posts. Please take a moment to review the material below this should help shed some light on how you can take action and help us preserve the honor of Kappa Kappa Psi.

What Is Hazing?

The best way to define hazing is by taking a close look at our national policy on hazing: “Any action taken or situation created

that produces mental or physical harm, discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, line ups for the purpose of intimidation, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, unnecessary road trips, wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with academic or musical achievement; Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma law, ritual or policy; or the regulations and policies of the educational institution, band program, or applicable state law.” To learn more about our national hazing policy, please visit

What Might Hazing Look Like?

It may include: Ingestion of vile substances or concoctions, Being awakened during the night by other members, Singing or chanting by yourself or with other members of a group in public in a situation that is not related to an event, game, or practice, Demeaning skits, Associating with specific people and not others, Enduring harsh weather conditions without appropriate clothing, Drinking large amounts of alcohol to the point of getting sick or passing out, Sexual simulations or sex acts, Sleep deprivation, Water intoxication, Being screamed, yelled, or cursed at by other members, Wearing clothing that is humiliating and not part of a uniform, Paddling or whipping, Forced physical activity (i.e. swimming, walking, dancing, etc.). REMEMBER: Hazing goes beyond any list of behaviors or activities. The important part is using these examples as a way to address the context of the

event/activity and the power dynamics involved.

Questions to Ask

Is this part of gaining membership in a group? Could this potentially cause physical, psychological, or emotional harm, including feelings of embarrassment, humiliation, or degradation? What are some of the social, emotional, or personal consequences of these behaviors? Are people involved in being pressured or coerced to participate? If someone doesn’t want to participate, could that jeopardize their standing in the group? What are the power dynamics operating in the group? Are there status differences or an imbalance of power among group members involved in the activity? REMEMBER: Activity reviews are a great way to get some feedback on an event or activity. You can also reach out to the members of the National or your District Leadership. We are here to help you through this process.

Bystander Intervention

Notice warning signs of hazing such as: Changes in behavior and communication that may correspond with the timing of a person becoming involved with an organization, Disrupted patterns of behavior, Describes activities that would meet the definition of hazing, but refers to them as “traditions” or “initiations”, Chronic fatigue, Symptoms of depression, Unusual photos posted on social media Interpret hazing behavior as a problem resulting in: Damaged relationships, Resentment, Unnecessary stress, Decrease positive learning and social interaction, Unsafe environment in schools, campuses, and organizations, Anger, Mistrust, Interference with

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Siobhan Wilkes, Vice President For Special Projects - TBΣ

For Greater Events


s the school year is just beginning you are faced with a fresh start and new opportunities to make your chapter more efficient and impactful than the year before. Outside of work I don’t always have the opportunity to flex my professional muscles, Hospitality/ Hotel Management, but when I do it is to share one of my passion with members: EVENT PLANNING. Here are my TOP 5 tips for successful events for your chapter/district.

1-Do Your Homework

I work predominately in a data driven part of the hotel industry, and even in my time working with group and event sales we always asked some of the same questions when clients called: “How many people are you wanting this for? Have you held this event before, and if so when/ where? What did or do you want the room to look like for your event? What went well or did not go well last time that you liked or did not like? How can we make your event special for your attendees?” In the beginning phases of any event you are doing for your chapter (recruitment, social, service, national program event) make sure you start with the history of the type of event you are hosting and especially its impact on the chapter and the people you hosting the event for. Talk to officers who have held your position before, District Officers or Counselors, read the chapter minutes for reference on the success and lessons to learn from as well as you begin to plan. Consider the popular event types, locations, food served, and overall number of members that attended to begin your event planning with concrete information on its success or opportunities.

2-K. I. S. S.: Keep It Simple, Sister!

Yes, you may be focusing in on

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“Bigger, Better, and Bolder” events for your chapter, but just because you are the new person in your position does not mean you have to revolutionize how Tau Beta Sigma hosts National Convention! Ha! When you are looking to make your event planning and execution process more efficient- see if there is a process in place currently, and if it works continue with the consistent model in place. Your chapter changes (in a way) each year, and if something is going well- keep the consistency here and rock on! Following a simple and consistent model, coupled with a unique flair and offering is a great route to go as well while you are focusing on a consistent and efficient planning process. For example: You know that the Band Banquet needs food, award time, and dancing. With this outline you have the opportunity to add the flair by way of an enchanting theme, special performances, or a give-away to keep your bandmates interested in the event, and add that special touch. Another part of simplicity also includes the concept of “Quality of Quantity.” When I was in college, another music sorority hosted a bake sale EVERY week with sometimes the same foods. Yes, it was consistent as we were talking about before, but were they able to make enough funds to support their initiatives? While you may be looking to add more activities- I challenge you to identify ones that will have the most impact to your chapter and community. “Limited Edition” things sell like hotcakes, and to ensure you have good attendance or the ability to make a large impact- it may be a better idea to scale down on the number of activities you host.

