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Calendar of Events March 18 - 19

• Northeast District Convention, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

April 1 - 3

• Southeast District Convention, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

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April 15 - 17

• Southwest District Convention, Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Mesquite Mesquite, TX

May 1

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The cover of this issue, designed by Robert Bratcher, features photos of Eta Beta (ΚΚΨ) and Zeta Psi (ΚΚΨ) from VA Tech Installation in 1976 (top), Eta (ΚΚΨ) chapter of Ohio State (left), photo from Theta Rho (ΤΒΣ) Alumni Luncheon (right), and Jordan Parker of Delta Kappa (ΤΒΣ).


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From the Executive Director Steve Nelson

Expansion & Membership News Student, Alumni, & Band News


The Ohio State University Marching Band Goes Abroad


1976 to 2016: 40 Year Reunion


The Psi-85 Cookout

Viet Nguyen and Dan Pozniak

Paul Adams Willard II, Major USAF (R)

Candence Moore

10 Theta Rho Alumni Luncheon Gemila Washington

in the Haven 11 Homecoming Casey Yankelitis


Which Pillar is Most Important: Music, Sisterhood, or

12 Service?

Caleb Morris

14 Straying From Tradition Teague Albenesius

History in a Man’s Domain 22 Making Brandon Stewart-Valentine


Women In Music Kynnecy Stubbs

32 National Articles Matters: Honda Battle of the Bands 32 Band Jack Lee, Nat'l President - ΚΚΨ


Sorority Policy Overview

Dr. Kathryn Garrett Kelly, Nat'l President - ΤΒΣ

Has No End 23 Service Freeman D. McLean

Bands Can't Be Anonymous 35 Our Marco Krcatovich II, Nat'l VPP - ΚΚΨ

23 Serving the Bands...That's What it's All About

2016 Intake 36 Fall Jonathan Markowski Nat'l VPCM- TΒΣ

The Drumbelt 26 Inventing Lindsay Mackey & Charles Martin

Betta’ Recognize:” A Quick Guide to Tau Beta Sigma Awards 36 “You Erika Pope, Nat'l VPCR - ΤΒΣ

Katie Lillard


At Journey's End

Tech Update 38 VPSA Zac Humphrey, Nat'l VPSA - ΚΚΨ


Choosing Your Bigs

39 Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association Spotlight:

Yu Zhou

Tia Vafeas

Eta’s Continuing Membership Education Program 30 Alpha Olivia Vega Road to Most Improved Chapter 31 The Jahkeem Grant


Featured Article

Distinguished Alumni and Grant Award Recipients ΤΒΣ Alumni Association


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

40 Bowl Season Spotlight


Nicholas Bratcher Ed.D. , ΚΚΨ Alumni Association Board of Directors



From the

Executive Director Writers Wanted!

The National Headquarters accepts the Podium submissions via e-mail at and online at In order to make processing of articles easier please use the following format: Remember that articles must be received by May 1 for the fall issue and December 1 for the spring issue. Within the subject line include "Podium Article for (your) Chapter." Feature articles should be 1-2 pages, not including photos. You can figure 600 words per page, so a 2-page article would be about 1,200 words. Try to keep your article to a multiple of 300 words, with a 600 word/1page minimum. Fraternity/sorority-wide news items should be one-half page/300-word minimum, not including photo(s). Chapter news items should be one-quarter page/150-word minimum, not including photo(s).

Welcome to the Spring Issue of The PODIUM! We are particularly pleased with this issue. Not only are the articles varied and well written but some of our alumni members took up my challenge from the last issue to tell us about their fraternal experiences, careers, and studies. I would point you especially to Nicholas Bratcher’s article, “The Positive Effects of Fraternal Organizations on Band Student Leadership” (pg. 18). His survey and analysis give strong support to what many of us already know, that participation in fraternal music organizations, like ΤΒΣ and ΚΚΨ, have a strong influence on the leadership development of band members. Speaking of alumni, members of the ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ national leadership recently returned from the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. While there, I was pleased to see several alumni from my past as an active brother and governor of ΚΚΨ. In particular, I would like to mention visits with Samuel Dinkins (Eta Omega, ΚΚΨ), Pablo Ocañas (Beta Sigma, ΚΚΨ and past SWD President), and my chapter brother Russell Hopkins (Alpha, ΚΚΨ). All in all, TMEA was a great event for us, with more than 670 actives, membership candidates, alumni and friends stopping by our booth.

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Members of the National Leadership also attended the Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta this past January. As far as I know, this is the first time a group of our leaders attended this event en masse. What a great event! This largest annual event for HBCU marching bands is really something not to be missed. If you live in the Atlanta area, I hope to see you there next year.

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Things at the National Headquarters are humming along smoothly, especially at this busy time of year. We are soon expecting the annual deluge of Initiate Registration Forms from across the country, as chapters wrap up their spring membership classes. The lifeblood of our organizations, we look forward to bringing your new members officially onto your chapter’s roster.

Every photo must have a caption! Be sure to include the photo captions within the e-mail for the article you send and be sure you identify everyone in the photo.

If you happen to make it through Stillwater in the coming months, I invite you to see some of the improvements that are being made to the Stillwater Station. Windows in the vestibule of the Station are being replaced and the next phase of the Wava Garden landscaping will be completed this summer. Look for photos in the next issue!

Original photos are preferred, either color or black-and-white.

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To our alumni sisters and brothers, I extend my invitation to you again! We would love to share articles from you in future issues, particularly those that reflect on the benefits of your fraternity and sorority experience. Enjoy this issue!

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Student NEWS

Next I-Dot, The Moon: The Ohio State University Marching Band Goes Abroad by Viet Nguyen and Dan Pozniak Eta - ΚΚΨ, Οhio State University

“There’s one extra item we’re going to require every single person auditioning this year to have by tryouts, and that is a valid passport.”


his was the first week of June, and Interim Director of The Ohio State University Marching Band, Christopher Hoch, had just confirmed the rumor that had buzzed around the stadium band room for days beforehand. It gave veteran members and hopeful candidates alike a huge additional motivator to “pick up their feet” and “turn their corners square” through the long summer of training and conditioning sessions before them. This was going to be a very special year to make “The Best Damn Band in the Land.” Our destination: London, England. 6 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

The trip was advertised as “the first of its kind,” including a parade down Regent Street in the commercial district of downtown London, touring around Covent Garden, and the opportunity to perform a full halftime-style show before some 90,000 fans in Wembley Stadium as the featured entertainment of a NFL International Series game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Members of TBDBITL had been teased for years prior with whispers of trips abroad to places like Ireland and New Zealand, but the hopes of making the band’s first overseas tour in the band’s 138 year history were finally coming to fruition. After this year’s band was selected, rehearsals began, and the brothers of Eta chapter reconvened for the semester, the excitement and anticipation that had driven us through tryouts transitioned to making preparations to represent our university, country, and fraternity on the international stage. Thanks to the generous accommodations arranged by the NFL, neither Eta chapter nor

the Tau Beta Sigma sisters of Chi were asked to jump through the hoops of fundraising that might have been foreseen for a trip of this scale. A joint project by the service, brotherhood, and editing committees came together to author and distribute a London guidebook in order to equip each band member with ideas for sightseeing and travel safety tips. The guide was packaged as a “special edition” of Eta chapter’s long-running gameday publication for the OSUMB, The Gray Baton. Along with the traditional profiles of the “i-dotters” for that performance’s Script Ohio and articles generated by musicians across the band, was made unique by contributions of brothers outside of the marching band, including puzzles for the flight, a dictionary of key slang terms Londoners may say, and parody articles on the English culture and the trip itself. The trip itself was one for a lifetime. The people of London were incredibly welcoming from the time we landed in Heathrow to the time we stepped off the pitch in Wembley, and they

Spring 2016 were very receptive to our performances. Fans weren’t shy to come up to us after the show and say that we were “wicked good” or “absolutely brilliant”. Many brothers commented that these interactions were the best part of the trip, not only being able to share the traditions of our band, but being representatives of music and college marching bands in general in the exchange between our cultures. This more than made up for Eta’s failure of Operation: “Cheerio,” a covert operation to colonize Oxford University in the name of Kappa

Kappa Psi, establishing International District’s first colony. In all seriousness, as much as our band would love for this to be a regular thing, what we at Eta chapter hope most is that the NFL’s experiment sending the OSUMB abroad opens doors for the fraternity and more importantly other college bands in years to come.



Alumni NEWS

1976 to 2016: 40 Year Reunion


hile 1976 was a Bicentennial Year for the United States it was also a special year for ΚΚΨ and VA Tech. In the spring of 1976 the ΚΚΨ Colony at VA Tech became Eta Beta, the 170th chapter of ΚΚΨ. The band members at VA Tech had been a colony waiting for two years to form. What is significant is that the two years was also the age of the newly formed “Marching Virginians”. The Marching Virginians were new on the college band scene as VA Tech had been traditionally a military school from its founding in 1872 as a land grant school. The band originated in 1974 when then University President T. Marshall Hahn tasked the Performing Arts Department to create a marching band that would reflect the University that he had been evolving from its previous military environment to a major university. The colony became Eta Beta when the Brothers from Zeta Psi from Virginia State College in Petersburg, VA came to Blacksburg to perform the installation. Now fast forward about 40 years! Major Paul Willard had been assigned as the Air Force JROTC instructor at King William High and often sought to incorporate the school band in ceremonies the AFJROTC cadets conduct. Major Willard sought out the school band director Calvin Sorrell and spoke to him about joint projects and began discussing his band experience as a member of the original Marching Virginians at Tech and membership in ΚΚΨ. Director Sorrell also talked of his experiences in ΚΚΨ and that he went to Virginia State. When Willard told him of Virginia State conducting the installation at Tech they began matching notes and discovered that Sorrell was a member of the Zeta Psi team that installed Eta Beta. Willard dug out his old ΚΚΨ pictures and the two Brothers shared their “young” memories of “back in the day”. Willard and Sorrell are Life members of ΚΚΨ. In the old photo, Willard is kneeling on the front row on the far right. Sorrell is 5th from the right of the back row.

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by Paul Adams Willard II, Major USAF (R) Eta Beta - ΚΚΨ Virginia Tech Life Member

Eta Beta and Zeta Psi from VA Tech Installation in 1976 Paul Willard is kneeling on the front row far right and Sorrell is on the back row 4th from the right.

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The Psi-85 Cookout by Candence Moore Epsilon Lambda - ΤΒΣ North Carolina Central University


t's no secret – when it comes to dedication and pride, the competition is fierce amongst HBCU rivalries. Starting as early as July, members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma partake in band camps across the country; committing themselves to endure the task in the weeks to come. As members of our respective organizations, not only do we recognize through the privilege of membership, those individuals committed to serving and leading in their band programs, but we also celebrate the brother and sisterhood that unites us all. Psi-85 is an annual cookout that occurs every June and is free to all members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. This event, a celebration

of our brother and sisterhood, is hosted by the Zeta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Tau Beta Sigma located at North Carolina Central University. Founded in the mid 1990's by the Zeta Sigma, Iota Zeta, Theta Chi, and Theta Mu chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi, its original purpose was to fellowship with local chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi along Interstate 85 in North Carolina. The cook out would then rotate to active chapters in the area. In the early 2000's, the event went without a host chapter until a Spring 2003 initiate of Kappa Kappa Psi named Juwann Jones set forth plans to revitalize the event and enhance its purpose by extending the invitation to the sorors of Tau Beta Sigma. After soliciting the help of Epsilon Lambda, both

active chapters and their alumni members united to support Brother Jones in accomplishing this task in the summer of 2007. What started out as a simple fellowship between brother and sister chapters quickly turned into a fellowship where all chapters were welcome. The first year the invitation was extended to all members across the nation was 2009; making Psi-85 a fellowship event for all Brothers and Sisters to look forward to year after year. Each year, members of Zeta Sigma and Epsilon Lambda come together and donate time, services, items, and funds to ensure the success of this gathering that takes place in June. Funds are donated to ensure that this event remains free for all of our brothers and sisters in order for everyone to have a chance to participate. A committee consisting of active and alumni members of Zeta Sigma and Epsilon Lambda is formed to handle all tasks and communications between chapters and target goals are set for the actives and the alumni. This event has become a tradition we look forward to that unites all members of our respective chapters, young and old. Through the years, demand grew and priorities changed, causing obstacles that created opportunities for us to grow, and each year, we have met those challenges head on. This summer proved to be our greatest demand yet, as we hosted approximately 200 members. The Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Districts were well represented, making this one of our best years yet! The success of this event was undoutedly due to the commitment of our chapter members, lead by Brother Jones' vision. Our dedication to service along with our brothers and sisters in the bond unites us in many ways. Psi-85 has become a celebration of that camaraderie and an event to look forward to in years to come.




