The Podium Spring 2015

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Calendar of Events March 1

• Submission & postmark deadline for TBΣ Award applications & National Scholarship applications

March 13 - 14

• Northeast District Convention, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

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March 27 - 29

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April 10 - 12

• North Central District Convention, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI • Western District Convention, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

April 17 - 19

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• Southeast District Convention, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

May 1

• Online deadline for articles being submitted to the Fall 2015 issue of The PODIUM


June 1

• Online deadline for Chapter Summary Reports

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July 1

• KKΨ Awards Deadline

July 28

• National Intercollegiate Band concert, conducted by Joseph Hermann, premiering a piece composed by Julie Giroux

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• Midwest District Convention, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN • Southwest District Convention, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

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July 28 - August 2

• ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ National Convention in Lexington, KY

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October 15

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November 1

• Online deadline for articles being submitted to the Spring 2015 issue of The PODIUM

The cover of this issue features an illustration, by Robert Bratcher, of a musical thoroughbred and bells from the official 2015 National Convention logo, also designed by Robert Bratcher.

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From the Executive Director Steve Nelson

Expansion & Membership News Student News & Articles Oh, Tau Beta Sigma, May We Become The Best Emily Wisniewski

Sisterhood and Music Chance Wheeler

10 Fueled Entertainment: Not Your Average Band Renard Davis

11 One Can For Every Fan Amy Thomas

Relations: Keeping the Traditions Alive 14 Alumni Camille Little Homecoming That Truly Was a Homecoming 15 AChristopher Lukasik

16 Retirement of Warren L. Duncan II Kieron Hylton


what'sINSIDE Ways to Increase Participation in Your Chapter 34 5Kelly Nellis, Nat'l VPSA - ΚΚΨ


35 Building a Foundation: Digging Deep to Build up Your MEP


36 Seizing Future Opportunities to Serve

Tau Beta Sigma Life Member Spotlight 18 Dollie O'Neill, Board of Trustees - TΒΣ

20 Features 20 The Road To The Honda Battle of the Bands Everett Johnson II & DeAndre Williams

23 The International Sweethearts of Rhythm Terri White

24 Jim Copenhaver - A Life, A Legacy Ken Corbett, Past National President, KΚΨ

26 Midwest Clinic 2014

Steve Nelson, Dr. Nicole Sanchez, Jonathan Markowski

Jack Lee, Nat'l VPCM - ΚΚΨ

Adrienne Rall, Nat'l VPCR - ΤΒΣ


Jonathan Markowski, Nat'l VPSP - TBΣ

Involved In Tau Beta Sigma! 37 Stay Amanda Dickinson, Chair, Executive Council - TBΣAA

38 Fifteen data points you can collect and use to improve your Chapter & Bands Marco Krcatovich II, Chair, Board of Directors - KKΨAA

40 Pay It Forward. Give Back. Preserve The Bond. Carolyn McCambridge, Board of Trustees - TΒΣ

41 Time, Talent, and Treasure - Alumni Style

Dr. Malinda Matney, Chair, Board Of Trustees - ΚΚΨ


Robert Bratcher, Publications Manager & Multimedia Designer - KKΨ & ΤΒΣ

28 How to Attend National Convention as an Adult Leslie Gartin, Executive Council - ΤΒΣAA

30 National Articles 30 Tips From The Road

Andy Melvin, Chapter Field Representative - KΚΨ

32 Better Brothers = Better Bands, part 2 Christine Beason, Nat'l President - ΚΚΨ

33 National Convention 2015 – Your Next Adventure Dr. Nicole Sanchez, Nat'l President - TBΣ



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Executive Director It is traditional for the Executive Director to focus his/her remarks in this issue of the Podium on the upcoming National Convention. That’s exactly what I plan to do, but there is much more also of interest here. So, let me call on all brothers and sisters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, from the oldest alum to the youngest new initiate to consider coming to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2015 National Convention. The convention is much more than the “business meetings” of the national chapters. It is time for all to learn and experience more about what it means to be part of the brotherhood or sisterhood. It is an opportunity to cuss and discuss, to change and improve, to identify our faults and to celebrate our accomplishments. It is also a time to kindle new friendships and rekindle older ones. Most of all, we can share our love of Music through the National Intercollegiate Band and the other performances and workshops that will take place throughout the week. National Convention will be headquartered at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. It is adjacent to the Lexington Convention Center and the famed Rupp Arena. The NIB and other musical events will be held across the street at the fabulous Lexington Opera House, constructed in 1886 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Applications are now being accepted for the National Intercollegiate Band. We’re very excited about the world premiere of our commissioned work by Julie Giroux, titled Of Blood and Stone, “The Pyramids of Giza.” You won’t want to miss working under our guest conductor Joseph Hermann, director of bands at Tennessee Technological University. Have a look at for more information. Your national leaderships and the staff of the national headquarters have been working diligently for months to give you the best experience they can. There’s more information about the NIB and registering for the convention in this issue. If you have questions, please contact the NHQ for assistance. Please come! You are needed! What about the rest of this issue? This issue goes deep into the unique culture of our HBCU chapters. I encourage you to read these articles and learn about Mr. Warren Duncan and his 42 years as chapter sponsor at Tuskegee University; and experience the excitement of the Honda Battle of the Bands. There’s also great advice from your national leaders with ideas for improving your chapters and your service to your band programs. If you read something that you find particularly interesting or helpful to your chapter, be sure to share this issue with them. Many of you will be attending district conventions this spring. Since these will be my first as national executive director, I look forward to meeting many of you in person. Be sure to look me up at the Northeast, Southwest and Southeast conventions.

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Congratulations to the following new chapters:

Georgia Southern University

Nu Kappa - ΚΚΨ (October 19th, 2014) Advising Chapter: Zeta Chi - Univ. of South Carolina

Arkansas State University - Beebe

Nu Lambda - ΚΚΨ (October 19th, 2014) Advising Chapter: Theta Phi - Henderson State University

University of Nevada - Reno

Alpha Alpha - ΚΚΨ (October 25th, 2014) Advising Chapter: Iota Kappa - Boise State University



Student NEWS

Oh, Tau Beta Sigma, May We Become the Best


au Beta Sigma has a foundation in a number of areas (such as music and service), but one thing that I think is easily forgotten in TBS is that we were founded under the ideas of leadership. We have to remember that Tau Beta Sigma exists because women wanted to serve an organization they might not have been able to serve before. This meant that these women had something to prove; they were able to serve and lead in a way that some may not have believed possible. That is why, for me, to remember leadership in Tau Beta Sigma is extremely important. Though the world may be a bit different now, it does not mean that we, as both women and men in the bond, have to stop striving to succeed as leaders in both our organization and in the world around us. Yet, how do you even begin to foster leadership in your Chapter? How do you even begin to share the importance of what leadership means, especially if you are around a more reluctant group of Sisters? This fostering is, without a doubt, a challenge. Leadership is hard because, in my experience, I have found more people are unable to see the leader-like-qualities they have inside of themselves. I know I was one of those people.

Before joining Tau Beta Sigma, I had always thought I could be a leader, but I was never really given the opportunity to do so. Once I joined the Zeta Upsilon Chapter at West Chester University, I began to realize that I didn’t just have to think that I had leadership qualities; I was able to learn that I do have those qualities. With this new found confidence in myself, I was able to hold offices in TBS that I did not think I would ever truly hold, especially this past year when I ran for President of the chapter. It took me a very long time to come to that decision because I didn’t know if I had that confidence in myself. I 6 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

by Emily Wisniewski Zeta Upsilon - TBΣ West Chester University

How was I to change this? How was I supposed to show my Sisters that the same confidence they saw in me was in them? Leadership is People eventually learned that though I may not always be 100% sure in my ability to lead, my Sisters saw something in me that I did not, and with their support, I became president of the chapter. After being in this position for a few months, I believe I have found my stride and I couldn’t be happier helping my Sisters. Yet, though the Zeta Upsilon Sisters gave me the courage to seek my leadership abilities, I realized that many who gave me advice, were just like me. They were afraid to hold an office in TBS (or the band).

The first task that I took was giving leadership a face. At West Chester University, the band Field Officer Council [also known as FOC (section leaders, drum majors, coordinators)], has a workshop before band camp to help install a sense of community and leadership within the organization and I “stole” one activity that we did. I had asked each Sister to think about a person they saw as a leader and then, on a scrape piece of paper, I had asked them to write down the name of the person, how the Sister knew them,

Sisterhood and Music

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by Chance Wheeler Zeta Upsilon - TBΣ West Chester University


you may find that you lose some of the piece’s musicality over time. Like music, every Sister must work daily to maintain the Sisterhood. Every Sister is an integral part of the bond and each of us contributes something great. From my point of view, the Sisterhood functions a lot like the marching band. Each office has a committee, which I compare to each section of the band. All sections have equal importance in the band. When a section isn’t doing the best work that they can do, it may bring discord, and the band, as a whole, may suffer. The marching band rehearses multiple times during the week to maintain and improve what they have learned. Similar efforts should happen within the Sisterhood. Our bond is constantly growing and changing and we must keep up with it. Just like the band, people come and go in

Tau Beta Sigma. The faces change and new Sisters eventually take leadership. During our time as a Sister, we must do the best work possible and set the platform for a higher standard of excellence. Every marching band has a reputation based on the quality of performances that they put out. The reputation that the Sisterhood receives is based on the quality of service that we perform for the band. If we always strive for excellence, both in music and in Tau Beta Sigma, our work will be remembered and future Sisters will strive to maintain the standard of excellence that we have set.

and one word that described why their person was a leader. We came up with many words (which we wrote on the whiteboard in the classroom) but it was never the words that were important. If you are trying to foster leadership, my first suggestion is to give the word a face. Many people hear the words leader, leadership, ect., but many people don’t associate the words with a person.

had done meetings with the Sisters every week and once a month, I would have more extensive leadership workshops with the ZY officers. Yet, out of all of these workshops (and trust me, if you are looking to make a leadership workshop, prepare for a ton of preparation), there was one that stood out to me. I had the Sisters (before a meeting) take the Myers-Briggs personality test and by the end of an activity, the Sisters were split into a giant checker board of their personalities. What made this activity so worthwhile was the fact that we were able to express how, even though we were all “so” different from each other personality wise, we all have similar qualities and we all hold similar ideals. It didn’t matter what your personality type was, everyone was able to bring an important skill set/personality to the Sisterhood that made the Sisterhood what it was.

grow into the beauty that we see. For leaders, one must begin slowly so the person can see that they are a leader for themselves. One can be told they’re a leader, but they will never believe it if they themselves don’t feel it. So do not force leadership onto someone. Give them the room to grow and develop into their own person, their own being. And with that, you will see that you have accomplished what you set out to do. Building leadership is never easy; but with proper support and encouragement, anything is possible.

y name is Chance Wheeler and I’m the Director of Music for Zeta Upsilon at West Chester University. Music and the Sisterhood have impacted my life so much that I want to share what they mean to me. I have realized that music and Sisterhood are very much alike. Like music, Sisterhood requires practice. Yet, I caution you on the way you view this practice for I am sure the kind of practice that you are probably thinking of is not exactly what I am suggesting. Imagine a difficult piece of music that you have learned for an upcoming concert, audition, or what have you. Once you learn the piece, you must continue practicing the music to maintain it. If you do not continue practicing what you have learned,

By asking my Sisters to look at a person they admired as a leader, made the word leadership real. It also showed that it is okay not to have a million leadership qualities in you to make you a leader. All you needed was one and it was agreed that every Sister could relate to at least one of the names on the list.

We’re All Different and that’s a Good Thing

As the Fall semester started and I told Zeta Upsilon that we would be focused on leadership, I began holding little workshops during my report every week. Nothing took too long and each activity had a point that would build upon the next. We focused on communication, leadership skills, presence in and outside of band, including many more activities. I had even done two different types of leadership workshops. I

Believe in Yourself and Your Sisters The most difficult part of developing leadership is getting the Sisters to see the importance of it. Yes, we talk about developing leadership in many facets in Tau Beta Sigma, but it is hard to give someone the confidence to be a leader if they don’t believe they can be one. The key to this is to be patient. Leadership isn’t just created overnight. Think of leadership as a flower. Before a plant can sprout and grow into a beautiful flower, the plant needs some tender, love, and care to HTTP://PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 7




SEASON Band Students March Into High Profile Locales!

