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ONTENTS Spring 2006


Time Circuits On, Flux Capacitor... Fluxing by Tony Geronimos ....................................4 Letter to the Fraternity by Rod Chesnutt, Ph.D .................................................................5 Thank You! by Kathy Godwin ..........................................................................................................6 One Man's Sruggle for His One-Handed Sax by Leslie Scifres ...........................................6 Service and Self-Sacrifice by Louis Buehling ..........................................................................7 Happy Campers at FSU Summer Music Camp by Caitlin McGuire ...........................8 Putting on District by Kiyana Spaulding ....................................................................9 Colonization 101 by Malinda M. Matney, Ph.D and Kimbi Sigle .......................................10 Summer Leadership Symposia by Adam Cantley ....................................................15 A Centennial Celebration by Clinton Wieden .................................................................16 Striving for the Highest by Kristalynn Kindschuh ...................................................................17 The Corps Life, Living in the Bond by Jennifer Wright ..............................................18 Two CFRs, Twice the Excitement

by Jen Murdock and Phil Rubin .............................19

Kappa Kappa Psi Matching Grant Program by Derrick Mills and Dr. Kirk Randazzo....20 Student News ...........................................................................................................25 Tau Beta Sigma Celebrates Sixty Years ...................................................................31

On the Cover: The cover of the Spring 2006 Historical Edition of the Podium features a compilation of some very significant historical items and pictures associated with the fraternity and sorority. This issue is one of many that will celebrate our foundations and pay tribute to those who have contributed so much in the past. Their influence is felt in the present and will certainly help carry us into the future.


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The PODIUM is a Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma publication issued twice per year, in the spring and fall. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are non-profit organizations. STAFF Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, USAF (Ret.)...........Publisher Marcus A. Brown........Editor/Publications Manager Dixie Mosier-Greene....Headquarters Administrator Di Spiva...................................National Accountant Carolyn Steckel......................Membership Services Phil Rubin........KKY Chapter Field Representative

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Executive Director Executive Director... National

From the

Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, USAF (Ret.) National Executive Director


rothers & Sisters of KKY & TBS...

As this issue of the PODIUM was put together, the impact of those who laid the foundations of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma became even clearer to those of us working on this special ‘Historical Edition’. We celebrate the history made as we feature special articles recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Tau Beta Sigma. We are so fortunate that so many of the Sorority’s early leaders are not only with us, but continue to participate in an active way. We are so thankful for women such as Wava Henry and Janet Miller, both Life Trustee Board Members who have contributed so much to Tau Beta Sigma. The Alpha Chapters at Oklahoma State University are featured in a special article that focuses on the Centennial Celebration of OSU Bands. I had the honor of attending some of the festivities, and I want all to know how proud I am of both Alpha Chapters for the work they did in helping to put a magnificent display together for the many OSU Band Alumi who attended. Because we are in the same community with the Alpha Chapters, all of us at the National Headquarters have enjoyed a close association with the Alphas. I want to acknowledge them and thank them on behalf of the Fraternity &Sorority for the many times that they have spent hours volunteering to help us with mailings, filing, and other special projects that have contributed to the benefit of KKY & TBS. Another celebration highlighted in this issue is the 50th Anniversary of the Gamma Nu Chapter of KKY and the Alpha Omega Chapter of TBS at Florida State University. Many of our national leaders have direct ties to the FSU chapters, and Dr. Jim Croft, recently retired Director of Bands at FSU was my mentor, as well. We salute both FSU chapters for the many years of service! Kappa Kappa Psi is rapidly approaching its 90th Anniversary in two more years, and there are going to be more opportunities to reflect on the positive impact that KKY & TBS have made and continue to make in the world of university & college bands. We can’t sit on our accomplishments of the past, grand as they may be. There are new leadership symposia to explore and energetic work on the archives is ongoing! Celebrate our history made, and take an active role in making history in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma!!

Calendar 2006 March 3-5 • MWD Convention in Ames, Iowa Hosted by the Iowa State University Chapters: Iota Omega Chapter of KKY & the Theta Xi Chapter of TBS March 17-19 • NED Convention in Petersburg, Virginia Hosted by the Virginia State University Chapters: Zeta Psi Chapter of KKY and the Epsilon Rho Chapter of TBS March 24-26 • NCD Convention in Huntington, West Virginia Hosted by the Marshall University Chapter: Zeta Lambda Chapter of KKY March 24-26 • SED Convention in Greenville, South Carolina Hosted by Clemson University: Kappa Beta Chapter of KKY March 31 - April 2 • WD Convention in Ontario, California Hosted by the University of California at Los Angeles Chapters Psi Chapter of KKY and the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of TBS April • 1 - Chapter Summary Reports mailed out to chapter April 21-23 • SWD Convention in Lubbock, Texas Hosted by the Texas Tech University Chapters: Alpha Omicron Chapter of KKY & the Beta Chapter of TBS May 1 • Postmark deadline for articles for The Podium Fall 2006 issue June 1 • Deadline for Chapter Summary Report June 17 • KKPsi Leadership Symposium Session #1, Louisville, Kentucky July • 1 - Deadline for ΚΚΨ A. Frank Martin and J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award applications July 8 • KKY Leadership Symposium Session #2, Dallas, Texas July 19-23 • Summer National Council Meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma July 21-23 • District Leadership Conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma August 29 • Chapter Personnel Report mailed out to chapters September 30 • Deadline for Chapter Fee and Membership Dues (For Chapters beginning school before September 15) October • 15 - Deadline for Chapter Fee and Membership Dues (for chapters beginning school after September 15) • 31 - 25% late fee, chapter fee and member dues in effect November 1 • Postmark deadline for articles for The Podium Spring 2006 November 15 • 25% late fee, chapter fee and member dues in effect (for chapters beginning school after September 15)


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Time Circuits On, Flux Capacitor... Fluxing

By Tony Geronimos, Gamma Nu KKY and Alpha Omega TBS, Florida State University



years has always seemed like a good deal of time. It seemed even farther away this past weekend at Florida State University and not just because of the Alumni Band that was marching and playing along side of the current members of the Marching Chiefs. And it was not because Marty McFly traveled the space-time continuum in a matter of hours, either. This weekend marked the celebration of 50 years of service to the College Bands by the ΓΝ chapter of ΚΚΨ and the ΑΩ chapter of ΤΒΣ. In 50 years, both organizations have initiated over 2,000 members combined, and currently have an active roster of 80 members. Though both chapters were actually founded on May 14th, 1955, the Band Alumni Association, along with the active chapters and the College of Music, decided it would be appropriate to celebrate this monumental achievement when there would be alumni in town, and what better weekend than Homecoming? With the help of Al Sergel, Florence Ashby, several College of Music faculty members, and the active chapters, the celebration was planned as a 3-day marathon of events, culminating in a brunch Sunday morning. The festivities began Friday, October 28th, at 7:30 p.m. in Opperman Music Hall. This function was the 1st annual Homecoming Concert, a long-overdue start of a tradition at FSU. Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, Director of Bands, decided to dedicate the performance to the 50th anniversary of the chapters, and therefore the entire concert was ΚΚΨ/ΤΒΣ related. One of the pieces performed, “The Seasons,” by Phillip Sparke, was commissioned by the organizations. This was the Southeast District premiere of the piece, and it was met with great enthusiasm. In addition to the instrumental performance, both chapters were given an opportunity to sing individually, and closed the concert with the “Hymn to Unity.” Florence Ashby, a founding member of ΑΩ, gave a 10 minute presentation which included chapter history as well as some history about the Marching Chiefs. She was able to bring into perspective the world of Manley Whitcomb, who came

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from The Ohio State University. Manley Whitcomb brought with him three things: the Chiefs’ marching style, ΚΚΨ/ ΤΒΣ, and Charlie Carter, who was a beloved arranger for the Chiefs and one of a select few recipients of the Gamma Nu DSMM holders (From left to right) Chris Haughee, Al Sergel, Dr. Cliff Distinguished Madsen, Dr. Jim Croft and Dr. Bentley Shellahamer, were featured speakers. Service to Music Medal (DSMM). The concert also Tony Geronimos (ΚΚΨ). There were two highlighted the career of Dr. Bentley Shel- founding members in attendance; Florence lahamer, longtime sponsor of ΓΝ, as well Ashby for ΑΩ and Paul Ort for ΓΝ. Ms. as a great conductor who will be retiring Ashby gave an extended presentation on at the end of the school year. As a special the history of the organizations, similar to presentation, Dr. Shellahamer was award- the one on Friday, but much more in-depth. ed the DSMM for his outstanding career. There were several other speakers, includDr. Dunnigan commented that it may ing Dr. Jayne Standley, Dr. Cliff Madsen, have been prudent to wait until after he and Dr. Jim Croft. Dr. Croft and Dr. Madconducted to award him the medal, seeing sen, along with Dr. Shellahamer, Al Sergel as he almost did not make it through the III, and Chris Haughee, are all the living piece due to being overcome with emo- recipients of the DSMM from ΓΝ. The tion. Following the concert the brothers brunch also included vocal performances of ΓΝ performed a part of the ritual for all by the ΑΩ chapter and the ΓΝ chapter (who alumni who wished to attend. invited the alumni to perform with them), The celebration continued on Saturday, and a video presentation of interviews about with the joint performance of the Chiefs the chapters and their influence in the Coland the Alumni Band during pre-game of lege of Music. The weekend was closed out the FSU vs. Maryland game (whose chap- by all the alumni joining the active chapter also recently celebrated their 50th- our ters in singing the “Hymn to the Garnet and congratulations go out to them). Brother Gold.” David Westbury, who is an alumnus of Short of having a Delorean with a flux caΓΝ and also happens to be the “Voice of pacitor, the likelihood of experiencing so the Marching Chiefs,” announced that the much history in one weekend is slim. The Chiefs would be dedicating the day’s per- active members and alumni in attendance formance to the chapters in honor of their will always have memories of this great achievement. Alumni brothers and sis- weekend which celebrated the efforts of so ters were encouraged to wear recognition many to serve the bands, especially people ribbons that were provided by the active such as Florence Ashby and Paul Ort, who chapters. began this journey 50 years ago, and thankThe pinnacle of the extensive weekend fully were able to continue it this weekend. was met on Sunday. The brunch was a Here’s to another great 50 years of serving major success, with over 170 members the bands! in attendance. The Masters of Ceremonies for the brunch were the current active presidents, Allison Gorski (ΤΒΣ) and

Kappa Kappa Psi

National Honorary Band Fraternity

October 12, 2005 Dear Brothers, On several occasions, National Council members and the Board of Trustees have addressed hazing. The idea that putting someone at risk emotionally or physically whom we have taken an oath to support as a Brother does not make sense. As Scott Stowell has stated on several occasions, are we not our Brothers’ keeper? What does it say about a family when members mentally and/or physically abuse each other? I have heard the explanation that hazing makes the new members stronger. That is the same response provided by an abusive parent. Both are illegal! Both put the family at risk! Leaders in our Fraternity at all levels have appealed to the hearts and the minds of our Brotherhood. When we haze, we place the Fraternity in financial peril and we place individuals at physical or mental peril. To what extent has been documented and revisited. We recognize and respect that each college campus is unique in both the band culture and the campus culture. As I was talking to a dear friend this week, she pointed out that those cultures must recognize and respect that they are a part of a greater culture, that of humanity. True, on some campuses hazing is allowed within the band program. It is my professional opinion that this is wrong! Music is the expression of what makes us human, and I know of no truly musical, expressive ensemble that relies on hazing to create an aesthetic experience. If we are truly leaders in our bands, then we should elevate our bands to a more enlightened approach to developing musical and leadership skills. Kappa Kappa Psi should elevate and refine the culture as opposed to being defined by past impositions. In spite of these efforts, we still have chapters and individuals who choose to haze. Problems for our chapters occur when they move outside the parameters of the National Constitution. No chapter or individual takes precedence over the National Chapter and our Brotherhood. We do not recognize any membership status outside the National Constitution. We do not recognize any activities that do not benefit the individual and the band in a positive manner. We are sworn to protect the National Chapter and the national Brotherhood. Kappa Kappa Psi’s National Council and Board of Trustees have the responsibility to ensure the health of the Fraternity regarding legal, financial and educational issues. Therefore, any chapter suspected of hazing will be immediately suspended with an investigation to follow. This investigation may be conducted by the university, or by a member designated by the National President with the approval of that university. If there is an atmosphere conducive to hazing, that chapter will be dropped from the active roll. If individuals [including alumni] are identified, they will be subject to expulsion from the Fraternity. This letter is meant to clearly define the expectations of the Brotherhood. We should all evaluate our membership activities for prospective members and active members and determine how we can make ourselves stronger. We should elevate each other as equal participants in our Fraternity and college bands. Fraternally,

Rod Chesnutt, Ph.D, National President, Kappa Kappa Psi


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Thank you!

