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March 17 - 18 • Northeast District Convention, Lancaster Convention Center Lancaster, PA

March 24 - 26 • Southwest District Convention, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

STAFF Publisher/National Executive Director HQ Office Manager & National Accountant HQ Membership Services Coordinator Chapter & Colony Education Coordinator Alumni, Historical, & Development Coordinator Publications Manager & Multimedia Designer Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Field Representative Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Field Representative

Steve Nelson Di Spiva Debbie Morris TJ Tooley Aaron Moore Robert Bratcher Justin Chesak Alaina Peters

MAILING ADDRESS The PODIUM National Headquarters Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma P.O. Box 849 Stillwater, OK 74076-0849 (405) 372-2333 e-mail:

April 7 - 9 • North Central District Convention, Columbus Convention Center Columbus, OH April 15 • Deadline for National Intercollegiate Band auditions


May 1 • Online deadline for articles being submitted to the Fall 2017 issue of The PODIUM • Submission & postmark deadline for TBΣ National Scholarship applications

Articles must be prepared using common word processing software or submitted by e-mail. Photographs must have captions attached with all individuals identified. Detailed author’s guidelines can be found on the NHQ web site at:

DEADLINES Fall issue Spring issue

March 31 - April 2 • Midwest District Convention, Iowa State University Ames, IA • Southeast District Convention, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL • Western District Convention, Boise State University, Boise, ID

June 1 • Deadline for Chapter Summary Reports

May 1 December 1

June 15 • On-time National Convention registration deadline

The PODIUM is produced at the National Headquarters of Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma in Stillwater, Okla., and printed and mailed by Modern Litho-Print, Jefferson City, Mo.

July 1 • KKΨ Awards Deadline July 18 • National Intercollegiate Band concert, conducted by Richard Clary, premiering a piece composed by Steven Bryant OFFICIAL PUBLIC ATION OF KAPPA KAPPA PSI & TAU BETA SIGMA


On the Cover: The cover of this issue features photos taken by National Executive Director Steve Nelson at National Headquarters during the holiday season. RIDE THE POLAR EXPRESS™ THE TRAIN RIDE ARRIVES IN STILLWATER AT OUR NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS




July 18 - 22 • ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ National Convention in Orlando, FL September 30 (October 15 for Quarter Schools) • Submission & postmark deadline for KKΨ & TBΣ Chapter Personnel Reports, signed summary page and fees


6 Polar Express at 22 The Headquarters

Charles B. Tarleton pin

12 what'sINSIDE 20 Hosting District Convention Alyssa Tripi

Scott Hanna


Five Qualities of a Great SisTAU Crystel Fields

23 A Musically, Magical Night Outside Of The Polar Express Kelli Hughes

25 Establishing a ΚΚΨ Culture with an Alpha Class Breanna Sehorn


Delta Psi Turns 50 Shaqkeen Williams

Jessica Hampton and Julie Charlebois

Grace Cooper

12 NC A&T’s "Cold Steel" Makes History at 2016 PASIC

Lee McPhatter III

14 Nu’s New Leadership Development Program Emily Jablonski

15 SHOWTIME Makes History Jordan Washington

18 A Cultural Experience to Rival All Others

Shanice Wormley

19 The Butterfly Effect Mary Anna Brown





32 Ιmportance of Self-Reflection


ΚΚΨ CFR Alaina Peters

11 Being a Greater Band


30 It is THAT time!

Debbie Baker, ΤΒΣ Board of Trustees

10 A Legacy To Be Remembered


33 How To Avoid Reinventing the Wheel

ΚΚΨ CFR Justin Chesak

34 The Purpose of Membership Education

Εvan Thompson, NVPCM - ΚΚΨ

38 ΚΚΨ Alumni Association “LAA LAA LAND”

Alison Beidler and Daniel Miller

35 TBS Student Chats: Zooming Into the Future!

Erika Pope, NVPCR - ΤΒΣ

36 The Two-Year Itch

Daniel George, CPA, ΚΚΨ Board of Trustees

37 We come together for the love of music...

Kenneth L. Johnson, II

39 2017 Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Opportunities!

Justin Brady, Chair, ΤΒΣAA Executive Council

42 Band Matters Podcast Marc Nichelson

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). Articles may be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail message; save the article as either a Microsoft® Word document or in Rich Text Format. Be sure to send photos illustrating your story. Photos must be 300dpi or higher and attached separately from the article, not embedded. We assume that the writer of the article has full rights to the photos and grants a license to us for publication purposes. Submissions containing photographs will receive priority for publication. 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. Original photos are preferred, either color or black-and-white.

Helpful Hints

- Make your article interesting and exciting to read. - Focus on one or two topics and expand upon it. - Try not to write a chapter summary report for your article. - We like to hear about extraordinary things such as successful fundraisers, unique socials, or service projects.

FROM THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR With this issue, let us take a moment to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our National Headquarters in Stillwater’s historic Santa Fe Depot! In 1992, the National Office of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma moved from its home of two small offices and 3 closets in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts, on the Oklahoma State University campus, to the first office owned by the organizations. Built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1915, the Stillwater Depot, for decades, served thousands of Stillwater residents, college students and other visitors as the town’s only passenger depot. Closed to passenger rail service in the 1950’s, the depot was also for a time a local restaurant. Up for auction in 1991, the national organizations purchased the depot from some local Alpha Chapter ΚΚΨ alumni who wanted to both preserve the building as a local landmark, but also allow the National Office the room it needed to expand. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our Stillwater Depot provides our organizations with office space, conference rooms, work rooms and archival storage. If you are in Stillwater, be sure to stop by and visit this wonderful home to our organizations. This past November and December, your Stillwater Depot had a chance to once again serve its original purpose. A company called Rail Events, Inc., a division of Iowa Pacific Railroad, leased parts of the National Headquarters property to bring THE POLAR EXPRESStm Train Ride to Stillwater. In this issue, you will see photos and more about a passenger train that once again used the Stillwater Depot as its home. Over six weeks, the train ride ran more than 80 times and served almost 40,000 passengers. I personally think this was a great way for our organizations to give a little something back to our hometown of nearly 100 years. In alumni news, I invite you to read with special interest the article by Dr. Scott Hanna, Associate Director of Bands at The University of Texas. You will find special meaning in the ΚΚΨ fraternity badge that he wears. The careful reader will note some changes to the donor pages in this issue. The Kappa Kappa Psi Lifetime Donors page now lists all donors that we have electronic records for (about 15 years). The Tau Beta Sigma Donor page lists all donors for the current biennium. While the two lists are quite different, they both represent the generosity of our members and friends. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are sincerely thankful for your support. If you believe that there is an error or omission in these lists, please contact the National Headquarters. It’s NATIONAL CONVENTION TIME once again. Registration is open for all actives, condition, Life and alumni members to join us in Orlando this July. Online auditions for the 70th Anniversary National Intercollegiate Band are being accepted until April 15th. See the notices inside this issue for more information. I hope to see many of you in Orlando – we have some great things planned!

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University of Texas at El Paso 11/29/2016



Alabama A&M University 01/22/2017



CHARLES B. TARLETON'S PIN by Scott Hanna, Associate Director of Bands The University of Texas Sponsor, Alpha Tau - ΚΚΨ

F Scott Hanna wearing Charles Tarleton's pin.

or the past seventeen years it has been my honor to serve as faculty sponsor for the Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at The University of Texas. Like so many others who serve in this capacity at institutions across the country, I have witnessed students achieving excellence in music, leadership, and service – truly striving for the highest. Perhaps I would have been able to anticipate at the outset of this work the personal fulfillment it brings to me, but what I could not have anticipated is how Kappa Kappa Psi would connect to my life in such a personal way, and through a person whom I never had the chance to meet.

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Close-up of Charles Tarleton's ΚΚΨ pin. Several years ago, my aunt sent an email that read in part “ I spent an interesting afternoon at a tiny little local jeweler today. I was showing the jeweler a lot of old stuff from our family. Among my grandmother’s things is a Kappa Kappa Psi pin. On the back it reads CBT 2/22/42, and also has the Greek Alpha Delta symbols.” Reading these lines created in me a of the past reaching out in a tangible way. The initials CBT told me that the pin belonged to Charles Byron Tarleton, my maternal grandfather’s brother, who served in the US Army in World War II, and was killed in Italy in May 1944. Over the years I had heard through family stories that Uncle Charles was a percussionist in the Caldwell (Ohio) High School band, and that he had also performed in the band at Ohio University for the two years he attended school there. But until reading this message from my aunt, I had no idea he had been a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. During his time at Ohio University, Charles enlisted in the ROTC, and was called for service in the Army beginning May 20, 1943. His basic training took place at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, and he sailed for Europe in November of that year. He landed at Casablanca, (then French) Morocco, and had a stop in Oran, Algeria before being deployed in Italy with Company E, 157th Infantry. He participated in the invasion of Sicily, and was later with the American forces when they established the beachhead at Anzio on January 22, 1944, about 60 kilometers south of Rome. Pfc. Charles Tarleton was killed on May 19 – one day short of being in the Army for a year, and only seventeen days before the Allied forces captured Rome on June 5, 1944. This part of my family history had been buried in the way that the stories of so many families from the WWII era have been lost: the pain of losing a brother and a son produced a silence that made it difficult to remember Charles as a college student and musician. It seems that my great-grandmother kept Charles’ pin until her death, at which point it passed to my grandfather’s possession, and to my knowledge he never mentioned it to the family. When my grandfather passed in 1997, the pin remained among his belongings, undiscovered until the house in which he and my grandmother had lived was sold several years later. After the sale of the house, my aunt kept the box of jewelry that had belonged to my great grandmother, and the pin continued it’s shrouded existence until early 2012, when I received the email message that revealed its existence. I have no memories of my grandfather speaking about his brother, and prior to the

revelation of the Kappa Kappa Psi pin my only connection to Charles was through a black and white posed photograph of him and my grandfather when they were young boys, which hung in my grandparent’s home for all of the nearly 35 years that I had the pleasure of visiting. After several years of discussions about what to do with the jewelry, my aunt and her siblings decided that the Kappa Kappa Psi pin should be given to me. I wear the pin proudly on the lapel of my jacket each time the Longhorn Band performs, reminded by it not only of Charles’ service to the United States, but of his love of music and the special connection he and I share in the brotherhood of Kappa Kappa Psi. When I listen to my students sing the words of our Fraternity Song: “This brotherhood that binds us altogether, it will be strong and never will die.” I, like many of you, tend to think of the bonds amongst the people joined in song at that specific moment. Knowing the family and fraternal history that I share with Charles helps me to be more mindful of the much broader bonds that reach across time, distance, and experience. We have much for which to be grateful, perhaps most especially for those who came before us, establishing and strengthening Kappa Kappa Psi.