Photo Credit: Eric Quach, Gamma Chapter Alumni

Brothers of Gamma, in the University of Washington Husky Marching Band and brothers of Alpha, in the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Marching Band at a Phoenix Zoolights Performance the night before the Ticket City Cactus Bowl in Tempe, AZ.

Photo credit: Chase Drayer

Annie Li and David Campo III Alpha Eta (Univ. of Florida) Birmingham (AL) Bowl

Photo credit: Morgan Butler

Morgan Butler, Gamma Chapter; Jennifer Dobie, Alpha Chapter 8 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma



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8 Photo Credit - David Nguyen (Delta) 1. Drum Majors Jake Hille (Delta) & Jared Kleven(Kappa Beta) 2. Kappa Beta (Clemson) and Delta (University of Oklahoma) chapters 3. Presidents David Yannarella (Kappa Beta) & Andrew Ross (Delta) Photo Credit - Chase Drayer (Alpha Eta) 4. Chase Drayer and his big Annie Li. 5. Tyson Burleigh, Damali Reales, and Jerome Hall. 6. Kevin Boyd and Olivia Vega. 7. Travis Robertson. 8. Tricia Prevost, Sarah Probst, and Van Williams.



Student NEWS

Fueled Entertainment: Not Your Average Band “Mic Check! Mic Check! Are there any Aggies in the house?”


re the words echoing in the minds of each excited fan as the announcer introduces the Blue and Gold Marching Machine of North Carolina A&T State University. Before that, the crowd jumps out of their seats at the penetrating sound of the machine responding to the drum majors’ call to attention, “A...&...T!” The Blue and Gold Marching Machine, commonly known as the BGMM, is widely known for their creative and high energy field shows. Using both corps and traditional marching styles, as well as playing different genres of music each show, the BGMM ensures that the crowd will be standing to their feet at close of every performance. The field shows extend far beyond the basic 8-to-5 maneuvers by combining drill techniques from corps-style marching

bands, effectively mixing marching styles to engage the audience. However, the BGMM is a traditional marching band historically, and maintains its culture with a high-stepping marching style accompanied by groovy hornswings. Tondues, step-to’s, and slants give life to the formations floating across the field as the band plays selections tailored to the theme of each show. In my opinion, labeling the performances as

by Renard Davis Iota Zeta - ΚΚΨ North Carolina A&T State University

basic field shows would be an understatement to the true nature of the miniature productions created by the BGMM. There are elements of the program that are colorfully showcased in the midst of every show: the pristine sound of the entire band, the detailed showmanship of the drumline, and the graceful intensity of the dance team. The Marching Machine is a collection of passion and artistry that molds itself together week-in and week-out to create a word called entertainment. The embodiment of this concept is what makes this program infectious. It latches on to your heart and grows until it becomes a part of who you are. Being a part of a program like that - Rather, being a part of a family like that, reminds me every day of why I joined Kappa Kappa Psi. The intense rehearsals challenge my musical insight by fueling a desire to enhance my knowledge of the craft, and to influence others to share the same passion. To serve a program that feeds me, in more ways than one, makes it truly an honor to be selected to serve.


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Kelly Cuppett

Alpha Sigma

Kelsey Mankel

Lambda Tau

Richard Meigs

Joseph Quinones

Epsilon Nu


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Student NEWS

One Can For Every Fan by Amy Thomas Zeta Omicron - ΤΒΣ Virginia Tech


hat began as a service project idea from Zeta Omicron chapter of Tau Beta Sigma’s membership class has turned into one of the marching band’s greatest service projects. Hokies for the Hungry is a food drive hosted by the Marching Virginians, Virginia Tech’s marching band, and the Montgomery Country Christmas Store. Every year, the event becomes increasingly more successful. As word of the event is spread more each year, the amount of donations received continues to increase, and the holiday season becomes a little merrier as lives of those less fortunate become brighter. Part of Zeta Omicron’s membership candidate process includes making a list of five new service ideas and five new fundraising ideas for the chapter. Eighteen years ago, the membership candidate class had the idea to hold a food drive for the less fortunate. When brought to Dave McKee, director of the Marching Virginians, and George Herrmann, the executive officer for the band at the time, the idea was immediately accepted. But why limit this just to the sorority? Herrmann had the idea to get the entire band involved with the project. He believed a food drive promoted by over 330 band members was bound to be highly successful, and he was absolutely right. Since then, Hokies for the Hungry has been held every year. The drive occurs before one home football game each fall semester. The idea of this project is to collect canned goods and monetary donations that will be given to the Montgomery County Christmas Store. The Christmas Store is a non-profit organization that allows low-income families in Montgomery County and the surrounding areas to have a meaningful Christmas and holiday experience they could not otherwise be a part of. Helping with and donating to this cause makes a huge difference in the community and is a great way to give back to those in need.

The goal of Hokies for the Hungry is to collect 66,233 cans – one can for every fan in attendance at Lane Stadium! Although this goal is seemingly ambitious, through advertisement for the event and all of the monetary donations received, providing this number of canned goods is a goal within sight. Today, Hokies for the Hungry is promoted through flyers and event pages on social media. Additionally, the well-known name of the event is even printed on each football ticket. Before the designated football game, the entire band is split up into several different pep bands of thirty to forty members. These pep bands are sent around the parking lots and to different locations and tailgates on campus to play for the fans. When given canned goods or monetary donations, the bands play stand tunes including

“Tech Triumph,” the “Hokie Pokie,” and “VPI Victory March.” Shopping carts are pushed around with the bands for the canned goods to be collected in an easy manner. Other members of the band are located at the entrance gates to the stadium to make sure every fan who wants to donate has the opportunity to. The Marching Virginians not only collect the canned goods, but several of the band’s members also deliver them to the Christmas Store and help sort them the next day. This year, Hokies for the Hungry was held on Thursday, October 23rd before the Virginia Tech football game against University of Miami. 5,378 canned goods were collected and over $12,488.44 was raised from this year’s event, setting a monetary donation all-time high for this project. As the project continues, the Marching Virginians hope to reach the goal of “one can for every fan” in order to make the biggest difference they can for the Christmas Store and for the community. HTTP://PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 11


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EVER STRIVING WITH YOUR SUPPORT! The Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity recognizes the significant support and commitment our alumni and friends make on behalf of our 6,000 plus undergraduate Brothers. The costs associated with the operation and services of the Fraternity are provided entirely by member dues and donations from undergraduates, alumni members and friends of Kappa Kappa Psi. The Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees, National Officers and National Staff sincerely thank every loyal donor. The support of these loyal brothers directly benefits the young men and women of Kappa Kappa Psi.

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District ($40 Monthly) Jason Mlady

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Student NEWS

Alumni Relations: Keeping the Traditions Alive


he Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an alumnus as “a person who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university.” When it comes to the band world, however, the alumni mean so much more. Not only do alumni help the band keep alive traditions that would otherwise be lost, but they also help the current members stay on their toes and instill pride and morale not only in the band, but also in the chapter. Relationships with band alumni are important. Not only do they want to see the program they spent years involved in flourish and stay in-tune with the accomplishments of the band as it grows, but they also are good resources. Band programs have been through several eras, and have faced trials, tribulations, and achievements. Keeping close ties with the alumni help when problems arise. There's no point in reinventing the wheel. Instead, speaking with the people who overcame the obstacles before you can help the band and the chapter reach their highest potential. One of the greatest assets about alumni, besides helping with problems, is teaching the current members about lost traditions. The Howard University Showtime Marching Band stands on the legacy of many musical selections, dance routines, and individuals that came before us. The culture of an HBCU band revolves around tradition and the importance of pride in the band program. Showtime has always been a small band. Because of this, we use our strong alumni connections and the influence of our seasoned band directors to understand where our band came from, why we do the things we do, and how we can continue to incorporate tradition in our band experience; as well as build new traditions upon the old to pass on to the

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future members of our band as our alumni have done for us. Homecoming is the anticipated time of year when many alumni come from all over the country to fellowship, reminisce, and witness the progression of the band since their graduation. They often share with us dances or chants that they used to do when they marched.

by Camille Little Eta Delta - TBΣ Howard University

Understanding what the band program was like before we arrived instills a sense of pride in what we work so hard to accomplish every day on the field. Standing by these traditions allows us to be true to Howard University, the beloved Showtime Marching Band, and ourselves. While staying true is truly a blessing, pride is like an ocean that waxes and wanes. When our pride is at our low, we always look for new ways to push it back up to an apex. Each year it seems as if marching bands are losing their momentum and morale. Students aren’t as dedicated to band as they used to be. It is an issue with large and small bands alike. A few ways bands could keep morale at high is through discipline peppered with fun. Band should not be stressful; it should actually be where you go to relieve some stress and pressure. Anything done well requires discipline. It is important to learn the appropriate times to have fun, however. Being disciplined will give bands the drive and energy to go to war whenever it is time to perform. Another way to push pride and morale is to set up opportunities for the band to enjoy each other’s company outside of the band setting. It is imperative to bond without the powers that be, like section leaders and chapter sponsors, around so that everyone can really let their hair down and be his or herself. It builds a level of comfort that lasts not only during down time but also through sectional, practice, and performance time. The resulting connection between everyone should be so powerful that members, directors, and spectators can feel the energy that flows from person to person, section to section, and instrument to instrument. Alumni are another key factor to keeping the morale up in a marching band. Alumni should be

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A Homecoming That Truly Was a Homecoming


there not only to crack down on current members about the negative things that happen, but also to lift current members up and point out all of the positives that both motivate the band to stay in its prime. Morale is more than just saying one band one sound, it is about taking the initiative to go the extra mile and push yourself and your section to do more than the basic requirements. Alumni help us remember what is necessary to be a great member, to be a great band, and to be great band with pride. Alumni are members of the band family. Alumni want us to do better and push us to be the best that we can be. We learn traditions from the alumni who come back to sectionals, rehearsals, football games, and chapter meetings. Keeping close ties to alumni allows us to borrow some of their ideas and revamp them to make them our own. Each alumnus is a vertebrae that makes up the spine of our band program. They are active reminders of our purpose as members of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority Incorporated.

by Christopher Lukasik Delta Delta - ΤΒΣ | University of Massachusetts

'm currently a Senior at UMass Amherst, and since I was a Freshman, UMass has been undergoing a lot of construction all over campus to provide better residential halls, better academic settings, and better athletic facilities. While the constant construction at UMass has been a bit frustrating, it is for the better and it is pushing UMass in the right direction. Of the many aspects of campus that went under construction, the football field was one of them and because of this we needed a new venue for our home football games. For my Sophomore and Junior year, UMass’s “home field” has been Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. This means that on days of Football games, instead of parading around campus playing Fight Mass, we would be meeting at the Band Building at 6am and bus two hours away (don’t get me wrong! Marching on the field that the New England Patriots play is awesome!). Even when we had Homecoming, we held the event at Gillette Stadium. This year that was not the case, this year was the year that everything was going to go back to normal. UMass football (and because of that, the UMass Marching Band) was going back home. For two years, we didn’t know what home actually meant. We didn’t know what it was like to march from the Band Building to the football stadium. September 27th was the day everything was going to change, the first game back home at McGuirk Stadium. In the past couple of years, Homecoming has seen lesser numbers with the amount of band alumni involved. This year was very different, there were a lot more people that participated in the Alumni Band, and there were even more that came to the game. Homecoming sold out, actually. The day was not a usual day, but in the good way. We had an early morning rehearsal at UMass for the first time in a few years. We noticed that campus was quickly becoming full of traffic, traffic that we usually only see when it’s movein or move-out, but it wasn’t parents anxiously trying to get their child moved into their dorm, it was alumni trying to come back home. Tailgate parties started to occur, and the alumni band started to practice. It wasn’t until the UMass band was done rehearsing and was having lunch that I began to feel this feeling I haven’t felt in a few years. UMass began to feel like home again for football games.