Theta Rho Alumni Luncheon

by Gemila Washington Theta Rho - TBΣ Bethune Cookman University

“With my sisters, I am best.”


his last sentence in the Affirmation Hymn is one that really resonates deeply within our sorority; however, how can one be best with her sisters if she doesn’t know them? We often hear about divisions within chapters due to the disconnect between alumni and active members. In an effort to bridge the gap between alumni and active members, we, the Theta Rho Chapter, decided to host our First Annual Alumni Luncheon. The Sisterhood and Spirit committee deemed it necessary to put together such an event to bridge the gap and show appreciation to our alumni sorors who established such a prestigious chapter and paved the way for active members.The event was held the day after homecoming, October 25, 2015 from 12pm2pm. After months of preparation, everything was approved, finalized and ready to go. On the day of the event, as our alumni entered and were seated, we made sure to mix in alumni with current members so that everyone had a chance to meet and interact with someone new. We were blessed to have one of our founding mothers, Mrs. Vernell Williams-Spar in attendance as well as the administrative assistant to our band director, Ms. Villajean Williams (also an honorary 10 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

member). Our music department chairman, Dr. Matthew Simmons, as well as the former announcer for the Marching Wildcats, Mr. Horatio Walker (both brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi) were also in attendance. After the opening remarks and prayer, alumni were asked to help themselves to a variety of food including: salad, fried chicken, baked chicken, green beans, dinner rolls, rice with gravy, sweetened and unsweetened tea, water and sweet potato pie. While enjoying their meals, laughing and reminiscing, a slideshow of photos that featured past chapter events and performances was presented. Further in the program we hosted an “Old School vs. New School” dance floor battle with the audience as judges. We then played two games: “Finish that Line” and “Make Your Own Band”. In “Finish That Line”, we split into two teams. One representative from each team took turns pulling song names from a bowl and had to hum the song so the team could guess the title. For “Make Your Own Band”,

we created our own bands using three teams and put on a performance to a marching band song. After indulging in such fun games, our chapter president, Miss Nanci Baker, gave her final remarks and thanked everyone for coming. Just when we thought the afternoon couldn’t get any better, Mrs. Spar commended us on a job well done and expressed her gratitude for upholding the ideals and essential factors of Tau Beta Sigma. Upon conclusion of her remarks, we stood to our feet and applauded her to express our gratitude. We were truly touched by her words and couldn’t have asked for a better end to the event. We hope that by sharing our wonderful experience to the district other chapters will be able to bridge the ever growing gap between both alumni and active members. We look forward to hosting our Second Annual Alumni Luncheon next year. With our sisters we are best.

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Homecoming in the Haven by Casey Yankelitis Eta Alpha - ΚΚΨ Lock Haven University


his year at Eta Alpha, Homecoming was an exciting time. It was our 40th anniversary. We have been working since last year to get our alumni celebration together. A long stressful road, ended in an amazing weekend filled with football, rehearsals, and performances. Our festivities started on Friday evening with a pep rally downtown at our amphitheater on the river. We met several alumni there and got the student body pumped for an awesome homecoming weekend. Saturday morning is when all of the real fun began. We welcomed just about fifty alumni, got instruments and music for them and they had an alumni rehearsal. During all of this we were running around getting everything ready for the celebration we were having that night in the Durrwatcher Alumni Center. The whole band suited up and marched through campus with the alumni marching behind us. As the drum major, I, Casey Yankelitis, was excited to hear what it sounded like with just about 100 musicians. The whole band was

excited to have ΚΚΨ, TBΣ, and band alumni with us for the game. We invited the alumni onto the field with us for our field show. They played with us for our last song of our field show, Fireball. At the end of Fireball, we had a company front that stretched from end zone to end zone. This was an amazing feeling, hearing and seeing the different generations all as one. I can speak on behalf of the whole Lock Haven University Marching Band, that we LOVED having our alumni participate in the game with us. After playing endless stand tunes and drum cheers, the game ended and the real fun was about to begin. The ΚΚΨ and TBΣ hurried from the game to get dressed and head over to the alumni center to make sure everything was set and ready for our celebration that we worked so hard on to make happen. We walked into the building, and it turned out just the way we wanted it to. We could not wait for the alumni to come and celebrate all of Eta Alpha and TBΣ Epsilon Upsilon’s accomplishments from the past forty years. We brothers ranging from founding members to

actives in attendance. We also had the President of the university and the dean of college and liberal arts attend. We had a nice sit down dinner, dancing and finally we sang our hymn. We could not have asked for a better turn out, we had 120 people. Our final event for the weekend was our date a bro rush. We had this rush on Sunday morning. We had about 15 alumni come and participate. During this rush, we speed date the rushers’. This gives us time to sit down and really get to know potential membership candidates, along with the alumni. Overall, we had a busy, stressful, fun but very exciting weekend. The active brothers of Eta Alpha would like to give a huge thank you to our amazing alumni. We could not be the active chapter we are today if we did not have the amazing support system from them. They are always there for us to lean on, ask questions, or just to talk. Thank-you alumni for being the best and helping us strive for our highest.



Student NEWS

Which Pillar is Most Important: Music, Sisterhood, or Service?


he three pillars of Tau Beta Sigma are: Music, Sisterhood, and Service. Webster defines a pillar as “a person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something.” Music, Sisterhood and Service are essential because they are the very reason for the existence of Tau Beta Sigma, and everything we do is somehow related to one of these three concepts. Recently our candidates had their first interview of their process, and one of the questions we asked them was “Of the three pillars, which one is the most important?” During their individual interviews, that same question is one that the candidates ask the Sisters. I am young in the Sorority, having only been initiated last semester, and I remember wrestling with that question myself. When I would ask that question in interviews, I would hear a variety of answers from the sisters:

“Music, because it is what brought me here” “Service, because I wanted to give back to band” “Sisterhood, because I missed my family at home” Which answer is correct? As the sister organization of Kappa Kappa Psi, TBS joins them in serving the endless needs of band programs across the nation, but we also have more dimensions than just service. According to the national website, Wava and 12 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

her classmates had the vision of establishing a “band sorority” to “provide the important additional social, educational and other positive experiences needed by women in the band.” The love of music is what brought Wava Banes, Emily Sorelle and Rose La Nell Williams to the Texas Tech band program. However, in 1939, women in band were a rare occurrence, and finding a woman band director was even rarer. The first sisters, bonded together by the scarcity of their gender and their desire to further serve the band, founded TBS to create the support system of sisterhood. So here is the question at hand: what is Tau Beta Sigma? Are we a sisterhood bonded together by our love

by Caleb Morris Epsilon Alpha - TBΣ University of South Carolina

of music and desire to serve the band? Are we a service organization with a musical slant that places emphasis on sisterhood? Or, are we just a bunch of musicians that do band service and hang out extracurricularly? One of the things that drew me to ΤΒΣ was the idea of a music organization that promoted music through service for the community. Like many chapters across the nation, every spring the Epsilon Alpha chapter at the University of South Carolina helps with Relay for Life. One of our national programs is Crescendo, where we help Girl and Boy Scouts earn their music badges. The pillar of service definitely drew me to ΤΒΣ, but the stories from the older sisters are not necessarily about the service projects they have participated in; they are about the memories they share with their sisters. For instance, last semester Epsilon Alpha sang to elderly living in the Still Hopes retirement home. Lizzy Rickel says the service project was particularly memorable because the sisters singing provoked an emotional response from them, as well as the elderly. It was a moment that brought the sisters together, and a perfect example of how service fosters sisterhood. Sisterhood can foster service as well. Every Thursday, Epsilon Alpha organizes nearly 400 uniforms for the Carolina Band. While this may seem at first to be a tedious task, it is actually quite enjoyable because we get to hang out with our sisters. We listen to music, dance, share laughs, and get the Uniforms done all at the same time! The same logic can be applied to sisterhood and music as well. We recently had our Brotherhood/Sisterhood with Zeta Chi, the chapter of KKΨ at USC. It was a beautiful ceremony where we sang our Affirmation and they sang their Hymn, and we joined together for the singing of the joint SED hymn and USC’s Alma Mater. Embracing the bond, we sang our songs for our candidates and Zeta Chi’s prospective members, which was the first time that they

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heard us sing. It was wonderful sharing our love of music with each other and the Fall ‘15 lines. Music strengthened our bond as sisters and brothers on that night, and it was showing off our bond that drove us to perform the songs to the best of our abilities. Sisterhood fostered music and, in turn, music fostered Sisterhood. Examining the relationship between music and service is pretty obvious; our mission statement makes it clear that “we provide exceptional service to collegiate band” after all. From our founding to today, ΤΒΣ has continuously pursued many service projects designed to promote music, from national programs such as Crescendo to the Service in Music endeavor run by the SED. Conversely, partaking in these service projects allows us to share our love of music, allowing music to reach a much wider audience. It was the desire to share music with others that

led Epsilon Alpha to do the service project at the retirement home, which led to sisterhood strengthening. Although we can categorize each of the pillars, they are ultimately related, and they overlap in several places. This brings us back to the original question I asked: which pillar is more important? I think that no pillar is more important than another; they are equally important, and by striving to integrate them, we enrich our experience in Tau Beta Sigma. The second question that I asked was: is TBΣ a sisterhood bonded together by our love of music and desire to serve the band, or are we service organization with a musical slant that places emphasis on sisterhood, or are we just a bunch of musicians that do service for the band and hang out extracurricularly? The answer is that we are all three. We are an organization that lives by the pillars of Music, Sisterhood and Service, and, therefore, in

everything we do, we must be sure to exemplify our pillars: • Music - One of our purposes is to have an enthusiastic approach to band activities; although band can be hard to get through sometimes, remember to always keep a positive attitude, and all will be fine. Also, host music workshops where you can bond with your sisters by practicing our songs. • Service - Have fun with any service you do. Service does not have to be a burden, because you get to have fun with your sisters. Also remember that what you give to others will always help them out. Our service is vital to the life and functionality of the organizations that have given and will continue to give us so much joy. • Sisterhood - Be sure to always do things with your sisters; As the National Hymn says, “We come together for the love of music.” We love share a love of Band and Tau Beta Sigma, so please do things beyond just seeing your sisters every week at Chapter. Share your love :) In closing, always remember that Tau Beta Sigma has three pillars, Music, Sisterhood and Service. Instead of trying to choose which one is more important than another, take a moment to reflect on how they work together to enrich your experience with TΒΣ.