By Kathy Godwin, National President, TBS


wanted to send a note out to all of my sisters and brothers in Tau Beta Sigma to let them know I appreciate the work that they do to improve our Sorority, our bands, our communities and our schools. The work you do now helps us all immeasurably and will help build better bands for some time to come With this I also wanted to remind each of you about the importance of thanking those around you. We are a service organization. Yes, that should be a focus for each person on each campus and each alumnus still continuing to serve. However, we all know at times we can be discouraged ourselves or see others in our groups that are burned out. Have you ever stopped to wonder why? I know that we all can be in Tau Beta Sigma because we love the sisterhood, we love the service, we see an impact on the bands and the communities, and we have fun at the same. I don't know of a time I've ever heard of someone tell me they stay in

Tau Beta Sigma because of the praises and accolades they receive constantly.

true for a committee chair or even stepping outside and thinking about those in your ensembles, your instructors and classmates.

In reality though, an occasional thank you from a peer, a friend, an instructor, an officer, or a sister can have a lasting effect. When each of you has those stressful moments, whether meeting that deadline to get the district publication out or setting up for a band contest or helping with uniform check out, you remember the time that someone did stop and say thanks. You'd have done the work anyway, but just one person stopping to say thanks can make the stress and work seem all the more worthwhile. Now, not only do you know yourself that your chapter did something well, but someone let you know that you made an impact and they appreciate it.

Realize, too, this remains the same long after you have left active membership. Showing appreciation for others and their actions can benefit you in your personal and professional lives, as well.

Keep in mind that we can all help with attitude and lessen burn out, if we stop at times to appreciate the time, work, and commitment we all put into it. A chapter president's job is easier with great committees and officers, so remember to thank those that help you. The same holds

Appreciate each other and help with encouragement so that we foster the ideals we all have in Tau Beta Sigma. The more we can do that together, the more we can build the organization and reach out to others who realize how positive and energized we are. Without all the work you all do and have done, Tau Beta Sigma could not be where it is today. So, again, I say thank you.

Tau Beta Sigma for Greater Bands!

One Man’s Struggle for his One-handed Sax By Leslie Scifres, Theta Mu, University of Nebraska at Kearney, TBS


’m sure that right now there are several people that read the title and wondered, “What is a one-handed saxophone?” Many of the music students here at UNK thought the exact same thing. Let me tell you about this amazing instrument that has made it possible for one man to continue on with his musical career. Dr. David Nabb is associate professor


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here at our fair school. Tragically in 2000, he suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to work or play. As he began his slow recovery process, many thought that he would not be able to play his beloved saxophone again. It is then that he teamed up with Jeff Stelling of Stelling Brass and Winds. Since 2000, they have worked on Dr. Nabb’s vision. He wanted to continue

to play the saxophone but use only his fully functional right hand. This was a daunting task that would take years to develop and produce. On April 1, 2005, the one-handed saxophone was premiered. While it was a successful concert, there was only one thing lacking. Funding. This is where the mem-

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from STRUGGLE, Page 6 bers of the Theta Mu chapter of Tau Beta Sigma have decided to step in and help. We are launching a national fundraiser and service project to benefit the production of the one-handed saxophone. We want to show to the public and to some skeptics that you can continue to play even after a horrible tragedy, such as a stroke, that could leave your entire left side paralyzed. Several members of our chapter took it upon themselves to go and talk to Dr. Nabb about ways to help get the word out about his one-handed saxophone and how we

could help him get funding for the production of the instrument. This is a cause that would not only help him, but help countless players of accidents, diseases, etc. in their quest to learn to love to play the saxophone again or to just learn how to play it for the first time. We discovered that he desperately needed help filling out countless grant proposals and on developing his website with updated information. Dr. Nabb has already single-handedly helped one player with his quest to continue his music path. In 2003, sixteen year old Kyungsun Orr, of South Carolina, lost his arm in a horrible plane accident. Kyungsun now leases the

“toggle-key” prototype from Dr. Nabb’s UNK One-Handed Woodwinds Program. Kyungsun may be the only other person in the world that has one of these unique instruments, but there have been at least 15 requests so far for one. The music community must be told about this fantastic opportunity to show that music will never be silenced.

Service and Self-Sacrifice

By Louis Buehling, Epsilon Beta, University of Central Arkansas, KKY


hen you think of service, what comes to mind? Aside from all the amazing things we do for the band and music departments of our schools, what do you think of when you hear the word "service"? I’ve heard things ranging from doing basic good deeds to joining the military. Well, what I think of, and what I’m going to be talking about is self-sacrifice. I was always “that guy” in band at my high school. I would be the “drill sergeant” during marching rehearsals, of course now I see how yelling at people to, “get in your spot now!” doesn’t really work. I was the quartermaster and section leader of two sections. My band director made me switch to tuba my senior year from trumpet. I was the student that hung out in the band room to practice or just chill with my band director. To get right down to it, band saved me from being suspended or kicked out of school. I was a 100% band geek. I’m sure we all were at some time “that guy” or “girl.” That’s why we’re in these organizations. We want to further this great program of music that has brought us together with life long friends or girl/boy friends or even husband and wife to make it the best we can. We want other people to experience

the amazing things that we have. That’s why tradition stands strong with us! Of course without work on our behalf, these traditions eventually fade. Just think of going to a Hogs game at U of A and when they “call the hogs” it’s a mild hum of “whoo....” Or “The Tiger Rag” becomes the most boring marching song out there all because there weren’t these great organizations to further and promote their band! I think that is a thing that is over looked in our organizations sometimes. I mean sure we all give up our time and efforts to set up/tear down band and what not, but haven’t we all heard some members complaining about their work? We all do it at some point in our organizational lives. The stress of classes, band, our nagging parents or significant others, all of these things on top of the fact that I don’t get to go straight to dinner after band like everyone else because I have to unload the dratted equipment truck, or I don’t get to spend that extra five minutes with my girlfriend because I’ve got to go to meeting! Well my brothers and sisters, it’s time to take the “I” out of SERVICE... making it a word that doesn’t exist, but you get the point. I think that, by joining a service organization, we have signed a contract with our chapter and the national chapter, to give every last bit of extra effort and time to the band. Of course I’m not saying go

...yelling at people to, “get in your spot now!” doesn’t really work.

on with your major in college and minor in Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma. I’m just saying that, through the selection of our elders, we have been chosen to work and work hard for the program that has given us so much, and we should take what we’ve been given and we should run with it!!! There’s so much that we can do just through a little extra effort. We all know how much those little details can affect someone/thing. So if you don’t get to go eat with your friends outside of the organizations then go eat with your brothers and sisters. If your girl/boyfriend really cares, they can spare the extra time. It’s the little sacrifices that add up and count. And through that our band programs and music departments can and will flourish. Instead of complaining about it, get pepped up about it! “Heck yeah sweatin’ in the sun.” But always remember that you don’t have to do anything, but what you desire to do is what counts. The point is, with the kind of force like love and devotion behind us in the band, it’s time that we give back as much as we have gotten from Band, if not more. I’m not saying it’s time that we all major in music and do nothing but band, no, there’s no such utopia and we all have our priorities that extend out of band. I’m just saying that if it’s in your power to go the extra mile sometime, to STRIVE FOR THE HIGHEST at some point on a project for the organizations and the band, then do it. To throw both mottos together, “Strive for Greater Bands”. It’s what Boh did and Wava does.


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Happy Campers at FSU Summer Music Camps By Caitlin McGuire, Alpha Omega, Florida State University, TBS,



he Florida State University runs a How will you promote the existence and goals, and my attitude toward a task and summer music camp every sum- welfare of band programs and create a re- an accomplishment constantly.”... “I will mer for middle and high school spect and appreciation for band activities continue to improve my professionalism students. Various camps such as and achievements in your community after ant work to influence others to spread, proDouble Reed Workshop, Sym- graduation? 3. How have you demonstrat- mote, and create the existence and respect phonic Band Camp, Honors Jazz Camp, ed generosity of the mind, heart, and hand of band programs in my community.”... “I Marching Band Leadership, and many by serving your band, school, and commu- truly do enjoy teaching and helping stuothers for chorus, orchestra, and band, run nity, and what affect did it have on you? dents understand what they are working at.” The applications were scored by a comLu Mi Woodall is a junior clarinet player for a total of six weeks. The camps are a great opportunity for students throughout mittee of six sisters, and three winners from Lake Gibson Senior High in LakeFlorida and the United States to receive were selected; Viviana Santiago, Stepha- land, FL. She writes: “I have strengthened a fun and educational music experience. nie Prestigiacomo, and Lu Mi Woodall. my musical achievement by taking clarinet Viviana Santiago is a senior flute player lessons in middle school and high school to There are theory classes, small ensembles, solo opportunities, sectionals, master at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, improve my performance both as an indiclasses, and band rehearsals offered to the FL. She writes: “Striving to become a vidual and as a member of my high school 1300 plus students who attend the camp better role model and leader for younger band.”... “I currently, and will in the future, support the imevery year. It is portance of music a great recruitin the schools and ment tool for the not only with the college of music band department and the marchbut other departing band and it ments of music is a wonderful such as vocal, oropportunity for chestra, piano, guiany student who tar, etc.”... “I love attends. The only helping others and real drawback to I love staying busy the camp is the after school – it’s cost. Attending my anti-drug!” the main twoWe are so proud week senior high of these young symphonic band women musicians. camp costs a toThe scholarship tal of $746.00. Sisters with our scholarship winners L-R: Toni Hyde SP02, Sarah Widner SP04, Lu Mi Woodall, Viviana SanThis is where tiago, Stephanie Prestigiacomo, Christina Dimitry SP02, Caitlin McGuire SP03, Ashley Contreras FA04, Amelia program could not Pye SP04 have been a sucthe Alpha Omemembers of my band has pushed me to cess without these two outstanding ladies ga Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma steps in! achieve excellence in my playing as well representing us at camp. They were three This summer marked the second anas to maintain a positive spirit and at- of the top musicians at the camp and their nual Tau Beta Sigma Summer Music titude.”... “I hope to one day influence dedication and enthusiasm about music Camp Scholarship. We donated a total of the lives of students and adults to see the was apparent not only through the conver$1046.00 for three scholarships, one full beauty and power of music as my direc- sations we had with them, but in the way and two partial, for three women musicians tor has done for me.”... “coming into my they regarded their rehearsals and classes. to attend the Senior High Symphonic Band junior year as an officer, my eyes were They were a positive role model for the Camp. The scholarships are essay based, opened to the importance of selfless lead- women in their bands and for all of their and our essay topics were taken directly ership and simply kind-hearted generosity fellow campers. This is the second year we from the preamble and helped us recognize towards younger members of the band.” have offered this scholarship, and we hope a scholarship recipient who personified Stephanie Prestigiacomo is a senior per- it will continue to grow and give even more the ideals of the sisterhood. The questions cussionist at Ridgewood High School in students the opportunity to attend summer were: 1. How have you strengthened your New Port Richey, FL. She writes: “Par- music camp at Florida State University! musical achievement, demonstrated leadership, and idealism through leadership ticipation in band has helped me learn and active participation with the band? 2. to reevaluate my teaching strategies, my