The opening note of our pre-game show hit and everyone in the audience lit up, especially the band alumni who know that first note very well. Everything about that day went perfectly... well except for the video board falling (did you hear about that? I think ESPN wrote a news article about it). At the end of the game, Bowling Green ended up taking the win, but it didn’t matter because we were back home. We brought back the tradition of having Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi sing our respective songs in the middle of the field (a tradition that brought so many smiles to everyone’s faces), as well as singing/screaming our University’s alma mater as a joint organization. Homecoming is always special to everyone: you get to see old friends, listen to alumni tell stories of when they were in college, take selfies with said alumni, and all that jazz; but this year, Homecoming was even more special.






OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE. by Kieron Hylton Zeta Phi - ΚΚΨ | Tuskegee University


or a staggering 42 years, the Marching Crimson Pipers of Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL) have been the pride and joy of its omnipotent director, Mr. Warren L. Duncan, II. 16 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

It is with indescribably bittersweet emotions that we prepare for his retirement as head director of our program. To see a man that has nurtured and groomed thousands of musicians approach an honorable retirement makes us all sad, but we also understand his willingness to pass the baton to an accomplished, talented successor. So in light of such a momentous occasion, we choose to understand his leaving, and to celebrate the four decades of excellence and tutelage he has bestowed upon us, the Tuskegee University Department of Music. Mr. Warren L. Duncan, II, was born on July 20, 1948, in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the fourth of ten children. It was not until the seventh grade

that he picked up his first pair of drumsticks, and as they say, “the rest is history.” Duncan proved to be the prodigy—excelling with his band programs throughout his junior high and high school years in Jacksonville. Upon high school graduation, Duncan chose to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, but his successes did not diminish. As a percussionist in FAMU’s worldrenowned band, “The Marching 100”, Duncan was awarded “Bandsman of the Year” each of the four years he marched. Duncan was initiated

Spring 2015 He radiates power and omniscience. Although he exudes an aura of mystery and charm, the ones closest to him would also characterize him by his witty sense of humor. He is guaranteed to leave the room in a lighter mood than he entered with his subtle sarcasm and impeccable timing— he has always possessed a certain je ne sais quoi. Mr. Duncan is a role model citizen, a pillar of the Tuskegee community, and proves to be one of the most genuine people one would ever encounter. As his pupils, we all feel privileged to know him, learn from him, reverence him and treat him with utmost respect. He is a fatherfigure, a mentor, an encourager, and so much more. From the thousands of musicians you have touched, impacted and loved,

into the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity in 1970. In 1971, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Duncan further pursued his education by obtaining his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University in 1984. In 1972, Duncan began his career at Tuskegee, as the assistant band director to Mr. Ronald Sarjeant. It was soon after Duncan’s arrival in Tuskegee that a captivating, young Tuskegee Institute graduate and schoolteacher by the name of Deidra D. Yates caught his eye. The two married, and Mr. and Mrs. Duncan are celebrating 41 years of marriage this year. On November 2, 1974 (only three months after marrying his lovely wife), Duncan chartered Zeta Phi—the 165th chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at Tuskegee Institute. Duncan has been the only advisor to the Zeta Phi chapter in its forty years of existence. Duncan, who is also an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority, established the Zeta Beta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma on October 30, 1976, shortly after becoming Director of Bands at Tuskegee Institute. He served several years as a Kappa Kappa Psi Southeast District Governor and remains dedicated to ensuring the inner-workings of the bond remain finite, fair, and influential.

Mr. Warren L. Duncan also holds the distinction of being the longest serving continuous advisor of any chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi (40 years) and Tau Beta Sigma (38 years).

Duncan is currently spearheading the valiant effort of reestablishing Tuskegee University’s School of Music. For years, he and other instructors of the fine arts department have been developing the school of music, and alas, a breakthrough has been reached! It is with great enthusiasm and diligence that Tuskegee University will have its first students enter its School of Music in the fall of 2015. Mr. Duncan’s most recent agenda has included writing a grant for the new school, as well as writing the curriculum for all music majors. This new program will help revitalize Tuskegee University’s Fine Arts Department, and will add a new dimension to curriculum diversity as a whole. Although Mr. John Lennard, a fellow FAMU graduate, will serve as the newly appointed Director of Bands in the fall, Duncan will still be very active in university and musical affairs, as the Dean of the School of Music. Mr. Duncan is active in many organizations. In addition to Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, he is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. He is a Mason of the 33rd Degree, Head of the Fine Arts Department of Tuskegee University, a member of the Alabama Band Masters’ Association, as well as the choir director of his church, Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church.








TERRI LYNN WHITE LIFE MEMBER #2658 by Dollie O'Neill Board of Trustees, Vice Chair - ΤΒΣ


fter graduating from school and starting our journeys through life, we often wonder “What are some of our Life Members up to?” We have social media to keep up with some of our local alumni, but wouldn’t it be great to know how our Life Members of Tau Beta Sigma are making their way in the world? I just love hearing other people’s stories- the twists, turns, and great moments that inspire others. I had the privilege to catch up with one of our Life Members, Terri White. Here is her story. Terri was initiated into the Eta Delta chapter at Howard University on March 25, 2003. She served in several capacities for her chapter including being an officer, chairing committees and assisting with district events.

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Terri’s chapter’s experience also included presenting for the 2003 Grace & A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Award to a panel that included Wava at the National Convention in Norfolk, Virginia. This presentation capped a great year for the chapter and culminated in their first win of the “Top Chapter” award. Terri graduated from HU with a BA in Telecommunications Management & Business Administration. The same year, she became a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma. I asked Terri why she became a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma and she said: “At Eta Delta, part of our Membership Education Process is learning that this isn't just for college, this is for life! It is an honor to be selected to serve, right? It just made sense to be a Life Member so I would have the privilege to be involved with the business of the Sorority once I graduated. To me, it makes a statement about your commitment to our mission and the vows we took.” After Howard, Terri earned her Master’s degree from George Mason University in Arts Management. She has worked for the Smithsonian and currently works in fundraising at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. There, she manages the corporate membership program, which accounts for nearly $3 million of the museum’s annual revenue. Terri has been very involved as an

alumna. She helped establish the first playing Howard University Alumni Bands in 2008 and 2009, which tripled participation and dues (revenue from dues goes to support the band programs). Terri also participated in Showtime’s 2009 Inauguration Parade for President Barack Obama and coordinated the efforts for Eta Delta’s 25th Anniversary to eventually make three outstanding women honorary members- Velvet Brown, Roberta Flack, and Sheila E. Most recently, Terri coordinated fundraising efforts with her chapter sisters to raise funds of over $3,000 for the Wava Memorial Dedication. Currently, she is a member of the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association (TBSAA) & serves on the Tau Beta Sigma Capital Development Campaign (CDP) Committee for the Board of Trustees. When asked why she chose to join the TBSAA and continue her involvement nationally with Tau Beta Sigma, she said: “I realized membership would be necessary to be an agent of change… being active with the TBSAA seemed like a logical first step to learning how decisions are made for the organization...” Finally, I asked Terri what has been the most positive experience as a Life Member in Tau Beta Sigma, and she said: “The best experience I've had… was being able to pin one of my closest friends, Alicia Robinson, as an honorary member… The things she's doing with her students are amazing. They've performed at the White House twice, and at the new “Annie” movie premier. I believe she is single handedly saving music ed in Connecticut!” As another member of Tau Beta Sigma, I am nothing short of thrilled that she has taken Tau Beta Sigma with her on her life’s journey. I am truly inspired by Terri and so proud she is a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma! Bravo to Terri and her gifts she continues to share as a Life Member!



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2015 National C nventi n july 28 - august 2 | lexington, ky


2015 National C nventi n july 28 - august 2 | lexington, ky






with Everett Johnson II (Iota Zeta - ΚΚΨ | North Carolina A&T State University) & DeAndre Williams (Eta Omega - ΚΚΨ | Howard University) Photos by Johnathon A. Newkirk, Jarrelle Harris, and Reggie Culbertson



tarted in 2003, the Honda Battle of the Bands celebrates and supports the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Every year in late January, tens of thousands file in to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to bear witness to the showcase of musicality and showmanship. At the end of the 2014 season and after the selection process, 8 bands were chosen to perform! Band members are excited for the chance to participate but are aware of the extra committment and dedication required to perform their best. Read about a few of those performers and their path to the Honda Battle of the Bands. 20 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

Blue & Gold Marching Machine pre-Honda practice in the Georgia Dome.

or the third consecutive year, the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University band, also known as the Blue & Gold Marching Machine, was selected to go to the Honda Battle of the Bands located in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an honor to have been voted on by the public and selected as one of eight historically black college/university bands to perform in the event. The other seven participants were Southern University, Jackson State University, Bethune Cookman University, Tennessee State University, Howard University, Alabama State University, and Talladega University. Our band director Dr. Kenneth Ruff gave us the thrilling announcement last November during practice. The event is a mecca for all lovers of music to fellowship, support, and enjoy the eight bands as they showcase a new and creative field show outside of the football season. While there is no winner, each band comes with a mindset to have the most entertaining field show in order to leave a lasting impression on the crowd and to possibly be invited back next year. To accomplish this, Dr. Ruff and his staff had to strategize and think outside the box with ideas and meetings occurring since the beginning of the semester in case we were selected. With the eight bands announced, preparation started immediately! Students sacrificed a few days of their winter break to get a head start on the show and learn the music. The days were considered a “mini band camp” with early mornings and late nights of practice prior to the start of the spring semester when classes resumed. Once school started, practices returned to regular 4pm to 9pm schedule. The practices were long, and with the event closing in on us, our band director pushed us every day to clean, retain, and return to practice better than the day before. We departed from Greensboro, NC on January 22, 2015 at 4:00 am exhausted, but ready and excited to perform at the Georgia Dome. All

Spring 2015 Desire”, and we finished the show on the sideline playing “She’s on Fire” in front of the crowd. The audience loved the show and gave us a standing ovation. Every band member left the field feeling accomplished and proud of themselves for completing their role to bring together an amazing field show. An event that not only exposes the world to the life of show-style bands but historically black college/universities as well, Honda awards more than $200,000 dollars in grant money to participating marching bands each year in their support of academics while pursuing a love for music. meals were covered by our band director and the Honda Battle of the Bands staff throughout the entire trip. That Friday, each of the bands came together for mass band practice in the Georgia Dome to rehearse “Lift Every Voice” and “Star Spangled Banner” as a whole unit. The biggest challenge during rehearsal was making sure each band member was able to see the conductor with close to 600 members on the field at one time. It was a rare and exhilarating sight seeing the bands stretched out from end zone to end zone with instrumentalists and auxillary. After a long afternoon of practice, a banquet was held for the participating bands to meet and enjoy each other’s company with food and entertainment. During this social event, there was also a talent show where each band showed off members who possessed unique talents and skills. With the night coming to a close brothers and sisters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma came together to attend the annual “Bowl and Stroll” event that takes place at Metro Lanes. Chapters from all over the nation meet at the event to fellowship and watch chapters stroll and compete for a trophy and monetary award. You also have the chance to buy decorative paraphernalia and clothes for your organization that you may not be able to find outside of the area. After an eventful Friday, the day of the performance had arrived. North Carolina A&T was the third band to perform, immediately after Howard University. The band was excited and ready to show the crowd what two weeks of hard work and practice produced. We could tell from the crowd’s reaction that we did an amazing job of executing our “Fire” themed show from beginning to end. Each song had some type of relevance to fire to let the crowd catch on to the theme and concept. Our playlist consisted of “Flameheart”, “Disco Inferno”, “Hot Mess”, “Fire and


his past fall the Howard University Showtime Marching Band was extended the privilege of being asked to participate in the Honda Battle of the Bands. This honor was extremely pleasing seeing that this was the first time in Howard’s history that we were asked to participate. Despite our joy, our celebration was short lived because we realized the immense task that lay before us. Plans for a show were immediately constructed and there were even two “exploratory” practices that began in November and December. The practices leading up to Honda were difficult and always frigid, but the group realized that in the words of Dr. Bob Jackson, “the promise before you is greater than the pain behind you”. Upon arriving at the Georgia Dome, Showtime at once grasped the gravity of the privilege of participating in Honda. The atmosphere inside the dome could simply be defined as electric. Seeing the other bands, the hotel, and the courteous Honda staff, left an unforgettable imprint on the Howard band members and analogously spurred the band to a higher performance level. The day of the performance was a cacophonous mixture of excitement, nerves, and tension. The Showtime Marching Band knew that this was an extraordinary opportunity for the program and wished to perform at the highest level possible in order to adequately represent their school as well as the city of Washington, D.C.