Student NEWS

Straying From Tradition by Teague Albenesius Kappa Beta - ΚΚΨ Clemson University


n September 19th shortly before noon, Clemson’s Kappa Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi hosted a reading band as a part of our mini-retreat. This was a refreshing change for us, as we are not typically known for straying from our triedand-true traditions. In the past, mini-retreat has centered on a visiting speaker and brotherhood bonding activities – but little else. This year, however, a few members of our chapter wanted to venture outside the norm, and thus we formed the reading band. Reading bands are sight-reading ensembles in which conductors usually lead a group of musicians through a few well-known pieces for about an hour. We opened this band to the public and to other surrounding chapters, and it became a great success. Our first conductor of the reading band was Dr. Travis Cross, Past National Vice President for Professional Relations. We first played a piece composed by Cross called “Memento,” which was filled with gorgeous harmonies that set the tone for the rest of the rehearsal. Our director, Dr. Mark Spede, next conducted the lively “First Suite in E Flat” by Gustav Holst. He handed the baton off to Timothy Hurlburt, our assistant director,


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Jesse Hadley

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Michelle Park


Richard Meigs

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Virginia Davis

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who chose to conduct “American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli – a piece that warmed the hearts of everyone in the room. Finally, Cross ended the morning with another exhilarating original of his: “The Things That Never Were.” These pieces contained many woodwind features, which fit the instrumentation of the day. We strayed from tradition in this area as well; our Clemson bands are highly focused on brass and percussion. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to hear our woodwinds take the lead and shine. Clemson is one of the few universities without a music major, but with a large number of highly talented musicians. To compound this issue, we have a limited number of ensembles, and even fewer student concerts. As a result, many of our brothers and musicians here only join the marching band, where they are challenged musically but never play in a concert hall. The reading band allowed musicians the ability to perform rigorous concert material in a traditional setting. Following the clinic, we all collected outside for a cookout. Brothers took turns cooking the hot dogs and burgers, and we served the food to the directors and other musicians. It was a refreshing experience – a lunch not only focused on the camaraderie between brothers, but on fulfilling one of our main purposes in Kappa Kappa Psi: serving the college bands. This was the first time in our chapter history that miniretreat included such a hands-on revival of the fraternity’s principles. Everyone expected reading band to be the only major change to this yearly gathering, but we were all in for a surprise. Once we finished lunch, Kappa Beta headed inside for Cross’s promised presentation. However, we were all immediately

astonished when – instead of hearing a lecture on a certain aspect of the fraternity, Cross began asking us questions. His intent was to learn more about our individual members, and through that start the conversations we needed to have. He began by asking for all of our majors, and many small conversations sprung from this. Then he dove in, asking questions about our service, fundraising projects, and the needs of Clemson’s bands. This began a chapter-wide discussion, with everyone delving into what plans have worked and where we can make improvements. He compared our efforts to those on the west coast, and we gleaned ideas on how those chapters work in relation to their school.

Finally, he moved us to ask deeper questions such as, “What is Kappa Beta?” and “How do we not let music go stale?” These conversations helped us to grow closer as a chapter, and they opened the lines of communication. In taking the risk of incorporating a reading band into our traditional mini-retreat, we experienced a successful weekend like never before. Our efforts not only allowed us to further serve Clemson’s band members, but they allowed us to grow closer as a chapter. We learned a vital lesson: stepping out of our comfort zone might look potentially disastrous in the planning stage, but it is a vital way for our chapter to continue to grow and develop new strategies for serving our

college bands. We will continue to challenge ourselves in this area, and have made recent headway – we are submitting a DLC bid, innovating our snack process for gameday, and writing this article (the first published from our chapter for the Podium in several years). We would like to thank the National Council for granting us leadership funds for this special mini-retreat, and we would also like to thank Dr. Cross for both making this experience possible and for opening our eyes to new ideas.



The Alumni Giving Program (AGP) is a donation program designed for alumni Brothers who find monthly contributions to KKPsi more manageable than an annual donation. AGP donations support our National KKPsi Alumni Association, the Trust and General Funds, and by extension the active membership.


Questions? Contact the ΚΚΨAA at or (405) 372-2333

All monthly recurring donations are billed to your credit/debit card or to your checking account. It’s easy to manage, and easy to budget. 60% of every dollar you contribute earns a Life Member Credit. Once you accumulate 500 credits, a Life Membership is yours. Founder: $19 Chapter: $25 District: $40 Governor: $50 Council: $75 President: $100 (Contributions are 88% tax deductible)

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"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton

Kappa Kappa Psi brothers have given so generously this year allowing us to continually advance the great traditions that began nearly 100 years ago.

Newton, considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived, knew that he did not stand-alone in his accomplishments. He attributed much of his success to the great scientists before him.

Thank you to everyone who has invested in the future of our Fraternity!

Our Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity would not be the fraternity we are today without standing on the shoulders of your leadership, vision and loyal support.

lifetime giving Kappa Kappa Psi has been blessed with many brothers that have financially supported its efforts over the years. The following individuals have donated more than $2,500 in the last 15 years.


Donations Through Alumni Giving Program President ($100 Monthly) Michelle E. Turenne

Al and Gladys Wright

Council ($75 Monthly)


Christopher Young Sarah Casias Matthew Grieco Noah Leininger Christopher Young

James Alexander, Jr. Kenneth Corbett Christopher Haughee John Finocchiaro Andrew Mullin

2015-2017 biennium giving

Director's Club ($500-$999) James Alexander, Jr. Kyle Chaulk

Alan Rollow Franklin Russell, Jr. Darren Smith Joshua Spaulding Diana Spiva

First Chair Club

Friend of ΚΚΨ

($250-$499) Adam Cantley & Joe Panzer Kenneth Corbett Christopher Haughee Michael Huskey Marc Martinez Michael Osborn Eric Rowsey

Century Club ($100-$249) Christine Beason Thomas Billings Mark Bradbourne Deb Eakins Daniel Everard John Finocchiaro Daniel George Henry Kellogg Kasey Lewis Michael Lindsay Mark McCarthy Tom Ostrander Robert Rahn, Jr.

(up to $99) Alison Beidler Carly Bergstein Gregory Boike Nicholas Bratcher Erwin Brown Marie Burleigh Danielle Case Sarah Casias Lance Coochyouma Gerilee Davison Jennifer DiBenedetto Harold Eason Paul Faulkner Kerri Fitzgerald Donald Galyean Nichole Hazelwood David Justin Brian Lamb Kathleen Lambino Jonathan Markowski Linda Matney Malinda Matney Carolyn McCambridge Scott McCambridge Eric Morson

Governor ($50 Monthly) John A. Finocchiaro Danny George Jack & Jessica Lee Nicholas Rorrer

District ($40 Monthly) Jason Mlady Morgan Mirtes

Chapter ($25 Monthly) Alison M. S. Beidler Jennifer Costello Shawna L Hatten Amy & Doug Heavilin Peter Murray Michael Napolitano Maxy O'Connor Katherine O'Flaherty Laura Phillips Christopher Pratt Preston Ramsey Charles Rogol Kate Rohrich Nicholas Rorrer William Sandy Tyrone Scott Lauren Seiler

Wendell E Kimbrough Craig P. McClure Eric B. Morson Michael Napolitano Kelly L. Nellis Steven C. Nelson Nathan Pickett Laura Pike Preston Ramsey Tammi J. Ramsey Edward J. Savoy Hailey Sult Nicholas D. Verbanic

Founders ($19 Monthly) Stephen Barrett Robert Bratcher Rod Chesnutt Adam Connolly Lisa Croston Kevin Diana Michael L. Henderson Ryan Largent Corey A McGowan Christopher Pratt Kirk Randazzo Dan Reisinger Kayla Shortnacy Justin Smith Zachary Stewart Zachary Stoddard Scott Stowell John Stratton Brendan Sullivan Evan Thompson Michelle Turenne Christopher Young






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This article is based on a dissertation by the author concerning the impact of fraternal music organizations (FMOs) on student leadership in college band programs. Among these organizations are ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ. Respectively, four other organizations were included in the study (ΦΜΑ, ΣΑΙ, ΜΦΕ, and ΔΟ).


hree questions guided the study: (1) does the proportion of student bandleaders who are part of an FMO differ from 50%? (2) When the student attributes of gender and class standing are controlled for, is there an association between leadership qualities and FMO participation? (3) With students nested in colleges, is there a difference in leadership qualities between colleges? Why do we need this study? Fraternal Music Organizations (FMOs) now extend their reach to more than 200 campuses across the United States. FMOs, which introduce many undergraduate band students to the fraternal music experience, can be found on many college campuses. Many band directors are “stakeholders” in these organizations, and serve as faculty advisors and sponsors, while counting on the programs to be effective in developing leadership in their band students. Concerning Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, many chapters are doing quite well at their respective institutions. However, there are many who would argue the benefit of housing an active chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and/or Tau Beta Sigma on their campus. Although the band director traditionally functions as “a strong, charismatic, autocratic leader with great skill of knowledge” (Wis, 2007), the students also serve in leadership capacities. Student leaders facilitate many functions of the rehearsal and performance by fulfilling tasks designated by the band

director, and they serve as performance and behavior models for the ensembles (Raxsdale, 1985). The study was conducted in June of 2014. At that time, electronic surveys were sent to the college band directors of schools in the country that actively housed at least two (2) of the six FMOs in this study. A total of 152 schools were surveyed. The electronic survey was sent to the director, who would then forward the link to the student leaders of their respective band ensembles. This included marching band and concert ensembles. The study also included all available band student leaders who may or may not have been a member of an FMO at the time. A total of 390 student surveys were collected. In order to yield sufficient data to power the study, a total of 340 completed student responses were collected from bandleaders nested in 41 schools from across the country.

How does one measure leadership in a band student? HTTP://PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 19



To measure leadership, Black’s Leadership Measurement Instrument (BLMI) was used. The measurement tool, developed by Alice Black in 2006, was used to examine the relationship between Ohio’s Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) program and leadership levels of the participants. For this study, and based on a recommendation

Although the results were gathered from all student bandleaders (regardless of FMO participation), it can be implied that many of the student bandleaders could be affected by participation in an FMO. More than two-thirds of the participants were affiliated with one or more of the fraternal music organizations used for the study.

On the individual level, the items that showed the largest areas of student improvement due to bandleader experience were: value of family, improvement in selfconfidence, creative thinking, business skills, and power to make a difference. by Black, the BLMI was adapted to measure the relationship between membership in an FMO and leadership qualities exhibited by student bandleaders. The survey consisted of 31 questions and four preliminary indicators (gender, class standing, FMO participation, and college…kept private of course). The three leadership domains that were scored were Individual, Organizational, and Community. On the individual level, the items that showed the largest areas of student improvement due to bandleader experience were: value of family, improvement in selfconfidence, creative thinking, business skills, and power to make a difference. The organizational level showed the largest areas of student improvement as follows: decision making skills, improved networking skills, improved responses to problems and situations, innovative approaches to problem solving, and efficient use of resources. Finally, the community level showed the largest area of student improvement as follows: awareness of the value of time, appreciation of cultural differences, increased involvement with community organizations.

By The Numbers! Gender Male 157 46.2% Female 180 52.9% No answer 3 0.9% Class Standing Freshman 20 5.9% Sophomore 59 17.4% Junior 115 33.8% Senior 140 41.2% No answer 6 1.8% FMO Participation Yes 234 68.8% No 103 30.3% No Answer 3 0.9%

So What Do These Numbers Mean? As stated earlier, this study was guided by three research questions: 1) Does the proportion of student bandleaders who are part of an FMO differ from 50%? YES! There is a significantly greater difference. Of this sampled population of

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students in college bands across the country, more than 2/3 (68.8%) of the student leadership is comprised of FMO members. While this could mean they belong to organizations outside our own, there is sufficient evidence to support positive relationships between FMO membership and leadership in college bands. I used 50% as an indicator to test the probability of chance. With these results, it is likely that student bandleaders are consciously making the decision to be in an FMO, rather than being a mere coincidence. Based on this data, one might infer that college directors hold student leaders in FMOs in high regards when selecting leadership in their programs. 2) What is the association between leadership qualities and FMO participation while controlling for student attributes of gender and class standing? The majority of leadership in college band programs was made up of juniors and seniors (a combined 75% of the data). It can be inferred that college directors value higher class standing when selecting student band leadership. Regarding gender, more than 50% of the population of student bandleaders were female students (52.7%). This is interesting due to the longstanding history of gender exclusion in the college band program (Beier, 1983). 3) With students nested in colleges, is there a difference in leadership qualities between colleges? YES and NO! The study indicated that the individual leadership and organizational leadership varied between colleges. However, there was not sufficient evidence to support a difference of community growth between colleges.