Charles B. Tarleton in Army uniform, yard of his Caldwell, Ohio home



Student NEWS

The Five Qualities of a Great SisTAU


e all strive to be the best sister and to put our best foot forward for not only the bands we serve, but also for our surrounding communities. There is one sister for whom I would like to give recognition to, not just for her achievements and dedication to TBS, but also for how she has encouraged me personally and professionally. Hannah Wilson, Delta Alumna, this is for you. One.Knowledge and development of your physical powers in the quest for good health and bodily perfection. This past year before Hannah graduated, I was able to really connect with her more than just the occasional hi in chapter. She always demonstrated good health not only through her appearance but also through being actively engaged in multiple 5k’s and half marathons. She has encouraged me to make myself healthier and even attended multiple workout sessions together. Two. Recognition and development of your intellectual potential. My real first engagement with Hannah was in the hall before our Physics exam. I never knew she was in my class! We talked a couple days later about our scores and she was upset about her more than good grade. (Way better than mine!) At that point, from her I realized that I should never just accept a grade and say “Oh it was because the test was hard”. She taught me the value of giving all I can, plus some and to never just accept it, to strive for more. Three. Appreciation for and the maintenance of the highest moral standards. Inside and out of chapter Hannah constantly displayed moral standards. She always did the right things and helped out fellow members of the band and others before they even had to ask for help. Four.Achievement of and the personification within you of lofty spiritual ideals. Hannah

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by Crystel Fields Delta - TBΣ University of Oklahoma

consistently demonstrated elevated character and spirit in all tasks. She has always shown concern, motivation, and dedication all which are ideals needed in our communities and better yet our world. Five.Cultivation and maintenance of your emotional poise under all conditions. By being around Hannah, her emotional poise is contagious. No matter how stressful a game day or a chapter event was, you could always rely on her to be emotionally stable in all circumstances. In closing, Hannah has been a great sistau to have in our chapter. She continues to affect everyone she meets with these five qualities. Hannah is now continuing her education at Texas Tech by following her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. She is still conquering half marathons and is working to get up to a full marathon one day. Being able to honor Hannah through this article gives me great happiness to know that someone who has done so much and influenced so many people, including myself, gets recognition. Also by meeting and engaging with Hannah, I have been reassured that attaining what I want in life is possible. I look forward to the day of being able to join her in the profession of a Physician Assistant.

Hannah Wilson (top) Kelsey Branson (bottom)

Hannah, Congratulations on all you do and have done! You don’t understand how much just meeting you has influenced my life. I valued every one of your snaps and weekly check ins on me throughout the past year. You are the best sistau I could ask for. Thank you for everything. MLITB Crystel Fields

Spring 2017

Student NEWS

Delta Psi Turns 50!


n Sunday April 17, 1966, the Delta Psi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity was founded on the campus of Prairie View A&M University. Fifty years later, the chapter is going strong, serving the bands and various campus ensembles at the university, and continuing to build on the legacy of our chapter brothers and founders. One thing our chapter prides itself on is our strong bond through fellowship., Every year at Homecoming we come together, old and new, to celebrate our organization and band! This year however, we knew we had to do it big! Our 50th “Touch of Gold” Anniversary Celebration was thus set into motion. The planning stages began in October of the year prior. To make this celebration go off without a hitch, our brothers had to get on the ball. A committee was selected of both active and alumni brothers from different generations, and the brainstorming began. This celebration had to be an affair no one would want to miss. The Brothers decided to split the extravaganza in to two parts. Part 1 would be a Picnic/ Party/Family-Reunion held in April at a historic site for our chapter, a spot down the road from the school where our first Foam Party was held (a party that went down in the history of PV). Part 2 would take place at our annual homecoming tailgate on campus, this homecoming being special as it was also the first homecoming in our new and improved stadium. The dates were set, and invitations sent. Leading up to April we contacted brothers who were initiated as far back as the early ‘70s! Our sister chapter Epsilon Psi would be also

celebrating their 40-year anniversary, so we couldn’t leave them out of the mix! The day had arrived. Early that morning our band, the Prairie View A&M Marching Storm had a performance at our school’s annual “Pantherland Day”, where high school students come and tour the university and of course hear a few hype selections from the band. With our duty done, the active brothers and sisters headed down the road to the 50th. We were greeted to the sight of faces old and new, the sound of laughter and good music, the smell of great food, and an atmosphere of friendship and family. It

by Shaqkeen Williams Delta Psi - ΚΚΨ Prairie View A&M University

was a day filled with great stories, conversation, dancing and stepping. We all ate and gathered around to hear our brothers discuss not only the past, but our future and how the alumni would be donating to the band going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2017. We circled up in the traditional formation, youngest to oldest, linked up and began to sing. The voices harmonized and filled the air as we sang the Frat Song, Fraternity Hymn, and our soulful Delta Psi Chapter Hymn. It was an experience like no other. The DJ, Delta Psi brother Samuel Long, put on our traditional roll call song: “Clear” by Cybotron, and the rest is history. The dense mob of brothers sprang into formation as we shook the ground and began to step. Among the choreographed moves were our signature “Viking” step and of course the precise, up-tempo throwing of K’s, a move that originated in the year 1989 concocted by our very own chapter brother Elton McWashington, that has since become one of the trademark steps of our whole Fraternity! The alumni brothers proved that day that they could still get down, given the opportunity! The day ended with everyone taking a group picture, and we departed ready to see what Part 2 at homecoming would have in store. We had celebrated our beloved chapter’s 50 years on campus, but we made a toast to 50 more years of brotherhood and service to our band programs. I learned that day that music is indeed a universal language, and truly the greatest of the arts, and that a person’s love for the band and fraternity can never truly die!



Student NEWS

A Legacy To Be Remembered

by Jessica Hampton and Julie Charlebois Alpha Omega - ΚΚΨ University of Pittsburgh

he became a Brother before the disbandment in 1978. Due to lack of technology in the 50’s and 60’s, we have lost many of the documents and history from that time; though records exist, we still lack so much knowledge of how our chapter was founded. Clayton serves as a bridge to the past and provides us with connections to our origins. One of Hartman’s crowning achievements in Kappa Kappa Psi was the honor of receiving the Silver Baton Award in 2002 from the Alpha Omega Chapter. He was recognized for his service to the band, and for his stint as the longest serving college band announcer in the country. Since receiving the award, he continued working for another 14 years.


s Brothers, we all Strive for the Highest, but what about striving for the longest? The University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band thrives on tradition and spirit, and our announcer, Clayton Hartman, embodies everything that Kappa Kappa Psi strives for. After 63 years of service to the band, Hartman has announced his retirement, but he leaves behind a legacy of love for our band and our organization.

lead as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force. With his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Clayton also worked for WQED, the Pittsburgh based PBS television station. Through this broadcast network, Clayton became acquainted with none other than Mister Rogers, everyone’s favorite neighbor and a beloved Pittsburgh celebrity! Clayton himself quickly became a revered member of not only the Pitt Community, but the broader Pittsburgh Community.

As an undergrad, Clayton was Pitt’s official marching band announcer. He joined the band his sophomore year, and his love for service and music led him to join the Alpha Omega Chapter in the fall of his senior year. He went through his third degree on October 21st, 1955 and graduated in the spring of that year. He was one of seven members of the Pi class, AΩ’s 16th initiation.

And the Hartman legacy in Pitt Band doesn’t end at Clayton. His son, Todd, was a member of Pitt band in the late 1980’s and took on the role as Pitt’s drumline instructor upon his graduation in 1990, and worked with us until 2005. He is also rumored to take over his father’s position as Pitt Band’s announcer next year, so the family tradition will live on.

As he grew older, his service to band shifted to service to his country, and he went on to

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Because of Alpha Omega’s unique history of disbandment and refounding, Clayton provides us brothers a unique look in to our own history since

On Saturday November 26, 2016, Clayton spoke at the last home game of his career, but his retirement didn’t go unnoticed. The Pitt Band surprised him by spelling out “Hartman” on the field and presented him with a mounted vintage microphone on the field during the third quarter break, which was met by thunderous applause from all members of the band. Since he graduated from Pitt in 1956, Clayton has continued to serve the band as our official announcer. Not once in 63 years did he miss a single game or performance. Though he hung his cap and announced at his last game, his longlasting commitment to Pitt Band serves as an inspiration for all Brothers of Alpha Omega and members of Pitt Band. He has shown firsthand what it means to show unwavering support, dedication, and love for music. He may have left his undergrad career in 1956, but Clayton’s commitment to his university has lasted a lifetime. He has been an irreplaceable member of our ranks and our hearts.

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Student NEWS

How the Field Can Change the Game: Being a Greater Band


s Brothers, we all Strive for the Highest, but what about striving for the longest? The University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band thrives on tradition and spirit, and our announcer, Clayton Hartman, embodies everything that Kappa Kappa Psi strives for. After 63 years of service to the band, Hartman has announced his retirement, but he leaves behind a legacy of love for our band and our organization. If you ask any member of the Pitt Band what their favorite moment of game day is they’ll say running out of the tunnels for our pregame show. The feeling of running as fast as you can through a cloud of smoke onto an open field in a stadium filled with people cheering just for you. However, our “field” is not just any field—it’s an NFL stadium. In 1999, Heinz Field became home to both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. The stadium resides in the North Shore right across the river from downtown Pittsburgh. It seats 68,400 at a total of 1.49 million square feet. In the South Endzone is a 27 by 96foot scoreboard topped with the iconic 35-foot Heinz ketchup bottles. Another novelty of Heinz is the field is actually grass (Kentucky Bluegrass to be exact) and not astroturf. And, to top it all off, the stadium gives a breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline. However, performing on this field does bring some logistical difficulties along with it. It’s about a fifteen-minute drive down to the stadium from campus, which means getting up early on game day for both students and band members. Additionally, because Heinz Field’s schedule is shared between both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Panthers, there’s almost no opportunity for the band to rehearse in the stadium—unless it’s an early morning run through right before the game. Performing in a full-size NFL stadium can be daunting to a

by Grace Cooper Gamma Omega - TBΣ University of Pittsburgh

college marching band, but it just makes our job as musicians that much more important. This season we had over 300 members, so our sound was bigger and better than ever. And, despite all of these difficulties, I don’t think any Panther fans will disagree with me when I say, it’s all worth it to see the “Pitt” logo painted on the center of the field each game day. Performing in such a big stadium also makes our job as Sisters more fulfilling. With such a big band and such a big field, we take a special pride in service to the band, whether it’s checking on someone’s uniform or folding the raincoats just right after a stormy game. Being in Heinz Field in the middle of our beautiful city reminds us of our bigger purpose as members of this Sisterhood. As a Sister and a band member, I can say it’s truly amazing to be on this field for every home game. There’s a certain sense of community that comes from filling the stadium with sound, whether it’s performing during half time or singing “Sweet Caroline” after the third quarter. I’ll never forget our game this past September against Penn State University. In accord with the time-honored rivalry, every seat in Heinz Field was sold out (standing room tickets were even sold). At 69,983, the crowd was the biggest that a Pittsburgh sporting event has ever seen.

The Pitt Band takes Heinz Field for their pregame show.

The band performs Batman vs. Superman at game.

Although a young tradition, Heinz Field is an integral part of the identity of both our band and our university. Performing in Heinz Field makes me excited to get up every game day, even if my alarm goes off at six in the morning. In a city with so much history and a school with so much spirit, when I run onto that field I am reminded of the legacy that the Pitt Band is building every day. I realize how lucky I am to be a part of such an amazing organization and all I want to do is help it grow and improve to be the best it can be. Heinz Field makes me a better Sister of Tau Beta Sigma because all I want is a greater band. ΚΚΨ brother Lauren Davis cheers on the Pittsburgh Panthers.