Taking the field as the second band to perform, the Showtime Marching Band gave an amazing performance that included a Divine Nine tribute, a drill incorporating the tune “going in circles”, and even a KKPsi and TBSigma tribute. Some responses to Showtime’s unique and heartfelt performance were “shocked”, “proud”, and “surprisingly entertaining”. The positivity that the band attained from this experience was insurmountable. The general consensus of the Showtime Marching Band was the utter thrill of being given the opportunity to display their talents on the highest stage. We feel more than accomplished knowing that more people now identify with the Marching Bison and recognize our distinguished program within the band community.



Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority would like to thank all contributors for the 2013-2015 Biennium. Campaigns during this biennium were in support of the Wava Memorial Gardens, National Intercollegiate Band, National Scholarships, & Women in Music Program. A huge THANK YOU to our generous donors! Wava Banes Henry Founder [$5,000+] Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association 2013 All District Convention active members, alumni & friends

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Red Rose Contributor Pearl Patron [$1,000-$2,499] [$500-$999] Chapters & Districts 2013 National Delegation, Springfield, MA 2011-2013 Tau Beta Sigma National Council: Dawn Farmer, Nicole Sanchez, Kevin Earnest, & Jonathan Markowski Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Northeast District of Tau Beta Sigma & Kappa Kappa Psi North Central District Officers & Alumni 19942014, Tau Beta Sigma Midwest District of Tau Beta Sigma & Kappa Kappa Psi North Central District of Tau Beta Sigma & Kappa Kappa Psi Southeast District of Tau Beta Sigma & Kappa Kappa Psi Southwest District of Tau Beta Sigma Western District of Tau Beta Sigma & Kappa Kappa Psi Beta Chapter, Texas Tech University Alpha Delta Chapter, Ohio University Zeta Delta Chapter & Alumni, University of Kansas Eta Delta Chapter & Alumni, Howard University Eta Sigma Chapter & Alumni, Towson University Theta Xi Chapter, Iowa State University

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Stacey Ward Pamella White Jordan Williams Stephanie Wolvington Carol J. Carpenter, in Honor of Reese Henry Ashley Furman – in Honor of Nikki Kerlin Kylie Leicht – in Memory of Ryan Matthews Darla Robinson in Memory of Dale Croston Laurie Semprebonin, in Honor of Madge Simonson

Tau Beta Sigma Chapters Donated 2013-2015 Tau Chapter, University of Houston Alpha Theta, North Dakota State University Alpha Mu, Wichita State University Alpha Omega, Florida State University Delta Kappa Chapter, Kansas State University Delta Upsilon Chapter, Howard Payne University Zeta Rho Chapter, Kentucky State University Zeta Omega, University of Missouri Theta Mu Chapter, University of Nebraska, Kearney Theta Mu Alumni Association of Tau Beta Sigma Southeast District Alumni Association of Tau Beta Sigma

Kappa Kappa Psi Chapters Donated 2013-2015 Eta Upsilon Chapter, University of Missouri

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Duly Noted:

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm

by Terri White Life Member Eta Delta - TBΣ Howard University


he year was 1937. Laurence C. Jones, founder of the Piney Woods School in Mississippi, needed to raise money to support his institution. Inspired by the success of all-girl choirs and jazz bands, he created an all-girl swing band that would tour the country. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm were born! The Sweethearts were a group of seventeen girls ranging from age 14 to 17- one of whom was trombonist Helen Jones, Laurence Jones’ daughter. The original group counted African American, Hawaiian, Mexican, Chinese, and Native American heritages among the members. This helped them in their early years while touring in the South where Jim Crow laws were prevalent. Race mixing was illegal, but since none of the members (at the time) were white, they were able to not only avoid trouble, but to perform to both black and white audiences. In 1941, the group professionalized and severed ties with Piney Woods, which had served as a pipeline and training ground for new Sweethearts. In 1943, two new members (both white) were introduced to the group’s rotating roster. One was saxophonist Rosalind Cron who hailed from New England. She would later recall how she and other white members would sometimes have to claim to have an African American mother or wear bronzed make up to appear bi-racial in order for the group to safely travel across parts of the country. The

Sweethearts also faced gender discrimination, as many audiences felt that only men could play “real” jazz. Women that played instruments were considered novelty acts- expected to smile, be pretty, and dress in sexy outfits while holding their horns. Because of the dangers they faced, The Sweethearts often stayed confined to their tour buses. There, they studied, practiced, rehearsed,

and got dressed for performances. Even though they dealt with racism and sexism the group still played at top tier venues, including the Apollo in Harlem, the Rhumboogie in Chicago, and the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. They also won over countless critics and were named “America's No. 1 All-Girl Orchestra" by Downbeat magazine. They often competed against other all-girl acts in “battle of the bands” competitions, and had many fans and followers. Earl “Fatha” Hines was one of these fans, and would later call The Sweethearts “America’s first Freedom Riders”. The group would eventually complete two full tours of the United States. By 1945, the Sweethearts were touring Europe where there were fewer social tensions and both they and their audiences could focus on what was important- the music. Over time, as members rotated in and out and America’s music tastes shifted from swing to bebop and other musical styles, The Sweethearts began to wane in popularity. Some started families, some passed away, and all were unhappy with the low wages they earned as performers. They officially folded in 1949. Despite their record-breaking talent, being an all-female group, they are often left out of jazz histories. They had few studio recordings, but many of their Armed Forces radio appearances have survived. You can find clips of their television appearances on YouTube.




Jim Copenhaver – A Life, A Legacy


im Copenhaver passed away unexpectedly in November 2014. Having retired as the Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina in the summer of 2010, Jim was enjoying life. His retirement and death marks the end of a truly remarkable career – one that started at the University of South Carolina in 1976. Emeritus Director of Bands, Mr. Copenhaver assumed the position of director of bands at the University of South Carolina in 1976 and was a Professor of Music on the USC School of Music faculty. Mr. Copenhaver earned BA and MMEd degrees at Morehead State University and completed two additional years of graduate study at Florida State University. Prior to his appointment at USC, he taught at Holmes High School in Covington, KY, Morehead State University, and Clemson University. At USC, Mr. Copenhaver was responsible for administering the total band program. He conducted the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in wind instrument techniques. Under his guidance, the USC band program established a national reputation for excellence. The Symphonic Band performed at conferences for the South Carolina Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

Under Mr. Copenhaver’s leadership the USC Marching Band known simply as the Carolina Band, continued to grow and develop into one of the premier college marching bands in the country. 24 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

Excelling not only in marching, but in musical performances as well, the band became associated with its signature introduction, “Now we present the Musical Magic of the Carolina Band.” When the university joined the Southeastern Conference, the Carolina Band became known as the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast”, continuing to entertain crowds at halftime and support Gamecock Football at home and away. The Carolina Band is also a training ground for future music educators. Scores of young musicians and educators have benefited from the experience and training provided under Mr. Copenhaver’s tutelage; and so through them, his legacy has passed down to many young students in high schools and colleges across the country. Mr. Copenhaver was highly active as a band clinician having served as a guest conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator throughout the United States. Leading educational institutions have recognized him for his accomplishments in the areas of instrumental performance and music education. In recognition for his talents and service, he received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association, the Distinguished Service to Music Medal for Instrumental Music Education from Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and both the Outstanding Bandmaster Award and Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award from the South Carolina Chapter of Phi Beta Mu National Bandmaster Fraternity. In 2003, Mr. Copenhaver was inducted into the South Carolina Band Director’s “Hall of Fame” and in March 2008 into the Theta Chapter Hall of Fame of Phi Meta Mu. Mr. Copenhaver was an active member in several professional organizations within the band field, including the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He was a Past-President of both the National Band Association and the Southern Division of the College Band Director National Association. Mr. Copenhaver was the founder and co-conductor of the Palmetto Concert Band, an adult semiprofessional concert band that presented the Grand Finale Concert

by Ken Corbett Past National President Zeta Chi - ΚΚΨ University of South Carolina at the 1999 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Several of those who knew Jim speak on how he touched their lives:

“The list of Jim’s accomplishments attests to the respect he earned professionally, but it was his personal traits that endeared him to all of us. Jim was the most unassuming and straightforward person in a leadership position that I have ever known. He did not seek the many honors bestowed upon him; his interest was in having the best band he could, so that his students would enjoy performing, while learning the discipline necessary to succeed after college. We mourn a man who successfully devoted his life to making the bands at USC as good as they could be.” William J. Moody, retired Dean of the School of Music at University of South Carolina

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“To me, Jim Copenhaver was the consummate band director, teacher, mentor, and friend. From the podium, his rehearsal techniques mirrored his penchant for “a place for everything, everything in its place.” Organization and preparation made for efficient use of all rehearsal time, rendering fewer “aberrations,” invoking a better sense of “takt,” and insuring better “prolation” in order to perfectly perform the “anacrusis” to the “antepenultimate” measure! Seriously, the bands he led were always prepared to the highest degree.” Jerry Gatch, former student and music educator

“Cope cared about every student, and he especially spent a tremendous amount of time with those of us who wanted to be band directors. He had us listen to recordings of not only the great college bands of the day, but also to many of the great high school bands, to show us what could be done at that level." Vince Clayton, former student and music educator

Richard “Doc” Worthington, Past Grand President of Kappa Kappa Psi Passes Away at 93 Last April 3rd, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma lost a long-time friend in Richard “Doc” Worthington. Grand President of KKΨ from 1971-1973, Doc Worthington was originally initiated into the Nu Chapter of KKΨ in 1940.

He created the USC Band Clinic and brought in model high school bands as examples for us. We learned about wind pedagogy, teaching beginners, conducting, score study, arranging, drill writing, and organizational skills from the curriculum that he designed to teach the future teachers how to teach. He… prepared us. His meticulous attention to detail was a way of life that he carried into his profession, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in every aspect of the band program, for 34 years. I had never met anyone who put that much love and time into a job. But it became apparent that it wasn’t a job. It was a calling.” My own story is one crossing 38 years with Jim Copenhaver starting in 1976 as a freshman here at USC, till his death. Jim and I had a unique relationship. Since I did not have a father figure in my life, Jim became that for me. We had a love hate relationship. I was a determined young man and he was determined to be sure I matured with integrity, humility and ethics.

I loved him and I knew he loved me.

Throughout his long career as a band director, Doc was given honorary membership in numerous chapters of both organizations and served in a variety of offices, including 1st and 2nd Grand Vice President and Governor of District VI. He was also the Installing Officer for more than a dozen chapters from both organizations. He is remembered fondly as a director with a caring and commanding presence who encouraged strong character and music excellence. From 1956 to 1970, Doc served as the Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas. During this time, he oversaw the integration of the Razorback Band in 1964-65. After leaving Arkansas, Doc served as Director of Bands and Director of the School of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe until his retirement in 1995. A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Brother Worthington, in his spare time, served as the Commercial, Instrument Rating and Chief Flight Instructor for McMahan Aviation in Monroe. He and several other pilots from around Louisiana formed Angel Flight in 1997 and Pilots for Patients in 2007. Doc Worthington earned a bachelor's and master's degree in music from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. Survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Cozort Worthington; his three children, Cyndi, David and Bryan; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, Doc frequently attended Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Conventions. He will be missed.



ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ National Executive Director Steve Nelson ΤΒΣ National President Dr. Nicole Sanchez


ΤΒΣ Vice President for Special Projects Jonathan Markowski



ast December, members of the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi leadership, as well as member of the National Headquarters staff, attended the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. An annual event for 67 years, musicians, educators and people passionate about music education have gathered each year for this conference which features a wide array of clinics, exhibits, concerts and networking opportunities. Your national organizations sponsor a booth each year in the exhibit hall, a gathering place for national leadership, directors of bands, sponsors, alumni, active members and friends. This year attendees and visitors to our booth include Nicole Sanchez, Christine Beason, Jack Lee, Jonathan Markowski, Dawn Farmer, Mike Golemo, Malinda Matney, Travis Cross, Steve Nelson, KKΨ Chapter Field Representative Andy Melvin and Chris Young, and many others. A Thursday evening reception, sponsored by the organizations, included the presentation of the Tau Beta Sigma Outstanding Service to Music Award to Mary Jo Papich, and the presentation of the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal to Gary Hill and Dick Floyd. 26 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

We were also very pleased to meet Julie Giroux, our commissioned composer for the upcoming 2015 National Intercollegiate Band. A presentation of the finished score of her piece, Of Blood & Stone: The Pyramids of Giza, was made during the reception as well.