3-“Service is not about servitude, it is about anticipating desires

(or needs).” ~ Phoebe Damrosch

This is one of my favorite quotes and one of the guiding ideals I use(d) when planning events for personal or chapter events. Thinking about the basic needs of attendees/presenters/ chapter members/ your Director of Bands will take your events to the next level. If you are hosting a cook-out for your band make sure there is food, plates, cutlery, an accommodating menu, condiments, and even trash cans! If you are hosting a Women in Music Speaker Series Event ensure that your speaker has AV, bottled water, and detailed instructions on how to get to the band hall. Think of the basic needs of your attendees/ chapter when you are planning events: Narrow it down to relevant information/tools for the job; Reserve a location where you will not be interrupted; Fellowship opportunities for the attendees to enjoy each other; If your budget allows offer a tangible item or a takeaway for them to commemorate the occasion. Anticipating the needs of those around us will make the planning process easier for your chapter because 1- you will have already thought of all of the items to avoid issues with execution, and 2- you will have the opportunity to enjoy the event as well and a foundation for hosting this event *well* in the future.


I cannot say this enough: This is a team project! As a chapter officer or committee chair you are leading the members of your chapter, but they are there to support you as well. Work with a committee and delegate tasks to members to share the leadership opportunities to make your events even more successful. Empower them to handle tasks and develop as leaders who


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TBSAA National Scholarship for Graduate Studies Recipient

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University of Connecticut may hold your office in the future (Read my article entitled “AKA: Empowerment”). Communicate with your chapter on major decisions, and harmonize your efforts. Share the responsibility and load of planning your events because (Let’s all say it together, now): This is a team project! If you get stuck- it is OK to call in a professional. Your school and most professional venues have a person on staff that can assist you with reserving space, and planning the details of your event. Your District Officers, National Leadership Team Members, and our NHQ staff offer a wealth of knowledge with diverse backgrounds- and guess what??? WE ARE HERE TO SEE YOU SUCCEED! So, don’t be afraid to reach out and especially to delegate tasks to members of your committee who can help you in a pinch.

5-“Plan your event so people just have to show up and enjoy.”

My final tip is the best piece of advice I have ever received, and the best I can offer when you are planning your chapter events this year. Plan your events with understanding of the history of each event. Keep it Simple but provide unique and exciting “flair” to leave your mark on quality and impactful experiences. Anticipate and know the needs (desires) of your attendees and chapter in the planning phases. Assemble your “squad” and empower members to take on parts of activities to further develop them as leaders.

continued from Page 37 personal growth + self-esteem, Diminish potential benefits of participating in a group, Loss of institutional time and resources responding to hazing incidents. Have you ever questioned if it’s your place or not to intervene in hazing if it doesn’t directly involve or affect you in an immediate way? Have you ever doubted that there isn’t anything you can do to actually make a difference to prevent hazing? A key step to effective intervention is to shift your attitude about where your responsibilities lie. Intervention goes beyond your wellbeing and includes the safety of your community and its members. REMEMBER: It is important for us to include others in our conversations about hazing. When we expand these discussions to engage the larger community, we also expand the potential solutions to the problem.

Acquire Skills to Intervene

Engage people in thinking more critically about hazing. Express concern and caring about a person and what is happening. Talk about the specifics of why you are concerned. Describe how what is happening makes you and others feel. Ask the other person if they understand your point of view. Brainstorm with the other person about what can be done to address what is going on. Offer support and encouragement for change. Agree on a plan for follow-up. Disengage from the hazing by focusing elsewhere. If a person engages you to participate in hazing, say and show that you will not participate. If a person persists in urging you to participate in hazing, shift attention away: change the subject and talk about something else to convey that you are not interested or available. When hazing comes up, reframe or revise a remark or behavior and shift attention towards positive alternatives to hazing. Instigate discussion about positive values and non-hazing approaches to group bonding. Engage in extended discussions and training. Increase awareness of hazing. Facilitate a change in a person or group’s attitudes about and emotional and cognitive perceptions of hazing. Instigate a change in an offending person or group’s understanding of why hazing and

their specific behavior is problematic.

Take Action

Bystanders can intervene directly in an actual hazing situation AND they can intervene indirectly by working to disrupt attitudes, behaviors, and dynamics characteristic of a hazing culture. Let others know that you do not intend to participate in hazing when it is taking place or could take place. Encourage others not to participate in hazing. Discourage others who are hazing from continuing with what they are doing. Pose alternatives to hazing when members of a group are planning induction processes. Increase discussion about hazing and expand awareness so that more people notice hazing when it happens. Change people’s understanding of hazing as a problem. Improve awareness of hazing policies so that more people understand expectations and consequences for individuals who haze. Educate about hazing prevention and what individuals can do to address the problem of hazing. Support people who experience hazing by talking with them about what happened and connecting them to people who can help. Educate people who haze others by talking with them about what happened, discussing alternatives to hazing, and connecting them to people who can help. Support others who want to prevent hazing by joining with them to find solutions.