Student NEWS

NC A&T’s "Cold Steel" Makes History at 2016 PASIC by Lee McPhatter III | Iota Zeta - ΚΚΨ North Carolina A&T State University


n November 12th, 2016, the North Carolina A&T State University drumline, also known as “Cold Steel,” prepared a clinic for the largest percussion convention held in the world, Percussive Arts Society International Convention. PASIC is an annual event held each November in a selected city, with Indianapolis, Indiana being the host city for 2016. The event was created to bring percussion enthusiast all around the world together to meet the top percussion performers from percussionist from all over the world like their percussion instructor, Harvey Thompson, Cofounder of BYOS. The percussion instructors Dr. Lamon Lawhorn, Ron Rogers, and Harvey Thompson, percussion instructors of the drumline created

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“The Best of Both Worlds: a Hybrid Drumline in a Traditional World” clinic to give people the experience of the different style the drumline possess. With a corps style technique, and show style mentality, they do nothing but play with musicality. The Cold Steel drumline has one of the most impressive resumes around. Starting with their warm-up sequences and their plethora of cadence selections, this drumline puts on shows for people of all ages. What makes these guys so elite is not just the fact that they are able to put on shows that get the crowd on their feet, but because of their ability to play in drum style.

“The different styles and attributes that make the Cold Steel drumline hybrid is the fact that we play both of the tradition styles, I’m meaning show style band and corp style." said Lawhorn. Keir "KJ" Garner, snare player on the drumline competed in the collegiate snare drum competition and placed second against snare drummers in the United States. These Aggies raised the bar even more by making history as the first HBCU drumline to be present a clinic at PASIC.

"For us to do this and perform at this high level, we represented not just Cold Steel, North Carolina A&T, but HBCU's as a whole." said Dr. Lawhorn, following Bethune Cookman University in 2000 and Texas Southern University in 2012. Aside from being at the Convention, the drumline participated in community service events while in Indianapolis. Rick Reid, Blue and Gold Marching Machine Alumni and Brother of the Iota Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, provided a recruitment opportunity got word that the section was coming to Indianapolis where he is the principle of Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, so he got in touch with Director, Ron Rogers to get the drummers to perform. From upbeat cadences, high energy dance moves, and hypnotizing stick tricks, the drumline never falls short of putting on a show. “I’m glad that we got the chance to give back to a community that was thousands of miles away from home, yet still receive the same love and rewarding feeling as if we were.” said Marc Somar, Junior cymbals player.

It took a lot for the drumline to present in PASIC, from the endless paperwork, long practices, creating the show, and more. The staff and student worked hard to pull of a clinic that took place on that day. With their support of Director of Bands, Dr. Kenneth G. Ruff and the Chancellor of North Carolina A&T, Harold L. Martin, this experience would have not been possible.


Student NEWS

Nu’s New Leadership Development Program


t the conclusion of the last academic year, the Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi began its annual series of reflection activities concerning the past year’s work. We analyzed both what went particularly well, and attempted to determine which areas may need more improvement. In an effort to continually strive for the highest, we were asking ourselves what steps we could take to move forward as a chapter.

leadership development opportunity this year, however, involved something called StrengthsQuest, a nationally recognized and wellresearched test developed by Gallup. The research behind the test, which involved interviews with thousands of individuals in leadership positions around the globe, revealed that people who know their strengths well and choose to focus on those strengths instead of their weaknesses are more likely to be successful.

We discussed our service, our brotherhood, our musicianship, and our leadership development practices when thinking about what could be most improved. While there is always room to strive across the board, we felt that our focus on leadership development in particular needed to be sharper. In response to this conclusion, Nu developed a brand new leadership development program. Run by our Continuing Membership Education (CME) committee, this program encompasses biweekly events focused on developing some facet of leadership related to our purposes. For example, one event within the program was a resume and interview workshop focused on how to incorporate our Kappa Kappa Psi experiences into our professional lives. Another involved an activity in which Brothers were divided into teams related to their personal goals, within which we discussed our current challenges and how we can help each other overcome them. Our CME committee teamed up with our Musicianship committee to help organize the next development event, where Brothers performed in small ensembles together to continue efforts to improve our rehearsal and performance techniques by learning from each other. Potentially our most impactful

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by Emily Jablonski Nu - ΚΚΨ University of Michigan

to take this test, but also for a facilitator from the StrengthsQuest program to run a workshop discussing the results. There was one catch: the cost of the test for each Brother and the workshop was well out of reach of our chapter’s budget. However, truly feeling that the benefits of an assessment like StrengthsQuest and the following workshop could not be understated for where we stood in regards to leadership development, we applied for National Leadership Funds as a chapter. We are so thankful to the National Council for approving this request for funds which granted each Brother the opportunity to take the assessment and participate in the workshop. Brothers received detailed feedback from the results indicating their top five strengths and how they materialize in different situations.

The results were used to create a series of 34 different strengths encompassing the wide range of leadership skills observed in the research. The strengths within the assessment include things like Consistency, which describes an individual who values equality and balance, Empathy, which involves the ability to understand emotions and communicate them well to others, and Strategic, a strength which can be translated as being faced with many options at once and being able to navigate the paths to find the best one for the situation, for example. Our student organizations office offers not only the opportunity for campus organizations

The workshop we attended afterward focused on what each of these strengths means for us, why we should be focusing on our strengths, and how to avoid mislabeling strengths as weaknesses (labelling those strong in Empathy as sensitive, or those strong in Consistency as risk-evaders, for example). It taught us how to fully value our strengths and the strengths of our Brothers, and how to ensure we are capitalizing on them to the fullest extent. Moving forward from this experience, Nu now has more knowledge about how we as individuals and as a chapter operate as leaders. We feel it solidified our leadership program’s first year and provided us with invaluable information to help us move farther down to path to becoming more effective and harmonious leaders in band and in life. We hope to continue to evolve this program to offer to our Brothers and our community more opportunities to grow, and we thank the National Council for helping us come closer to achieving this goal.

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Student NEWS

SHOWTIME Makes History


embers of the Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band woke up with more excitement than they did on ordinary performance days on September 24, 2016.

This was no ordinary performance. They were about to make history as the opening act of the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. According to the museum’s official website, it was “established in 2003 by an Act of Congress, making it the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture.” The band reported at 5:45 am to ensure they arrived at the museum early to go through security. Quitman Starks, a drum major for Showtime, recalls feeling worried that some band members would not make it to the performance. “It was stressful because even though we told everyone what time to be there and to not be late, people still didn't show up on time, but thankfully everyone made it to the museum.” Hundreds of people stood in line around them, the energy of the crowd palpable because of the historic event and the celebrities. Excited cheers signaled the entrance of wellknown celebrities, such as recording artists Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monae, and actresses Angela Bassett and Lupita Nyong’o, to name a few. After going through security, the band anxiously waited in a room with other performers, such as choirs and dance groups. The massive 4-story museum’s location and its design are meant to represent the past, present, and future of the African American

experience in ways that are both tangible and symbolic. It is historically located on the National Mall positioned not far from the White House, where the Showtime Marching Band had the honor of another historic performance in President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural parade. When an event representative led the band to retrieve their instruments and warm up before it was time to hit the stage, it was just minutes until Showtime. The band frantically ran to their spots as the representative backstage did a countdown. 3…2…1… SHOWTIME!

by Jordan Washington Eta Delta - TBΣ Howard University

“It was about so much more than just seeing celebrities and being able to play for a distinguished audience—it was about using music to unify people of all different backgrounds to celebrate and recover the neglected history of a determined people. No one in the Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band who experienced the momentous occasion will ever forget it.” Four sisters of Eta Delta, Jordan Washington, Tiara DaCosta, Sydney Davenport, and Sean Banks

The band marched onto the stage and opened with their traditional “Fight Song,” then ended with “Skin I’m In” by Cameo. The audience was receptive, clapping and cheering for the band as they marched off stage. “Showtime” received many positive remarks about the performance. Parents, friends, and band alumni congratulated the band on their representation. More notably, Showtime was mentioned in an article by NBC Washington, talked about on Washington’s Top News radio, and a picture of the Band was posted in The News Herald. Instagram posts of the band’s performance also generated thousands of likes. One such post was of actress, dancer, and choreographer Debbie Allen (a proud alumna of Howard University) jumping up and down excitedly while the band was playing. Another post was a video snippet of their performance posted by television producer Shonda Rhimes herself. Thrilled and star struck, band members loaded their bus to head back to the campus of Howard University. During the bus ride, everyone reflected on how honored they were to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such a historic event. Terrell Tiendrebeogo, euphonium section leader, relays the significance of the experience.

Drum Majors Quitman Starks (left) and Eta Delta sister Jordan Washington (right) meet actress Angela Bassett PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 15

Tau Beta Sigma F o r G r e at e r B a n d s

The National Council would like to solicit anyone interested and qualified to submit their name and qualifications for the National Council and Board of Trustees for the 2017-2019 Biennium.


Interested individuals running for the National Council should meet the following basic qualifications: • Member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 25 years of age. • Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma. • Completed an undergraduate degree program. • Shall possess outstanding business ability and be able to represent the Sorority under all ordinary conditions. • Able to serve a two-year term once elected. • Interview with Nominations Committee at National Convention More info of this process can be found in 3.202, 3.203 & 3.204 in the National Constitution.


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


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


Individuals interested in submitting for consideration for District Counselor or Chapter Visitation Assistant should meet the following basic qualifications: • Member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 25 years of age. • Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma. • Completed an undergraduate degree program. • Shall possess outstanding business ability and be able to represent the Sorority under all ordinary conditions. • Able to serve a two-year term once appointed. • District Counselors must reside in the District they serve. • Interview with the National Council upon position availability Application will be held for one year in the event that positions become available.

Interested Individuals May Submit Their Information No Later Than May 1, 2017


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

Questions may be addressed to National President: Dr. Kathryn Kelly,



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A Cultural Experience to Rival All Others


Quinci Rice with her section after the Final Performance.

his past summer, Quinci Rice, the 2016 – 2017 President of the Theta Phi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Hampton University, along with five other Hampton University Marching F.O.R.C.E. members were granted the opportunity to extend their musical gifts and talents to local middle and high school students from six schools in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

“This was the most rewarding and life changing experience I could have ever been afforded. An eye opening moment for me was around day three when I simply paused and listened to the students… I realized that I actually taught these young people, from another country and culture, how to play the same music we play in our band, and I did not speak Spanish. It just goes to show, music transcends all languages and cultures.” – Quinci Rice In Honduras, members of the Marching F.O.R.C.E. got the chance to show students and alumni from six different marching bands “How We Do It” here in the United States. The mass band spent one week preparing for their performance at Instituto Salesiano de San Miguel. In preparation for their grand finale, the F.O.R.C.E. members led sectionals, participated in small performances, conducted radio interviews to promote the event, and were also broadcasted on television and in the newspaper. The students were accepting and eager to learn the ways of an HBCU band program from our fellow F.O.R.C.E. members. Theta Phi Chapter President Quinci Rice leading a saxophones and clarinets sectional. All participants signed a pair of shoes that Quinci keeps as a memory of her experience.