Spring 2015


ne of the major purposes of Tau Beta Sigma is to celebrate the success of our peers. We honor those outstanding band members with the privilege of membership, and extend recognition to those who have achieved great success within Tau Beta Sigma and within the band world. Furthermore, our mission emphasizes this by stating our goal of empowering women in the band profession. This December, the Tau Beta Sigma National Council was thrilled to award two outstanding bandswomen with two of our highest awards. The Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award was created in 1999 and is presented to those College and University band directors who have distinguished themselves in the field of university bands and also support and promote the purposes and qualities of Tau Beta Sigma. Previous recipients include Dr. Johnnie Vinson, George Parks, Dr. Frank Tracz, and Joseph Hermann. Dr. Rebecca Phillips was awarded the Paula Crider at the Midwest Clinic. Dr. Phillips is the newly appointed Director of Bands at Colorado State University. Prior to her appointment she served as director of athletic bands and associate professor at the University of South Carolina. Her extensive experience includes serving as a guest conductor and clinician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has been featured at the Midwest Clinic, the College Band

Directors National Association, the Society of Composers International Conference, and the North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. The Outstanding Service to Music Award (OSMA) is the Sorority’s highest honor and is presented to a woman who, during her lifetime, has made a significant and lasting contribution to bands and the Art of Music through outstanding musicianship, composition, scholarship, or other means of distinguished service. Previous recipients of the OSMA include: Captain Michell Rakers, Gladys Wright, Anne McGinty, and Paula Crider. Mary Jo Papich was honored with the OSMA during the Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma reception at the Midwest Clinic this year. Mary Jo Papich, known for her avid support and leadership in arts education, is Co-Founder and first president of the

Jazz Education Network. Serving public education for 35+ years, she recently retired as Fine Arts Director for one of the finest High School Fine Arts programsin the nation. Mary Jo is the editor of The Jazz Cookbook – Creative Recipes for Players and Teachers, a collection of performance tips from outstanding educators put in recipe format for quick reading. It was truly an honor to present the OSMA to Mary Jo, and to introduce her to Tau Beta Sigma.



Alumni NEWS

How to Attend National Convention as an Adult


fter being in the organization for more than a decade, National Convention has become a type of family reunion. It’s the best thing ever to see these people who know me inside and out, and share a mutual love about something so important. I love making new adventures, traveling, seeing friends, and getting stuff done. Unfortunately, a lot of sisters’ last experience in the organization is National Convention. They attend one last time, right after they graduate, and feel that they’ve done their time in the sisterhood. Another experience is that they attend one more time, and can’t figure out how to fit in as an alumnus. It might be the issue of starting a family, or advancing in one’s career, but it’s just plain difficult to figure out the transition to continue in the organization. First off, I invite you to keep the passion of Tau Beta Sigma alive in your active life, as an alumnus. I’d like to give you some ideas for keeping that passion alive, and help you learn how to attend National Convention for decades to come.

First, it’s ok to bring your family with you to convention! If it’s just a non-sister/brother spouse/ partner (that was fun to write), see if you have a friend in the same boat, so your partner has a buddy to play with while you’re busy. Meet up for meals, afternoon relaxation time, and the evening, to catch up with your days. If it’s your family, let them plan fun activities, and meet up accordingly. BONUS-your family will better understand your involvement in the sisterhood, as they will meet the strangers from across the country that you spend nights on the phone with.

Second, plan your summer vacation around convention!

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We are blessed to go to such awesome places. Orlando, Massachusetts, Phoenix, Texas, Colorado, and who knows where the next adventure will be. Use your phone apps to input your interests, where you’re coming from to the destination, and BAM! Interests and fun things aplenty. For example, we’ll be hitting up Reagan’s birth home, and Lincoln’s presidential museum on the way to Lexington next summer, to get my nerd on. Sorry not sorry.

Lastly, remember that things are much more relaxed as an alumnus. You get FREE TIME at National Convention. Rather than hate change and feel like what you do doesn’t matter, realize that you do have a voice, AND you get to relax. Attend the alumni meetings, go to one or two workshops that are alumni focused, and take that afternoon nap by the pool, because you can. Enjoy it, while hanging out with friends, and continuing to do great work for the organization. We have made an alumni track for you at NatCon, with a wonderful time.

As a role model to the actives, remember your attitude matters, and you get out what you put in. That being said, I hope to see as many of you as possible in Kentucky next summer!

by Leslie Gartin Finance Committee Chair ΤΒΣ Alumni Association Executive Council


Life Membership life membership signifies more than just the pin, certificate, or the ability to serve in national leadership positions. life membership in tau beta sigma is your way of signifying your dedication to our sisterhood, long after your college band days have ended. life membership now has an online payment plan option. 6 easy monthly payments to become a life member! visit

for more information

Spring 2015

The National Council would like to solicit anyone interested and qualified to submit their name and qualifications for the National Council, Board of Trustees, and TBSAA Executive Council for the 2015-2017 biennium.


Interested individuals running for the National Council should meet the following basic qualifications: • Member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 25 years of age. • Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma. • Completed an undergraduate degree program. • Shall possess outstanding business ability and be able to represent the Sorority under all ordinary conditions. • Able to serve a two-year term once elected. • Interview with Nominations Committee at National Convention More info of this process can be found in .202, 3.202 & 3.204 in The National Constitution:


Interested individuals running for the Board of Trustees should meet the following basic qualifications: • Member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 30 years of age. • Shall possess outstanding business or professional ability and shall be capable representing the corporation and Sorority under all circumstances. • Interview with the National Council (Nominations Committee for Board of Trustees) • Able to serve a four-year term once elected. More info of this process can be found in 2.105, 2.106 & 2.107 in The National Constitution:


Interested individuals running for the Executive Council should meet the following basic qualifications: • Member of the TBSAA in good standing and at least 25 years of age. • Hold a four-year college degree. • Shall possess outstanding business ability and be able to represent the TBSAA under all ordinary conditions. • Able to serve a four-year term once elected. More information of this process can be found in 3.201, 3.202, & 3.203 in the TBSAA Constitution

Interested Individuals May Submit Their Information No Later Than May 1, 2015


• Letter of intent which identifies the position being sought, why it is being sought, what contributions you can make in that office, and information detailing how you meet the above basic qualifications. Highlight band and sorority experience. Limit: 1 page. • Résumé/Vita, inclusive of both Sorority and professional experiences. Limit: one 2-page document or two 1-page documents that separate the two categories. • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be within the applicant’s profession. • One photograph, suitable for publication.

Questions may be addressed to National President: Dr. Nicole Sanchez,




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Andy Melvin Delta (Alumni) - KKΨ University of Oklahoma



Tips From The Road

raveling around the country and visiting different chapters on a daily basis provides a level of perspective on every aspect of chapter operations that can only accurately be described as overwhelming. The unique ways chapters find to serve their band programs with the resources they have are fascinating, and being able to see brothers develop as leaders by brainstorming and coordinating these ideas is truly what this fraternal experience is all about. Though, predictably, there are many differences between chapters, I was surprised during my first set of visits to find that many chapters tend to struggle in the same areas. I would like to identify three of these, and introduce some suggestions and thought processes as to how to improve each.

First, allowing personal issues and outside drama to affect brother to brother relationships can be cancerous to the atmosphere of a chapter. The largest and smallest chapters are most at risk to the damages that are done here, because a.) in a small chapter, a conflict between 3-4 brothers effectively means that half of the chapter is at odds with one another; and b.) a large chapter is prone to having cliques develop within sections, committees, or membership classes that 30 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

alienate sections of the chapter from the whole. An easy remedy to this problem is to take some time, ideally 10-15 minutes, at least once per month to complete a bonding or team building type activity as a chapter, making sure that brothers have a chance to interact with people outside of their usual section / social circle / membership class. Further, integrating these concepts in to a continuing education activity will double the potential gain.

Second, many chapters struggle to manage money effectively. Most perceive that the answer to this question is to raise more money; however, you would be surprised to find that most of these issues develop not from a lack of money, but a lack of tracking where the currently existing money is being spent. Sometimes, it does not matter if a chapter is raising $100 or $10,000- if spending is not being monitored, a chapter may spend all their money and still have two months’ worth of service projects to fund. This is never a desirable situation. Creating even the simplest of budgets at the beginning of the year, even if that means only tracking income and expenses, can be crucial to the long-term financial stability of the chapter.

Third, the excuse “we do (insert activity here) this way because our chapter has always done it this way” should never be the reason why a chapter is doing something. Traditions are great when they serve a higher purpose, but it is important to constantly be looking for ways to improve your brotherhood. This can be especially troublesome when this excuse is used to defend practices within a Membership Education Program. Because the National Fraternity takes such a progressive approach to combatting hazing and implements new policies frequently that reflect this practice, it is important to stay up-to-date with these decisions and ensure that your chapter’s Membership Candidate activities fall within these ever-changing guidelines. If you are ever concerned that your chapter might be doing a questionable activity, do not be afraid to speak to a member of the National Leadership Team about it- you won’t get in trouble for asking and wanting to do the right thing! Broadly speaking, these three points are ones that a good percentage of chapters could learn something from.

Never be afraid to question what has become the status quo for your chapter in an effort to make it better!


Spring 2015


Guest Conductor Joseph Hermann

And Composer Julie Ann Giroux


The “Pinnacle of College Bands” is proudly presented by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma at their 2015 National Convention in Lexington, KY. Join Composer Julie Ann Giroux and Conductor Joseph Hermann as they work with the National Intercollegiate Band on an inspiring set of pieces, including the commissioned work “of blood & stone: the pyramids of giza”, and bring out the best in some of the country’s best college musicians playing today. co Membership in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma is not required to participate in the National Intercollegiate Band. HTTP://PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 31


National Articles

Better Brothers = Better Bands, part 2


hroughout this biennium, we have been promoting the idea that becoming a better Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi will lead to better bands on our campuses. An earlier article in the Podium defines a “better Brother” as a more well-rounded Brother; one who focuses equally on musicianship, leadership, service, and brotherhood. If all of our Brothers strive to be greater in each of these areas, our college and university bands will be better and stronger. But what exactly is a “better band?” How can our chapters have any control over the quality of the band? Isn’t that the Director’s job? The Director may be the one holding the stick, but band is a group effort. In most of our other classes, if a student does not do the homework, the only person affected is the individual student. In band, if one person does not practice, it affects the entire band. It only takes one person to play during a rest to ruin the performance. Look up a Youtube video called “Jack Stamp- Why Music Matters” and start around 2:30. Stamp is lecturing on the importance of music, and demonstrating the necessary precision involved. He has a band play a short excerpt from Ticheli’s “Shenandoah,” first playing it correctly, then only playing it 95% correctly. Stamp points out that a 95 in other classes is an A, but only 95% of correct notes is a disaster. There are a lot of things the chapter can do to affect the quality of the band. The most obvious is that “P” word many people hate: PRACTICE. However, a recent discussion with a group of young musicians revealed that many students never learn how to 32 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

practice correctly. Sitting in a practice room and simply playing through the music is not real practice. Real practice usually involves a tuner, a metronome, a recording device, a pencil, and a great deal of patience. Always start with a good warm up that focuses on the basic fundamentals: firm embouchure, tone quality, breathing, and centered articulations. When practicing ensemble music, find the most difficult passages. Play them slowly and gradually speed up. Be sure to look at the marks on the page around the notes: articulations, dynamics, breath marks, etc. There is always another detail that could be better. As Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, we are charged with helping the lesser performers to a more effective participation. This means we have to help each other. We have to invite any struggling band members to come practice with us. We have to be encouraging, not critical; positive, not derogatory. We have to be the leaders of the band that show 95% of right notes is not good enough. One of the most overlooked ways to help the quality of the band is a positive attitude. A Director can tell within about five minutes what kind of rehearsal the band will have based on moods and facial expressions. A bad mood can be infectious, quickly spreading from one band member to another. But a good mood can be infectious, too. If all Brothers make it a point to be positive in rehearsals, the sentiment will spread. Instead of saying “I hate this piece,” we can say “I wish I could play this piece better,” or “this piece is not my favorite, but such-and-such is!” Make your glass half full instead of half empty. A positive attitude

by Christine Beason National President - KKΨ

in rehearsals means that more music will occur! The quality of a rehearsal can also be affected by non-musical elements. We have all been victim at some point in our musical lives to the slowly-sinking-stand, or the loose stand that dumps our music on the floor during the most critical moment. Most of us have also been frustrated by looking for chairs or stands at the last moment, or tried to read music that has been marked up so much the notes are unreadable. Fortunately many of our chapters already maintain the equipment, set up for rehearsals, and help with library responsibilities, and the importance of these tasks should not be forgotten. All of these things benefit the quality of the band. Being a “Better Brother” and focusing equally on musicianship (practicing our own music), leadership (helping others, and having a positive attitude), and service (physical equipment) will create better bands. I am again reminded of an article from Grand President J.B. Vandaworker in 1933 in which he says:

“If your chapter is not making your band stronger and of a higher type you are not a real Kappa Kappa Psi.” We all should go out and live as real Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Spring 2015

National Convention 2015 –

Your Next Adventure


magine this. You walk into a room filled with Sisters from all over the country. You may not know many. Maybe you’re only one of a handful from your chapter – or maybe you are the only one from your chapter – but you already feel at home. You’re nervous, yet excited. Throughout the next several days, you meet new Sisters. You talk with the current and future leaders of the Sorority. You help shape the future of the organization that you hold dear. And you leave excited for the next year and the work your chapter can accomplish. So, where is the amazing place? It’s National Convention 2015 in Lexington, KY, and it’s coming up quickly. National Convention is filled with opportunities you cannot experience anywhere else. First and foremost is the National Intercollegiate Band (NIB). This is where amazing talent in the form of college musicians meets talent and experience in the form of our Guest Conductor and Commissioned Composer. So many times I hear our members say, “I’m not a good enough musician to play in the NIB.” Wrong. You will never know if you are capable unless you try. There are many opportunities for you to audition for the NIB, especially with the online audition process. Many district conventions are offering a chance for you to record your audition. Also, if your chapter hosts auditions for your chapter and department, you can earn a lire piece for the Focus on Five program. There is no reason to miss a chance to work with Joseph Hermann and Julie Giroux just because you don’t think you would make it. If The NIB doesn’t get you excited, the opportunity to hear one of a kind performances should. This year we are bringing back the Boston Brass to perform for our convention. Additionally, they will be

showcased in a joint session. Who wouldn’t want to have the opportunity to meet with these amazing musicians and listen to a wonderful concert? Aside from the planned concerts, you also have the opportunity to play in the Reading Band or perform in the Auxiliary Clinic, hosted by representatives of the National Leadership Team. Many of our national leaders also sit in play in the Reading Band, including myself, so come join me! National Convention also allows for a time of personal and professional growth, both in yourself and in the Sorority. Workshops have been planned around enhancing important aspects of our organization, including recruitment, Ritual, and relationships with our Sponsors and Director of Bands. There are also workshops planned on reviewing our History, specifically the founding of our organization, and a workshop planned on bettering our mental and physical health. If that doesn’t excite you, we also are planning two wonderful Women in Music Speakers, including our NIB Commissioned Composer, Julie Giroux. Additionally, the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association will be hosting several workshops for our alumni and members close to graduation. So we have covered the musical aspects of convention and areas for personal growth, but what about the shaping of our future? One of the greatest opportunities you have when you attend National Convention is the opportunity to shape the future of our organization for the next two years and beyond. You have the opportunity to meet face to face with the current and future leaders of Tau Beta Sigma, and elect the next National Council and Board of Trustees. You have the chance to sit on committees that help review the status of our Sorority and

by Dr. Nicole Sanchez National President - ΤΒΣ

suggest ways to help make us better and stronger. You have the opportunity to leave convention knowing that the Sorority will continue to grow and prosper, offering the best service to the college and university bands we hold dear. This is an area I have personal experience in. My first National Convention was in 2003 in Norfolk, VA. I had been a member of the Sorority for almost two years, and while I had attended several Southwest District Conventions, I was blown away by what I experienced that July. I sat as the delegate for my chapter, and had the honor of being placed on the Nominations committee. I know I helped shape the future of Tau Beta Sigma in those few days. But more, I helped shape my future. I left Norfolk knowing that I wanted to run for Vice President of my chapter and eventually VPM for the Southwest District. I walked away with ideas and tools to make my chapter better, ideas that I took further when I was elected later to District and National positions. I also left Norfolk with a host of new friends that I would have never met otherwise. Little did I know that the week I spent at a National Convention in 2003 would shape my future for more than 12 years, and many more to come. If you don’t think you or your chapter can afford to go to convention or send a delegate, talk to your District Counselors and National officers. We want to help you find ways to attend – to make your mark and your chapter’s mark on the Sorority in the next biennium and beyond. I want you to come help shape the future with us. I promise, you won’t regret it.



National Articles

5 Ways to Increase Participation in Your Chapter


oes your chapter seem to be stuck in a rut? Is this semester off to a slow start? Is it a little difficult to get brothers excited and interested in projects? These 5 tips may help you breathe some life and energy back into your chapter so you can continue to serve your bands! #1: Change it up: We all get bored repeating the same tasks, so why not mix it up a little? Sure, the skeleton structure of meeting shouldn’t change much, but there are things you can do. Below are just a couple recommendations out of a whole list of options! • Get everyone ready to focus by doing a team builder or ice breaker before you begin meeting. It gives the opportunity to set the tone for a productive meeting and have some brotherhood bonding at the same time. It’s a Win-Win scenario if you ask me! • Change up the order of who reports first. Try having the officer who usually presents last, present their report first. Everyone is still presenting at the appropriate time, just in a different order. You’ll catch some brothers off guard with the changes, which can grab their attention for the remainder of the meeting. They’ll never know what’s coming next! #2: Include everyone in decisions (as much as possible): As members of band, we are all familiar with working together as a team. This habit can easily transfer from the ensemble to your chapter. It’s easy to open topics up to the chapter. Including everyone in discussions and decisions as much as possible will create an atmosphere where everyone’s voice is important and recognized. Rather than the chapter being run solely by the executive team, the entire chapter is contributing to what goes on within the chapter. It is important to recognize that personal or membership discipline issues are not necessarily 34 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

by Kelly Nellis National Vice President for Student Affairs - ΚΚΨ

suitable for discussion amongst the entire chapter. Aside from that, there’s a long list of possibilities for how you can engage the entire chapter– here’s a couple ideas. • Brainstorm as a chapter! Need some new service ideas? Fundraising? Recruitment events? The executive team or officer may have great ideas, but more minds are better than one! Set some time aside in meeting for a brainstorming activity. You’ll get realtime feedback from chapter members about what they’re interested in doing. This will be beneficial down the road when something they suggested is selected. If they suggested it, it’s likely that’s something they’d like to participate in! • Seek feedback when a proposed change will affect the entire chapter. We all don’t enjoy the feeling we get when we’re told that this is the way something has got to be. While the National Constitution and Guide to Membership outlines specific guidelines, outside of those guidelines chapters are free to adapt to what works best for their chapter. Are you changing a crucial section in your bylaws? Proposing a new way to do recruitment? Ask you chapter what they think. You may have something come up that you hadn’t considered before! #3: Try new things: Take those ideas your chapter brainstormed and give them a try! It never hurts to look into a new service event, musical idea, recruitment event, or just a chapter event. Give something new a try, you never know if your chapter will love it. Unengaged members will be more willing to participate in something new rather than the same events over and over. The “shiny and new” event could be more appealing to them and spark the fire to be a more active brother again. If the events end up being something that doesn’t take off, your chapter will at least be able to say that it’s not worth pursuing in the future! Another Win-Win, regardless of the outcome.

#4: Avoid using the word “mandatory”: So much of college is mandatory: homework, class, quizzes, etc. Mandatory has become a negative word that can make individuals turn away from something, rather than come to it. Why put one more thing on the list of “mandatory” events? Think of it this way, if you require everyone to be at an event, you have a whole group of people there because they HAVE to be, not because they WANT to be. Would it be better to have a group of 10 people who HAVE to be there or 10 people who WANT to be there? Before you go making mandatory events, think about the kind of atmosphere that would be most beneficial for your chapter and band program: one where individuals are excited to live our Fraternity’s purpose and serve our bands or one where people look at service as an obligation and complain about it every chance they get (should you really have these people in your chapter anyways?). By giving brothers the opportunity to select the events they go to, you’ll not only find them willing to engage and attend, but they’ll want to participate too! #5: Don’t Over Program: Many of you know this first hand: students today are rarely involved in just one activity. As brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, not only are you a member of the organization, you’re also a member of an ensemble (or three) on campus, AND a full-time student. And to think that’s only the minimum involvement brothers may have! Having a large number of events, for some a large number of mandatory events, will quickly lead to brothers exhausted, burnt out, and not excited about engaging with the chapter. There is a fine line between too many events, and too few events. It may take a little guess and check to find the line, but once you find it, both your chapter and band program will benefit from the success that will follow!

Spring 2015

Building a Foundation: Digging Deep to Build up Your MEP

by Jack Lee National Vice President for Colonization & Membership - KKΨ


recently read an article from author and keynote speaker, Jon Gordon, which poetically described my thought process on membership development within Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Gordon explained that when builders begin building a skyscraper they don't start by building up. Instead they start by digging below the ground in order to create a foundation of stability. They have to go down deep and excavate soil, sand, clay, and more to reach the bedrock so that they can build something that will reach incredible heights. What we do in Kappa Kappa Psi works very much the same way. If we want to build better bands, better chapters and better Brothers, we have to first dig deep and develop our foundation. It's not always easy to unearth the stuff below. We all have fears, wounds we carry, and the things that hold us back. However, once we uncover them, we can reach the core of our foundation and begin the building process to reach greater heights and Strive for the Highest. The foundation of our chapters is our membership education programs. Reflect on your own membership education program. When you, as a chapter, developed your MEP did you dig deep to develop your foundation? Do you continually ask the newest members of the chapter for feedback on how the membership process can be improved? Do you ever evaluate your MEP and make improvements, or do you continually do things the way they have always been done? These may be some of the easiest questions that you could possibly ask, or they may be the most difficult. However, they are crucial questions for each of you to consider as you evaluate how your chapter is educating the future of our organization. I firmly believe that we all must make

it a priority to reflect on the membership education process. We do that through a deliberate pause. We see deliberate pauses in our everyday activities as band members. Think of one of your greatest band performances. Undoubtedly, the concert program included a lyrical piece of music. At the conclusion of the performance there was….well…a pause! That was an opportunity for you, and each individual in the audience, to reflect on the performance of a musical masterpiece. We even have pauses in our rehearsals. Moments of musical rests allow you to reflect upon your musical abilities. We must find opportunities to have a deliberate pause to reflect upon membership education. What went well? What could we do better? What were the exciting moments? What were the most educational moments? The only way to know the answers to these questions is to have a variety of conversations with your newest Brothers. The time you take to pause should really be a time to process the work that you – the entire chapter – has done! Now, I fully realize that finding the time for a deliberate pause is not easy. There is much work to do between classes and serving our college and university band programs. However, it must be a priority if you are going to truly Strive for the Highest and build a foundation of concrete, instead of a foundation of clay. In addition to the deliberate pause, you must have an open perspective or openmindedness. In the easiest definition of all, this means that you must be open to the ideas, thoughts, and perspectives of others. Think of your chapter right now. There are brothers that all have different ideas and perspectives. Much like I explained earlier, each brother has wounds, fears, and things that hold them back. All of these

experiences have created your brother; those experiences make them who they are. You may not have those same experiences, but you must have that open perspective so you can take those thoughts and matters into consideration. It is entirely possible that there may be a potential member next year that has the same thoughts that one of your current actives do. Finally, in order to really dig deeper to build up your MEP you need to take the information you gathered during your deliberate pause and, keeping an open perspective, then examine how everything fits within our beliefs, purposes, and mission. Sit down as a chapter and review your entire membership education program. What activities align with what purpose? Can you see that you are accomplishing the mission of Kappa Kappa Psi through your membership education program? Are the ritualistic lessons incorporated? Are you as a chapter living and advancing the beliefs, purposes, and mission of our organization? If you aren’t...what needs to change? It is no easy task to evaluate your Membership Education Program or your chapter as a whole. I encourage each of our over 200 chapters to set aside time to deliberately pause, have an open perspective, and examine how everything you do fits within our beliefs, purposes, and mission. To help with that, reach out to your sponsor and/or director of bands, your alumni, your district governors, or any member of the national council. Our Brotherhood is united in a mission to support your work, and we want nothing more than for you to develop your Membership Education Program into a firmer foundation that advances your chapter, your band program, and the future Brotherhood of Kappa Kappa Psi. AEA.