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Putting on District

By Kiyana Spaulding, Kappa Beta, Clemson University, KKY


t’s only fitting that the theme for the upcoming 2006 Southeast District Convention is “A Rising Star.” After all, we here at Kappa Beta at Clemson University are certainly striving for the highest of heights as far as our expectations go for KKPsi and TBS’s highly anticipated SED Convention. However, I’ll bet you didn’t know that “A Rising Star” is also the official city motto of Greenville, SC, where hundreds and hundreds of brothers will be congregated in only a few short months. At the conclusion of the 2005 Southeast District Convention, it was announced that we, the Kappa Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, would be the host of the following district convention in 2006. SED will take place in Greenville, SC from March 23, 2006 until March 26, 2006. We were so excited to hear that we had received the bid, and we knew that we had a lot of work to do given the quality of past conventions. You would never imagine how many ideas a brotherhood 27-strong can come up with in the mere 24 hours after receiving a bid. Within hours, even the most introspective of brothers had formulated opinions on everything from banquet menus to delegate placards to social events. Even our uncrossed membership class felt instantly involved. As a chapter, Kappa Beta is hoping to bring as many fun and innovative ideas as we possibly can to this district convention. If coming up with so many ideas weren’t exciting enough, the feedback from other brothers and sisters from surrounding chapters seemed to just push it that much further. After receiving the bid, we were recognized as Kappa Beta, and we got so many responses from brothers and sisters

Brothers of Kappa Beta, Kappa Kappa Psi, Hold up a flag for the Southeast District. about what they would like to see. This helps us in our planning so that we can make the convention experience the best that it possibly can be. The last time that Kappa Beta has hosted a district convention was back in 2000. We hope to surpass the success that was attained by that convention and go beyond what is expected of us. Our district issues chair, Samotria Holmes, has been overseeing the process and organizing the event so that the convention can run as smoothly and easily as possible. The chapter was split up into 9 different committees. Committees are in charge of anything going from displays and merchants which take care of all items being sold by any chapters present, to meeting spaces and banquet. One important aspect the chapter considered, for example, was fitting all chapters in the same room for the banquet, a task proven difficult at conventions to date. While we understood that space restrictions have forced the banquet to be in separate

...we have arranged it so that everyone will be together to break bread in 2006.

rooms in the past, we have arranged it so that everyone will be together to break bread in 2006. Besides, as the old Kappa Beta adage goes, “A brotherhood that eats together, stays together.” All information regarding SED 2006 can be found on a link located on the Kappa Beta website at Although we do not have a TBS chapter here at Clemson University, we will strive to accommodate the needs of our fellow sorority to the best of our ability. We hope that all brothers and sisters will inform us of any questions and comments that they might regarding SED. Convention is known to be a great time had by all. This brings on a lot of work for us and by the time March rolls around it will almost seem like a “whirlwind of rising stars”, but with brotherhood and an insane passion for all that we do, Kappa Beta is up for the challenge. We hope that all who attend will leave remembering the good times they shared with their brothers and sisters.


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Colonization 101:

By Malinda M. Matney, Ph.D. National VP for Colonization and Membership, KKY and Kimbi Sigle National VP for Colonization and Membership, TBS an installation day.


any chapters and members have asked each of us about how they might help in our national colonization programs. Some are interested in how colonization works, and others want to help colonies in progress. The best way to help is to be informed about what colonization is and is not. From there, we can help you help our colonies – our future Brothers and Sisters. The colony’s basic job is two fold The colony has enormous work when you think about the impact of what it is expected to do: 1) To form a lasting group that will stand the test of years in service to their university bands as new members join and as older Brothers or Sisters graduate and pursue post-college lives. 2) To meet the standards to join a National Fraternity or Sorority dedicated to our national mission and purposes. There is a need to communicate both locally and nationally. Locally, communication is key with directors, with members, and with the band as a whole. This national communication is vital, because in the absence of the reports (and particularly using our format, which walks the colony and others on the advising team through the various areas in which it should be working), we have to conclude that nothing is happening. What do we expect of a colony? As to what is expected, this is described within the Colonization Handbook for each organization. This is available to all online, and we encourage any member to read and become familiar with this process. Before we can install a chapter, we must see and approve several items:


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• Money on balance at National HQ for all who would be initiated as part of the chapter. • A colony (and future chapter) constitution. • A membership education program. • A petitioning document (as outlined in the Colonization Handbook). In all of this, we expect you to work with your Director of Bands to ensure his or her approval of all of this material before the National Vice President for Colonization and Membership or National HQ sees it. Along the way, as the colony prepares these documents, we expect the colony to complete a variety of activities: • Recognition by the campus (through the student affairs division or appropriate office). • Planning and execution of service projects. • Planning and execution of fundraising projects. • Regular meetings with the director(s) to ensure that the colony's work is progressing. • Regular meetings of the colony to plan all of this work. • Regular communication with district leaders. • Regular colony reports to the National HQ and Council. Only after approving all of these things can we recommend installation to our own National Council or start scheduling

Please remember that the colony is petitioning for membership in a national fraternity, and the responsibility rests on the colony to demonstrate that the group is ready for Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma. This demonstration is to our national organization, not to a local chapter or to a district. What does the colony advising team do? For each colony, we appoint an advising chapter and an advising person. Additionally, Governors or Counselors, district officers, our national organizations, and other actives play a role. The Advising Chapter’s role is to help the chapter with ideas, membership education, connections to other chapters, and in the Rituals that induct the colony into full standing. The colony is not a candidate class of the advising chapter, and it is not appropriate for the advising chapter to treat it as such, although that is the temptation. Rather, the goal is to quickly provide information and ideas, and to stand at the ready as we approve the various ceremonies along the way. The Advising Person’s role is to help the colony and advising chapter navigate the colonization process, and to help everyone involved participate in the most effective way. This person often has a great amount of experience from leadership roles in the Fraternity or Sorority, and can help detangle issues that arise along the way. Both the advising chapter and advising person are asked to send monthly reports of their work to the national organization. This helps us get a clearer picture of the colonization effort from multiple perspectives, and (ideally) fix issues while they are small. Governors or Counselors are helpful with ideas and connections across the region,

and usually have an active role in the ongoing education and health of the chapter after installation. The District Officers can be of great help in connecting the colonists to ideas and events, and can help your colonists network quickly. Both of these groups can also help find local examples of constitutions and membership education programs that the colony can use as models in its own work. In our roles as Vice Presidents for Coloni-

zation and Membership for our respective organizations, we coordinate colonization and membership issues at a national level, and look forward to working with colonies and advising teams. The rest of the National Councils are also ready to serve as a support for colonization efforts. The National Headquarters has a professional staff that can also help you with questions, forms, and other details.

We have questions. What now? Students and directors frequently have questions about the process, or about how it can start for a band program they know. We, as well as the rest of the National Councils and National Headquarters, are ready to work with you. Colonization is exciting, and there are ways you can share the excitement without inadvertently stepping on the progress of a colony.

“The Katrina Challenge� A Disaster Relief Fund sponsored by Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma By Dollie McDonald, National VP for Special Projects, TBS and Derrick Mills, National VP for Programs, KKY

How can we help? What can we do?

What are the means in which we can contribute? These are some of the questions some of us have asked ourselves in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Joint National Councils of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma offer the best way our organizations can be involved and aid in the rebuilding of this region: serve college bands and music! Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma are sponsoring a new Disaster Relief Fund, where our

organizations can donate toward natural and unnatural disasters that affect university band programs. Our first launch will be The Katrina Challenge. We challenge all members and chapters to donate money for this cause. You can send donations via check or money order to National Headquarters in the name of The Katrina Challenge. Your donations will go directly to university band programs in the Katrina devastated area for needs in their departments. Individual donations are tax deductible.

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Summer Leadership Symposia By Adam Cantley, National VP for Student Affairs, KKY


he National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi is excited to offer to you a never before seen opportunity: This summer, we will kick off our first Summer Leadership Symposia in two locations. Our workshops will focus on the theme, “Building Success from Our Foundation.” The foundation of Kappa Kappa Psi is the Ritual we all as brothers experience. It is the one thing that truly binds us across the nation. This workshop, developed by Past National President Kirk Randazzo, will take the lessons we learn in our final steps toward becoming a brother and turn them into tangible and useable resources to help create dynamic and empowered leaders in our fraternity. The first symposium will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on June 17th and the second will be on July 8th in Dallas, Texas. When talking to students many suggested we make this as cost efficient as possible. Therefore, the registration cost for the event is fifty (50) dollars. This fee not only includes registration, but also includes your hotel costs for the Friday and Saturday night of the event. National Headquarters will be planning all housing for this event – you will NOT have to make a separate hotel reservation. The workshop itself will take place all day Saturday. Also, we must have 100 students to participate in the event, or we will have to cancel.

The registration deadlines are as follows: Louisville, KY at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel: On-time registration: Postmarked by March 31st ($50) Later Registration: Received by April 17th ($65) No Registration Accepted after April 17th Dallas, TX at the Marriott Dallas Las Colinas: On-time registration: Postmarked by April 29th($50) Later Registration: Received by May 17th ($65) No Registration Accepted after May 17th The first time we piloted this program was in the summer of 2004 with district council members of Kappa Kappa Psi. Past Southeast District Vice President and current National Chapter Field Representative, Phil Rubin, was at the event and had this to say about the program, “I think that the Kappa Kappa Psi Leadership Symposia really help put leadership in the fraternity perspective. I’ve participated in a great many leadership clinics in the past, and while most of them blur together and follow the same standard concepts, the Kappa Kappa Psi Leadership Symposium is something truly different

and innovative. I had a great time and I feel like I learned a great deal that I could not have learned anywhere else.” We had one more test run based on feedback form the summer of 2004. This time we ran the program for the district council members in Lexington, Kentucky before the 2005 National Convention. Holly Tetreault, current Southwest District Member-atLarge also found the event worthwhile, “I really enjoyed learning about the ritual in depth and it was great to be able to take that information back to my chapter.” One of the great things about this program is that before we offered it to all students nationwide, we made sure that your student representatives had a chance to evaluate the program and make suggestions. Information on the Leadership Symposia was mailed to every chapter at the end of January. The information about the event can also be found at .If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at This summer, you can be a part of history by being one of the first student members to attend the Summer Leadership Symposia: “Building Success from our Foundation!”