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by Shanice Wormley Theta Phi - TBΣ Hampton University

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Student NEWS

Small Acts of Service Have a Profound Significance

The Butterfly Effect

by Mary Anna Brown Mu Iota - ΚΚΨ Jacksonville State University

Definition of Butterfly Effect: Where a small change in one place can have a large result in a later state. for runners during this event. Setting up a water station and providing candles for a candlelight vigil sounds good and all, and those acts of service are meaningful, but they do not fill the void of Katie Beth’s absence.


his semester has brought many trials. On September 5th, 2016, which was Labor Day, we lost a member of our band: Katie Beth Carter. She was a freshman Marching Ballerina. As she was heading back to Jacksonville State University from a weekend at home, she was killed in a tragic car accident. Everyone that knew her described her as joyful and kind. She worked hard as a Marching Ballerina, and she loved to spread her light wherever she went. She got to perform in the home opener of the Marching Southerners season. So, how does a band respond to such devastating news? A candle light vigil was held, and Kappa Kappa Psi, along with Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha, donated candles. Some of Katie Beth’s closest friends spoke about her, and we celebrated her life. JSU’s Kinesiology Department held a 5K to raise money for the Katie Beth Carter scholarship foundation, a scholarship that was started by her family in her honor. Our Kappa Kappa Psi chapter set up a water station

Another way we can provide solace is to love other band programs when they are going through a hard time. On November 13th, 2016, the Castle Marching Knights of Warrick County Castle High School from Newburgh, Indiana, lost a fellow band member, Sophie Rinehart. She passed away in a car accident, along with her father and grandmother, on her way home from the Bands of America Grand National Championship. Sophie was a beautiful flute player and singer. She was the featured flute and vocal soloist during the band’s show titled “A Siren’s Song”. The Marching Southerners all wore the Marching Knights blue to Southerners rehearsal that week to honor Sophie. A recording of the Southerners singing I’ll Fly Away was also made that night at rehearsal. Singing I’ll Fly Away is a tradition for the Southerners after every Thursday night rehearsal and all performances. Some sections emphasized the theme of wearing blue that night. The flutes tied blue ribbons to their flutes and sent cards to Sophie’s family and the flute section of Castle High School. After losing Katie Beth, we know the grief that the Castle Band must be going through, and we wanted to do anything we could to show our support. When strife and tragedy hit a band, Kappa Kappa Psi’s purposes help us provide

solace to our band and other bands. When we do not serve our hurting band members, we are not living out our purpose. Dr. David L. Waters was the band director at Jacksonville State University from 1961-1991. He set the standard of excellence for what the Marching Southerners are today. He was quoted often by saying “Be kind to one another. It’s really important.” We can provide solace to the band by taking Dr. Walters advice. I think Katie Beth Carter would agree with this. After all, she was known as Kind Katie. Sometimes when tragedy hits, our small efforts to help the situation may make us think that we are not helping at all, or that we are not making a big enough difference. At this thought, we must remember the words of Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” We must never discount our small acts of love or service and think that they do not matter. Our small acts of love and service create The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect was first coined by an American mathematician and meteorologist, Edward Lorenz (1917-2008). This theory shows how one action can impact many others in a tremendous way. Lorenz thought of it as a butterfly on one side of the planet flapping its wings and causing a hurricane somewhere else. Your actions always have consequences, and they can make a difference. When one person serves or shows kindness, it effects other people, and that positivity can benefit someone else. Even though our efforts to help a band in tragedy may seem small, or the service we provide seems minute, we must remember that these little actions can make a great impact. No matter how we serve our band programs, we will never be able to serve every need or achieve the standard of striving for the highest. However, remember that the service we do give makes a tremendous impact in some way. Never stop striving. AEA Always, Mary Anna Brown PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 19


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osting a district convention is a spectacular opportunity to have as an active brother. You are able to work together with your chapter in brand new ways, and reach potentials you never thought possible. This process cannot just happen overnight; it takes days, weeks, and months of collaboration, hard work, and preparation. So, now that your chapter has expressed interest in hosting a district convention, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Here are a few friendly tips in order to make sure your convention runs smoothly.

My school is thinking about hosting a convention. Why should we?

As a chairperson, I have personally witnessed impressive growth in our student leadership. I have seen brothers and sisters step up and learn how to execute events in collaboration with their peers. Students have learned how to work with others, and to be efficient and respectful leaders. As members of a leadership organization, this experience helped us strengthen our leadership abilities. Even membership candidates have positive experiences with convention! Listen to the words of Tori Fetzer, a sister of the Iota Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, who was a Membership

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Candidate at the time on convention: “I found it very exciting to be able to help host districts as an MC. It really made me look forward to getting involved and seeing all that I would be able to accomplish as a sister. It was such a fun way to get right into it and set a positive tone for the rest of my time in college and the sisterhood!” Kelly Stohr was a Membership Candidate of Kappa Kappa Psi during convention. She shares her experience as well: “Being an MC at NEDCon was a perfect way for me to surround myself with Kappa Kappa Psi culture, even before I was a brother. It provided me with a foundation for what brotherhood means and really made me feel welcome to the organization.”

My school was chosen to host a convention. Yay! ….Now what? Tip #1: Distribute responsibilities between all members of your Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma chapters. Distributing responsibilities based on the strengths of our members is key to a successful convention. The convention chairpeople and

presidents of both organizations sat down and listed all of the tasks that needed to be completed. Then, we gave an equal number of brothers and sisters tasks based on their strengths. For example: if there were sisters and brothers who were technologically reliable, they were asked to be part of our registration team. This allowed everybody to understand their role in making convention run smoothly, and allowed members to enjoy the process as they applied their personal skills to the project as a whole. We organized our teams in the following manner: Registration Team: These individuals were in charge of working our online registration before convention. They spoke with individuals having problems with the online registration via email, and worked with an excel spreadsheet the size of a small textbook. Registration Preparation Team: This team consisted of individuals who prepared hundreds of lanyards, name tags, and schedules that were given to brothers and sisters upon arrival. Reading Band Team: Members of this team prepared and organized music folders as well as

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prepared school instruments for reading band. Banquet/ Greek Marketplace: This team was asked to prepare all necessary aspects of banquet and plan proper space and equipment for the Greek Marketplace. Keep in mind that your teams may differ based on the strength and size of your chapters. Use your discretion to coordinate teams.

Tip #2: Communicate, communicate, communicate!!!!!! THIS is the key to a successful convention. Communicate with EVERYBODY involved! Your chapter, your corresponding sister or brother chapter, your chapter sponsor, your Director of Bands, your designated district council, presenting members, your school, local chapters, local restaurants, local hotels – believe it or not, this list is nowhere near complete. You should maintain communication lines open with anyone who is even relatively involved in the process. The key to successful communication is to create an e-mail account solely for your convention, and respond to these e-mails immediately. Additionally, make sure to keep your chapter involved and informed. They should know everything. Every week in our weekly meetings, we would have a “Convention Updates” section of our agenda. This would be the time where a representative from each team would present any potential issues and update the chapter on any progress. If there were any problems, they would be addressed and solved then.

Convention weekend is here. Now what do we do?! Tip #1: Sleep! For those who host convention, expect 18 hour days. As soon as Day 1 ends, send your brothers and sisters home to sleep and prepare for another fun, exciting day. Please, take care of your health. You need to be healthy to work and enjoy yourself at convention!

Tip #2: Greet your guests good morning! This was a huge pep-booster for our guests, as well as our own brothers and sisters. We set up teams to greet and direct people all over campus. These greetings allowed for our incoming guests understand where to go and, most importantly, feel welcomed and excited for convention. It was a morale boost for all parties involved!

Tip #3: Make sure your own chapters enjoy District Convention! Whenever there is a lull, make sure that members of your chapters are attending workshops and getting the full experience. You all worked way hard to have this convention, now, make sure you get to experience it too! The most important piece of advice I could give, as I have said multiple times, is to have fun with convention. This is a once in a lifetime experience – so make the most of it! Each member of the host school is a puzzle piece of the great masterpiece called convention. With a bit of team work, communication, and positivity, convention will be a beyond worthwhile experience for all parties involved!

Tip #3: Spread happiness! Convention is FUN! Most importantly, you need to spread happiness within your chapter. Make the preparation fun. None of the tasks should be viewed as a chore… ever! If our brothers and sisters are not enjoying the process, no other chapter will enjoy the forced product. To accomplish this, we put a little twist on convention preparing events. Painting 70+ placards sounds like a daunting task, especially if you make it seem like a chore. In order to make the process a bit more enjoyable, my co-chair and I decided to host a placard painting workshop. One Friday night, we reserved a room in our art warehouse, and worked there.. We played music, ordered pizza, and painted placards. It was a bit of a stress reliever, in addition to being very efficient. After a week of school work, it was quite fun to sit around with our brothers and sisters and just paint. After months of preparation, the date of convention creeps closer. Finally, the time has arrived.




THE POLAR EXPRESSTM arrives at National Headquarters

Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters ™ & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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A Musically, Magical Night Outside Of The Polar Express


by Kelli Hughes Alpha - ΚΚΨ Oklahoma State University

Polar Express Night 3, Alpha Chapter. Playing from left to right: Kayla Shortnacy, Edgar Viveros, Heath Howard, Andrew Meiler, William Davis, and Lauren Gipson.

he sound of a train is heard across town, Christmas lights are being strung, and jolly music is heard at every store. The Christmas spirit has finally come to Stillwater, Oklahoma and the growing town is booming with families of every kind. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s National Headquarters is lighted up with the brightest LED lights and Christmas wreaths that give it that holiday touch. Visitors ranged from two to ninety two visit the old train station to experience “The Polar Express” that has made its way to Stillwater. As the excited children and parents wait to aboard the magical experience, the joint Alpha Chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma plays and sings holiday tunes old and new. With having a small ensemble, there was a big impact. The loose sheet music filled with familiar notes and rhythms kept trying to fly away, so cell phones with the flashlight turned on detains the music. The ensemble warms up their horns as best as they can and starts playing, even though their sound is sharp from the cold. The tunes, ranging from We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Carol of the Bells, resonated within the small area of the station. After playing, the ensemble sings Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer and the four year old seven feet away starts laughing. Children were dancing and singing Jingle Bells while the parents knew every word to O Holy Night. The Music Coordinators from both chapters, Dylan Shadoan and Tyler Murray leads the small groups into songs of the holiday spirit for all to enjoy. Dylan plays on the keyboard, his sounds as smooth as hot chocolate on a cold day. His book

old excitingly said. Instruments were out of tune and the hot drinks’ steam was dying out, but the musicians played, the families stayed, and the holiday spirit kept us warm. The train conductor yells “All Aboard on the Polar Express!” and the eager families aboard and the band member’s wave goodbye. Serving the community by bringing live and fun music to families and workers not only brings out the holiday spirit, but bring happiness to the community and to the musicians. Being able to play at headquarters while watching a passenger train go by reminds us of the history of not only Stillwater, but the time of our founding fathers and the impact they have made to Kappa Kappa Psi, and eventually, Tau Beta Sigma. The Polar Express train comes back, and as the train slows down, Dylan counts off to the song the passengers will be hearing as they get off the wonderful experience they just had.

Polar Express Night 1, Joint Alpha Chapter. Playing from right to left: Tyler Murray, Tim Stolle, Chelsea Zuniga, Chloe Pointer, Isaiah Dehoyos, Audrey Marshall, Cole Livernois, Sidney Pointer, Olivia Jirousek, and Ashley Slosky.

of holiday classics is sung by members who even give the songs a little childhood twist.. The temperature outside was easily in the upper 30’s and everyone, even the kids in their fleece jammies were shivering. There were moments of pure joy when the children wanted to come up to the musicians and see the shiny instruments. The little minds were mesmerized by the different sounds the college kids were used to hearing. “Play another one!” a ten year

Having the small ensembles there for the three days of the experience was the icing on the cake. As much as it was cold and windy outside, the joint Alpha Chapters grew together from this weekend event and entertaining the masses, even if it wasn’t the main entertainment of the night. Making families smile while doing what we love makes playing a trumpet, or a tuba, or even playing the keyboard worth every minute. We are reminded that music is still impactful no matter where we go. “Music is a universal language and truly the greatest of the arts.”