National Articles

Seizing Future Opportunities to Serve

by Adrienne Rall National Vice President for Communication & Recognition - TBΣ


hen the time comes for us to graduate from college and move on from our time as active members, our thoughts often become filled with where our lives will lead next: careers, graduate school, marriage, and families. All of these future personal goals combined with the reality of job hunting, student loans, and other “big kid” responsibilities can leave little room for us to think about Tau Beta Sigma and how we can continue to serve. But, what I have learned from my own personal experiences serving on the Midwest District Alumni Association, as the Midwest District Counselor, and now, is this: You must continue to have the fortitude and courage to see an ideal, to seize upon it, and

follow it wherever it may lead you in Tau Beta Sigma, just as you did as an active member. Opportunities tend to knock when we least expect them or when our plates already seem full. It’s easy to make excuses: Someone deserves the opportunity more than I do. I wanted to have this opportunity later in life, not now. I’m sure that this opportunity will come around again. And, while it’s true that sometimes our lives are not in places for us to serve, more often I think we make excuses because we are uncertain of ourselves and lack faith in our talents. That’s where fortitude and courage, essential to who we are as Sisters, come into play. One must have the strength to push past all excuses and insecurities in order to make the decision to serve, and

we all had that strength when we initially joined Tau Beta Sigma. Those who serve as alumni (whether on committees, as District Counselors, in the TBSAA, or on the National Council or Board of Trustees) continue to possess it. The question is, will you? I challenge each of you, Active or Alumni, to consider how you want to continue to serve in Tau Beta Sigma after graduation so that you can be ready as ready as possible when opportunity knocks. I doubt that it will ever come at an ideal time. You may be scared, and it is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of the real world. But, just as you did when you became an active member, never forget to find your inner strength and to seize all opportunities to serve that come your way.



he Focus on Five campaign began last Fall with the hopes that it would increase awareness, understanding, and participation in the TBS National Programs. Although the program is still in its infancy, I am very satisfied with the progress that we have made thus far. This summer, in Lexington, KY, at our National Convention, we will have the opportunity to review the program and its effectiveness. Just as I hope that all chapters have made the effort to participate in the National Programs and the Focus on Five campaign, I hope that all chapters have planned and executed so that they can be represented at National Convention. 36 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

by Jonathan Markowski National Vice President for Special Projects - TBΣ

If your chapter truly wants to grow in service, attending National Convention should be a priority. This is your opportunity to discuss with members from different chapters from across the country how to take simple steps (through “Focus on Five” or otherwise) towards implementing national programs on a chapter level. Although social media has greatly improved our ability to share thoughts and ideas, it cannot and will not replace face-to-face interaction. This will also be your chance to help shape the direction that the Sorority takes over the next biennium. From a programs standpoint, this will be your opportunity to provide feedback on the national programs

and the Focus On Five campaign. What aspects of our national programs do you think are successful? How do you think the programs can be improved? While you can always send thoughts to your district and national VPSPs, the time and place to engage in these kinds of conversation is at National Convention. I hope to see you there, working For Greater Bands.

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Stay Involved In Tau Beta Sigma!


hen I was initially asked by National President Dr. Nicole Sanchez to participate in the Leadership Development Panel Discussion Series I wasn't really sure what to expect. She gave me a brief explanation on what her goals were for the discussions, and that was to reach out to interested members on how to stay active in the organization after graduation. I mean, we (i.e., the National Leadership Team) have always talked to actives and alumni on how to further their Sorority experience after graduation, right? Here is more information on ways you can stay involved in Tau Beta Sigma.

Have you ever thought about running for the National Council, Board of Trustees or TBSAA Executive Council? Now is the perfect time to think about it and go for it! So many of us are often too scared to put ourselves thru an election process. However, what's the worst that could happen? You get up in front of a group of people and show them how great of a person you are? You make some new friends in the process? You show the current National Leadership that you're willing to take the organization to the next level? So now you're ready to take the plunge and run. GREAT! First, go into the Online Membership Reporting System (OMRS) and make sure your information is up-to-date. If you're not sure what the OMRS is, or if you're not sure if you have an account, then you should contact National Headquarters. This is the best way to make sure you are receiving

by Amanda Dickson Executive Council, Chair - TBÎŁ Alumni Association

all communications from the organization. There have been many times where the reason for the lack of communication with the TBS National Leadership has been due to an incorrect address or email address. Now it's time to dust off and freshen up that resume that you've thrown in the deepest darkest corner of your computer. First off, make sure your professional resume is up to date and only 1 page (more than 1 page will lose the reader's attention). Next you will need to create a TBS resume; This is where you want to include all you have done for the organization (e.g, chapter offices, district offices, or/and committee chair for district or national conventions). This would be a good time for me to plug in that if you feel you need more on your TBS resume call/email/fax or send a carrier pigeon to a person on National Leadership and they will plug you in where you feel you are able to make the most impact. You should also check the requirements that the group you're running for does not have any other requirements (ex, age requirement, references and so on).

In the end, I would like to take a verse out of the Tau Beta Sigma's loyalty song for you to ponder as you decide what your future holds....

We honor you this day; For the future our shinning ray; Your past a history bold; Today's opportunities we find unfolding; You stand for things held dear; May we become with each new year; Greater, grander, and the best of them all; We who are loyal, devoted to service; We who stand out above the rest; Oh, Tau Beta Sigma, may we become the best!

Once you feel your packet is complete, check with the National Headquarters or TBS websites for the latest information regarding your election. It would also be a great idea to get in contact with a current member of the group you are running for. Ask them thought-out questions pertaining to their postion such as time commitment and national programs. Each group will have different answers and you might find that you are best suited for a group that you didn't even think about running for!



National Articles

Fifteen data points

you can collect and use to improve

by Marco Krcatovich II your Chapter & Bands KKΨ Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair


e it known: I’m a huge nerd. Actually, I suspect that is widely known. In a fraternity as diverse as ours, with colleges that span from one end of higher education to another, it’s hard to come up with universal advice every chapter can actually use. So I put on my nerd hat and decided I would go to the one area I knew well: data. Let’s all enjoy the nerdy goodness inspired by those Buzzfeed-style lists we all can’t help but click on when we should be studying or working.

CHAPTER FINANCES “Change in Budget Priorities over Time” Look at your chapter budget at your next meeting and then compare it to the last few budgets and actual expenditures at the end of the year. What you should see is a budget that is evolving to address new needs and priorities. New sources of revenue are being included and new projects and priorities are being funded. If your budget hasn’t changed in the last few years, it’s time for a chapter meeting and discussion. If you don’t have a real budget or you haven’t tracked your expenses well, ask for help from your fellow brothers (other chapters, district officers, national leadership team). Use this as an opportunity to think strategically about your chapter’s future through a discussion about where you get and how you use your money.

“Percent of Fundraising from the Band/Chapter Tax” When you review your fundraising from the last few years, note how much income came from brothers within the 38 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

chapter? How much from your fellow band members? How much from other KKΨ chapters? Chapters that want a good financial future should have as little of their budget as possible resting on the wallets of other band members and other chapters, if only because none of us have the amount of money you need! Look at the other student groups on your campus that are financially successful. What fundraisers are they doing? Who are they targeting? When are they doing that fundraising? Are they bringing in sponsors? Are they tapping alumni? Are they getting family members involved in supporting their cause? Are they getting free money from the university that you could tap too?

BETTER BANDS “Average Audience Size” Part of being a brother is supporting college bands, but often we only put that in the context of performing. That’s critical to our mission, but only half the concert experience. How many people are coming to all of the concerts your band program puts on over a year? How often is your chapter promoting these events (and not just passing out a few flyers, but really striving to promote the event)? Challenge your chapter to reach capacity in every concert, recital, and small ensemble performance for a year. Can you get all of your brothers to listen to a university band concert this year and grow your appreciation for music from both sides of the stage?

“Diversity of the Chapter and Band Program”

When you compare the diversity of your chapter to your band, does the chapter truly reflect the entire band program? Are you recruiting from a balance of the ensembles? Every band? Every section? Do you have a good variety of majors? How is your gender balance? Are all majors represented in the bands? Are you actively helping in the recruitment of all band ensembles so that the band is truly a university ensemble? Every chapter should have a strong idea of the full diversity of their chapter and their bands and strive to have their chapter reflect their bands and have our bands should reflect our colleges and universities.

IMPROVE CHAPTER OPERATIONS “Number of Meetings in which you Invite Your Sponsor/Director of Bands to Participate and How Many of those Chapter Meetings Actually Fit Your Sponsor’s/ Director of Bands’ Schedule” If we offer chapter meetings at a time our directors are unavailable (weekends, late evenings, off-campus, poorly advertised, not set in advance), we are hurting our chapters and losing a valuable connection to our advisors. Look at your calendar for meetings for the rest of this academic year. How many will your director or sponsor actually be able to attend? What efforts are you making to ensure they feel welcome and invited to attend? What steps can you take as a chapter to have more efficient and focused meetings?

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“Chapter Meeting Time (in minutes) Spent on Planning. Chapter Meeting Time (in minutes) Spent on Evaluation” If every minute of your chapter meeting is spent reading what could have been sent over email, why have a meeting? Invest ten minutes of every meeting to evaluate a completed project and look for new efficiencies and improvements. Set aside half a meeting to plan out the promotion calendar for all remaining campus band concerts or other band events. Focusing our chapter meetings so they are productive and worthwhile will certainly make your fellow brothers, and your sponsor/director, very happy.

“Ratio of the Number of Google News Stories, Facebook Posts/ Tweets, and Campus News Articles to the Number of People Actually Promoting the Chapter” When I started as a national council member, I set up a Google News alert for “Kappa Kappa Psi”. I prepared for a flood of posts from around the country; I barely got a trickle. Part of promoting our brotherhood and our bands is working with the press, posting relevant news on social media and creating a community of interest with

alumni and other chapters, and keeping up to date chapter websites that are listed on the national directory so we can all see what great work you do. But here’s the rub, it won’t work if only one person does it. We ALL have an obligation (including alumni) to promote our bands and the great work our chapters do at home and around the country.

“Age of Your Ritual Gear” The average lifespan of a chapter robe is not 50 years and candles do not burn forever. Look at your ritual gear and come up with a sustainable plan to replace items as they wear out. If you are worried about costs, contact your chapter alumni and have them create a fund for you to use. And then have those alumni invest in a similar fund for the instruments your band program uses because we all know that robes covered in wax are pretty awful but clarinets that are missing keys or trombones that can only reach five positions because of dents are not going to build quality bands, and that must be a priority as well.

ENGAGE ALUMNI “Days of Advance Notice You Give Guests before Chapter Events”

before, don’t be surprised when no guests show up. We are brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi and we can do a better job of preparation and planning. And while we get that right, let’s work on supporting those band concerts and pack the audience with engaged band alumni (brothers and non-brothers) who are supporting the program and the students.

“Number of Alumni Brothers Donating to Your Band Program” Straightforward and essential. Here’s an example: If only 2,000 alumni brothers (we have many thousands more than that) donated $50 each month to Kappa Kappa Psi that would cover the entire fraternity budget. For the biennium. If every living alumni brother of Kappa Kappa Psi was to donate $50 each month to their band programs, imagine how much more our bands could do?

So encourage your fellow brothers, alumni and not, to donate to their bands and as brothers, let’s invest in our fraternity.