Why Should I Have Kappa Kappa Psi and/or Tau Beta Sigma in my band program?

The results of the research summarily point to the many positive influences, developmental opportunities, and challenges for the student bandleaders participating in FMOs. In the area of Individual Leadership, FMO students scored 3.28 points higher than non-FMO students. In the area of Organizational Leadership, FMO students scored 3.58 points higher than non-FMO students. In the area of Community Leadership, FMO students scored 2.52 points higher than non-FMO students. These results imply a significant positive relationship between all three types of leadership from FMO students! The culture of the vast majority of our band programs dictate that the success of the program hinges on the synchronicity of the director and the student leadership selected. Since we (FMOs) were formed and operate with the goal of providing structure, traditions, values, and purposes to our members, one can imply that the teachings garnered by participation in FMOs serve in a positive capacity, despite the picturesque debate in the media between positive and negative connotations. Fraternal Music Organizations, including Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, are beneficial and effective in developing student leadership in college bands if used to their full potential. Contact ΚΚΨ⁄ΤΒΣ National Headquarters to find out how to house a chapter at your institution. Your student leadership and band program just might thank you for it!

Sources: Beier, D.H. (1983). Bands at the University of Colorado: An historical review. 1908-1978. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Colorado, Boulder. Bratcher, N. (2015). Fraternal music organizations and their impact of student leadership in college bands. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens. Raxsdale, B. (1985). Designing a System that Works. The Marching Band Director. New Berlin: Jenson Publications. Wis, R. (2007). The conductor as a leader: Principles of leadership applied to life on the podium (p. X). Chicago, Ill.: GIA Publication



Student NEWS

Making History in a Man’s Domain


s Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, one of our purposes is, “To honor outstanding bandmembers through privilege of membership extended as a reward for technical achievement and appreciation for the best in music.” Mace-wielding woman is a term used by the New York Times to feature female drum majors as strong women leading in a male dominated field for the last 40 years. The Lambda Zeta chapter would like to introduce to you Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) current drum major of the Blue Machine Marching Band (BMMB) Ms. Taheerah Hansen, who fits right into this very category. Hansen, a 25 year old Liberal Studies major at FVSU, is the fourth ever female drum major for the band since 1946 and the only one to serve by herself as second in command to the director of bands. Since 2012, Taheerah has led the Blue Machine Marching Band effortlessly in her

leadership skills in commanding the respect and attention of the 60-85 musicians at any given moment. Not only does she command respect, among other things, she comes with such a presence that gives the band spirit and makes the band level up when it comes to delivering high quality dance routines for our halftime shows. Feeling like a ‘super hero’ in her uniform, Hansen sees it as “pretty darn cool” serving in a historically reserved positon for men. On October 23, 2015, an article in the New York Times was published about female drum majors who have broken the male dominated spectrum for the last 40 years, and in this article our very own university drum major Taheerah Hansen was mentioned among several other female drum majors around the U.S. You can view this article at womenintheworld .

by Brandon Stewart-Valentine Lambda Zeta - ΚΚΨ Fort Valley State University

Women In Music


by Kynnecy Stubbs Epsilon Sigma - ΤΒΣ | Norfolk State University

e, the Ladies of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Norfolk State University had our first Woman in Music Series on October 1st, 2015. The Women in Music Speaker Series has developed into the hallmark of the Sorority’s National Programs and engages our members by providing the opportunity to meet women who work in various aspects of the music profession; which includes professional performers, music therapists, and educators. We use the series as one of the monthly events that we have with our Little SisTau- Big SisTau program, which is designed to mentor females in the Marching “Spartan Legion.” The first speaker was our very own Associate Band Director, Ms. Stephanie K. Sanders. Her musical journey began in grade school when she was given the choice of either participating in band or chorale but deep within she always knew band had a special place. As a beginner on any musical instrument, her initial attempts at being great were minimal. However, because of her tenacious spirit and willingness to learn, she became a master at her craft throughout her years in high school and college. Interestingly, before becoming a member of Tau Beta Sigma National 22 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

Honorary Band Sorority Inc., Ms. Sanders already displayed the “Eight and Five” in her everyday life. Likewise, with the assistance of her mother and music teachers, Sister Stephanie Sanders has become a beautiful success story. As an alumnae of the great Jackson State University, she successfully obtained her Bachelor of Music Education. Similarly, Ms. Sanders was afforded the opportunity to become a member of our exceptional sorority in the spring of 1997 as a member of the Theta Gamma chapter at Alcorn University. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Stephanie went on to the University of Houston where she obtained her Masters of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2000, Stephanie K. Sanders began her journey with the “Spartan Legion” as the woodwind specialist. Fifteen years later, Sister Stephanie Sanders went from Assistant to Associate Director of Bands. As an avid lover of jazz music, she was also given the distinguished appointment as the Director of our university's Jazz Ensemble. Ms. Sanders is currently the principle Bassoonist in the “Symphonicity: Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach.” Similarly, she plays in a local jazz band, “RaJazz” and opens up almost every year at the Hampton Jazz Festival.

In efforts of bringing awareness to music at large, Ms. Sanders places great emphasis on finding your passion in life and sticking to it. Moreover as a charge to our Little SisTau’s, she encouraged them to find their voice and use them even when times get rough. Most importantly, Ms. Sanders spoke of accepting victory and nothing else. As she got in-depth in her presentation, our band members began to notice that she was more than just our band director. She is an advisor and friend to many and a professional performer, music therapist and an educator for over 20 years. She has become a role model for many, not only in the aspect of band, but a person to look up to with great respect in achieving the same things in your own life. Great things have happened under the direction of Ms. Stephanie Sanders; one of these is an annual Music Pet Shop event. Through this children of all ages are given the opportunity to physically involve themselves with musical instruments. This event introduces music as not only the thing that you listen to, but it can become a catalyst to propel you into the world of musicianship. Our beautiful face of music, Ms. Stephanie Sanders.

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Student NEWS

Service Has No End


his upcoming April 24, 2016, The Eta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will be celebrating 40 years of service to the Morgan State University Band Program. Chartered in 1976, the Eta Gamma Chapter works tirelessly with the sisters of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma to provide our university bands with our utmost support and enthusiasm. Through our enthusiastic service and support to the band, we guarantee the preservation of the ideals of the brotherhood. Our upcoming 40th anniversary is thanks to efforts and examples set by our Charter Members, and the unswerving loyalty and leadership set forth by our Director of Bands, Melvin N. Miles Jr. The 2015 class of new initiates of the Eta Gamma chapter along with Mr. Melvin N. Miles,

Past National President and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, attended the 49th Biennial National Convention. As Director of Bands and Chapter Advisor at Morgan State University, Mr. Miles is continually praised for his excellence in service to the musical world. Travelling to Kentucky for his duty at 2015’s National Convention as a former member of Kappa Kappa Psi’s Board of Trustee’s, he served on a panel in a workshop for a mass Q&A session. His numerous endeavors throughout the convention provided an example for younger brothers, such as myself, on what it means to serve the fraternity. During the banquet, on the final night of convention, Past President Christine Beason presented Mr. Miles with the Stanley Finck Award for his spirit of cooperation and camaraderie. Eta Gamma, and surely Mr. Miles himself, were delighted and surprised by the award.

Serving the Bands...That's What it's All About Katie Lillard by


his fall, the sisters of Zeta Omicron focused their service and fundraising towards The Marching Virginians, Virginia Tech’s civilian marching band. First, Treasurer Stephanie Deel organized a fundraiser selling merchandise with the Marching Virginians logo to members of the band and their parents. Items ranged from t-shirts and sweatshirts to polos and baseball caps. While we were expecting the fundraiser to be a success, we were all surprised to hear that we earned a total of almost $2,250! This amount surpassed our fundraising goal for the year, and we hope to open the fundraiser again later in the year for Marching Virginians alumni. Next, Vice President of Service Virginia Kibler organized a service project to put a smile on band members’ faces. The Marching Virginians traveled to Hanover High School and Harrisonburg High School on October 10th as part of a high school exhibition tour. This required the members of the band to sit on busses for a majority of the day while traveling to these schools. To make the drive less unpleasant, sisters of Zeta Omicron prepared by baking cookies for band members and distributed them before departing from

by Freeman D. McLean Eta Gamma - ΚΚΨ Morgan State University Beginning his music career at Morgan in 1973, his work throughout time is noted with his receiving the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in 2003 from Kappa Kappa Psi, as a well as Alumnus of the Year in 2008 from Morgan State. Mr. Melvin N. Miles truly embodies the ideal of a “lifetime commitment”, and continues to be a source of inspiration and knowledge for chapters. Eta Gamma celebrates not only our 40th year of excellence this spring, but Mr. Miles' 40th year of service to Kappa Kappa Psi, and 43rd year of outstanding service to Morgan State University Band Programs. Through reflection with past members, reevaluation of traditions, and consideration of fresh ideas, the Eta Gamma Chapter is sure to have many more successful years of service to come.

Zeta Omicron - ΤΒΣ | Virginia Tech Blacksburg in the morning. A priority for sisters of ZO in the fall is serving the Marching Virginians as much as possible, and we plan to continue our service events and fundraisers as much as we can throughout the spring and into next year. As sisters, we are bonded together by the desire to serve and our love of music and collegiate bands, and these events have helped strengthen that bond. From promoting our fundraiser, to helping distribute merchandise to band members, to helping bake over 700 cookies, the sisters of Zeta Omicron only continue to grow closer while serving our collegiate band. And that’s what it’s all about.


Generosity of mind, heart and hand…

The Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund supports valuable, long-term programs of our Sorority. Money raised through the purchase of Life Memberships, the Annual Giving Campaign and other fund raising programs such as #givingtuesday are then utilized to provide a variety of opportunities that benefit Tau Beta Sigma and its members. The Board of Trustees would like to recognize the following donors for their contribution to the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund: Christopher Miller Patricia Millin Connie Reishus Carla Robinson Kristin Sroka Stacey Stenerson Leann Wieser The following companies offer matching donation programs to their employees and have made matching donations to Tau Beta Sigma since the start of the biennium: CDW Network for Good (Matching Kelly Eidson) (Matching Scott McCambridge) The 1946 Club is a way to support Tau Beta Sigma’s national programs through monthly giving. Yearlong commitments to a monthly donation of $19.46 or more supports the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund and the programs support by the fund. Those who join the campaign receive a special recognition for their support: a 1946 Club decal & 1946 Club pen. To join the 1946 Club visit contribute.html or call National HQ at 405.372.2333. Thank you to all of our 1946 Club Members: Emily Anstey Deborah Baker Justin Brady Erwin Brown Sue Carr Lance Coochyouma Ken Corbett Lisa Croston

Kelly Eidson Dawn Farmer Chris Foster Leslie Gartin Karon and David Hammond Holli Hartman Sam Johnson Dr. Kathryn Kelly Randy Kitchens Allison Leeman Marla Lewiski Jonathan Markowski Scott and Carolyn McCambridge Wendy McCann Leslie McClure Cathy Miles Steve Nelson Jean Newman Dollie O’Neill Dr. Nicole Sanchez April Sansing Kimbi Sigle Tiffany Singleton Kelly Sipko Gwen Fox Stump Terri White I Support Band. This common theme brought over 200 sisters, brothers, friends, and family together on December 1 to join in the global movement known as #GivingTuesday. According to their website “#GivingTuesday has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back…for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.” The excitement on social media was evident throughout the day with the finally tally of over $11,000 more then doubling the initial goal. Thank you to everyone for their generosity of mind, heart and hand for choosing to be #unselfie in support of band.