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Beginning Brotherhood: Establishing a ΚΚΨ Culture with an Alpha Class


Gamma Eta Founding Fathers and Alpha Class at NMSU’s service project “The Big Event” This was our first service project the Alpha Class was involved in.

very chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi holds their unique traditions close to their hearts. They are taught and passed down to each successive class with care, and evolve every year with new classes of brothers. National traditions and secrets are taught to newcomers, and traditions are maintained. How did those traditions begin? What brought about those traditions? Our chapter of Gamma Eta is learning that now, having just brought in an Alpha Class and only just beginning our chapters’ journey of brotherhood. New Mexico State University had a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi starting in 1954, however that chapter was disbanded in the midseventies. Kappa Kappa Psi had not existed on our campus for almost forty years. Our new chapter of Gamma Eta chapter was re-established on November 15th, 2015, and we are just beginning the process of installing a Beta class. Our chapter currently has sixteen active members. As a result of being so new, we are responsible for setting our own precedent and establish ourselves as a chapter; both for our bands and for ourselves. We must be sure to always be looking and thinking of how our actions today will leave a legacy for the future. Having such freedom can be quite daunting- The thought that what we do now could make or break our chapter, that we are responsible for establishing an entire culture for our chapter adds pressure to all the decisions we make. However, it allows us a unique opportunity to create something amazing and allows us to shape something that could continue on for years to come. This freedom allows for and but pushes each member to be creative and to contribute to the traditions of our chapter. Because of this, our chapter is already becoming unique and distinctive. We have already added our own traditional bid ceremony for our pledges, which

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adds to the depth of bid acceptance. It is heartening to see how Kappa Kappa Psi has already become such a big part of our bands. We have begun to establish ourselves, starting with band camp. We host a dinner for the marching band in order to make ourselves visible from the beginning. We also have taken to hosting what has quickly become a much-loved event within the marching band- the Lip-Sync competition that brings bonding during band camp. For the second year now, our chapter will assisting with Tournament of Bands- the marching band competition that brings in over 30 bands from three different states- that is held at our stadium. This is one of the most important things that our chapter supports, and is quickly becoming a tradition of our chapter and an important contribution to the band program at our school. The most inspiring part of all of these things is seeing how our chapter is learning to be brothers, and beginning to feel what it is to be brothers and t. While the service to the band is our primary focus, the brotherhood is what keeps us together and what has allowed us to keep pushing as a chapter. Despite having only been around for just over a year, I have already seen what being a brother can mean in many ways. Being a skeptical person, I doubted that

we would be able to create a brotherhood or that Kappa Kappa Psi could be more than just a service organization. But in my short time in the Gamma Eta chapter, I have already been proven wrong. Though we all have substantially different personalities, it is apparent through all the interactions of our chapter that every single person is willing to be there for another brother, and is willing to help and support each other no matter what. I experienced this personally after deciding to change my major. I was afraid at first to tell the other brothers about this decision, as it had been such a difficult decision to make and I was afraid that they would think less of me for it. But nothing changed. With the help and support of my brothers, I was able to continue and become more comfortable with the decision as a whole. It was this experience that made me truly realize what an amazing culture we had already begun to create- I began to see more and more examples of how Kappa Kappa Psi had brought all of the brothers closer, and how brotherhood had begun to be something that we could all feel. It became even more prominent when we met the members of Gamma Iota and Beta Lambda. Though the Alpha class had just met them, bonds of friendship grew more quickly than we could have imagined. Collaboration between the groups is already beginning. Gamma Eta is still young, but we are already on our way to being a strong chapter. We are helping to install a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at University of Texas El Paso, and are working to bring in our Beta class. We are starting to get involved with service projects on camp It hasn’t been an easy road, but it has without question been worth it. I am honored and excited to get to be a part of laying the foundation of Gamma Eta’s culture. If we continue to lay a foundation rich with traditions, I’m sure that Gamma Eta will create a lasting legacy that will last for years to come.



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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, 1946 Club, and other fund raising programs provide a variety of opportunities that benefit Tau Beta Sigma and its members. Thank you to the following individuals for their kindness, gratitude, and unwavering support of Tau Beta Sigma over the last biennium.

David Alexander Alandria Allen Catherine Almendinger Lennie Ambelang Laura Anderson Emily Anstey Marissa Archuleta Deborah Baker Cynthia Baker Anthony Barbir Stephen Barrett Christine Beason Emily Bennett Pamela Bennett Natosha Biggs Catherine Blackburn Jessica Blasingame Emily Blaze Joanna Bonner Mark Bradbourne Justin Brady Nicholas Bratcher Robert Bratcher Rebecca Brittenham Mary Bronk Kimberly Burrell Stephen Burt Kevin Calvin Adam Cantley Dionicio Cardenas Christopher Carpenter Susan Carr Renee Cartee Danielle Case Sarah Casias Toni Castle Zachariah Cheever Jennifer Claudy Sylvia Clendenin-Bey Jennifer Clifford Shelby Coleman Jasmine Coley Kristen Collins Gerald Commander Lance Coochyouma Laura Cooke

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Congratulations to the 2015-2017 Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award Recipients! Gamma - University of Washington

Gamma Pi - Purdue University

Delta - The University of Oklahoma Nu - University of Michigan

Zeta Beta - Howard Payne University Zeta Epsilon - Michigan State University

Pi - Auburn University Alpha Zeta - Indiana University

Iota Omega - Iowa State University Kappa Beta - Clemson University

Alpha Omega - University of Pittsburgh Beta Omicron - Arizona State University

Kappa Upsilon - Marist College

Congratulations to the 2015-2017 Grace & A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Finalists! Theta, University of Cincinnati Chi, The Ohio State University Omega, University of Arizona

Eta Gamma, Boston University Theta Delta, Washington State University Theta Mu, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Alpha Omicron, Sam Houston State University Gamma Nu, University of Texas - Arlington Delta Delta, University of Massachusetts Delta Upsilon, Howard Payne University

Theta Xi, Iowa State University Theta Rho, Bethune-Cookman University Iota Psi, Kennesaw State University



National Articles

It is THAT time!

by Debbie Baker Board of Trustees - TBΣ

What does that mean? What time of year is it?



t least audition time. Some of you reading this article will say you aren’t good enough. Remember you can’t make it if you don’t TRY! You have to at least send in an audition to have a chance. Some of you WILL audition! Which I hope after this article many of you will reach out of your comfort zone and send in an audition recording. And then there are those of you who are ALUMNI of past National Intercollegiate Bands! That is the best!! Talking about different memories, working with different composers and conductors, and performing for an audience filled with musicians. What an amazing experience! Personally I was a member of two National Intercollegiate Bands as a college student, I had the unique opportunity to be the Tau Beta Sigma NIB coordinator for three conventions, I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for three other bands, and I was a National Officer for two bands. Over

the years, one thing has never changed- the best part of the band is the first note. The first time all the members sit together and start working together. Nothing is better! There is a huge rush the goes over the entire room and a huge WOW that happens throughout the band! I want to encourage each of you to join me and audition, attend the concert, share our commissions with the music world, and make a financial contribution to continue the legacy of the National Intercollegiate Band. Let’s work to endow the NIB so we continue the opportunity for outstanding college students to be a part of a fantastic music ensemble. It will endow the opportunity for our Sorority and Fraternity to share new music through our commission program. What a great service we offer through this program. Not only do we share a beautiful evening of music, we share the music nationwide. Imagine in the future, your child being a part of the National Intercollegiate

Band and having the opportunity just like you! Believe me, it will happen. Stan Fink was an amazing gentleman I had the privilege to know who loved the National Intercollegiate Band, Tau Beta Sigma, and Kappa Kappa Psi. Join me and audition, attend the concert, share our commissions with the music world, and make a financial contribution to continue the legacy of the National Intercollegiate Band. It’s THAT TIME- NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE BAND TIME!

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Commissioned Conductor

Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in its structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology, and humor into lean, skillfully-crafted works that enthrall listeners and performers alike. His music for wind ensemble has reshaped the genre, with several works entering the standard repertoire.

Richard Clary is Senior Band Conductor and Director of Wind Ensemble Studies at Florida State University where he is Music Director and Conductor for the University Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds. He teaches graduate-level conducting and wind literature courses and guides all aspects of the Master of Music program in Wind Band Conducting and the Wind Band Conducting emphasis in the Ph.D. program in Music Education.

Steven Bryant

July 16-18th, 2017 at ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ National Convention ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Richard Clary

Online Auditions open

Dec 1, 2016 – April 15, 2017 More information at

The National Intercollegiate Band is one of the most exciting programs of ΚΚΨ and TΒΣ. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017, the NIB is open to all collegiate musicians, regardless of membership in the Fraternity or Sorority. The NIB is a premiere ensemble that makes significant contributions to collegiate bands by bringing musicians face-to-baton with dynamic composers and respected conductors from across America.


Alaina Peters

Beta Omicron (Alumni) - KKΨ Arizona State University


Who Are We And How Did We Get Here?: The Importance of Self-Reflection


fter completing my first semester of chapter visits, I’ve learned that one thing that separates good chapters from great chapters is their ability to evaluate themselves using a consistent process. It’s so easy to get caught up in day-today chapter activities (membership education, service, committee meetings, band rehearsals, etc.), but the strongest chapters also take time to talk about how they can keep improving. This starts by asking questions such as, “What should our chapter look like in 1 year? How about in 5 years?” and “What are our major strengths and weaknesses?” Actively planning for forward progress not only helps your chapter serve its bands better, but it also builds morale amongst the brothers as they work towards achieving common goals. I recommend three main guidelines: listen to everyone’s opinions, go through this process regularly, and record your reflections. While officers can facilitate discussion and identify some broad topics for consideration, every active member has a stake in the chapter’s future and should be part of the conversation. Additionally, this is a great time to involve your Director of Bands and Sponsor, as they will bring different perspectives about how your chapter’s activities affect the larger band program. If they’ve been around for a while, they also possess institutional knowledge about how the chapter has changed over time. It is important to make evaluation a common practice in your chapter, planning to revisit your goals either monthly or at least once per semester. Some chapters even incorporate these discussions into their annual brotherhood retreats! On top of big-picture evaluation, great chapters also evaluate major projects shortly after they happen, in the interest of tweaking them in the future. Finally, make sure you have a plan for writing down your goals. Not only does this hold brothers more accountable, but this provides a resource for future chapter brothers to reflect upon.

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A Word About Chapter Size While all chapters should continuously evaluate themselves, some practices work better than others depending on chapter size. Smaller chapters have an advantage, in that each and every member has time to tell the full chapter their opinions. Some chapters do this openly, and others do this anonymously, in which each brother writes down his or her opinions and places them in a jar to be read aloud. It may be unrealistic for larger chapters to give every brother an opportunity to fully express themselves and be heard in a full-chapter setting. Some of these discussions can happen within the executive board, because they are often most wrapped up in chapter operations. However, if only officers are involved in this work, future leaders will not be developed and morale will decrease because brothers’ voices won’t be heard. Large chapters should discuss areas for improvement in a general chapter meeting and then continue some concentrated discussion in committees or other special groups, especially immediately following a major project or event. You can even involve outside band members or your membership candidates in these discussions, as your activities impact people outside your chapter as well.