You knew this was coming, so here’s the reminder: If you set your ritual date the day

Congratulations to the 2013-2015 Grace & A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Finalists! The Tau Beta Sigma National Council is pleased to announce the Grace & A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Finalists for the 2013-2015 biennium. To be considered a Chapter Leadership Finalist, a chapter must submit all paperwork to National Headquarters on-time, and fill out their paperwork completely and correctly. The National Council recognizes the manner in which chapters provide service to their bands, the membership growth

within the chapter, community involvement, and also accounts for participation and involvement at the District & National level. The selected chapters' activities within their band, school, and community go above and beyond the required tasks of a Tau Beta Sigma chapter. These 10 chapters will be recognized and asked to present for the Grace and A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Award during the 2015 National Convention in Lexington, KY this July. Please help the National Council in recognizing the 10 Chapters that are the finalists for the Grace & A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Award:

Psi, University of Arkansas Delta Delta, University of Massachusetts Delta Upsilon, Howard Payne University Epsilon Theta, Georgia Institute of Technology Epsilon Kappa, University of California at Los Angeles

Epsilon Omega, Morgan State University Zeta Alpha, Illinois State University Zeta Omega, University of Missouri Theta Lambda, Auburn University Theta Mu, University of Nebraska at Kearney HTTP://PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 39


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Pay It Forward. Give Back. Preserve The Bond.


his fall, the Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees launched a hot new club: The 1946 Club. Members of this club make a year long commitment to a monthly donation of $19.46 or more to the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is used to support programs of the sorority like the Women in Music Speaker Series, national scholarships, the Wava Memorial Garden Project and the National Intercollegiate Band Commissioning Program. Providing the opportunity for our students to perform a newly commissioned piece under the direction of an acclaimed conductor would not be possible without the support of donors. The Board of Trustees set a goal at the launch of The 1946 Club to “Strive for 25.”

To fully ensure the ultimate goal of raising $5000 for the NIB, the trustees needed 25 individuals to opt into the 1946 Club. At the time of writing this article, over 85% of our goal for the NIB has been funded! We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the following individuals for their commitment to the 1946 Club.

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They are: Debbie Baker Justin Brady Erwin Brown Ken Corbett Lisa Croston Dr. Dawn Farmer Christopher Foster Leslie Gartin Holli Hartman Marla Lewiski Jonathan Markowski Leslie McClure Cathy Miles Steve Nelson Jean Newman Dollie O’Neill Dr. Nicole Sanchez April Sansing Gwyn Stump Terri White Dr. Kathryn Kelly Sue Carr

by Carolyn McCambridge TBΣ Board of Trustees

Consider becoming a member of The 1946 Club. Donations are tax deductible and those who join the campaign receive a 1946 Club Decal, 1946 Club pen as well as special recognition for their support. Sacrifice just one latte a week to be a part of this dynamic club. To join the 1946 Club visit or call National HQ at 405.372.2333.


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Time, Talent, and Treasure Alumni Style "You try to find an hour that seven people can meet over a conference call…."

by Dr. Malinda M. Matney Chair, Board of Trustees - KKΨ

any hour of the day between the classes, ensembles, work, and other obligations they have. This is preparation for thinking about priorities and making space for what is important.


President Beason's theme of "Better Brothers = Better Bands" extends beyond undergraduate years.

So what held up the meeting? It wasn't lack of caring, or the desire for "me" time. Instead, it was the classes Board members were teaching, the concerts they were conducting, the crisis management time they had set aside for students, and the chapter meetings they were attending as sponsors. In short, the conflicts were the professional adult version of what we think of as the essentials of Kappa Kappa Psi life.

We need an alumni base that includes band directors in K-12, civic leaders arguing for music, and passionate fans of the arts. We need alumni who invest fully in their professional, family, and civic lives so that they bring the best of themselves back to our Fraternity and our bands.

hat sounds like the set up for a joke, but it turned out to be a challenge to find that time in the space of six weeks for the Board of Trustees. Many members of the Board offered to not attend if they were the obstacle, but given all the perspectives of the Board for our topics at hand, it seemed most important to include all of their thoughts and ideas.

In the process of scheduling, I also learned more about the depth of each Board member's commitment to volunteering, elected local offices, religious obligations, family lives, attending artistic performances, and yes – even attending a few sporting events (including participating in some). We have a Board that is engaged and dedicated to professional lives, civic lives, and music.

If we are to have an ongoing college band movement, we need performers, conductors, and audience members.

We all have a role in giving time, talents, and treasure to make these elements continue. It does not stop with graduation – it only gets richer and more varied. We look forward to meeting you in person in Lexington this summer, and at your district convention in the weeks ahead!

As students, many student readers of this article will think about the challenges that they have aligning a schedule at







The HBCU Band Experience In my last OBSERVATION, I urged brothers and sisters to embrace chapters and bands with different cultures. Within the fabric of our band community, we have a variety of styles of band and music represented. One of these different styles can be seen in the bands at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Initially, black colleges formed bands to help raise money for the schools, soon after Land Grant Acts called for the equal distribution of higher education funds. Most historians believe the earliest HBCU band was formed at Tuskegee Normal School (now Tuskegee University), the Tuskegee Normal School Brass Band (1894). Rich in tradition and pride, our particular style is a sight to behold. The thrilling amalgam of traditional styles of the Big Ten bands, African-American traditions, and contemporary popular music. As an HBCU graduate, band alumni, and fan (also known as a “bandhead”), I was immersed in and fell in love with this particular style of band. It is a style with an infectious energy. An energy that is celebrated and put on full display at the Honda Battle of the Bands. I personally invite everyone to attend an event like the Honda Battle of the Bands, “the Super Bowl of HBCU Bands”. It is a must; Everyone should experience the pageantry, the excitement, the intensity, and the passion of HBCU bands. “Halftime is gametime” isn’t just a quote from the movie Drumline. We live that in a way that is truly

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unique throughout the marching band season. But halftime isn’t the only time. During the season, game days can turn into all day events. When two HBCU bands enter a stadium, they most likely won’t be waiting until halftime to go at it. In the black college band world, bands are often battling each other in musical warfare. There is a football game happening, but also each band is engaged in a friendly yet intense competition to prove their superiority over the other band across the field. Many times, after the game, in a tradition known as “the 5th quarter”, each band goes round for round, song for song with dedicated bandheads and interested game attendees watching and judging. A 5th quarter can be just a few songs while others have lasted HOURS! It’s that extra competitive drive and pride that adds to the entire HBCU experience. An experience everyone is encouraged and invited to have. As it is with all chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma, the character of the band program can be seen in the chapter. The same pride, style, and love is displayed. For example, stepping is based on long, rich African-based traditions of movement and sounds. The flavor and the history of our dedication enriches the overall band world and both Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma.

- Robert D. Bratcher

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The official publication of Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma



President Christine F. Beason, 1308 Anglican Dr., Arlington, TX 76002; Phone: 817.876.3990;

President Nicole C. Sanchez, Ph.D., 1608 79th Street, Lubbock, TX 79423; Phone: 361.945.1315;

Vice President for Colonization & Membership Jack D. Lee, 129 Continental Lane, Hillsboro, TX 76645; Phone: 817.729.5841;

Vice President for Colonization & Membership Kathryn G. Kelly, M.D., 1359 Templeton Place, Rockville, MD 20852; Phone: 202.549.9557;

Vice President for Programs Adam M. Bates, 531 SE 2nd PL Apt 2, Gainesville, FL 32601; Phone: 405.564.3624;

Vice President for Special Projects Jonathan L. Markowski, 98 Colonial Rd., Abington, MA 02351-1618; Phone: 339.793.0003;

Vice President for Student Affairs Kelly L. Nellis, 1150 Cushing Circle Apt 341, Saint Paul, MN 55108; Phone: 952.943.6302;

Vice President for Communications & Recognition Adrienne Rall, 3703 14th Ave., Kearney, NE 68845; Phone: 308.708.0737;

Vice President for Professional Relations Dr. Travis J. Cross, 2431 Schoenberg Music Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095; Phone: 310.206.1085;

Vice President for Professional Relations Beth Bronk, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin, TX 78155; Phone: 830.372.6028;

KKΨ Alumni Association Chair Marco A. Krcatovich, II, 1 University Parkway, Room G337, University Park, IL 60484; Phone: 616.499.5019;

TBΣ Alumni Association Chair Amanda L. Dickson, 1822 Barker Cypress Rd. Apt. 119, Houston, TX 77084; Phone: 817.247.3680;

Immediate Past President Adam D. Cantley, 226 Trabant University Center, Newark, DE 19716; Phone: 302.831.0456;

Immediate Past President Dawn M. Farmer, Ph.D. 315 Woodknoll Drive #609, Granger, IN 46530 Phone: 310.801.3110;

Board of Trustees Malinda M. Matney, Ph.D., Chair; Rod M. Chesnutt, Ph.D., Vice Chair; Eric B. Morson; Michael K. Osborn ; Danny A. George; Adam Cantley, Immediate Past President; Christine Beason (ex-officio)

Board of Trustees Kelly A. Eidson, Chair; Dollie A. O’Neill, Vice Chair; Kathy Godwin; Lisa R. Croston; Carolyn McCambridge; Kris Wright; Dawn Farmer, Ph.D., Immediate Past President; Janet West Miller (Life); Nicole Sanchez (ex-officio)

KAPPA KAPPA PSI DISTRICT GOVERNORS Midwest Denali D. Pearce-Alt, 177 Lee Dr. Liberty, MO 64068-2222; Phone: 816.308.9418; Anthony M. Falcone, 220 Westbrook Music Bldg, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0102; Phone: 402.472.1643;

TAU BETA SIGMA DISTRICT COUNSELORS Midwest Wendy R. McCann, 186 Maxwell Circle, Erie, CO 80516-8409; Phone: 303.981.2928; North Central Trudy Adler, 521 Dunbar Rd, Tallmadge, OH 44278; Phone: 734.717.2123;

North Central Rod Whiteman, 655 E. 24th St. Apt. A, Indianapolis, IN 46205; Phone: 317.417.0007; Ishbah Cox, Elliott Music Hall - Purdue Univ. 712 Third Street West Lafayette, IN 47907; Phone: 765.494.2864;

Northeast Anthony B. Barbir, 2310 9th St N Apt 204, Arlington, VA 22201; Phone: 925.765.4061;

Northeast Marie Burleigh, 1807 N. 23rd St, Clarksburg, WV 26301-1530; Phone: 304.669.9280; Casey M. Goodwin, UNH Dept. of Music PCAC 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824; Phone: 603.781.4259;

Southeast Stephen K. Burt, 7925 Sloop Place Apt 108, Orlando, FL 32825; Phone: 843-509-3458; Lee Commander, 7007 Trysail Circle, Tampa, FL 33607; Phone: 850-843-3630;

Southeast Evan L. Thompson, 16 Hilliard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150; Phone: 803.840.4418; Dr. Craig Aarhus, Mississippi State University, PO Box 6162, Mississippi State, MS 39762; Phone: 662.325.2713;

Southwest Erika Pope, 53 Point West Circle, Little Rock, AR 72211; Phone: 501.416.1191;

Southwest Toni Castle, 2121 Spring Ct., Harlingen, TX 78550; Phone: 361.549.0035; John Graham, Music Dept-Bands UAPB, PO Box 4809, Pine Bluff, AR 71601; Phone: 870.575.8919; Western James Llamas, 13875 Via Boltana, San Diego, CA 92129; Phone: 858.735.5285; James G. Hudson, 1014 West Windhaven Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233; Phone: 480.965.2298;

Western Meghan Fay Olswanger, 2732 N. Vallin Ave, Meridian, ID 83646; Phone: 909-215-6011;

This directory information is provided for the convenience of Brothers and Sisters so that they may establish contact with a Fraternity or Sorority volunteer for the sole purpose of conducting Fraternity and Sorority business; it may not be used for commercial or other non-Fraternity/Sorority related purposes. For complete contact information for all National and District officials, please visit our online Chapter Directory from our National Headquarters website, All information is current as of February 2015.



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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 Podium. The Baton is the early year’s publication for Kappa Kappa Psi and is included in this indexing project. The history of our organizations comes alive when you look back at older editions of the publications. As part of the process to document the history of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, we are embarking on this 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 Aaron Moore at You will be able to do this indexing on your on time and schedule. You will be asked what edition of the Podium or Baton you would like to index (possibly the years you were an 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.


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Sigma. We hope you will see the value in this project and commit to indexing one or more issues.


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