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A Centennial Celebration

By Clinton Wieden, SWD President, Alpha, Oklahoma State University, KKY


ver the past century, the members of the Oklahoma State University bands have had some wild times and made some great memories. But in all those years, there had never been a party like this one. This fall, the OSU Bands celebrated its 100th anniversary with a three-day event held in conjunction with the annual Alumni Band Day. Though sponsored by the OSU Alumni Band Association, the event would not have happened without the efforts of dedicated members of ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ. The planning of the event was a yearlong process, and the task was given to a special committee in the Alumni Band Association that had a definite ΚΚΨ−ΤΒΣ connection. Of the Centennial Committee’s ten members, there were five alumni of ΤΒΣ-Alpha and three alumni and one active from ΚΚΨ-Alpha. During the planning process, arrangements were made for the Centennial events and a DVD chronicling the history of OSU bands was produced. As the weekend drew near, the active members of the Alpha chapters chipped in to help prepare

the materials that would be given to each person in attendance. Finally, the weekend arrived. Beginning with a mixer on the night of September 30, the event also encompassed the performances at the OSU-Colorado football game, where the Cowboy Marching Band and OSU Alumni Band joined to present a retrospective halftime show of popular tunes from different eras. The highlight of

Alpha Chapter alum Hiram Henry, OSU Director Emeritus and DSMM recipient, waves to the crowd.

the show was the introduction of former OSU band directors, and all but a small handful of the men who have led the OSU bands since World War II were present for the event. Those in attendance included two former Kappa Kappa Psi district governors Albert Lynd and Hiram Henry, who is also a recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Medal. The festivities closed the following morning with a brunch. This closing event allowed each director to speak to the assembled crowd about their experiences and memories of OSU and the band. In all, the event was a rousing success and truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. The Alumni Band Association saw its largest turnout in years, and active members of ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ were able to interact with those who stood in their shoes years before. With the look back complete, the members and alumni of the OSU bands now look to the future. The first 100 years have seen our program influence others across the nation, and we eagerly look forward to what is to come!

Members of Alpha chapter, Kappa Kappa Psi at Oklahoma State University, take a post-game picure with members of the Alpha Iota Chapter, Kappa Kappa Psi, University of Colorado and Adam Cantley, National VP for Student Affairs, KKY , in Boone Pickens Stadium.


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Striving for the Highest

By Kristalynn Kindschuh, Beta Gamma, Louisiana State University, KKY


triving for the highest is something we all do. As brothers in this fraternity, we all do our part to strive for the highest in all that we do. I had my chance to strive for the highest this semester. My opportunity came at a time of disaster for our state. During Hurricane Katrina, my opportunity arrived. When the hurricane struck Louisiana and the gulf coast, my school, Louisiana State University closed. When the campus closed to the students, it opened the Pete Marivich Assembly Center (PMAC) up as the largest military hospital ever set up. The majority of people running this military hospital were volunteers. LSU also opened a special needs shelter that was run by volunteers. My opportunity came when I was able to use my skills and talents to help my fellow man in their time of need. I went to the Pete Marivich Assembly Center to volunteer. I spent numerous hours that week doing everything I could to help. Each day I went, I helped in a different area. My first night was Wednesday night. I was asked to help arrange the general supplies inside the PMAC. Since my mother is an EMT, I knew what most of the medical supplies were and I was able to arrange them in order. Once the supplies were organized, I would run the needed supplies to the doctors and nurses so they could properly treat the patients. I decided to stay overnight and worked 14 hours straight. Thursday I arrived early that morning and was assigned to another station. I was asked to help move the donations from outside to the general supplies area inside. Once the donations were brought inside, I had to record each item donated and the quantity of each. Friday night I arrived when the new ambulance crews were brought in. Since the instate crews were busy running the normal call load, out of state crews were brought in to help handle the extra calls. Since they were not from Louisiana they did not know where any of the hospitals or centers were.

My job for Friday night was to help the crews. I would help load the patients and then ride with the crews and show them where the different hospitals were. This way the out of state crews were able to run transports to the local hospitals more efficiently. Saturday was the same as Friday. After only a couple of hours of sleep I was back at the PMAC helping the crews. The out of state crews switched out every couple of hours so there was always a new crew that did not know where the hospitals were. On the breaks, when the ambulances were not transporting patients, I worked with the communications personnel. My job with communications was to take the paper work from the patients and make sure that they could be transported to specific hospitals, shelters, or centers. This job directly related to the other one because once a hospital had room for more patients I would get the ambulance crews. I would then help them load the patient and travel with them to the hospitals. I continued to volunteer on Sunday. My job was the same with communications and helping the ambulance crews. After this week, school began and I was unable to help at the PMAC. This did not stop me from helping though. My family decided to open our house to the out of state ambulance crews who needed a place to stay while they were working. We would wash the clothes for the crews and for the military who were helping around LSU’s campus. I truly learned a lot by helping during this time. I learned more about compassion for my fellow man and helping those around you. It was amazing to me to see so many students volunteering their time for a worthwhile cause. It was inspiring to see that students could take time off from their college life to help their fellow man in their time of need. I am proud to be part of a University where the students have a high respect for their fellow man. I am also proud to be part of a fraternity where many broth-

ers who were affected by the hurricane still went and volunteered their time. I am especially proud that I could strive for the highest and represent my fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, in such a positive way in this devastating time.

ΚΚΨ Contributors Caryl Brown James L. Brown William F. Sandy Ken & Maribeth Corbett David C. Justin Walter Schilling Jr.

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The Corps Life, Living in the Bond By Jennifer Wright, Gamma Tau, University of Central Arkansas, TBS

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iving in the bond

Something that is said all the time amongst members of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, has brought a whole new light to my experience marching drum corps. Every year, many of our brothers and sisters leave for a summer dedicated to marching in one of the most demanding activities we can do in Drum Corps International (DCI). This is a spectacular thing for these members to do, and a great way to meet fellow brothers and sisters. Corps is a blast to do, but it separates us from what regular lives we have. Although we do this willingly and happily, it is still extremely difficult to leave home and normality. One great thing about this, though, is getting to perform with people who really want to be in band, to be performing.

Another advantage that comes along with marching in DCI is that we get to meet members from other chapters that are in our corps. With this we get to experience first hand “living in the bond.” We get to have that bond bring us closer to people who we may never have gotten to know otherwise. As the summer goes on, everyone on my bus began to get anxious about meeting people outside of our own corps. We got to enjoy time with other members from other corps, and sometimes it was possible to meet members from TBS and KKY chapters from states outside of our own districts, expanding our bond from coast to coast. Our brothers and sisters on the road are doing something that is inherent in what we believe in, the advancement of music. With as many members on the road as

there are, I would hope that members staying at home could make an effort to keep our brothers and sisters in DCI in their thoughts and prayers. Whether you’re all that into drum corps or not, keep in mind the Kappa Kappa Psi brothers and Tau Beta Sigma sisters marching during the summer and write them letters, call those members you know, or even, if there is a show nearby, go and see it! Who knows, maybe you’ll meet a member that really needs to have a visit, and it’s always exciting to strengthen the bond by meeting more brothers and sisters across the nation.

The Process

By Matthew Phillip Dudley Moore, Beta Delta, Sam Houston State University, KKY


t has always boggled my mind the necessary part of the process is and we all idea of getting people to join our or- do it. After that do you still do it though? ganizations. I have heard this all the I think a lot of MEP processes are built time, “they want to join our organiza- on the idea that they should be lucky they tion so it does not matter.” I person- were chosen to go through this and they ally think that is in no way 100% true. It should want to join you, that is not true. is and always will be a two way street and They made the choice to go through the I think a lot of people miss this. It is part process and they wake up each morning of a lot of old school thought that we are making the decision to stay in this process the active brothers/sisters and you should and they can just as easily make the debow down and respect us for this. I think cision to get up and quit, which a lot do. there may be, at best, a little truth in this be- When this unfortunate event happens we cause you have already proved your worth look at that person and say well they just and gone through the trials and tribulations could not cut it or they had a lot of probnecessary for this honor. So we begin to lems in their life and they could not do it. think with that thought in mind that we are These are excuses to me because what did all high and mighty and that anyone should you try to do to stop it from happening? want to be part of us but this is just not true. I have suspicion that we do not do enough When freshman come in they have no idea self-evaluation on this and automatically what is going on and what is the first thing blame the person who dropped it or find you try to do? You try to sell yourselves some excuse why they are not doing it. It to them by showing it is what you do and may be the case that they just do not want what you can do for them. This is what a to do it but why is the best question you


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can ask. The main reason is because if they quit for a certain reason then there is another person who did not want to join for that same reason and if the person who quit finds that person then you have a whole new problem on your hands. So I think I have covered a lot of different things in this but the overall point I want to make is: What are you doing to make them want to stay in? Our chapter has started to take this approach and we have seen our interaction with PM’s go up and we have found problems that we could have never found before. They feel like they know us better and us them. We always make the attempt to make sure they still want to join by keeping the mystique of the Brotherhood and keeping them wanting it too. Think about it and see what happens.

Two CFRs Twice the Excitement!

By Jen Murdock and Phil Rubin, Chapter Field Representatives, KKY


Bit ‘O History

When in 1992 Kappa Kappa Psi announced the inception of the Chapter Field Representative (CFR) Program, and appointed the first CFR, Casey Blankenship, the Fraternity could count among its ranks 123 chapters and 1,679 active brothers nationwide. From the very beginning, the CFR Program had visions of going beyond one-day visits to chapters in an endless cycle. The CFR was intended to visit with chapters to assist in program development and provide brothers with tools to better their chapters and band programs, and to hold sub-regional workshops around the country. However, even at the very beginning it was a full-time task to reach every chapter, even for a short time. Thirteen years and seven CFRs later, the Fraternity has grown tremendously. We can now boast 174 chapters and 3,695 active members. In 1992 the average chapter had roughly fourteen members; the average chapter today has over twenty. Casey performed 164 chapter visits in his five semesters as CFR, visiting nearly every chapter and some chapters twice. Today it is impossible for one person to visit every chap-

ter in two years as a CFR. Kappa Kappa Psi is big – really big – and still growing across the country. In fact, we’re growing faster than ever. Field representatives are common in social fraternities– though they go by various names such as “Field Secretary” or “Leadership Consultant.” Generally, the social Greek organizations have several field representatives – sometimes as many as six or more that are divided among the nation regionally. While Kappa Kappa Psi has more chapters than a great many social fraternities, the CFR Program has maintained only one CFR. Clearly, it is time to expand our program to support chapters across the nation more efficiently and effectively. How Will This Work, Anyway? Unlike similar positions in social Greek organizations, we will not divide the country by region. While there are certainly benefits to such a system, Kappa Kappa Psi will gain more by having both CFRs travel the entirety of the United States visiting chapters. We will have our own

schedules, working together substantially in developing them, and will be in close contact about the progress of our visits. In the future, some visits may be longer, some will remain one day as they have been in the past. Sometimes, we will offer workshops for all chapters in specific areas of the country. All in all, we’re interested in finding ways to support chapters, and with both of us on the job we will be more able and effective when addressing the specific needs and goals of each individual chapter. The central purpose of supporting chapters is to provide members with the tools to grow stronger in service and closer in brotherhood. The CFR Program will now be equipped to better make a difference at schools across the country. We are excited about the opportunity to work together for you and with you, strengthening college bands one brother and one chapter at a time. Editor's Note: Jen Murdock will start as NCFR for KKY in July, 2006. For the first time, KKY will have two CFRs working simultaneously. Phil Rubin began in January, 2006.