Fraternal Resources Kappa Kappa Psi has several tools to help your chapter evaluate itself. First, it is important to always come back to our five purposes. When was the last time your active brothers discussed these outside of candidacy? After reading through each purpose, identify some ways your chapter is already fulfilling it, and then think of a few additional ways that you could accomplish that specific purpose. Additionally, the Chapter SelfEvaluation Worksheet that brothers fill out for CFR visits has helped guide many conversations; this is available on the CFR page on the Fraternity website, and your chapter is more than welcome to use it whenever you want! Similarly, the rubric the National Leadership Team used to evaluate Chapter Leadership and Most Improved Chapter

applications is public information, so feel free to ask around for that. Many chapters have used this to identify the areas they need to improve on, based on how the National Leadership defines an outstanding chapter.

Road Blocks As you start thinking about your chapter’s opportunities for improvement, two major road blocks may impede progress. If you are truly involving the opinions of every active member, it is unlikely that all brothers will agree on the direction the chapter should go. Try to identify the concerns of the majority, and address those first. Keep in mind that some disagreements are simply missed opportunities for clarification. For example, instead of insisting that musicianship is a problem in your chapter, aim to identify the more specific issue. Maybe all of your brothers are excellent musicians, but you’ve never picked up your instruments to play as a brotherhood. Communicating your specific concerns, and asking clarifying questions to other brothers, can help you have a more constructive conversation. You can also consider bringing in a facilitator from your school’s campus life department or reaching out to the National Leadership team, as many of us are trained facilitators and can help foster thoughtful discussions. Another stumbling block for chapters is not knowing how to move forward once they have identified their chapter’s weaknesses. First, make sure your brothers work to come up with creative solutions on their own first. Ultimately, the best solutions are those that fit your chapter’s unique environment; no idea is too big or too crazy when you are thinking about the big picture if you build checkpoints and smaller goals along the way! However, brothers from other chapters have likely encountered the same problems you have, so you should reach out to them to hear their ideas too. The National Leadership Team can also help you with extra ideas or provide some connections to similar chapters, so please feel free to reach out to any of us if you get stuck somewhere. We are here to help you, and we can help you even more if you’ve already identified some opportunities for growth!

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Justin Chesak Gamma Iota (Alumni) - KKΨ University of New Mexico


How to Avoid Reinventing the Wheel


ello Brothers and Sisters! I hope your semester is off to a great start and that your band programs are doing well. By now I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some of you, and had plenty of great visits. I have definitely learned a lot from the chapters I’ve visited so far, and am looking forward to a busy and exciting Spring semester! One thing I’ve learned from all of you, and something that I will be focusing on a bit more in my upcoming chapter visits, is working on some proactive ways to prepare the future officers and leaders of your chapters. Some of us have been there, your chapter has just entrusted you with holding office or even a committee chair and you have a lot of great ideas that you’d love to see to fruition. But the first day of the semester rolls around and you’re lost, you don’t know when forms are due, what the bank account information is, what fundraisers did or did not work, what service projects worked and did not work, who the alumni are, and so on. More than likely this is not due to you or your predecessor but a lack of officer documents or adequate transition time. Overall, chapters are spending more time reinventing the wheel in regards to how their offices function, and less time working on the projects that will have a positive influence on the chapter and the band program. The whole point of an officer transition is continuity and efficiency. There may be a slight dip in performance in the interim; but overall, the goal is to keep on the upward strive. In a lot of cases, the dip is not slight at all. This scenario is when chapters most often make the complaints about the chapter being a “roller coaster” or “up

and down”. Revamping your officer documents and post-election procedures can be a great step to remedying this problem. Ideally, when you have your elections, you are not immediately installed as officers. There is a time for you to meet with your predecessor and discuss things like what worked, what they would have done differently, and any tips they may have for you. This is also a great time to work on switching over account information for banks, emails and so on (nothing is worse than not having access to your chapter bank account). This also includes updating your officers in the OMRS with an officer update. Just make sure your chapter has all of your paperwork submitted prior to submitting the update (Chapter Summary Report, Graduating Senior Report, etc.) For the transition, it is ideal to give yourself enough time to have a meeting with the outgoing officers so the new officers can see how things are run, then have the incoming officers installed and wrap up the year. This is also a great time to start looking at the next year, but you can read Alaina Peters’ article for more on that. Once your officers are installed, there may be things you will forget, or maybe weren’t mentioned in the transition. This is where UPDATED officer documents can be a huge help. One chapter I visited uses a president diary where they keep track of things they wish they knew, stories, ideas and other tips throughout their term. Another idea from a chapter I visited is to do an analysis of various events over the year and how well they worked. For example, how much money a certain fundraiser made, and cost, what people liked and didn’t like about it, and so on. This can be done for recruitment, service, alumni

relations, and more. Overall the key point is to insure that your documents are updated, nothing is worse than having an MEP from the 90s, or bank statements a box of receipts from the last ten years. Some chapters have established officer handbooks to assist with this transition. These handbooks explicitly state all of your duties, as well as resources and tips for your position. This can also include important deadlines for things like national paperwork, national & district awards, and various procedures for your office. A few examples of procedures you might want to add could be how to run a meeting, writing an agenda, how to make a budget, how to apply for grant funding from your school, or how to apply for matching grants and leadership funds from our organization. These are just a few ways to be proactive as a chapter and insure that your energies aren’t wasted during your term. Ideally the outcome of this consistent effort is stronger, more prepared officers, and a higher capability of your chapter to serve your band program.



National Articles

The Purpose of Membership Evan Thompson Education

by National Vice President for Colonization & Membership - KKΨ


here has long been a challenge to address both the individual and organizational needs of Kappa Kappa Psi. How do we create a community of members that are dedicated to advancing the values and vision of our Fraternity? If we desire success and want excellence in all that we do, we must commit ourselves to establishing a brotherhood dedicated to leadership, focused on service, and engaged in bettering the lives of others through music. This is the purpose of Membership Education in Kappa Kappa Psi. Membership Education is not about controlling people or being the boss. It’s about caring for people and the future of your chapter and band program. It’s about being a resource for new members and helping them realize their potential as a leader, musician, and human being. Membership Education is about advancing our organization’s values and building that larger community of brothers dedicated to loving people and supporting bands and band music. It’s about letting go of ego and allowing collaboration and authenticity to take hold. Membership Education is the first step in creating a safe place in which people can do good work, find meaning in their work, and truly be themselves. Membership Education is not one-sided. Building trust and connection between Membership Candidates and brothers should not be the job of the candidates. It is a blind trust between Membership Candidates and the chapter that requires patience, intention, commitment. The chapter must earn the trust and support of each candidate through right action and creating an environment that is safe and educational. That should be the focus of Vice Presidents and brothers across the country. Earn the support and love of your Membership Candidates, and teach them what it means to be part of a brotherhood, 34 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

a community. Membership Education is not about checklists and scores. Many chapters across the country immerse candidates in rules, requirements, and procedures instead of personal fellowship, connection, and development. Chapters believe that a score on a test or a signature on a page proves a candidate’s worth and value. We still have chapters who require signatures for meaningless tasks with the only goal being to get it done. Membership Education should not be about endurance; it should not be a process to see how much a candidate can handle before they break or quit. Kappa Kappa Psi is an honorary organization, and our Membership Education Program should reflect that honorary nature. Our Membership Education Program should reflect the lessons of our Ritual. Our Ritual warns against ego, alibi, and selfishness. If we are warned against them, why do we still allow these things to be present in our Membership Education Programs? Membership Education is not an “Us vs. Them” process. The purpose of Membership Education in Kappa Kappa Psi should be to create an environment that empowers others, offers the highest possible opportunities, provides for maximum development, inspires courage, and builds a collaborative and interdependent brotherhood. True brotherhood cannot occur without fellowship, and education cannot take place without connection to content and people. This purpose and mission of Membership Education must be understood and accepted by all members of the chapter to achieve real growth and development. As brothers, we already share common interests with candidates through our participation in a college or university band program, and we should also share

that commitment to excellence in our performance and dedication. Focus on creating a culture of belonging and respect through your Membership Education Program. Respect, cooperation, and a willingness to work together will go a long way in helping you develop the type of chapter that is truly Striving for the Highest and living our Fraternity’s Ritual. The National Membership Education Program: The Road to Wisdom is an effort to bring together the many beliefs, values, and ideas of what Membership Education should be and turn them into a program with direction, purpose, and vision. The program is focused on outcomes that represent the beliefs and values of our Fraternity. The content is driven by skills and ideas that are useful and beneficial to all members as they take this journey. The program is an initial step to creating a framework for future members that establishes new behaviors and ideas that will unify all of us across the country in our beliefs, our language, and our brotherhood. The Road to Wisdom puts into practice many of the most important ideas and values of the Fraternity by allowing candidates to synthesize information and create something from scratch. The curriculum allows for opportunities for candidates to share their own experiences and points of view. Membership Candidates apply what they learn in the various lessons through engaging activities that build deeper understanding of the content and allow for deeper connections to fellow candidates and brothers. The curriculum also allows for self-reflection and evaluation based on discussions of qualities and skills needed to be an ideal member and leader. Membership Education should be focused on growing Membership Candidates into the best versions of themselves. This is what an ideal Membership Education Program

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should do. Honoring outstanding band members through privilege of membership should go beyond control, selfishness, and tradition. Is your chapter’s culture inviting, welcoming, and engaged in meaningful service and leadership to college/university bands? Are you perpetuating difference or are you

creating opportunities for growth, synergy, and tolerance? Are you affecting people in a positive way and adding value to their lives? Ask these questions of your chapter and yourself. Let’s strive together to live the true purposes of Kappa Kappa Psi, and create a positive educational experience for all engaged in college band work.

TBS Student Chats: Zooming Into the Future!


here are thousands of reasons why we joined Tau Beta Sigma and even more reasons that we remain entrenched in its purposes and ideals. For 70 years, TBS has been a haven for those committed to band service, leadership development, and community involvement. My reasons for remaining involved include the sense of duty I feel to band and music that I feel have enhanced my life and a love for the ideals we hold so dearly in our organization. The Tau Beta Sigma Student Chat campaign was created to allow active TBS sisters from all across the country to come together on our common ground of band service and support for women in music in order to share ideas. The campaign began more than seven years ago and started out as an internet relay chat powered by the TBS website, which was eventually transformed into the conversations occurring on Facebook Chats. As time went on, the Facebook Chats proved to be helpful for student participants, but it was also very hard to manage certain elements of those chats in that particular platform. The challenges included a delay in conversation due to having to type and hit send to communicate during the meetings and also having the unintentional moments where participants would talk over each other when presenting ideas. In a way these were great problems to have, because it symbolized a continuous flow of idea transference between sisters, but it also proved to be a little frustrating

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

for both student participants and the TBS National Officer tasked with moderating the conversation. In the spring of 2016, the TBS National Leadership began researching alternatives to hosting TBS Student Chats and as the search went on, it was important to address the dilemma of “how do we present a student engaging, interactive, user friendly…more importantly, a cost effective experience for student chats? Solution: Welcome to TBS Student Chats powered by Zoom Video Conferencing. The TBS Student chats on Zoom began in October 2016 and has continued to improve the campaign each time a new chat is hosted. With Zoom Video Conferencing we have been able to accomplish even more. The features of the system includes easy meeting access either by computer or phone, up to 50 people can participate during each meeting, participants can share files with each other, the host can show slide presentations and educational videos, the meeting can be recorded while in progress for uploading to the 4Gr8rBands YouTube Channel and if we wanted to appear to have a meeting in outer space, we could transport ourselves there by using the system’s green screen feature to change the background. As we move forward in the evolution of communication within the sorority, we are excited to see where we are able to go as we “zoom” along with TBS Student Chat. For more information about TBS Student Chats, contact National Vice President for Communication and Recognition Erika Pope (

TBS Student Chat Stats •

All chats occur on Zoom Video Conferencing and you can join by either video or phone.