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter David Alexander Alandria Allen Catherine Almendinger Lennie Ambelang Laura Anderson Emily Anstey Marissa Archuleta Deborah Baker Cindy Baker Anthony Barbir & Zac Humphrey Stephen Barrett Natosha Biggs Catherine Blackburn Jessica Blasingame Heather Blythe Mark Bradbourne Justin Brady Robert Bratcher Nicholas Bratcher Beth Bronk Stephen Burt Adam Cantley Dionicio Cardenas Sue Carr Renee Cartee Dani Case Sarah Casias Zach Cheever Sylvia Clendenin-Bey Jennifer Clifford Jasmine Coley Lance Coochyouma Laura Cooke Caitlin Coulter Lisa Croston Michell D'Amico Sherri Davenport Maisha Davis Christina Dean Michelle DeBuck Eric & Shelly Degenhardt Jennifer DiBenedetto Amanda Dickson Claudia Dickson

Rebecca Dickson Jason Dornbush Arrietta Dorsey Haley Duff Kelly Eidson Kristen Elgo Dawn Farmer John Finocchiaro John FitzGibbon Chris Foster Gwyn Fox Stump Ethan Franks Leslie Gartin Jennifer Geruntino Kathy Godwin Kim Godwin Theresa Goldman Mike Golemo Christina Gordon Theresa Graves Timothy Greenwell Anthony Greer Shalyn Guthery Amelia Hamilton Karon Hammond Catherine Hann Alan Harriet Amber Harris Hollister Hartman Alison Henderson Quintin Hernandez Brandon Hiller Jennifer Hirt Stacey Lynn Hoaglan Georganne Hodges Sandra Hollis Yolanda Holloway Emily Howard Teddy Howell Erin Hunter LaKesha James Colin Johnson Sam Johnson Karah Jones Charlotte Kadin Deborah Kaplan Sarah Keath Dr. Kathryn Kelly Kenecia Kinler


Jennifer Kirmer John Kitchens Sara Knapp Marco Krcatovich Jack & Jessica Lee Kylie Leicht Kellie Leitz Ashley Lemons Marla Lewiski Jennifer Locy Miranda Loveall Christopher Lukasik Marisa Lunde Jonathan Markowski Rene Mark Heather Marshall Marc Martinez Malinda Matney Hannah May Patrick McAdoo Bridgett McBride Ted McCadden Scott and Carolyn McCambridge Wendy McCann Lori McCarthy Leslie McClure Kelli McDoulett LaSandra McGhee Christy McKinney Vanessa McPherson Melanie Meehan Andrew Melvin Cathleen Miles Sarah Miller Janet West Miller Jasmine Mitchell Brianna Mitchell Maya Morant Caleb Morris Eric Morson Kaitlin Murphy Bridget Myers Michael Napolitano Steven Nelson Northeast District Dollie O'Neill Meghan Fay Olswanger Omega Chapter

Elaine Ostrander Destiny Owens India Page Maisha Paggett Mary Jo Papich Bruce and Bonita Paynter Daniel Peck Colin Peters Lindsay Pfannensteil Christina Pickering Gina Pongetti Erika Pope Gretchen Poulson Melanie Price Adrienne Rall Hollie Randall Chelsea Rasing Zachary Rebarchek Kimberly Reed Stephanie Rennecker Katie Rixon Kathy Rodeffer Nicholas Rorrer Catrina Sally Dr. Nicole Sanchez April Sansing Michael Scheidegger Megan Schlegel Jennifer Scott Katie Segura Neil Siemers Kimbi Sigle Sabrina Sigle Zara Simpson Kelly Sipko Franchesca Smith Rebecca Snead Diana Steckel Zachary Stoddard Sue Stuart Janet Tenpas Theta Mu Chapter Breanna Thomas Evan Thompson Rebekah Tippett Meosha Underwood Brianna Upton Jennifer Villarreal Georgette Washington

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Carrie Webster Sandra Weese Crystal Wright Kristin Wright Courtney Wright Tyra Yiare Christopher Young On #givingtuesday (December 1) many individuals chose to dedicate their donations in honor or in memory of special individuals, chapters, districts or groups in their lives. In some instances, one person was recognized by many. Those making donations are listed within the parenthesis. In Memory Of: Allia Zak (Anthony Greer) Dale Croston (Steve Nelson) In Honor of: • Wava Henry (Kathy Rodeffer, Heather Blythe, Kristen Elgo, John Fitzgibbon, Bridgett McBride, Cathy Miles) • Belinda Baker (Debbie Baker) • Mary Beth Bronk (Beth Bronk) • Kelly Bryant (Cindy Baker) • Lisa Croston (Dollie O’Neill, Marisa Archuleta, Sherri Davenport, Jennifer Locy, Heather Marshall) • Christine Matthews Dalton (Charlotte Kadin) • Amanda Dickson (Rebecca Dickson,

Claudia Dickson, Jack and Jessica Lee) • Dawn Farmer (Sam Johnson) • Micheline Rathburn Faver (Dawn Farmer) • Jackson Luke Fletcher (Chris Gordon) • Joanne Gamble (Cindy Baker) • Danny George (Chris Gordon) • Kathy Godwin (Kim Godwin) • Chris Gordon (Courtney Wright, Jessica Blasingame) • Christopher Gordon (Chris Gordon) • Shalyn Guthrie (Karah Jones) • Ingrid Hartman (Holli Hartman) • Stacey Lynn Hoaglan (Chris Gordon) • Marcie Jones (Jack and Jessica Lee) • Dr. Kathryn Kelly (Heather Marshall, Dollie O’Neill, Crystal Wright) • Carolyn McCambridge (Adam Cantley) • Scott and Carolyn McCambridge (Heather Marshall, Sue Stuart) • Janet West Miller (Timothy Greenwell, Janet Hollis) • Dollie O’Neill (Jessica Blasingame, Heather Marshall, Courtney Wright) • Brett Paynter (Bruce and Bonita Paynter) • Kelly Peeples (Cindy Baker) • Brianna Qui (Shalyn Guthrie) • Nicole Sanchez (Marisa

Archuleta) • Kimbi Sigle (Sabrina Sigle) • Jenny Strait (Chris Foster) • Kate Stopper, Eta Alpha (Erin Hunter) • Kimbi Sigle, Kris Wright, Dawn Farmer and Meghan Fey Olswanger who are the definition of sisterhood. (Lance Coochyouma) • The Delta Chapter (Andrew Melvin) • The Tau Chapter (Chris Foster) • The Psi Chapter (Chris Gordon) • The sisters of the Omega Chapter past, present and future (Lance Coochyouma) • The Omega Chapter (Kathy Godwin) • The Eta Sigma Chapter (Ted McCadden) • The Theta Lambda Chapter (Christina Pickering, Debbie Baker) • The sisters of the Southeast District (Stephen Burt) • The sisters of the Western District past, present and future (Lance Coochyouma) • The Western District (Katie Segura, Kathy Godwin) • TBSAA Executive Board (Chris Foster) • The Hays High School Marching Rebel Band (Chris Gordon) • The Big Dam Horns (Erika Pope)



Auburn Graduate Student Teams Up With Fellow Marching Band Alumni Lindsay Mackey & Charles Martin To Invent The Drumbelt by


arching band drummers may have fewer back pains in the future thanks to a team of Auburn University Marching Band alumni. Ande Sumner, a 2012 graduate of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, led the team that invented the Drumbelt, which allows marching band drummers to take greater advantage of the properties of the drum carrier. Sumner understands the rigors of being a marching athlete, thanks to her experience as a member of the university's Marching Band, where she also served on the medical staff, and her experience as a biomechanist. As a result she hoped to reduce the physical demand on one particular group of the band, the drumline. Based on feedback from the drummers and her knowledge of load carriage, she was able to develop a method of redistributing the load from the drummers' shoulders to other areas of the body better suited for load carriage, in order to relieve their discomfort. "I wanted to create something that would make performing more enjoyable for the drummers, as well as develop a tool that would hopefully lessen the long term effects of carrying such heavy loads," said Sumner, who is now a physician assistant with the U.S. Air Force. "I did a lot of research, made multiple drawings and then started building and revising my prototypes. "My experience at Auburn developed me as a researcher; it taught me how to understand the current literature, develop an eye for how things work and be able to see the evolution to the next step. I had an enormous amount of help from great people in multiple departments. It quickly became a campus-wide family project." Functional prototypes have been produced and a United States non-provisional patent application has been filed for the Drumbelt, which is being used by local high schools. Fellow Auburn University Marching Band alumnus Yang Zhong, an intern in Auburn's 26 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

Auburn University The Newsroom

republished with permission, originally published 11/05/2015 in The Newsroom, The Official Source of Auburn University News (

Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization, wrote the patent application. "It was obvious to me that Ande's invention had a high potential in the marketplace because of the number of percussionist friends, many of whom suffered from back pains," Zhong said. He also performed a customer discovery

editor’s note: Dr. Andrea Sumner is an alumnae of Theta Lambda ΤΒΣ, and an honorary member of Pi ΚΚΨ

process where he and the inventors spoke to more than 100 potential customers of the Drumbelt to confirm the market, and then used that information to go to conferences to develop interest. Through this process, he met Russ Gavin, another Auburn band alumnus who is now an assistant professor of music education at Baylor University and corps director of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Quickly seeing the value of the product, Gavin licensed the invention through his company Gavin Brothers LLC. "I was thrilled the moment I heard about the Drumbelt," said Gavin. "I have been hearing drummers express concerns about back and shoulder discomfort my entire career. The idea that we have a product available that will address those concerns is exciting on several levels. I believe this will become a standard piece of equipment in the marching percussion world." Sumner also credits the invention to the

collaborative efforts of the Department of Kinesiology and Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, both in the School of Education; College of Human Sciences; and Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts. Sumner's graduate school mentor Wendi Weimar, professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Sara Wolf, associate professor in the Department of Education Foundations, Leadership and Technology, helped Sumner to create and modify the Drumbelt to its current iteration. "This project was fun and rewarding," Weimar said. "It was wonderful to help Ande grow as a professional and help create a device that would be beneficial to marching athletes." The benefit of the Drumbelt is that it reduces the pressure at the shoulders, allowing a larger portion of the pressure to be realized at the abdominal plate and the belt.

Spring 2016 "After my research in the lab, we were able to test the Drumbelt with snare drummers of the Auburn High School Marching Band and their feedback was better than I expected. The drummers described how much they liked the belt because it made them feel like they were moving with the drum versus the drum bouncing against their bodies. The belt secured the drum and took the load off of their shoulders which they said provided the relief they needed," Sumner said. She says the Drumbelt has many advantages such as versatility, stability, affordability and durability. The belt is made out of sturdy yet affordable materials and can be sold as an accessory to drum carrier devices for snare, tenor and bass drums. The stability of the belt allows the drum to be held closer to the drummer's body which increases maneuverability. It can be manufactured in many different sizes and has been shown to withstand multiple uses and machine washing. Wolf described working with Sumner. "We spent many hours trying to create a belt that would benefit a lot of people. We wanted to come up with a belt that isn't brand specific, is sturdy and washable. A main priority of ours was to create a belt that low-income schools could use. We shared different ideas and created something that fulfilled what we wanted. I know this invention is great and I truly believe in it," Wolf said. Sumner enjoyed her time with the Auburn University Marching Band, and the Drumbelt has allowed her to give something back to the activity that has given her so much. In addition, she gets to continue her interaction with marching athletes at many levels. Sumner is hopeful that the Drumbelt will allow younger players to stay with the marching music activities longer with less discomfort or injury. "Everyone I worked with was doing their part to create something that benefitted others and not themselves. No one ever said they were creating this belt to make a profit or make a name for themselves, but rather we all did our job from behind the scenes. The people I worked with helped and supported me the entire time. I had a lot of fun putting this invention together for my dissertation. I never knew it would go this far but I'm extremely humbled it has. The Auburn Family stepped up just like I knew they would. I was a graduate student asking for help and help is what I got. The team I worked with led me in the right direction," she said.