Finding Sisterhood

By Amy Bovin, Gamma Kappa, University of Connecticut, TBS


isterhood. One simple word mean- (UConn Marching Band) that my band diing a group of females with shared rector was always talking about. Whenever expierences or some type of sister- I had a problem, they were always there. I ly relationship one can have with noticed it wasn’t just one person though - it another. Over the last six months, seemed as though these people traveled in I have been on a quest to find the true mean- packs. They looked out for each other, and ing of sisterhood. What I have found can I could sense some sort of bond between not be written down in any dictionary. them. Then these sisters notified me that My first encounters with sisterhood came they had chosen me as a candidate for this when I wasn’t even part of one. Being a band bond. I was speechless. Joining a band sogeek myself, I tend to be attracted to other rority meant that I could be even more of band geeks. Almost all of the band geeks a band geek than I already was. Awesome! that I spent my time with my first semester in I was lucky enough to have the Northeast marching band were sisters of Tau Beta Sig- District Convention hosted at my school ma. They made me feel very welcome and I during this time, and got a chance to be a really felt a part of the marching band com- part of it. Spending those days with hunmunity like the “U” (You) in the “UCMB” dreds of sisters and brothers made me real-

ize how big this bond really was. It made me want to be a part of it more than ever. During the rest of my process, there were many ups and many downs, but someone was always there looking out for me. Once again I realized that it wasn’t just one person, but an entire group of people on my side. I started to feel this bond inside me and could tell how strong it really was. The first time that I felt like I was a part of this bond was when my chapter went camping a week before I became a sister. I was invited to go along and gladly



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Kappa Kappa Psi Matching Grant Program By Derrick Mills, National VP for Programs, KKY


appa Kappa Psi has been fortunate to have successful and prominent programs. Some programs can be more visible then others. When I ask Kappa Kappa Psi brothers across the country what are Kappa Kappa Psi programs, many answer....AWARDS! They are correct; awards are an important part of our fraternity programs, but there is more to Kappa Kappa Psi programs. We offer much more to the band profession and the advancement of artistic performance. One of the most overlooked and underutilized program is the Kappa Kappa Psi Matching Grant Program. The purpose of

the Kappa Kappa Psi Matching Grant Program is to provide funds for guest conductors, speakers and clinicians to come and work with college bands. The National Council many years ago recognized the importance of concert bands having the opportunity to work with guest conductors. In staying true to the purposes of Kappa Kappa Psi, the council developed the matching grant program to provide financial support. The application can be found on our webpage at: forms/GrantForm.pdf. The criteria on the webpage emphasizes the importance of the grants awarded being student based events

that enhance the band program. This biennium, we have already received several applications for grants with requests ranging from guest conductors to financial assistance to band clinics and workshops. The National Council awarded the first grant of the biennium to the University of Kentucky. I asked Dr. Kirk Randazzo, Past National President and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees to summarize the special occasion. As a professor at UK, Kirk was able to participate in the event...

ideas in a manner easily accessible by the audience. Yet, the huge success of the Master Class was nothing compared to the high energy performance that same evening. Jeff Coffin performed with two University of Kentucky ensembles and the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (a community big band with close ties to the University, and co-sponsor of Coffin’s visit). Approximately 200 people were on hand to experience Jeff’s virtuoso performance. Each song was a testament to his incredible musical talent. However, the highlight of the concert occurred when Jeff performed with a University jazz combo. During one of his extended solos, Jeff performed his signa-

ture move: he started the solo playing alto sax and demonstrating his amazing talents. Then, approximately a third of the way in the solo, Jeff reached down and picked up his tenor sax, attaching it to the same neck strap as his alto. He then began playing both instruments simultaneously, alto sax in the right hand and tenor in the left. The effect was spectacular as Jeff ran passages in a variety of harmonies and unison lines between the two horns. He ended the song and received a tremendous ovation with thundering applause. Needless to say, the impact of Jeff Coffin’s visit to the University of Kentucky is extremely positive. The students who in-

Jeff Coffin at the University of Kentucky

By Dr. Kirk Randazzo, Past National President and Board of Trustees Vice Chair, KKY On October 25, 2005, the University of Kentucky Jazz Studies Program, Saxophone Studio and Band Program and the Bluegrass Area Jazz Association hosted Mr. Jeff Coffin – saxophonist, composer and member of the Grammy Award-winning Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – in Lexington for a series of educational and musical experiences benefiting the students at the University of Kentucky and individuals from the surrounding area. Jeff Coffin conducted two major events while in Lexington. The first was a Master Class for saxophone students and individuals interested in jazz studies. The theme for the seminar was how to become a more effective listener. Jeff Coffin used a variety of media (from recorded performances to live demonstrations) to convey to the audience tips on the development of musical ideas, harmonic structures, and the use of artistic devices to improve performances. Based on feedback from numerous students, they were amazed at Jeff’s ability to instantly connect with the audience and present his


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teracted with him and performed alongside during the concert have all been affected by the experiences. And the individuals in the audience for the performance were treated with a wonderful musical experience. Without the $500 contribution from Kappa Kappa Psi, this event would not have occurred, let alone be as successful. ...As Kirk mentioned, a grant offered by Kappa Kappa Psi is up to a $500.00 contribution. I encourage you to talk to your band directors about the possibility of a guest conductor coming and working with your concert band and submitting a grant application. The opportunity to enhance a band member’s performance level is what Kappa Kappa Psi is all about. This is what makes the grant so special. We need to support the advancement of college bands, the matching grant program does that. Working closely with your band directors on an application like this will be a benefit for your chapter as well. Your chapter automatically becomes more connected with what is going on in your band program. Brothers can take a since of pride knowing that they actually were apart of the development of the band. If you have any questions about the matching grant program please don’t hesitate to contact me.

From SISTERHOOD, Page 19 accepted. Being in the woods that weekend erased every worry in me. I didn’t have to think about band, or classes, or anything besides how I felt about the people who were with me. I felt like I was part of them for the first time. The following week, I became a sister, but I don’t want to talk about that. What I want to talk about is what happened three months after that, because this is where I figured out what sisterhood really meant to me. In the middle of July, twelve sisters from my chapter and I started out on the fourteen hour drive from Connecticut to Lexington, Kentucky. Looking back on that week, the first word to jump into my mind is amazing. It’s hard to find another word to describe what it’s like to be in a room with hundreds and hundreds of brothers and sisters from across the nation all here for the same reason. National Convention was the first time I

got to experience Ritual as an active, and realized how many people went through exactly what I had to go through. I remember looking around the room at all of those faces, and knew that just being there, I was instantly connected to them in someway. I remember looking to either side of me, and to see the faces of the sisters of my chapter. A few months earlier they were watching me become a sister, and now I was sitting with them watching others become honorary sisters. I also remember listening in on the ceremony, hearing the voice of our founder speaking, and realizing how special that moment actually is. This is where my view on the meaning of sisterhood began to change. Along with everything else in that room, I felt a bond like no other, and a love that cannot be put into words. What I was feeling was sisterhood, and I have never felt anything like it. While the rest of the week went on, I

began to feel that bond on different levels. At ritual, I felt it on the National level with people from Florida, Texas, California, and everywhere in between. I also felt this bond with my district, and the term “Nation's Elite District” now has a whole new meaning in my heart. We have our disagreements from time to time, but are always there for each other, and want what’s best for our fellow sisters. Above all, I felt a new type of bond with my chapter. Sometimes it takes a trip out of state to realize what you have right in front of you. It started on the very first day, when the past national president was talking about the introduction of men into the sorority. We were the chapter to cause all the problems that she was talking about.



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You get what “U” Give

By Cindy Lasso, National VP for Communication and Recognition, TBS


he story starts off with a young couple from New York that had always dreamed of living in sunny California. One day the couple decided to follow their dream, so they packed their belongings and set out for their dream life in the O.C. They got settled in and their new neighbors invited the couple to good old fashioned “get-to-know-you” neighborhood gatherings, but the couple always seemed to have something else to do. They were always just too busy and could never find the time. A few weeks later, the couple began to pack up all their belongings. When a neighbor asked the young couple why they were leaving, the couple replied, “California just wasn’t what we thought it would be. We really haven’t made any friends or enjoyed ourselves since we moved here.” The couple in this story failed to see that they had to put forth more effort in

making their dreams come true. Being happy and creating friendships in our lives require much more of us than just our physical presence. The same is true for Tau Beta Sigma, as well. As members we have the opportunity to serve our individual band programs in an infinite number of ways. We can just do what needs to be done or we can go that extra step. What type of member are you? Our organization can become as strong as we want it to be. Each and every one of us has the opportunity to make a difference in our bands, our chapters, districts, and in the national organization. However, we can only achieve the goals that we put significant effort in achieving. Dedication and cooperation are necessary to achieve the goals you set out to achieve. The willingness to set goals, follow through, and evaluate our progress are characteristics of all successful leaders. A dedicated member of Tau Beta Sigma is

one that is willing to give that extra effort, go the extra mile, or give that word of encouragement to your Sisters and Brothers. Just as a band must cooperate within each section, between sections, and the director, the sisters and brothers of Tau Beta Sigma must also cooperate. This cooperation also extends through your chapter, district and the national organization. Each person has a part and each part is important to our larger success. It is up to each of us to practice and develop our skills to enhance the overall performance. One of the ways to enhance your skills is to attend your District Conventions. You will be making some very important decisions and will be choosing a new team of officers to continue the positive growth and retention we are currently experiencing. When you give of yourself you get much more in return. Together we can develop as individuals as well as advance the ideals of the Sorority and truly celebrate 60 years of this great Bond!

National Intercollegiate Band 2007

By Dr. Gregory P. Byrne, National VP for Professional Relations, TBS


ne of the most exciting programs Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma began over half of a century ago has been the National Intercollegiate Band. This ensemble continues to make a significant contribution to the advancement of the collegiate band. Open to all qualified musicians, whether or not they are members of the Fraternity or Sorority, the NIB brings members face-to-baton with some of the most dynamically stimu-


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lating composers and respected conductors in America. (www. I would like to challenge all Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Chapters to have at least one musician from your chapter or school audition for this wonderful ensemble. As we consider all of the elements that make our organizations vital, let’s don’t forget about the music. As you begin to make plans for National Convention 2007, please be sure to add

this very important aspect of the convention on the front burner of your discussions. When it is time for the application process to begin, it would be nice for your groups to have already planned who will be auditioning so that deadlines can be met and calendars cleared. Hope to see you in Orlando, 2007!

Kappa Kappa Psi Archives and History Update By: Scott Stowell and Ken Corbett Past National Presidents and Kappa Kappa Psi Board Members

Past Grand (National) Presidents and Distinguished Service to Music Medal recipients pass away Melborn Nixon passed away on November 14, 2005, Grand President, 1963-1965 retired Director of Bands, Emporia State University Jack Lee on December 23, 2005, Grand President, 1975-1977 retired Director of Bands, University of Arizona

Chapter Anniversaries 1 Year Anniversary Lambda Kappa Lambda Lambda Lambda Mu Lambda Nu

02/21/05 02/27/05 05/07/05 05/21/05

Univ. of Arkansas - Fort Smith Indiana State University East Tennessee State University Sacred Heart University

5th Anniversary Kappa Rho Kappa Sigma Kappa Tau Kappa Upsilon

03/11/01 03/25/01 04/13/01 05/6/01

Duquesne University East Carolina University University of South Florida Marist College

10th Anniversary Kappa Eta


S.U.N.Y – Buffalo

15th Anniversary Iota Xi Iota Omicron

03/14/91 09/29/91

Norfolk State University Appalachian State University

20th Anniversary Theta Theta 02/21/86 Theta Kappa 03/13/86 Theta Nu 11/21/86 25th Anniversary Eta Pi 10/03/81 Eta Rho 11/22/81 30th Anniversary Eta Beta


Eta Gamma Eta Delta

04/24/76 12/13/76

Morgan State University Eastern Illinois University

35th Anniversary Epsilon Omega Zeta Alpha Zeta Beta Zeta Epsilon

02/05/71 02/14/71 02/27/71 06/06/71

University of Nebraska at Lincoln Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Howard Payne University Michigan State University

40th Anniversary Delta Chi Delta Psi

06/3/01 04/17/66

Southern Arkansas University Prairie View A & M University

50th Anniversary Gamma Pi


Purdue University

75th Anniversary Alpha Delta Alpha Zeta Alpha Eta Alpha Theta Alpha Iota

05/17/31 05/27/31 05/25/31 06/06/31 06/07/31

Ohio University Indiana University University of Florida University of Northern Colorado University of Colorado

University of Northern Iowa West Chester University

80th Anniversary Omicron Pi

06/17/26 05/18/26

West Virginia University Auburn University

Virginia Tech

85th Anniversary Delta


University of Oklahoma

University of Alabama Birmingham Tarleton State University Northwestern State University of Louisiana


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Tau Beta Sigma is looking for YOU“To inquire, to analyze, to instruct, to inspire”... to be our next...