Student Chats occur once a month in 3 night blocks (Tues/Wed/Thurs). You only need to choose one night.

Multiple sisters or an entire chapter can sign on together and participate.

Students can sign up for chats by filling out an online form (It’s usually emailed to every registered active sister).

To be in the know of when Student Chats will occur, ask to join the TBS Student Chat group on Facebook!



National Articles

The Two-Year Itch (Once Again) from the Spring 1995 issue of The Podium, written by then-Southwest District President Danny George

22 years ago

I wrote the attached article about National Convention being held in Orlando, Fl. I was a wide-eyed excited member of the Fraternity who had experienced three (3) National Conventions prior to that one. I must say the same excitement about interacting with brothers and sisters from around the country is there. A big difference is the number of friends that I have made and have the opportunity to sit and catch-up with at the Convention. What have I learned: 10. More ways to appreciate the rituals of the organizations and the fundamental purposes of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. 9. Better appreciation of the founders. Boh was not alive when I started attending National Conventions, but I did get to meet and interact with Wava first hand. Meeting a

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legend is simply amazing!! 8. Caucuses do not need to be all night affairs, or run into the wee hours of the morning. 7. Not everything is a conspiracy! There are thought about what is good of the student and what is good for the organization. Most of time those ideal align. At other times they do not. 6. Committees can do a lot of good work, but the relationships that are made and built by working together are the true reward. Dig in and meet people! 5. Workshops don’t just have to be lectures. They can be interactive, fun, creative, challenging and are meant to stimulate thought and grow leaders. 4. Get involved in the nightly activities of concerts, caucuses, group dinners, Thursday night off, etc. in order to maximize your convention experience.

by Daniel George, CPA Board of Trustees - KKΨ

3. The National Headquarters staff may not travel much, but at National Convention you have the opportunity to interact and truly appreciate the great work that they do first hand. 2. The National Leadership of both Organizations are typically really fun people to be around. I challenge you to meet at least 2 of them from each organization. 1. The National Intercollegiate Band is one of the finest honor performing organizations that I have ever heard perform live. I look forward to not only the concert, but sneaking in on a rehearsal or two before the concert starts. To be in an environment that is filled with people who get together because of their love of band and music is an indescribable high. If you don’t believe me then I dare you to try it!

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Alumni NEWS

"We come together for the love of music…”

by Kenneth L. Johnson, II Alpha Eta - ΚΚΨ University of Florida Life Member

“…and we lift our hearts to thee.”


hese are the first lyrics of the SED Hymn, which I learned as an initiate of the Alpha Eta chapter at the University of Florida. Since my initiation in the fall of 2008, I have seen thousands of members initiated into our sacred brother and sisterhoods, and these words have remained a constant in my thoughts toward Kappa Kappa Psi. As separate chapters, we come together for our love of music: one body, united to the cause of uplifting music on college campuses, and promoting the importance of arts education -- and specifically band -- across the nation and world. No matter where chapters exist, what formations we create, or what musical legends we honor, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are better together. However, this letter is not about reminiscing on my days in the "Pride of the Sunshine" at UF or the Incomparable Marching '100' at Florida A&M University. It is to serve as a rallying cry for all members of the brother and sisterhood to aid in the mission of saving our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Many chapters exist at HBCUs, and these chapters serve marching bands that are housed in underfunded music departments. These chapters serve at institutions that are underfunded, overexploited, and fighting state and federal threats of closing.

As universities lose accreditation and suffer institutional instability via constant leadership changes, the trickle down effects cause monumental damage to music departments, which harms music ensembles, and, ultimately, the chapters who serve those ensembles.

It is to serve as a rallying cry for all members of the brother and sisterhood to aid in the mission of saving our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As we, members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, fight for the continuance of music education and arts programs on a national level, our brothers and sisters in many chapters fight institutional battles to save their music programs and ensembles. And, as we all know, as music programs are underfunded and eventually silenced, so are chapters of our organizations. Chapters at HBCUs have strengthened Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma on micro and macro levels; their creativity and passion have expanded the visibility of our organizations to a global scale. Without the creativity of Brother Elton McWashington of the Delta Psi chapter at Prairie View A&M University, the signature "throwing K's" would be obsolete; without the harmonies of the Eta Gamma chapter at Morgan State University, our national hymn would not

exist and would not stir the emotions of brothers everywhere; the current and first president of Tau Beta Sigma from an HBCU chapter, Dr. Kathryn Delores Garrett Kelly, is a sister of the Eta Delta chapter at Howard University, which is also the chapter that originally submitted the Tau Beta Sigma chant; and brothers from the now-defunct Iota Rho chapter at Morris Brown College were featured in the 2002 motion picture Drumline, a glimpse into the life of students in HBCU marching bands. Brothers and Sisters, we can create an extensive list of the ways in which HBCU chapters add to the collective lore and fabric of our fraternity and sorority. We know these chapters and love them for their creativity and service to our organizations. We see the hard work and dedication from individuals members who hold District officer positions, and chapters who win district and national awards for leadership. I challenge all members to take up the cause for HBCUs as they impact our organizations tremendously. Our bond is stronger together, and this fight to save HBCUs takes a concentrated effort from all brothers and sisters to ensure that the legacies of our organizations are not threatened on any campus.



National Articles

Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association



s the national organization for alumni, life, and honorary brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association (or “KKPsiAA”) promotes our members’ sustained engagement with our brothers throughout the world, with the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, and with college and university band programs. One of the most important functions of KKPsiAA involves the approval, supervision, and oversight of local alumni associations (or “LAAs”). LAAs can be focused on a particular district of the fraternity, a particular geographic region, or a particular Kappa Kappa Psi chapter. An LAA may also choose to include sisters of Tau Beta Sigma in its membership by becoming a joint local alumni association through approvals by the Board of Directors of KKPsiAA and the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association Executive Council.

by Alison Beidler and Daniel Miller Board of Directors - KKΨ Alumni Association

Total Number of Members in LAAs Listed in Applications or 2016 Renewal (including sisters of Tau Beta Sigma in joint associations):

The local alumni associations of Kappa Kappa Psi are doing amazing things. By bringing together hundreds of brothers for social functions and service events, these LAAs offer many opportunities for continued dedication to our fraternity’s core purposes and values. By raising funds to support worthwhile projects and inspiring scholarship programs, these LAAs raise awareness of our fraternity throughout their communities and encourage interest in band programs across the country. For their enduring commitment to our fraternity’s mission, the members of these LAAs deserve our sincere gratitude. Total Funds Spent by LAAs in 20152016 Reporting Year (as listed in 2016 Renewal Reports):


1,077 30




Total Funds Raised by LAAs in 20152016 Reporting Year (as listed in 2016 Renewal Reports):


Number of LAAs as of the 2015 National Convention

Number of LAAs as of February 1, 2017

$24,809.50 Alumni Associations 5

Number of District Affiliated Alumni Associations as of February 1, 2017


Number of Regional Alumni Associations as of February 1, 2017 Number of Chapter Affiliated Alumni Associations as of February 1, 2017


Newest LAAs:



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Spring 2017

2017 Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Opportunities!

by Justin Brady Executive Council, Chair - TBΣ Alumni Association


We can't wait to do even For more opportunities to his biennium has get involved visit our website continued to be full of more this year. Here are a few ways to get involved in 2017: at TBSALUMNI.ORG. opportunities for Tau Beta Sigma Alumni • Apply for a 2017 TBSAA Grant: Are you continuing to serve your to stay involved and community, but could use some keep the bonds of sisterhood assistance? Are you seeking financial assistance for a project that would alive. positively impact the community and promote the Sorority? We will be accepting applications April 1 - May 1 for our next TBSAA Grant. Each grant is $500 and can be used to complete a project related to sorority service, music programs, or professional development.

In 2016, Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association members: •

Raised $3,000 for VH1 Save the Music through our virtual For Greater Bands 5K! Our next 5K will be in the Fall 2017.

Awarded our second annual TBSAA Grant to Jennifer Villarreal to fund a clinician's travel to her South Texas school district to help her students become better musicians.

Rolled out a new tiered membership model to provide more levels of engagement for our members. View our membership options and join today at

Attend National Convention: As we start the new year, we are gearing up for an exciting National Convention in Orlando. We look forward to having a wide array of workshops, business meetings, and social activities specifically for alumni. I hope you will consider attending. Registration is now open!

Participate in District Alumni Association activities: Our District Alumni Associations are hard at working planning exciting activities for the upcoming district conventions. The DAA's provide a great opportunity to get involved with district events, committees, and opportunities to provide leadership.





Grady Lamar Hallman, MD, passed on the morning of January 13, 2017, in Houston, Texas.


Mel was also a pioneer in the stage band movement in Texas. His Snyder High School stage bands won national acclaim during the 1950’s and 1960’s and was ranked third among 225 participating schools in the National Stage Band Contest of 1966. His Snyder stage bands also won the highly competitive Brownwood Stage Band Festival twelve of fourteen years from 1954-1968. In 1968, Mel was selected as Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He served for eighteen years as Director of Bands and Professor of Music. Under his leadership, the SFASU bands gained considerable recognition with both the marching and symphonic bands and became highly regarded throughout Texas and the United States. The SFA Symphonic Band was invited to perform four concerts for the Texas Music Educators Association and once for the College Band Directors National Association under Mel’s leadership. During his teaching career, Mel was honored with a citation from the Texas state legislature and selected to membership in the First Chair of America, honoring the nations 100 best high school bands; he was the recipient of the A. Frank Martin award from Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity for his contributions to music education. In 1978, Mel was selected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in 1986 was given honorary membership in the Stephen F. Austin State University Band Director’s Hall of Fame. In 1993, Mel was selected by the Texas Bandmasters Association as the Bandmaster of the Year. He was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall Of fame in 1994. After retiring in 1986, Mel continued to teach on a part-time basis at SFA for several years. He still remains active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents awarded him the title of Emeritus Director of Bands and Professor of Music in 1987.

Dr. Hallman was an avid musician. While at the University of Texas, Dr. Hallman played trombone in the Longhorn Band and was elected to Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. He played euphonium in the UT Symphonic Band and received the Outstanding Band Member Award. He was also elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Scholastic Society. Dr. Hallman was elected to the Longhorn Band Hall of Honor in 1998. Between 1993 and 1999 Doctor Hallman toured each summer with the American Winds Concert Band and played solos in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, and Greece. Of special interest were his solo appearances with the Dallas Wind Symphony in Myerson Symphony Center, The Texas Wind Symphony in the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, and the Doctors Orchestra of Houston in the Hobby Center. While at the Texas Heart Institute, Dr. Hallman founded and directed "The Heartbeats," an all-Doctor band, which became very successful in performance and notoriety. Dr. Hallman was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Houston Symphony and was a Chair Sponsor. For forty years he sponsored a brass ensemble concert as part of the Houston Friends of Music concert series at Rice University. Dr. Hallman was a member of the Board of Governors of the Shepherd (School of Music) Society at Rice University, and Chairman of the Executive Board of Summit Brass.