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Student NEWS

At Journey's End by Yu Zhou Eta Gamma - TBΣ Boston University


t’s been a long time since the day I first set foot on a field in a
uniform, and even longer since the day I first picked up a flute. But
at the end of this 7-year journey, there is one thing I know for sure:
I would do this all over again from the very beginning in a heartbeat,
tears, laughter, and all. If there is one thing in my life that I
can say with conviction that there is no regret, it is choosing to be
a part of something that granted me so much happiness.

 One story I like to tell everyone is the day in 7th grade when the
band teacher walked into my Social Studies class to recruit people who
were interested in music. I had previously been to an info session
about band but was hesitant on actually joining. After all the kids
that had signed up for the class got up and left, I stayed for about
5 minutes. The naïve 7th grade me had the courage to then interrupt
the class and ask the teacher to let me leave as well. And I never
looked back.

 Three years of marching in high school made me fall in love with the
activity, and three years was not enough. I am grateful that when I
came to Boston University I had the opportunity to extend those three
years to four more. But I was scared that it wasn’t going to be the
same. Most of us joined marching band for the music, but even more of
us stayed for the community, and that was what I was afraid of losing
in a new group. Eta Gamma erased all those fears and doubts.

 Eta Gamma not only welcomed me into the BU Band family with open arms,
but they gave me a new purpose, and that is to give back to the
activity that gave me so much joy. It is my job now to inspire others
as I’ve been inspired to love band and love the community. I’ve also
found a group of people that love music as much as I do, and more than
that, they love me as much as I love them.

 Now on the eve of the end of a very long chapter in my life, one that
has undeniably become one of the most important, I am filled with a mixture
of nostalgia and anxiousness. I may not be able to march on the field
again, but the great memories I’ve made and the greatest people I’ve
met will always be with me. I could

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not have asked for a better final
season to my marching career, and with four final half time steps and
a final triumphant D major chord, I will draw that final curtain on my
last act.

With My Sisters, I Am Best

Spring 2016

Student NEWS

Choosing Your Bigs by Tia Vafeas Beta Eta - ΤΒΣ University of Maryland


hen I was an MC in Spring 2014, I was thinking about who I wanted to choose as my Bigs and decided that I wanted some outside advice. I called my older brother George, who was a brother of KKΨ at the University of Pittsburgh, hoping that he could give me some insight on how he picked his Bigs. I was surprised when he told me that his Bigs chose him, not the other way around. At the time, I had assumed that picking your Bigs was something that was uniform across all TBΣ and ΚΚΨ chapters. Little did I know that this huge part of my process was something that was incredibly unique to my chapter. Towards the end of the process, we ask our MC’s to consider the question “In Beta Eta, we are unique in that we let the Little choose the Bigs instead of having the Bigs choose the Little. Why do you think we do this?” The answers vary by person, but all of them boil down to the same reason. In Beta Eta, we choose our Bigs because the MC’s know themselves the best, and therefore the MC’s would be the best person to determine their Bigs. In many ways this simple reversal of roles has had a huge impact on the Big/Little relationship. When I was an MC, I got to choose two Bigs who I, and I alone, had decided would be the best supporters for me. This decision put me in charge of our relationship; it gave me the power to choose people with whom I knew I would be comfortable with and who I looked up to. When I was picking my Big Sister, I already knew most of the Sisters. I chose my Big Sister Becky because she always had a smile on her face; and she was someone who I didn’t know, but wanted to get to know. I chose my Big Brother Paul because I had gotten to know him a little since we marched near each other my freshman year. He was also an engineer, and that was an important factor to me because I wanted to have at least one Big who was also an engineer so that he would understand how stressful my major could be. Both Paul and Becky are upbeat and cheerful people and I knew that I wanted both of their positive attitudes to support me during the process.

I am sure that if the Bigs of Beta Eta chose the Littles, the Sisters would have carefully decided which Little got which Big, however, I doubt that the active Sisters would have known what factors I considered to be the most important factors when choosing my Bigs. By allowing me to choose, I was guaranteed that the traits I wanted in my Bigs would be there. While many Littles spend a lot of time determining who they want as a Big, many of them spend just as much time planning out the perfect way to ask their Big. Each Little gets to come up with their own creative way to ask their Bigs. When I asked Becky, she was coming to pick up my roommate before band and I popped out from behind a wall with a poster asking her to be my Big. When I asked Paul, who is much taller than me, I asked him to help me find my

thermodynamics homework that someone had hidden out of my reach. Instead he found a poster that said “Paul will you be my Big Bro?” When I was asked to be a Big Sister, my Littles did a great job of surprising me. In Fall 2014, I got a text from Gina, who was our VP of Membership at the time, asking me to come over and sign some paperwork. I went over to her apartment, opened her door, and standing there was Ryan holding flowers that he had picked that morning and a sign that said “Tia will you be my Big Sis?” I screamed so loudly that a Brother who lived in the apartment next door came running in to see what was wrong. The following spring, I walked into band rehearsal and Gina handed me a balloon and a pin. She told me to pop the balloon and out fell a clue that led to other balloons with clues throughout our performing arts center. The last clue led me back to the band room where I found Madi holding a sign that said “Tia will you be my Big Sis?” In Tau Beta Sigma, we are always told to remember that it is an honor to be selected to serve. In the case of the Big/Little relationship, I have always considered it a huge honor to have been selected by my Littles to be the one to serve them throughout their processes and beyond. My Littles mean the world to me because they selected me for one of the biggest honor that they could have given me. I still have the flowers that Ryan gave me over a year ago. I kept the clues that Madi put in the balloons for me to find. Both of their posters are hanging on the wall above my bed. I believe that my relationship with them is a strong one because they chose me, not the other way around. By having them choose me, I know that I was someone they wanted and that they believed that I would be the best Big for them. And I always have and always will strive to be that Big for them.



Student NEWS

A look into Alpha Eta’s Continuing Membership Education Program


any of the ideals of Kappa Kappa Psi are learned throughout the membership education process; however, this growth doesn’t end following initiation. The mission, vision and creed of the fraternity are instilled not only as a candidate, but also throughout one’s time as a brother. The Alpha Eta chapter takes brotherly growth seriously, as seen through its continuing membership education program. Throughout the past few semesters, the program has flourished, thanks in part to our current Continuing Membership Education Officer, Jasmine Morris. According to Alpha Eta’s constitution, the CMEO is responsible for educating the chapter on whatever the officer feels is necessary, and to provide a membership education lesson to the chapter at least twice a month. Morris said she considers her role as CMEO to be a facilitator for personal growth. She aims to take the growth one experiences through the candidate process and foster it throughout one’s time as a brother. “Whether it’s personal skills, school matters, fraternity things, how to take care of yourself—I want to promote a new understanding,” Morris said. Morris presents at least every other week during Alpha Eta’s chapter meetings and facilitates group discussion. These presentations can range from a look into the fraternity’s purposes to how to deal with the stress of school. Morris said at the beginning of the semester, she compiled a list of things she thought would be beneficial for brothers to learn about. These issues may vary by semester. She then takes a closer look at the topic for a specific presentation, analyzes the different perspectives the topic could be viewed from, and then approaches the presentation with those perspectives in mind. “I want to provoke thought and discussion,” Morris said. “I try to come up with interactive activities that allow people to work together and be more involved.” Members of the Alpha Eta chapter enjoy these presentations, for they allow the brothers

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to take a moment and reflect upon why they are there. David Campo, who crossed in Fall 2013, said, “It gives the brotherhood a chance to be open with one another, which in turns allows us to work better as a chapter.” In addition to biweekly presentations, the CMEO also works with our chapter’s social chair to host a semesterly workshop. Last spring, Morris worked alongside Sarah Probst, our previous social chair, and Jason Ortiz, our previous president, to host a lockin. Chapter members confronted both personal values and fraternal values. There was discussion on different rituals, Kappa Kappa Psi’s purposes, and why brotherhood is so important. In addition to chapter workshops, Morris also implemented a “New Brother Workshop” to help facilitate the transition from candidate to brother. In this workshop Morris discussed chapter meetings, committee meetings and other internal aspects of how the chapter runs. Evan Sagar, who crossed last spring, said he thought the workshop was helpful and made his transition into the brotherhood smooth. “Even though we had (the workshop) in the spring and didn’t get to actually use what we learned until the fall, a lot of what we learned from Jasmine’s workshop still stuck with me then and now,” Sagar said. This workshop ties into one of the goals of the CMEO, which is to help bridge the gap between candidates and brothers. The Alpha Eta

by Olivia Vega Alpha Eta - ΚΚΨ University of Florida

chapter has recently implemented mandatory reverse interviews to help further this goal and allow brothers to get to know future members. “Our motto is to strive for the highest,” Morris said. “Striving isn’t a passive thing. It’s an active thing. As brothers, we should always be making an effort to better our understanding of KKPsi, music and life.” Morris said continuing membership education is what allows the Alpha Eta chapter to grow, because by reflecting on our ideals and relationships, we continue to strive with what we do. “CMEO is a great position to help the fraternity with whatever the officer can,” Morris said. “It lets the brothers continue to show their passion and hard work.”

Spring 2016

Student NEWS

From Norfolk, Virginia to Stillwater, Oklahoma:

The Road to Most Improved Chapter by Jahkeem Grant Iota Xi - ΚΚΨ Norfolk State University


s a new initiate into the Iota Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, I was welcomed into this brotherhood with open arms, infinite possibilities and a plethora of leadership opportunities to gain. Being that this fraternity is something bigger than myself, I knew that I had some big shoes to fill when embarking on the journey of being a brother and YES, being a brother is and has been a journey. From late nights to early mornings, community service, band room maintenance, initiation of new projects and of course “assisting the director of bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required by his or her band,” my journey as a brother has been labor filled however there is always room for fun because we all know “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” In April of my first semester as a brother, my chapter signed up and successfully participated in the “Yard Runners Stroll-Off” on the campus of Norfolk State University, our home campus, in which we not only won first place but gained recognition campus wide. The chapter got exposure through this event while implementing the first half of Purpose #3, “to stimulate campus leadership.” Taking part in this stroll off gave me a different outlook on competition between sorority and fraternity life and I also gained a level of respect for other Greek letter organizations for the hard work and positivity that was displayed. During this same time, the chapter was in the process of organizing and putting together our annual scholarship pageant of which we had five beautiful women bandsmen competing for the title of “Miss Kappa Kappa Psi”. Having a woman face to our chapter shows our diversity in understanding that all are equal in the band world, so we want the women of the band to know that we are here to help them through the hardships of being a college bandswomen. This pageant served a social event for the women in the band to showcase themselves outside of the band environment and also implement Purpose #5. In the midst of all these social events, we still manage to maintain the core value of the

fraternity, which is business. As the end of my first semester as a brother drew near, I was nominated for the Vice President of Business position of which I accepted and was later elected for the 2015-2016 school year. This accomplishment was nothing short of an honor and privilege for me. Given the past leadership positions that I have held, I knew that I would learn a great deal of attributes about myself and others being that this is the first Executive Board position that I have held in a “fraternal environment.” Thus, leading to me traveling to and participating in the 2015 National Convention.