Brothers, you don’t have to be afraid to speak up about hazing. We are here to help you through this process. Start at where you are and focus on expanding your understanding of hazing. Pay attention to what is happening in your chapter and on your campus. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek further information. Work with your Brothers to brainstorm positive alternatives for events or activities that you suspect might involve hazing. The time is now to start playing your part in helping us preserve the honor of Kappa Kappa Psi. If you would like to discuss this further or need any additional help, please feel free to reach out to me (bangco@, the members of the National Council, your District Leadership, or your Sponsor/DOB.



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Leslie Gartin, Vice President For Communication & Recognition - TBΣ

Practicing Safe Social Media


s our world becomes increasingly digitized, social media has become an exciting and confusing place for our chapters. Public Relations officers are showing up on more frequently on chapter rosters, heated discussions are being held regularly during chapter meetings about what social media platforms are appropriate, and the world is being saturated with terrible to mediocre social media marketing. Here is a handy guide to practicing safe social media. As a general guideline, chapters are to use their social media accounts to further the Ideals of Tau Beta Sigma, support their College or University band programs, promote chapter events, and showcase the service and leadership of their chapter members. Chapters are encouraged to ensure all posts are in good taste and within the moral expectations of the National Organization. As a chapter, review your College/University social media and risk management policies as well as the policies of Tau Beta Sigma, and make sure that your content does not violate any of the expectations. Chapters also may not use official chapter social media accounts to promote a political party or candidate. PRO TIP: remember that privacy on social media is very low, if even existent. Do not reveal Sorority secrets on social media platforms, including pictures with ritual items present, any secrets of the Sisterhood, or even Sorority business that is being discussed during chapter meetings. Make sure your chapter members consent to having pictures of them being posted on chapter accounts PRIOR to posting. A mere second is a lifetime on social media. Tau Beta Sigma National Leadership members

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do not search for posts or photographs for violations. However, if a public post is found to be in violation of the Risk Management Policies, they are obligated to investigate the inappropriate content. While this sounds scary, I encourage you to have a Facebook page, Instagram account, and/or a Twitter handle! It will bring awareness to your chapter and its events, provide a location for communication within the chapter and event attendees, and act as a social platform for historical purposes. Chapter accounts should include a reference to the chapter name specifically-it should be clear to everyone that the account belongs to a chapter of Tau Beta Sigma and does not represent the entire Sorority. Here’s some good examples for specific platforms: Facebook page or group examples: Tau Beta Sigma-Omega Zeta Chapter Omega Zeta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma Instagram or Twitter handle examples: @Omega_Zeta_TBS @TBSOmegaZ @OmegaZetaTBS How do you figure out what media platform is right for you? Each of the three aforementioned sites have different strengths. Here’s what each specific platform excels in, and some ideas on how to utilize it: Facebook: As one of the most used social media sites, Facebook is a great location for your chapter to promote events, showcase your members, and further the ideals of Tau Beta Sigma. So that your chapter can have an optimal reach, create a Facebook Page versus a group, and promote it to gain readership

within the Sorority or Fraternity and your community. Use this platform to share information about Tau Beta Sigma, showcase your chapter and its members, and promote service and recruitment activities for all! Twitter: With 280 characters or less, you can provide a quick snapshot of what is happening with your chapter, share images, link in information, and host polls for your followers. Use Twitter to promote band and school news, chapter events and activities, and showcase your members by linking in member spotlights from your other social media. You can quickly retweet updates from other chapters, district profiles, and especially from the official TBS twitter @TauBetaSigma (shameless plug). Instagram: Instagram is an internetbased photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos with their followers. It is the most visual platform, so it is the perfect place to post chapter photos, member spotlights, and event pictures. Use specific hashtags to share your photos with Sisters across the country. Did you know that there are specific Tau Beta Sigma brand guidelines? The organization has developed a graphic standards manual to help all members, volunteers, designers, and licensed vendors to manage and implement Tau Beta Sigma’s brand identity. The guide is on the website, in the “official graphics” page of the “media” tab. Please familiarize yourself with this document before you brand your social media. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or need any assistance. It is an honor to be selected to serve.