Chapter Field Representative!! This unique job is an excellent place to begin a successful career in a variety of fields. Very few entry-level positions provide the college graduate with as many challenges, rewards, responsibilities, and opportunities. A broad and learned perspective can be gained through association with thousands of Tau Beta Sigma members of all ages from all parts of the country. National Chapter Field Representatives are challenged to develop greater knowledge of one’s self and relationships with other people. The most important qualifications of a National Chapter Field Representative are character, intelligence, and personality. Specifically, a National Chapter Field Representative must have: • A college degree • Commitment to the objectives and goals of TBS • Strong oral and written communication skills • Leadership and the ability to motivate others • Successful experience in working with people • Self-discipline and the ability to manage one’s time • Clean driving record Applications are due (postmarked) April 15, 2006. Letters of intent may be sent by email to the National Executive Director at and info requests to TBS VPCM, Kimbi Sigle, at Resume and letters of recommendations should be forwarded via US mail to the National Headquarters. Applications will not be reviewed until the National Headquarters receives all material.

* Letter of Intent


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Tau Beta Sigma National Headquarters PO Box 849 Stillwater, OK 74076-0849 (800) 543-6505

* Resume

* Three Letters of Recommendation

Kimbi Sigle National Vice President Colonization & Membership (559) 307-6498

STRIVING FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE SOUTH CLEMSON, S.C. - Greetings from Kappa Beta! Here in sunny Clemson, South Carolina we are pleased to announce that Tiger Band, “The Band that Shakes the Southland”, was featured on Turner South’s popular “Blue Ribbon” program. “Blue Ribbon” is a show known for finding the “best of the best” in the south. In this episode they have decided to compare different marching bands across the southeast. Although most of Tiger Band was not familiar with the show, an instant sense of honor and privilege came over us. As brothers, Kappa Beta is highly dedicated to Tiger Band and to know that we were selected to be a part of this great opportunity to showcase our band, really made us proud. This recognition had also greatly affected the Clemson community. Newspapers came to interview different members about the show and about our love for the band. It really gave Tiger Band the boost that it deserved. Tiger Band had been greatly appreciated by its’ loyal fans, but now it has the opportunity to get recognized by the rest of the south as a great musical ensemble. Tiger Band competed against other bands such as University of Alabama’s “Million Dollar Band”, the Duke University Marching Band, and Grambling State’s “Best Band in the Land”, for recognition as one of the top bands of the south. The show aired numerous times during the September and October months. To see comments posted by viewers from all over the south you can go to www.turnersouth. com and click on the ‘Blue Ribbon’ link. The comments for Tiger Band were overwhelming, but the winner has yet to be announced. So we urge everyone to go to the website and check it out. In the mean time we hope that everyone is well and continuing to Strive for the Highest! -Kiyana Spaulding, Member, KKY, Kappa Beta, Clemson University


KUTZTOWN, PA. - On a cool October

day, the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma Epsilon Epsilon went on a journey to raise money for their chapter. Little did we know that our day at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom would leave us with special memories. By working at Dorney Park, organizations can earn money by working in a variety of positions. The nine sisters were split up and sent to different amusement rides. Life member Sam Simatos and I were placed at the child train ride that lasted about five minutes. The man in charge looked like an ex-killer from a B rated movie. He walked with a limp, talked with a slur and his hair was messed up under his hat. With only the few teeth in the front of his mouth, he muttered that he did not want to teach us how to work the train. The job Sam and I ended up with was to sit on the back of the train and read a script. Leaving us to do this job alone was not the best move. The sheet was read to a degree. To make the job more fun we made sound effects, animated our voices and made comments into the microphone. Some of the time, the audience loved it. Other times, we were made fun of. A cold windy day became funny and entertaining for all the workers and riders on the train. The wind was so cold and strong that it knocked down many of the Halloween decorations. When the Chapter met up at the end of the day, we all began to exchange stories of our day. One sister got hit on by a Dane Cook look alike but without all the tattoos, another had an in-depth conversation with someone she did not know about the long time separation of the sexes. One sister paddled her day away in a boat in the 38 degree weather; others had to deal with people throwing up. Despite some of our hardships that the sisters faced, we still had a fun day and managed to earn some money for our chapter. -Kate Bienkowski, Member, TBS, Epsilon Epsilon, Kutztown University


SAN MARCOS, TEXAS - This year our chapter has gone through several hurdles in dealing with our membership retention and recruiting. We have a total of 9 active members in our chapter, 5 of those whom are officers. We made a goal at the beginning of this year to make us well known, not only in the music department, but throughout the university. We held a “Beastie Bash” at an on-campus café Halloween day with live bands, free pool, darts, karaoke and a costume contest for several different categories of costumes. It was a wonderful night and we had a great turn-out. We’re hoping to continue to make it an annual event along with another first this year, Marching Band Appreciation Night. This event is meant to congratulate and thank the marching band and its staff for a wonderful year of hard work and dedication to the ensemble. We have asked for several donations around town. Wal-Mart has agreed to donate all our drinks and we will be purchasing pizza at a discounted price. All the food and activities will be free for the ensemble. As far as activities are concerned, we have rented out a Velcro wall and have asked the Army to provide a rock climbing wall. We will also be making our own obstacle course and Gladiator-Last Man Standing. There will also be an area for cards, board games, and other little activities. We hope to have a great turn-out and as far as we know, the ensemble and staff are very excited about this event and looking forward to it as if it were a holiday! We’re hoping that this will help get our name out and encourage members to join an organization. Our chapter is really looking forward to this event as well. We’ve worked really hard to make this event happen and are looking forward to it. - Irina Gonzalez, Member, TBS, Eta Epsilon, Texas State University

See NEWS, Page 34


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ΚΚΨ Capital Development Program All donations to Kappa Kappa Psi are tax deductible to the extent of IRS Regulations.

Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Defined Contribution Program

Up to $99 • Friend of Kappa Kappa Psi $100 • Century Club $250 • First Chair Club $500 • Director’s Club $1,000 • President’s Club $5,000 • William A. Scroggs Founder’s Club

Life Membership

Alumni and Honorary members are entitled to Life Membership for $250 (application available at

• • •

Scholarships Leadership Education Recruiting Activities

Support for the National Programs

•Unrestricted Gift

• • •

Commissioning Projects National Intercollegiate Band Archives Restoration

The National Programs of Kappa Kappa Psi (Scholarships, Leadership Education, etc.) can be supported by any of the following giving options: • Cash Gifts – tax deductible according to the donor’s tax bracket. • Bequests – bequests include gifts of cash, securities, or other marketable property designated in a will and are exempt from federal estate taxes. A specific bequest leaves certain property, or a percentage of the estate to the Kappa Kappa Psi Corporation. • Life Insurance – gifts made be made to the fraternity by naming the Kappa Kappa Psi Corporation as owner or as beneficiary. • Appreciated Property – an alternative to a cash gift is a donation of appreciated securities, such as stocks and bonds.

Please contact Alan Bonner at the National Headquarters (800-543-6505) or Ken Corbett (803-777-7313) if you have any questions. Detach the form below and mail with your contribution.

Name:_____________________________________ Chapter___________________ Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity PO Box 849 Stillwater, OK 74076-0849


If you would like your gift directed to a specific area, please indicate the area on the bottom portion of this form.

Telephone: (H)___________________________ (W) _________________________

City: ___________________________________ State_________ ZIP____________

E-Mail Address: ________________________________________

r My contribution in the amount of $ ____________ advances the mission of Kappa Kappa Psi. My check is enclosed. Please make payable to: KKY Trust Fund Please charge my credit card: r Visa r MasterCard Card Number: _________________________________ Amount $ _____________ Expiration Date______ /______ Signature _________________________________ r I would like to contribute $______________ over a period of r 1 year or r 2 years (check one)


Be a Part of the Legacy of Tau Beta Sigma!

he Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund supports valuable, long-term programs of our Sorority, including the National Intercollegiate Band, Commissioning Program, Women In Music Speaker Series, scholarships and leadership development. Now is your chance to make a difference! All supporters of Tau Beta Sigma are invited and encouraged to sustain and preserve the mission of the Sorority by participating in the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund. Each gift will be recognized in The PODIUM. YES! I want to contribute to the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund. r Friends of the Trust (Select your personal gift level.) ___ Century Club ___ Sisterhood Supporter ___ Red Rose Contributor ___ Pearl Patron ___ Blue and White Benefactor ___ Wava Banes Henry Founder

$100-$249 $250-$499 $500-$999 $1,000-$2,499 $2,500-$4,999 $5,000 or more

r Tributes

Mark milestones for your sisters, alumni and your chapter by donating in the form of a tribute. Any amount is appreciated, but donations of $10 or more will be recognized with a special acknowledgement card to the honoree.

r Life Membership ($250)

Life membership is for alumni or senior members and grants the following privileges: • Serve as proxy for your former chapter at Convention (if actives are not present). • Receive The PODIUM as long as a correct address is available. • Receive a Tau Beta Sigma Life Membership pin. • Receive a complimentary one-year membership in the National Alumni Association.

r Bequests to the Sorority

You may choose to include the Sorority in your estate planning with a gift of stocks, bonds, real estate, insurance or cash. (Contact the National Headquarters for information.) Please accept my gift to the Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund in the amount of____________________________ . Name: _______________________________________________________________E-mail:___________________________ Address: ___________________________________ City:______________________State: _________ ZIP: ______________ Telephone: __________________________________ Chapter/School:___________________________________________ Complete the following if the gift is a Tribute: This gift is a Tribute for__________________________________________________________________________________ in honor/memory (circle one) of___________________________________________________________________________ Please send acknowledgement to: Name: _______________________________________________________________E-mail:___________________________ Address: ___________________________________ City:______________________State: _________ ZIP: ______________ Telephone: __________________________________ Chapter:_________________ School:__________________________ (Use a separate sheet, including your name, for additional Tributes and attach to this page.) Method of Payment: r Check Enclosed. Make check payable to Tau Beta Sigma Trust Fund. r Credit Card: r VISA r MasterCard Card Number:_______ -_______ -______ -______ Expiration Date (MM/YY): _____ /_____ Name on card:_______________________________________________________________ All contributions are tax deductible and may qualify for corporate matching funds.

Send Trust Fund contributions to: Tau Beta Sigma Sorority Trust Fund, P.O. Box 849, Stillwater, OK 74076-0849 800-543-6505

A Sixty-Year Beginning H

appy Birthday! Tau Beta Sigma celebrates 60 years of service on March 26, 2006! It would be interesting to know if Wava, Emily, and Rosell considered there would be a 60th birthday celebration in the next century. Sixty years sounds like a long time but in the scheme of things, it is really a small number. During its’ sixty years, Tau Beta Sigma has endured and experienced the same growing pains that we all experience during our lifetime. It is fascinating to read the history and equate it with a person’s life.