After getting over the 10-hour drive from Norfolk to Lexington, I was absolutely overwhelmed with the atmosphere and new environment that I was exposed to at NatCon 2015. I sat through numerous workshops and endless caucuses which were extremely informative, by the way, but the one thing that had the biggest impact of my outlook and spirit was the BROTHERHOOD that was displayed for the entire week. I met brothers from a wide array of universities such as University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Boston University, just to name a few. I had the opportunity to personally meet the 2013-2015 National President and Immediate Past President Brother Christine Beason with whom I, of course, took a few pictures and had a brief but intellectual conversation with about the convention. One of the major highlights for my chapter at Nationals was a painted KKPsi trumpet case that we raffle off. Getting back into the gist of the fall semester has been the most exciting part of being brother, at this point I have learned a lot about what it truly is to be a son of “Boh”. Fall semester is the busiest time of the year for us because of the marching season, but it’s also the time to implement the five purposes the strongest. In the Fall season

thus far, we have completed many events such as our Chipotle Fundraiser, Krispy Kreme Fundraiser, weekly lining of the practice field, giving important materials i.e. sheet protectors and binders to the freshman of the band, the band camp talent show, and our annual battle night just to name a few. The most important event to me has been our Adopt-A-Band program where we have placed a young but passionate high school band program under our wing. Through this program, I’ve been given the opportunity to mold young bandsmen into excellence and teach the values of music. Being a mentor for them has touched my heart because you can see the pride and love these young adults have for their program and having the chance to see what they can become if they continue to “Strive for the Highest!” Another program that touches my heart deeply is our Annual Little Brother Big Brother Program which I took the initiative of naming “Kultivating Knowledge in a Psicle.” This program gives students of the band program a chance to be mentored by a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. I find this as a chance to give freshman a helping hand in transitioning into the world of higher education. When I was a junior, this program molded me into a great bandsmen because I was taught to never think negative and to know that the band program is a family and that comes first no matter what.

Kappa Kappa Psi is and will always be where my heart, soul, and love lies for as long as will I live.



National Articles

Band Matters:

Honda Battle of the Bands


omething I have never experienced before - an event that I would encourage any college and university band supporter to attend, a demonstration of some of the best marching bands in the country, a gathering of some of the biggest supporters for college and university marching bands, the ability to feel the spirit of brotherhood that was present. Of course, I’m speaking of the Honda Battle of the Bands event that was held in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an event that I hope to attend many times more in the future. This was the first time that the National Fraternity has sent representatives to Honda, and I can assure you that it will be something that Kappa Kappa Psi continues to do moving forward. There were a total of eight outstanding marching bands that took the field. Of course, I know who I would proclaim as the best that day, but I am not sharing it in this article. Instead, I want to focus on the event as a whole, and what that event meant to me as an advocate for music and bands throughout the country. Prior to the start of the event, I walked with several members of the KKPsi National Leadership Team through the Recruitment Fair. It was an amazing view – college students and directors working the booths for their college and university band program. Several of the booths were manned by KKPsi brothers; brothers that were quick to say hello, offer comments about their university band program, or pose for a quick picture. Going in to the dome reminded me so much of waiting in the security line for the flight to Atlanta. The big difference: the people. Everyone was friendly and ready to meet someone new. The only disagreements that were ever overheard was someone saying their alma maters band was better than yours! Every corner I turned there was a brother – there were brothers everywhere!

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by Jack Lee National President - KKΨ

What some people may not realize is that the ability to perform at Honda is no easy task. Bands are selected based on an overall opinion poll. What better way is there to get support for a college and university band program! There were a total of 32 band programs that were narrowed down to the eight bands that performed at the invitational showcase. Each performance was nothing less than exceptional. Everyone in attendance was blown away by the sounds that the bands made, and the marching was astonishing! Despite the ability of a band to perform with a sound loud enough to blow off the KKΨ letters on my chest, there were still moments where a crowd went so wild over the performance of a band that it was nearly impossible to hear the band. How often do we see such support? How often do our brothers and sisters get to share their love of band with others that share that commitment and love? Following the performances, we joined over 100 brothers from across the country that had come to celebrate their favorite marching bands. An entire area immediately outside the dome was taken over by brothers and sisters; some that had not seen each other in years, but they were able to pick up right where they left off. People left and right that were willing to say hello, give a hug, and circle up to sing the hymn. In that moment, it reminded me that this fraternity is all about college and university bands. It is who we are – each and every one of us. Probably the most remarkable part of the event was not the bands themselves. It was not the individual band members that performed, or the outstanding sound that came from the Marching Storm Band from Prairie View A&M University. It was not the food that was sold throughout the concession stands. It was not even the guest performance from Ludacris that occurred partway through the event. No, friends, it was none of that. What was remarkable

was the roaring sound of support for each and every band that performed. It was the fact that everywhere you turned you were greeted by someone wearing Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma letters. It was seeing thousands of people that supported each and every band that took the field. What was truly incredible, what was a defining moment for me as the National President of Kappa Kappa Psi, was this: Honda Battle of the Bands demonstrated what we all believe. It demonstrated that band matters. AEA.

Spring 2016

Sorority Policy Overview


s we move forward in the biennium, the National Council has worked hard to address numerous issues by organizing and clarifying those issues into formalized policies for the chapters of the sorority. Please know that these policies are meant to set clear and specific expectations and to ensure that all members are treated fairly in regard to fines, membership dues, and initiate fees. Additionally, these policies look to ensure that chapters are promoting the ideals and purposes of the organization in programing and chapter operations. 1. Policy Constitutional Fines The National Council has seen numerous chapters using fines in their constitutions as a form of punishment for several different offenses including tardiness, unexcused absences from chapter events and other infractions deemed inappropriate. The National Council asks that all chapters remove all fines from their constitutions and formulate attendance and behavioral standards that focus on membership status changes instead of monetary penalties. Please refer to section 6.304 and Sections 6.601 through 6.605 of the National Constitution for clarification on chapter finances and membership statuses, respectively. 2. Guidance for off Campus Membership Education Activities This document was developed to guide chapters in scheduling the locations of their MEP activities. Note that these restrictions apply to membership education activities with membership candidates or prospective members during rush events and the membership education process. The intent of these guidelines is not to restrict the chapter from congregating or socializing in private residences, rather, these guidelines are to ensure that the recruitment and membership education process is not exclusive nor intimidating to prospective

members. Membership education classes must take place on campus in a “neutral” space. Mandatory or compulsory membership education activities shall remain on campus. This includes all membership education classes and mandatory membership education events such as fundraisers or service projects, with the following exceptions: 1. Social events or fundraisers that occur at a 3rd –party commercial establishment. Bowling alleys, skating rinks, video game/ arcade venues, and other similar social activities that occur at a business are acceptable. Please be mindful of the risks regarding transportation to and from these events if it is provided by chapter members. 2. Social or sporting events which occur on public property during times when the location is normally open to the public, e.g. softball, football, soccer, etc., in a public park or on publically accessible fields during normal operating hours. 3. Service projects that are performed alongside Active members that are directly related to band service and must be performed in specific off-campus locations. 3. Membership Education Program Policy including Test Policies All Chapters will be required to have an approved MEP on file with the National Organization as off Fall 2016 to be allowed to participate in Membership Intake. (Please reference the National Vice President for Colonization and Membership for additional clarification) Additionally, we have asked in the past biennium that active member be required to take the same tests as the membership candidates. This allows for elimination of a detrimental hierarchy and promotes continued learning in the sisterhood.

by Dr. Kathryn Garrett Kelly National President - ΤΒΣ

4. Chapter Dues Cap Chapter dues, per the National Constitution, may not exceed 75% of the National Dues of $100 annually. All other funding of the chapter must come from fundraising and/or donations. 5. Policy on Initiate Dues Membership Candidates can not be required to pay more then the National Initiate fee of $110 during their candidacy period. If there are required materials, they must be provided by the chapter. 6. Investigation Protocol This document clarify the investigation process and works as a protocol used in response to possible policy violations reported to the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Headquarters and National Councils. This document includes an outline of the investigation process and a recommended timeline for its implementation and completion. These new policies are in line with current practices and reflect the efforts of the National Council to safeguard the integrity and longevity of the organization. The National Council will continue to work to put resources in place that help build stronger chapters and reduce risk in the sorority so that when we look at ourselves in 70 more years, we will be a reflection of the principles we hold dear; based on a quest for equality, diversity, and promotion of sisterhood while serving our bands! Know that the National Leadership Team is here to answer any questions that you may have and will work with each chapter through the new Chapter Visitation Program and Leadership Expansion to educate our membership on these and other important policies of the sorority. It is indeed an honor to be selected to serve!



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Spring 2016

Our Bands Can’t Be Anonymous


sk any brother or sister, whether they are a fresh candidate or grizzled alum, whether band has changed their life and whether their band experiences matter and the answer will be obvious. We all believe, in the bottom of our hearts, that band has made us better people and research has found the same results: music sharpens the mind and spirit. Musicianship is valuable and critical for a better life.

So why isn’t there a waiting list for our university and concert bands? Why aren’t directors struggling to find practice space because musicians are in every room available perfecting their craft? Why isn’t every band concert “standing room only”? Brothers – We have some work to do. At the intersection of musicianship, service, and leadership, you find promotion of our bands, recruitment for musicians and an audience, and passionate support for bands and music. That’s where you find Kappa Kappa Psi. What is your chapter doing to fill the seats of every band concert (and not just the ensembles full of brothers)? What is your chapter doing to get the campus community excited about music and interested in being better musicians? For our active membership, challenge yourselves to make band promotion and recruitment a top priority. Start with one

by Marco Krcatovich National Vice President for Programs - KKΨ

ensemble, brainstorm and try out some ideas after consulting with your directors, and see what works. Constantly strive to improve the bands on your campus and fulfill your director’s vision for each ensemble. Push each other to be better musicians and make music a bigger part of your life through more practice, more appreciation for music, and a passionate defense of the importance of music in our lives. If Kappa Kappa Psi becomes singularly focused on just our own musicianship or just the ensembles all of us participate in, we aren’t striving. We are stagnating. If you have great projects on your campus that have increased participation and engagement with music, share those with your fellow brothers so we can all learn. This spring I will be releasing new resources for chapters to create press releases and engage with the media to promote their bands, I hope this will make this important work a little easier and shallow the learning curve for our newest members. You’ll also see more highlights of chapters that are doing great work for their campus. This isn’t just an active member problem, as alumni we have an obligation to support community bands, engage our community in the support of music at every grade level, and live up to a commitment to being better musicians and better audience members. When our trumpets gather dust, we are showing that band may have mattered at one point, but not anymore – and we know that isn’t true. Let’s keep striving as well. Brothers, we are doing incredible work across the country and around the world in living up to and embodying our values as a fraternity. Let’s keep pushing each other to do more for our bands and make sure that they will be here for decades to come.



National Articles

Fall 2016 Intake by Jonathan Markowski National Vice President for Colonization & Membership- TBΣ


isters and Brothers of Tau Beta Sigma, the National Council is constantly working to adjust Sorority policies to remain contemporary and relevant while providing chapters with the best support we can and remain vigilant to the risks that we face as an organization. To that effect, you may have noticed that the National Council has issued several clarifying documents or guidelines recently. Dr. Kelly, our National President, is addressing some of the particular policies that have been developed or clarified this biennium. However, there is one in particular I want to take a moment to address – All chapters must have an approved, documented Membership Education Program (MEP) prior to membership intake in the Fall of 2016. This is so important that is bears repeating:

Beginning in Fall, 2016, chapters will not be allowed to conduct new member intake if they do not have an approved, documented MEP. We must safeguard the integrity of our organization and ensure that local chapters are aware of campus policies that affect membership intake. We cannot make progress in this area if chapters are constantly “reinventing the wheel” when it comes to membership education. Not that chapters should continue to do the same things, year after year – rather, this allows us an opportunity to evaluate all of our membership education activities and ensure that they accomplish our educational objectives and fit within the Ideals of our Sorority.

I understand that many of you may feel that is a lot to ask of our chapters. I would agree. Thankfully, we have been working towards this moment for several years. District counselors have been collecting and reviewing MEPs. Colonies are required to develop an MEP as part of the colonization process. Chapters with disciplinary issues regularly have their MEP reviewed as part of their probation process.

For most chapters, this policy will have very little impact and no immediate consequence. In the bigger picture, this will provide a key internal control to ensure that our Sorority continues to grow sustainably.