Mr. Montgomery passed away in November of 2016.


Tawnya was the first female active member of the Delta Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Emporia State in November of 1994. Her activation was pivotal in opening the door to both chapters at ESU to members of the opposite sex.


Brother of the Gamma Omega chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi passed away January 28, 2017.


Marveo passed on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem. He was a 2008 graduate of North Rowan High School, a 2013 graduate of Winston Salem State University and he was employed at Wells Fargo. He was a faithful member of World of Faith Outreach Ministry where he played drums, taught Sunday School, drove a van and was trustee. Marveo was a brother of the Kappa Lambda chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Winston-Salem State University. 40 - Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma

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PAST ΤΒΣ NATIONAL PRESIDENT (1963-65) Josephine Carmosino was born in Boulder, CO, to Donato and Alice on June 4, 1921. She attended the University of Colorado where she was a drum majorette. She won the title, Miss Boulder, in 1941. Jo married Wayman E. Walker February 15, 1943. She was a wonderful mother who raised her sons, Skip and Carl, in Greeley CO. She always kept her boys busy with fun activities, crafts, games, and lots of parties.She taught music at Franklin and Jackson Elementary Schools. She also directed band, orchestra, chorus, and musical theatre productions with elementary students including The Mikado and The Sound of Music. She supported Wayman in his role as director of bands at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She sponsored the Alpha Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority. She also served as Tau Beta Sigma National President 1963-65. And the parties after Wayman's band concerts were legendary.Jo earned a Masters Degree in Art from UNC. Upon retirement Wayman and Jo moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ. Jo was active at Our Lady of the Lake Church directing children's Christmas programs, providing hours of volunteer work and cooking innumerable spaghetti dinners. She was also active in the Arizona chapter of the American Association of University Women and enjoyed playing golf with her friends in the London Bridge Golf Club. Josephine passed on October 15, 2016.

Thomas J. Samuelrich, 48, was taken from us suddenly on February 14, 2017. Born July 10, 1968, “Tommy” was a lifelong resident of Windsor Locks, CT. He was a graduate from University of Connecticut where he pledged Kappa Kappa Psi - Delta Omicron in 1987 and also marched in the UConn marching band and was a dedicated supporter of the UConn women’s basketball team. Thomas was a Child Protective Investigator for the State of CT Department of Children and Families for 15 years. When he first moved to Palm Bay he became an investigations social worker for DCF Florida. In 2016, he was inspired by his love of children to become certified in Elementary Education. He was very proud of his work protecting, educating, and caring for all children. He loved children and they have always been drawn to him. His gentle loving spirit was clear to see. He and his husband are adoptive parents to their 3 children. They were the center of his world and always filled his heart with joy. He was and always will be a proud father. Tommy was a proud member of Orlando Gay Parents group and leaves behind many loving families and children from the group.

Her beloved family and friends celebrate her beautiful 95 years.


PAST ΚΚΨ NATIONAL PRESIDENT (1977-1979) Donald A. Stanley passed away on November 23, 2016. Professor of Music and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, he was elected to the position of National President of Kappa Kappa Psi in August, 1977. It was during National Convention proceedings that the traditional term “Grand” was replaced with the title “National,” in referring to members of the Council and to the National Chapter. During his time as National President emphasis was placed upon service to bands, and methods of improving the total program of the Fraternity. It was also during the 1977-79 biennium that all indebtedness of the Fraternity was eliminated, paving the way for new and expanding national programs. A Tuba player and master educator, Don left a legacy of excellence in his performing ensembles and a firm foundation for the growth of Kappa Kappa Psi.


Katrina Renee Seaburn passed on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. She was a senior at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She was majoring in accounting. She was a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and the Accounting Club. She was a 2013 honors graduate from Curwensville Area Junior-Senior High School. Not only did she excel in academics, she was also a stand-out athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was named as a Progressland Athlete of the Week in basketball while in high school. She

was also a champion baton twirler, using her talents as a Golden Tide feature twirler for three years at Riverside Stadium. She then became a majorette at Clarion University, where she was captain for three of the four years she was on the field. She earned numerous twirling awards, which ranged from local competitions to regional, state, international and worldtitles. She was named as 2011 T.U. International Duet Strut champion as well as a T.U. Regional Majorette that same year. She was a member of both Dream Catchers Twirling & Dance Academy of Clearfield and Touch of Gold Baton & Flag teams of Curwensville. PODIUM.KKYTBS.ORG - 41


Alumni NEWS

Band Matters Podcast by Marc Nichelson Zeta Xi, Gamma Phi (Alumni) - ΚΚΨ Host of Band Matters Podcast


uring my time in college, I was privileged enjoy many classes that added value to my degree. This coupled with my time in Kappa Kappa Psi, learning much about being a leader and being able to foster my love for band, made a difference for my career as a music educator. Many of those classes are what formed me into the educator I am today. However, I always go back to one class that I felt added extra value on a pragmatic level. This class was called Band Administration taught by Fred Allen at Stephen F. Austin State University. This class was about HOW to function as a band director inside of the school setting. This is where we synthesized all the music education classes into the actual task of being a band director. As many of my peers agree, this is where we all learned the true basics of being a band director before ever setting foot in a band hall as a director. This class included rehearsal techniques, discipline management, director interviews, and so much more. Many of the student would fondly remember having to prepare to protect their band program from the budget cuts of the devious superintendent (played by Fred Allen). The idea of having a single class that packed so much real world information has prepared so many students for their career. As an avid podcast listener, I saw an opportunity to meld something

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com (Clarinet Podcast) and (great band resource site) that represent great pedagogical resources available on a variety of platforms.

I loved into a tool for music educators everywhere. The Band Matters Podcast began as a way for me to get better as a director by simply talking to directors who were older, wiser, and more talented than me. I wanted to ask them about all the things they did in their band hall and find ways I could implement that into my philosophy. During that time, I was visiting with another Kappa Kappa Psi alumni (Jeremy Abshire) about starting a podcast and what equipment was needed to make the whole thing work. Once I saw the ins and outs of making a podcast I knew that there was a better service I could do for all band directors out there. I set out to record some of the best and brightest in our field and make it free and easily available to everyone. Thus, the Band Matters Podcast was born. This joins a community sites and podcasts like Crossingthebreak.

At the heart of it all is a desire to serve the band community by providing great content that helps band directors become better educators. We spend so much time pouring ourselves into our band programs that sometimes we aren’t afforded the opportunity to make ourselves better. What a better way, to be able to take over the radio on their drive to work and let them have a mini TMEA workshop through listening to great educators unpack what they are doing in their band program and grab a few tools for their program, or something inspiring to them. This also is a great tool for those of you in college preparing to become band directors. This is quickly becoming a place where new band directors can come and hear great information from the “real world”. The whole premise stands on one idea: every band student deserves a great band director.

Please check out the Band Matters Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or at Follow and like us on Facebook ( bandmatterspodcast) and Twitter (@ realbandmatters).

Spring 2017

The official publication of Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma



President Jack D. Lee, III, 129 Continental Lane, Hillsboro, TX 76645; Phone: 817.729.5841;

President Kathryn G. Kelly, M.D., 712 Symphony Woods Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901; Phone: 202.549.9557;

Vice President for Colonization & Membership Evan Thompson, 16 Hilliard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150; Phone: 803.840.4418;

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

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

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

Vice President for Student Affairs Zac Humphrey, 2310 9th St N, Apt 204, Arlington, VA 22201; Phone: 740.405.8025;

Vice President for Communications & Recognition Erika Pope, 3236 Spring Cove Circle, Memphis, TN 38119; Phone: 501.416.1191;

Vice President for Professional Relations Dr. Douglas F. Stotter, PO Box 19105, Arlington, TX 76019-0105;

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

KKΨ Alumni Association Chair Alison Beidler, 524 W. Uwchlan Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335; Phone: 610.442.7040;

TBΣ Alumni Association Chair Justin Brady, 657 10th Ave, Apt 20 New York, NY 10036; Phone: 618.210.2201;

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; Tammi J. Ramsey, 2453 Birch Bark Trail Grove City, OH 43123; Phone: 330.421.7844;

North Central Carrie M. Webster, 110 Harmony Ave. East Peoria, IL 61611; Phone: 630.818.6588; Kellie M. Leitz, 5757 Mt. Vernon Drive Milford, OH 45150; Phone: 513.702.2890;

Northeast Marie Burleigh, 1807 N. 23rd St, Clarksburg, WV 26301-1530; Phone: 304.669.9280; Michael Napolitano, 70 Kent Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590; Phone: 845.214.5542;

Northeast Anthony B. Barbir, 2310 9th St N Apt 204, Arlington, VA 22201; Phone: 925.765.4061; Allison M. Leemann,180 Ravine Drive Matawan, NJ 07747; Phone: 908.461.0899;

Southeast Latrondrick Hunter, 2110 Sullivan Road, Huntsville, AL 35810; Phone: 256.698.7043; Dr. Craig Aarhus, Mississippi State University, PO Box 6162, Mississippi State, MS 39762; Phone: 662.325.2713;

Southeast Lee Commander, 206 Wheatherbine Way W, Tallahassee, FL 32301; Phone: 850.843.3630;

Southwest Toni Castle, 3755 FM 1694 Robstown, TX 78380; Phone: 361.549.0035; Kalem O. Graham, 2513 W Oklahoma Ave Guthrie, OK 73044; Phone: 540.664.1702; Clinton J. Wieden, 7301 SW Lee Blvd. Apt. 518 Lawton, OK 73505; Phone: 405.714.3181; Western Charlene A. Ronne, 1647 Belleville WayApt #O Sunnyvale, CA 94087; Phone: 310.560.1653; Lance A. Coochyouma, PO Box 1531 Higley, AZ 85236; Phone: 928.606.0350;

Southwest Donnelle' Mitchell, 5337 N. MacArthur Blvd Apt 1118 Irving, TX 75038; Phone: 903.747.0029; Kathy Webster, 1610 East Highway 67 Mount Pleasant, TX 75455; Phone: 214.546.1397; Western Meghan Fay Olswanger, 2732 N. Vallin Ave, Meridian, ID 83646; Phone: 909.215.6011; Vanessa McPherson, 8523 Paradise Valley Rd Apt 238 Spring Valley, CA 91977; Phone: 619.227.5222;



Don’t forget to notify the PODIUM of your new address

National Headquarters Kappa Kappa Psi Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Fraternity/Sorority P.O. Box 849 Stillwater, OK 74076-0849

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Complete above and return with old address label to: Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma P.O. Box 849, Stillwater, OK 74076-0849

PODIUM & BATON INDEXING PROJECT The Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma history and archives teams are excited to announce a project to index the joint publication of our organizations, The Podium. The Baton is the early year’s publication for Kappa Kappa Psi and is included in this indexing project. The history of our organizations comes alive when you look back at older editions of the publications. As part of the process to document the history of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, we are embarking on this project now so that by 2019 we will be in the position to provide a documented history of our organizations. If you would like to assist in this project, please contact Aaron Moore at You will be able to do this indexing on your on time and schedule. You will be asked what edition of the Podium or Baton you would like to index (possibly the years you were an active member). We will send you that edition as a PDF document, along with an Excel file to document the issue, instructions, and an example issue.


Thank you for supporting Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. We hope you will see the value in this project and commit to indexing one or more issues.


The Podium Spring 2017  

The Polar Express arrives at National Headquarters.

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