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by Patsy Drury Hejl, Past National President, 1967-1969, Tau Beta Sigma

Because Kappa Kappa Psi was a men’s organization, in 1937 a group of women in the Texas Tech University band conceived the idea to have an organization for women. This was a radical concept for the time. In 1939 the local organization was formed and faced many obstacles, including World War II; however the chapter continued to grow and define itself. Finally on March 26, 1946, a charter was granted to Tau Beta Sigma with the installation of the Alpha Chapter at Oklahoma State. The Beta Chapter at Texas Tech was installed on May 4, 1946, and the first National Convention was held immediately afterwards. As we now know, “the rest is history.” The late 40s and 50s brought growing pains, just like a child learning to walk and talk. During this time there were many discussions of possibilities and requirements, development of new ideas, programs and projects for the new organization. It was a demonstration of investigating and questioning of “wonder if...should we...can we?” In 1947 Kappa Kappa Psi accepted Tau Beta Sigma as a sister organization and the two organizations shared publications, National Office operations, and the National Intercollegiate Band. The first significant joint project was the Tau

Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi Commissioning Program in 1953. The years of the 60s maybe be likened to that of an elementary child. The Sorority demonstrated many growth aches and pains while continuing to struggle to make the best decisions and planning its’ future. An example is the 1961 National Convention. It was the best-attended convention in the fifteen years of the Sorority’s history but it was very disappointing that only two national officers attended. During the 60s, the four new officers gave great stability to the Sorority as all of the new officers elected at the 1961 convention became national presidents. Two awards that the sorority continues to give are the Outstanding Service to Music Award, first presented at the 1969 convention, and the Chapter Leadership Award. initiated in 1963. Colonization was at a high and the 100th chapter was installed in May 1969. The 70s decade reflected the age of a young adult trying to defining a role and position in life and as well as chasing their dreams. Tau Beta Sigma membership was now open to men in addition to women. Communication became more effective though technology, resulting in an increase of student participation in local, district and national events.

Colonization continued to be successful as over 40 chapters were installed during this decade. The National Officers continued to model stability and continuity for the Sorority. With the exception of national convention expenses, national officers traveled at their own expense; but during this decade monies for travel expenses became available. The '81 - '91 years reflect the young professional who is learning how to maneuver and be a successful leader in the world. For the first time, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi co-sponsored an advertisement in a professional music journal and a reception for college band directors during the 1983 CBDNA Conference in Atlanta. The District Presidents Conference was begun in 1986 in an effort to provide training and support for the student leaders of both organizations. During this period a new constitution was adopted and the Ritual was re-written. Long

range planning was emphasized with members responding to a national survey. The 91-01 era may be compared to an adult who is making future plans. Stillwater Station was purchased to serve as the National Headquarters and the first National Chapter Field Representative was employed. A Mission Statement was developed along with marketing and membership strategies. Tau Beta Sigma began the Chapter Development Program and the Women in Music Speaker Series. The organization suffered a budget crisis during this time, but the National Council and Board of Trustees collaborated to set plans in place to resolve the crisis. The beginning of the new century has brought a new attitude and confidence to Tau Beta Sigma. The Sorority is more like a maturing adult who has gained self esteem, taking on roles that benefit others and looking outside the parameters of the

box. A Capital Development Plan is in place to lay the foundation for future financial success. The Board of Trustees and the National Council members continue to exhibit leadership and demonstrate stability at the national level. To some 60 years may seem old, but in reality we are just getting started! With a rich history and based on involved alumni and active members, Tau Beta Sigma will thrive and flourish in the new century. As the organization continues to mature, Tau Beta Sigma will see the circle of membership grow larger with new generations coming into the fold. The new generations are our future and without a doubt, they will follow in our footsteps to fulfill the mission of Tau Beta Sigma! Happy Birthday to Tau Beta Sigma and best wishes for MANY more!

Women in Music History: “A Page of Time in 60 Years” By Dollie McDonald, National Vice President for Special Projects, Tau Beta Sigma


ission statements, a change in society and change in an industry; “Women in Music” has become a very monumental point in our history for our sorority and in the world of music. In 1997 Tau Beta Sigma National Council launched its first “Women in Music Speaker Series” at all of the spring district conventions. This project was launched by past National President Gretchen Buchen, and at the time National Vice President of Special Projects, Karon Miller Hammond (who later became National President in 1999). The project stemmed from our current Mission Statement: Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority provides service

to collegiate bands, encourages the advancement of women in the band profession, and promotes and enriches an appreciation of band music through recognition, leadership development, and education of its members. Our first National Convention Women in Music Speaker was Composer, Ann McGinty in 1997, Scottsdale, AZ. In 1999, we had Composer Julie Giroux speak in St. Louis, MO, and our most recent of our speakers were Diva Jazz, a 5 play group of women who preformed a concert and gave a forum for our members. In between the years we have had women speak at the district conventions every spring. The speakers

have varied from performers, professors, composers, military service in music and conductors. This project has become very educational, fun and very rewarding. In the big picture we are just getting started! 60 years seems like a long time, but the identity we have evolved into is priceless. The ones that have walked before me and you have done some terrific work to incorporate a “Special Project” into our Mission Statement. As you all celebrate our “60 years of existence” think of how you can incorporate our MISSION & VISION into your chapter and everyday lives!


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60 years and Counting, Way to go Tau Beta Sigma! By Deborah Harris Kaplan, Past National President, 1997-1999, Tau Beta Sigma


o some 60 years is a lifetime. Certainly, as we have grown, we For Tau Beta Sigma – 60 years have had to face challenges. These is just the beginning - - and what a challenges have come in many forms. long way we have come. . . From financial and membership concerns to differential marketing and In 1946, the world was a different programming, we have confronted place. The country was at war and each issue with thought and deterwomen had a different role in soci- mination. Most importantly, we ety. If it were not for the spirit of a have been able to measure results in group of strong-willed, young ladies each area and we can always learn in the Texas Tech University Band from our missteps and build a stronwho “saw an idea(l), seized upon it ger organization, filled with enthusiand followed it...” Tau Beta Sigma’s asm, strength and vitality. story would be very different. These For the last 60 years, more than women, stayed the course, fought 10,000 members across the counobstacles, created opportunities and try have proudly been involved in even gave up the chance to be the Tau Beta Sigma. As the times have “first chapter” to make their dream changed, so has our membership. of a service organization for women As we reflect on our history, the in the band a reality. chapters of yesteryear look very difThroughout our history we have ferent than those of today. That is developed and matured into a multi- something we are so proud of! Our faceted business whose main goal membership reflects the memberis to support and serve collegiate ships of band programs across the bands. We touch people in this coun- country. We are not exclusive, we try from coast to coast and every are inclusive and work to attract the place in between. The bond of Sis- best members of each band program terhood that has been created runs to which we are affiliated. deep through the sisters, brothers, In the late 1990’s, when we develalumni and friends of our Sorority. oped our Mission Statement, those

who were not educated felt we were moving backward and limiting our opportunities. Fortunately, that was not the case. Tau Beta Sigma, followed a similar path used in today’s social Greek organizations. We have found a cause we have a passion for; the advancement of women in the music profession; and have developed programming and projects that support this Mission. At the same time, we are servicing our entire membership and recognizing them for their positive work for the Sorority. Fast forward to today. As we approach our 60th Anniversary on March 26th, 2006, it is appropriate to reflect on the past while looking forward to the promise of a bright tomorrow. Certainly, the past is important as it provides the foundation for the Sorority of future. We are also blessed that the faces of our past can interact with the members of today as we continue to renew relationships while preparing for the future. Happy 60th Anniversary Tau Beta Sigma!

Amazing Things Happen in 60 Years! By Deborah L. Baker, Immediate Past National President


magine what the Sorority means to you. Then imagine that this feeling is similar to members over the past 60 years! Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority is an organization that allows our membership to build leadership within their band, their community, and even within themselves. Tau Beta Sigma allows collegiate band members the opportunity to begin giving back to the society we live in. A familiar saying “Music is Life, Life is Music” can be associated to our Sorority.

“Tau Beta Sigma is Life, Life is Tau Beta Sigma”

Sixty years ago, the Sorority chartered a national organization and with it a Trust. This Trust is the financial stability and vision to keep an organization forever. The Trust is the role of the Board of Trustees. A Board member serves the organization for a four year period, with the option to serve two consecutive terms. After eight years, a member must step down for at least two years before returning to the Board. Who are the members of the Board of Trustees? The Immediate Past

National President and the National President are members that bring the current trends to the Board. The National President represents the current needs of the active membership and all thoughts for the future. Past National Presidents serve on the Board as this helps keep the continuity of the Sorority. This not only preserves the traditions, but renews the traditions into the world of today. Band Directors sit on the Board as this brings our organization to the reason we exist. Also sitting on the Board is an accountant, a past dis-

trict officer, two past district counselors, and of course, our Foundress. The diversity of the Board of Trustees is what makes the Trust prosper. “Life is Tau Beta Sigma� is what we become in our adult life. The way we live and the goodness we share in the world. Each person believes in the Ideals of our Sorority. Board members believe in the eight and five. For

this reason, a Board member returns to the organization. As a part of life, Tau Beta Sigma continues to build better bands and continues to develop leadership in the membership. All Board members were active members of the sorority over the past sixty years. Some more years than others! But regardless of time, the desire to continue serving bands is most important in our lives. En-

joy the travel back in time, but know that time does not stand still with 60. Tau Beta Sigma will continue to serve bands, continue to build leaders for the world, and continue the advancement of music. Life is Music and Music is Life. Tau Beta Sigma is both- MUSIC and LIFE! Tau Beta Sigma, 60 years, For Greater Bands!

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1. Alan Harriet 2. Wava Henry 3. Janet West Miller 4. Melanie S. Meehan 5. Debrah H. Kaplan 6. Deborah Baker 7. Jean Newman 8. Kathy Godwin



And the OSMA goes to... Tau Beta Sigma is pleased to present Andrea Strauss with the Outstanding Service to Music Award


r. Andrea DeRenzis Strauss, Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology, holds the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in clarinet performance, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with a minor in Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Strauss supervises the band program and music minor degree program, conducts the Symphonic Band and wind chamber ensembles, teaches wind literature, music theory, clarinet, conducting, and assists with the Marching Band. Under her leadership, the Symphonic Band has performed for the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association and National Band Association Conference, and the Georgia Music Educators Association Convention. Dr. Strauss has presented her dissertation research at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and has had articles published in the Music Educators Journal, The Podium, and the National Band Association Journal. She is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, Ireland, and Canada and has conducted in Italy for the III Stage Internationale per Direttori D’Orchestra di Fiati. She has been presented with the National Band Association Citation of Excellence and the Women Band Directors’ National Association Scroll of Excellence. Dr. Strauss has been presented with the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture Outstanding Faculty for Education and Practice Award and was selected into Omicron Delta Kappa. Recently, Dr. Strauss served as chair for the National Band Association’s Music Education Research Committee and director of the Mentor Program. In addition, she has served as state chair and national representative for the National Band Association, the College Band Directors’ National Association, and on the Board of Directors for Phi Beta Mu. Dr. Strauss has taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels in Georgia. Dr. Strauss is currently a clarinetist and assistant conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony and the Tara Winds Community Band. (Editor's Note: The OSMA will be presented to Dr. Strauss in 2006.)

John Whit well Presented with Boh Award


r. Mike Golemo had the honor of presenting the Bohumil Makovsky Award to John Whitwell, Director of Bands at Michigan State University, who is retiring at the end of this year. This occurred at a concert of the Michigan State University Wind Symphony for the Michigan Music Educators Association First Annual Convention; which was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Whitwell is retiring this year from Michigan State, but will remain an active guest conductor. He is an influential member of ABA and on the board of directors for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra convention in Chicago. He served as the conductor of the NIB in 1997, and is a past recipient of the DSMM award.