“You Betta’ Recognize:” A Quick Guide to Tau Beta Sigma Awards


he American College Fraternity is a time honored establishment of organizations that dates back to 1776 when America’s first fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was founded at the

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by Erika Pope National Vice President for Communication & Recognition- TBΣ

College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Over the course of the last 240 years, the number of active fraternities and sororities in the United States has expanded to well beyond a thousand, all representing

a variety of emphases. This eventually brought about the need to categorize the types of fraternal organizations that exist. Today there are four types of fraternal organizations present in America: General,

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Professional, Honor Society and the category that Tau Beta Sigma falls under known as a Recognition Society. With the word recognition being plainly stated in the classification of our organization, it only serves to reason that finding ways to recognize excellence should be one of the main responsibilities taken on by all active chapters of Tau Beta Sigma. It is an honor to serve others and showing an outward recognition for leaders within the band community is a great way to do that. There are numerous ways in which your chapter can provide esteemed recognition for TBS sisters, as well as other members of your band community. Some ways are as easy as visiting our National website and submitting the paperwork for it. As you move through the spring semester, we encourage each chapter to dig deep and recognize those who embody the qualities inspired by the work we do in Tau Beta Sigma. Here are some of the yearly opportunities that are offered through the national organization in which this can be accomplished: The Outstanding Service to Music Award – This award 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. If she is well recognized in the professional music or music education community and has no less than five years’ experience working with band programs, than the OSMA is a great way to recognize them for their contribution. Examples of past recipients include Julie Giroux, Captain Michelle Rakers and Cora Coleman-Dunham. The Service Certificate – Taking time to honor yourselves is an important practice as well. Chapters who have completed a project that has made a significantly positive impact on the success of their college or university band program, are eligible to apply for the Service Certificate. Chapters who have turned in all financial obligations and paperwork to the national organization on time will be strongly considered. The Citation of Excellence – What’s unique about this award is that it’s partially a recognition opportunity and also an investment into the future of Tau Beta Sigma.

It is an award that chapters can give out on behalf of the organization to junior high and high school band students to recognize their achievements during scholastic summer band camps held on the college campus. It’s free of charge to the chapter and all it takes to order this award is to get in contact with National Headquarters: The Chapter Sponsor Award – A chapter is only as strong as the support they receive from those who are entrusted to guide them through their work “For Greater Bands.” The Chapter Sponsor Award is designed to honor the chapter sponsor that has provided outstanding service and support to the Sorority and/or Fraternity. The Baton Award – Since 2003, The Baton has been the highest award that a student leader of Tau Beta Sigma can receive. Leadership in the band world is symbolized by the conductor’s baton and this award acknowledges that symbolism by honoring student members who exhibit outstanding leadership in their chapters and/or districts. The sister that revamps an out of date Membership Education Program, the chapter treasurer who creates an innovative program for fundraising, the District Officer who does amazing work to unite the sisters within their district, are just a few reasons that previous Baton winners have received this prestigious award. Sister who were active members within the last calendar year are eligible for nomination. “For Greater Bands” Award – Much like the Citation of Excellence Award given to high school/junior high band students, the “For Greater Bands” Award offers chapters the chance to honor non TBS members of their college or university band program who have demonstrated excellence in musical achievement. Honoring members of your band program with this award is a further means of legitimizing Tau Beta Sigma’s presence in the world we’ve continued to help create and support: the band world!

Academic Achievement Program – In promoting the “Recognition and development of your intellectual potential,” the Academic Achievement Program allows the sorority to celebrate outstanding academic achievement of both individuals and active chapters. The Top Chapter Scholar Award is presented to the active member from the chapter with the highest GPA for a given academic term, the Outstanding Scholarship Award is given to active members of the chapter who achieve a 3.5 GPA for a particular term and the Chapter Certificate of Excellence is presented to chapters that achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better for a given academic term. The Briolette Awards for Military Recognition – It is an honor to serve! In recognition of Sorority and band members who have served beyond the walls of the band hall by serving the country, the Briolette Awards for Military Recognition were created. The four Briolette Awards represent the different involvement and sacrifice levels made by the brave members of our bands who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Gold Briolette Memorial is for TBS members who have passed while serving our country, the Blue Briolette Recognition honors TBS members that are currently serving the country or are veterans, the Silver Briolette Memorial honors non TBS Band Members who have passed while serving our country and the White Briolette Recognition honors non TBS Band Members who are currently serving the country or are veterans. For more information about applying for these awards, visit or get in contact with National Vice President for Communication and Recognition Erika Pope,

The Auxiliary Award - Also like the Citation of Excellence Award, the Auxiliary Award offers chapters the chance to honor non TBS members who are outstanding visual performers enrolled or actively participating in a music-related groups (i.e.: Marching Band and Winter Guard).



National Articles

VPSA Tech Update! by Zac Humphrey National Vice President for Student Affairs - ΚΚΨ


am happy to announce that Kappa Kappa Psi Presents is changing format. After some great conversations with students, the national council, and members of the national headquarters staff, I am in the process of developing an ongoing podcast that will feature episodes on topics like recruitment, membership education, and sponsor relations. It will also feature episodes that take a historical look back into the fraternity, highlighting interviews of past national officers and board members, as well as alumni and current active members. Some of you may be wondering about the timetable of this venture. As of this printing, it is in the pre-production phases, but I wanted to share this exciting endeavor

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with you all. While waiting for the debut, you can already start participating in what I hope will be a great venture. To do so, send an email to with your ideas for topics, questions you may have, or people you think we should interview. In addition to the email address, as things progress, we will incorporate Facebook and Twitter as other avenues of communication. The goal is for this to be a collaborative effort that will provide both education and fellowship. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks!

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Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association Spotlight: Distinguished Alumni and Grant Award Recipients Compiled by Katie Rixon with assistance from Tamara Henry and Chris Foster ΤΒΣ Alumni Association


ast summer’s National Convention in Lexington was a productive one for the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association. In addition to business meetings, committee meetings, and workshops, we named two new award winners for the TBSAA. The winner of the, newly renamed, Sue Robash Carr Distinguished Alumni Award was Marcus Wyche, of the Beta Eta chapter at the University of Maryland. Marcus exemplifies characteristics we want every alumnus to have. He continues to promote and live by our ideals while distinguishing himself on the District and National levels by holding offices in the Northeast District Alumni Association and working closely with the TBSAA and the Special Projects

Committee. Not only has Marcus devoted time to the sorority, he manages to compose music for local community bands in his spare time. The TBSAA is pleased to the have Marcus Wyche as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni recipient. The winner of the 2015 TBSAA Grant was Sarah Cox, alumna of the Epsilon Kappa chapter at UCLA. Sarah works with the Harmony Project, a non-profit music education organization in Los Angeles. As part of her grant proposal, Sarah plans to use the grant funding to help The Music Library and Instrument Tune-Up program supporting over 200 students who associated with the Harmony Project. The grant will go toward purchasing new sheet music & scores and repairing old & damaged

instruments. We are excited to be a part of Sarah’s service to these programs. The TBSAA Executive Council would like to thank all of you who submitted nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award and applications for the Grant Program. The alumni of Tau Beta Sigma are doing amazing work supporting music programs across the country! The TBSAA Grant Program will reopen applications this spring. Visit to learn more about how to apply for future grants as well as all of our membership offerings.

Congratulations to Marcus and Sarah!

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SEASON Band Students March Into High Profile Locales!

The sisters of the Omega chapter of Tau Beta Sigma from the University of Arizona and the brothers of the Gamma Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi from the University of New Mexico at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on 12/19/15.

The Tau chapter of Tau Beta Sigma enjoying themselves in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl Game. Alpha Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi in NYC for the Pinstripe Bowl.

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FRANCES MARTIN LUMLY Frances Martin Lumly passed away on 11/4/15 in Nevada. Her husband Claude Lumly preceded her in death on 7/24/15. Both are buried at the Southern Nevada Veteran Cemetery in Boulder City NV. FRANCES MARTIN LUMLY (1951-1953; Alpha), a Charter member at Oklahoma State University and daughter of A. Frank Martin, was elected National President in 1951. She presided over Sorority affairs and saw ten new chapters enter the ranks of Tau Beta Sigma. The Fifth Biennial Convention was convened at Texas Tech in June of 1953, with Mrs. Lumly presiding. Dr. A. Austin Harding, Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, served as guest conductor of the National Intercollegiate Band, which premiered the first of the joint Fraternity-Sorority sponsored “Commissioned Works.” It was during Mrs. Lumly’s administration that Kappa Kappa Psi Grand President Hugh E. McMillen conceived and initiated the program of commissioned works that has brought so much favorable attention on both fraternal societies. Don Gillis was the first commissioned composer, whose work, Ballet for Band, was premiered by the National Intercollegiate Band.

BUDDY RICHARDSON Kappa Kappa Psi mourns the passing of noted Texas high school band director Buddy Edwin Richardson. A graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, Bro. Richardson was an alumnus of the Gamma Alpha Chapter. In his distinguished career, Buddy led 20 students to pursue careers as band directors and many other students into careers in other music professions and teaching. To this day, countless students continue to perform in their local communities and music organizations. "Chief", "Coach" and "Mr. R" remains in the hearts of many students, who have encouraged their children to participate in the wonderful world of band, due to their experiences with their beloved band director.








Active College Student On February 6 of this year, I was honored with the opportunity to present at the Southwest District Oklahoma Area Workshop. I gave some social media tips to the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma for the betterment of themselves, their chapters, and their band programs. As a college student in this technological era, you have more ways to connect with people than ever before. However, you need to know who you are and what you represent independent of an internet connection. Allow your authentic voice to be present throughout your social media posts. Curate your feed by following and networking with experts within your field of study. Share your successful projects as proof of your expertise. Use the tools at your disposal to prepare yourself for after graduation. Jumpstart your career by establishing yourself as an authority as early as possible.

photo by Brielle Johnson

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As a chapter of an organization, you have certain responsibilities to uphold its standards and values. Also, you have the opportunity to put your unique perspective on display. The individuals within your group, the campus culture you reside within, and the community you are a part of shape that perspective. The image of your chapter is very important and can be used to positively impact others. Show the world how you serve your community while showcasing your chapter’s personality. Promote your events and initiatives. Other chapters may be inspired by your ideas and achieve new levels of success.

Through the content you put on social media, you can create ambassadors that will stand by you and for your cause. Mobilize those ambassadors for the greater good of everyone. Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma are organizations whose primary focus is serving the college band program. Therefore, each chapter is charged with promoting the existence and welfare of their band. The chapter itself acts as ambassadors for the program. How individuals and the chapter as a whole carries itself can be a great positive or negative. Social media and other marketing tools should not only uplift the servers but uplift those you serve. Manage the image you want people, which will include future employers, to see. Be authentic and mindful. Engage consistently and provide value. Use your online presence for the greater good, present and future.

- Robert D. Bratcher

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KKΨ Alumni Association Chair Michael Napolitano, 70 Kent Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590; Phone: 845.214.5542;

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

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

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

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



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;

Midwest Leslie K. Gartin, 408 New Salem Road Marshalltown, IA 50158; Phone: 641.751.2226; Zack T. Rebarchek, 445 Eisenhower Dr., A316B3 Lawrence, KS 66049; Phone: 913.671.9486;

North Central Jason A. Mlady, 4254 N Mozart Apartment 3S Chicago, IL 60618; Phone: 765.357.4568; Ishbah Cox, Elliott Music Hall - Purdue Univ. 712 Third Street West Lafayette, IN 47907; Phone: 765.494.2864;

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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 The 1946 Club is the newest way to support Tau Beta Sigma’s national programs through document, along with an Excel file tomonthly documentgiving. the issue, instructions, and an example issue.

The Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund, supports programs such as: Thank you for supporting Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta •Tau Beta Sigma National Scholarships Sigma. We hope you will see the value in this project •Women in Music Speakers Series and commit to indexing one or more issues. •National Intercollegiate Band Commissioning Program •Wava Memorial Garden Project at National Headquarters To join the 1946 Club visit or call National HQ at 405.372.2333.

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Positive Effects of Fraternal Music Organizations