Fall 2019

Erika Pope, Vice President For Colonization & Membership - TBΣ

All Together Now:

Moving in Unison with Overture


riday, July 19th, 2019 proved to be a very historical day for the sorority in so many ways. We observed the election of a new National Council, made decisions on topics that would take the sorority to an even higher level of embracing inclusivity, we witnessed the historic passing of the National President’s gavel from the first male National President of Tau Beta Sigma to our current President, and it was on that special Friday when the student delegation voted to forever change the national approach to Membership Education by adopting the new National Curriculum of TBS called Overture. As one can imagine, attempting to reconcile the mass membership education for close to 140 chapters can be quite a challenge. Overture was created to assist in laying out a stronger foundation of accord for the sorority as it pertains to the education of our membership. As the curriculum was under development, the question of why a standardized program is necessary came up quite often. While there were several contributing factors to the pursuit of this initiative, the ultimate reason focuses on the aforementioned word of “accord.” From military maneuvers in lock step, to the sway of a church choir, dancers moving in sync, and yes, the in step motion of our marching bands, there’s something very aesthetically pleasing to those who are observing the movement and a sense of empowerment to those who are doing the moving. When we think of the word accord, the internet provides an array of different synonyms that could be used to replace it.

Here are just a few:

Agreement Solidarity Consensus Settlement Concurrence Unison The list could literally go on, and I’ll admit, some of the words I chose are not super pretty, but the one that predictably speaks to the very soul of our organization is our desire to achieve the perfect unison in what we do. By having a standardized curriculum, this will allow every chapter of our sorority to be on equal footing of membership education, while adopting industry best practices, and remaining at the forefront of addressing contemporary issues with our membership. For almost 75 years, it’s been proven time and time again, that when we are truly moving in the same direction, the success of our organization becomes abundantly evident and with strengthening the educational experience of our membership candidates, we are therefore ensuring the growth of our organization at large. As we learn together, we will grow together, and with Overture, we hope that chapters will feel empowered to help move our sisterhood even closer to that perfect unison. All together now!



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President Marco Krcatovich, II, 1 University Parkway, Room G337, University Park, IL 60484; Phone: 616.499.5019;

President Adrienne Rall, 3703 14th Ave., Kearney, NE 68845; Phone: 308.708.0737;

Vice President for Colonization & Membership Jessica Lee, 129 Continental Lane, Hillsboro, TX 76645; Phone: 903.495.1307;

Vice President for Colonization & Membership Erika Pope, 1604 North Michelle Circle, Memphis, TN 38107; Phone: 501.416.1191;

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Vice President for Professional Relations Anthony M. Falcone, 220 Westbrook Music Bldg, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0102; Phone: 402.472.1643;

Vice President for Professional Relations Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, University of South Carolina School of Music 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: 803.777.1872;

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TBΣ Alumni Association Chair Chris Foster, 5401 Chimney Rock Rd Apt 765, Houston, TX 77081; Phone: 713.248.3356; Immediate Past President Jonathan L. Markowski, 98 Colonial Rd., Abington, MA 02351-1618; Phone: 339.793.0003; Board of Trustees Carolyn McCambridge, Chair; Dr. Dawn Farmer, Vice Chair; Kathy Godwin; Rosalyn McDonald; Holli Hartman; Jonathan Markowski, Immediate Past President; Janet West Miller (Life); Adrienne Rall (ex-officio)


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PODIUM & BATON INDEXING PROJECT The Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma history and archives teams are excited to announce a project to index the joint publication of our organizations, The Kappa Kappa Psi is looking for talented and dedicated brothers to Podium. The(CFRs). BatonThis is the early year’s publication for serve as the next National Chapter Field Representatives Psiour and is included in this indexing job gives you the ultimate opportunity Kappa to give Kappa back to organization as the official representative of the Fraternity. CFRs travel project.

around the country visiting dozens of chapters, thousands of brothers and working with students to benefit the Fraternity and college The history of ourbands organizations comes alive when you across the nation. The Fraternity is looking for brothers available to look back at older editions of the publications. As part start in the summer of 2020. Please note that if you are graduating of the process to document the history of Kappa Kappa in the Spring of 2020 and are interested in applying you should Psi and Tau of Beta Sigma, we are embarking on this do so now - the new CFRs will begin their duties in June 2020.

project now so that by 2019 we will be in the position to provide a documented history of our organizations. If you would like to assist in this project, please contact Be an Alumni or Life Member Hold a Bachelors Degree by June 1, 2020 Aaron Moore at You will be able to do Have a good driving record this indexing on your on time and schedule. Able to obtain an Oklahoma driver’s license be asked Questions? E-mail Jessica Lee, NationalYou Vicewill President for what edition of the Podium or Baton you would like to index (possibly the years you were an Colonization and Membership at

active member). We will send you that edition as a PDF document, along with an Excel file to document the issue, instructions, and an example issue.

Download the CFR Application information from Thank you for supporting Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta (Available in mid-January 2020).

Sigma. We hope you will see the value in this project

Complete the online application and attach thecommit other to indexing one or more issues. and required information (resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation) by the March 2, 2020 deadline. One letter of recommendation must be from your Director of Bands.