Ashley Tippie Awarded AEA Scholarship


shley Tippie was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Northern Colorado on October 23, 2004. She is a member of the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band, Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band IV and Wind Ensemble at the University of Nothern Colorado. She is currently serving the Alpha Theta Chapter as the Recording Secretary. Ashley was also awarded the Outstanding New Active Award in Spring 2005. Ashley currently resides in Greeley, Colo., where she is working toward her bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education and plans on becoming a middle school band director. Over the summers, she volunteers at local middle school summer band camps as an assistant, helper and teacher. Along with Kappa Kappa Psi, Ashley is currently a member of the CMENC (Collegiate Music Educators National Conference) and the ITEA ( International Tuba Euphonium Association). Her other interests include mathematics, knitting and choir.

DSMM and OSMA Recipients Gather at Midwest Band Clinic


KY & TBS are annually represented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, held each December. One of the longest continuous running band conventions and certainly the largest, it provides a great opportunity for KKY & TBS to be promoted to the band world throughout the country. One special event that we hold, is an annual reception on Thursday night. Approximately 100+ special guests have regularly attended our reception, giving us terrific exposure and solidifying the From left to right: Alfred Sergel, III (DSMM - 2002); Melvin Miles, Jr. (DSMM - 2002); Karel Husa (DSMM - 2005); Dr. Donald E. McGinnis (DSMM - 2005); Craig Kirchhoff (DSMM - 2005); Dr. Paul professional and fraternal Droste (DSMM - 2005). relationships we have established throughout the county. Those relationships are critical if KKY & TBS are to continue to grow and impact the collegiate band world so positively, as we have for many years. We must not take for granted neither our presence on the university scene, nor our important role of service. In December 2006 our reception drew some very distinguished dignataries including nine KKY DSMM recipients and three TBS OSMA recipients, as well as many collegiate and professional music directors around the country. Not available for the photo: Robert Flemming, John Long and Al Wright (DSMM recipeints). Also not pictured: OSMA recipients Kathy Rodeffer, Deborah Bradley and Gladys Wright. Should you be in Chicago next December attending the Midwest Clinic, we hope to see you too!

From NEWS, Page 25 25 YEARS AS A HO

HARRISONBURG, VA. - Greetings from Eta Omicron!! We are keeping busy here at James Madison University having just celebrated our 25th anniversary on the 9th of November. Keeping up with the busy schedules of the Marching Royal Dukes, JMU football season, marching band competitions, and as many alumni as possible, we will be celebrating our 25 years in March. The HOs prepared a nice sit down dinner to make the travel down memory lane a bit more comfortable. As if we needed anything more to make this year a special one for the HOs, we are spending the 2005-2006 year as the Top Chapter of the Northeast District. Every year at the NED District Convention, the district president makes a small presentation introducing the chapter that is to receive ‘top chapter’. Instead of recognizing our chapter in the conventional way, then President Ken Jackson presented the award to the chapter by saying “You don’t know brotherly love until you’ve been with a HO.” - Rachel Ledebuhr, Member, KKY, Eta Omicron, James Madison University


WEST LAFAYETTE, IN. - Greetings from the Gamma Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at beautiful Purdue University! With the kickoff of another busy semester, Gamma Pi is gearing up for some major activities heading our way, like chapter rush functions, band activities, and our 50th anniversary coming up in March! After welcoming in ten new members last spring, we are as eager as ever to celebrate our golden anniversary in high style! All semester long we will be focusing on fundraising for the anniversary bash expenses, and we have newspaper stuffings, stadium cleanups, and merchandise sales keeping the whole chapter busy. We’re also helping to acknowledge and appreciate those who give to our band program as the symphony band prepares for their monumental trip to New York and Carnegie Hall! We are also working hard to attract new interesting and worthy members to our Gamma Pi chapter. Some planned rush functions for this semester include ultimate Frisbee, bowling, and pumpkin carving for our directors! Our membership committee is also working hard to increase Rush atten-


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dance, especially from the indoor groups. Our chapter will also be welcoming visiting bands from Notre Dame and Michigan State University! Most of the planning and delegating for our big anniversary is almost completed, and we’re hoping for a large turnout of alumni from all over the United States. This bash will be an awesome way to interact and remember the 50 amazing years our chapter has been helping the Purdue University Bands! For those at nearby chapters, feel free to come and celebrate with us; everyone is more than welcome! - Molly Cothery, Member, KKY, Gamma Pi, Purdue University


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Northeast District (NED) launched its first district-wide project on Oct. 2 at the Allentown Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, Pa. With approximately 100 letters sent out throughout the Allentown area, the NED successfully collected four instruments and rose over $60 for PROJECT PROTECT MUSIC. This is a year-long project aimed towards supporting a northeast district high school or middle school struggling to keep their music education program alive. After the launching, each chapter was charged with the following: • Organize a service project targeting a musical need or advancement of music in the chapter community. • Create awareness of the importance of music education. • Fundraise $100 to contribute towards the district donation. The NED objective is to send used instruments and a $2,500 donation to a school in need following the 2006 district convention and to create awareness of the importance of music education in chapter communities. - Sarah Lindsay, NED-VPSP, TBS, Syracuse University


TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. - The Alpha Rho chapter has been busy once again. Our chapter has taken more interest in helping the jazz studies program by donating to their 1st CD release that was published in 2005 and also helping out the their 2nd CD release in 2006. The donation helps to cover the costs for recording, guest performers, equipment rentals, etc. The CD is a great way to preserve the sounds of the ensembles from year to year. The Jazz Ensemble gave us two CD’s for our donation, one was kept

for our archives and the other was given to National Headquarters. We have been working diligently on preparing fundraisers: washing cars, selling Pampered Chef, placing flyers on cars to receive 20% profit from the sales at Pizza Hut. We continue to visit National Headquarters yearly to clean inside and out by pulling weeds, dusting, mowing the lawn, organize shelves, stuff envelopes and whatever the crew needs us to help out with. We had a lot of help from our membership candidates, members, and alumni to beautify the property. Every year we camp out at Lake McMurtry, this year the weather was more of what we were used to; we had to have a fire for warmth unlike last year were we had to sleep in our skevvies. We also carried on a chapter tradition by taking a morning swim in the lake. Let's just say burr. Thank you to the Alpha chapter for taking us on a tour of the beautiful campus. We also visited the grave sites in Stillwater and then we ate a Eskimo Joes, which is another tradition we have carried on from year to year. Currently we are setting up for our 2nd Annual Alumni Banquet to be held on November 14, 2005. On the same day as banquet we have third degree so it is convenient for the alumni to attend both. We are also preparing for our semester spaghetti dinner with Lambda Chapter at the University of Arkansas. This is a great way for chapters to correspond with one another; we are working on building a bond with other chapters so the SWD will be represented well. In Fall 2005, we added a great advertising entity for the band and for KKΨ. Our school has a wall that is 6ft tall and around 50ft long and different organizations paint their logos on it. This year was our first year to do this and it looks great and we are able to promote KKΨ and the band. The wall is located at our football field and is viewed from on of the main streets in Tahlequah, OK. We encourage everyone to Strive for the Highest. - Randi Phelps, Alumni/Corresponding Secretary, KKΨ, Northeastern State University


CINCINNATI, OHIO. - The Upsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has been working diligently this year to step up to the challenge of taking on a new Athletic Conference in the BIG EAST. This shift in strategic focus for our efforts with the Bearcat Bands’ Athletic performances has proved both vigorous and rewarding. As our current fundraising efforts near the $20,000 mark, we are making our presence

known on our campus through our performances and service to the University, on countless occasions. Through participation in our band program, and in several extra performing venues, we have reaped significant contributions to our Band’s Endowment Fund, which will eventually lead to permanent scholarships for all band members. Upsilon continues to support and serve the UC Bearcat Bands as it has done for over 77 years. With the creation of our new multi-million dollar band facility, the first in our storied 86year history, we finally have a true permanent home. Named after our generous donor, The Rockwern Band Center sits prominently on UC’s campus in one of the newest state of the art complexes to grace our up and coming urban campus. With the creation of uniform boxes, equipment maintenance, and large growth in our chapter’s contribution to scholarships for band members, Upsilon continues its ability to provide new opportunities for band members interested in other musical pursuits. Our most recent addition to the scholarship arena is a Drum Corp Scholarship, awarded to individuals who choose to participate at that level of performance. They must adequately demonstrate monetary need and philosophy to be successful through form submission to the chapter for consideration. But service, fundraising, social events, and building things aren’t everything of course. Our membership process is just gearing up and we expect a tremendous turnout for the process this year. We just completed one of our longest standing membership traditions with our 63rd Annual Chili Smoker. 63 years is a long time! This event was greeted with great success due in large part to our homemade chili recipe, which was redone after several years and was cheered by all

who attended: over 65 people! A large kudos to some of our Alumni for taking the time to create a culinary masterpiece! Our relations with our sister chapter of Theta continue to grow as several fundraising, joint relations activities, and service promulgate a true sense of togetherness, strengthening our already existing bond of friendship and mutual respect. Our reduction of band dues continues to be the hallmark of our two chapter’s cooperation in the endeavor of greater bands! And there’s the latest update from Cincinnati. If anyone has questions or comments we can be reached at our chapter email: AEA and ITB! - Brothers of Upsilon, KKΨ, University of Cincinnati


ADA, OHIO. - This fall has been very busy for the Sigma Chapter at Ohio Northern University. Our marching band show this year is “Rockopolis: The City of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” It features music from rock artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Yes, and Queen. Along with performing at all home football games, the ONUMB performed as the showcase band at the Sidney High School marching band competition. Over Thanksgiving break, about 120 members of the band are traveling all the way to Rome, Italy to perform on foreign soil. Performances include parades, a concert in front of the Coliseum, and a half-time show at a soccer match. Somehow finding time during the busy marching season, the Brothers have been active in both service and social events. Early in October, the Sigma KKPsi chapter and the Gamma Mu TBS chapter had their quarterly clean-up of the stretch of highway the two groups have adopted together.

The rainy afternoon was filled with many laughs, much trash, and more road kill than one ever needed to see. Later that month, the annual KKPsi/TBS Halloween Party and Haunted Presser (ONU’s music building) again proved to be a frightful delight. This year, Haunted Presser was composed of a maze built of boxes that the victims.... I mean participants....crawled through. It was very scary! The evening would not have been complete without a costume contest, Chubby Bunny competition, and more dancing. Although Sigma has been very busy, we take the time to remember Brother Ed Williams in all that we do. On July 14th, an incredible musician, brother, mentor, and friend passed away. Brother Edwin Williams, a sponsor for the Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Ohio Northern University, died unexpectedly, making his passing even harder to accept. Brother Williams graduated from DePauw University, then went on to receive a master of music degree from Indiana University, then a doctoral of musical arts at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Brother Williams started teaching at ONU in 1973. He taught music history, applied trumpet, and brass methods, and also conducted the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Brass Ensemble. He spread his love for music to the youth of the community by creating and conducting the Lima Area Youth Orchestra, and by directing the Summer Music Camp at ONU. Brother Williams was truly a great man. He had the ability to make you smile. He was known for threatening his students that he was going to pour sugar in their cars’ gas tanks. He would say, “No one will ever suspect a little old man like me.” His passion for music was something he radiated out while he taught and conducted, infecting each and every one of us with the same love for the greatest art form of all. For every band performance throughout this year, each ensemble member will wear a blue and silver “E” pin in memory and honor of Brother Williams. I do not know how long ‘twill be Or what the future holds for me But this I know, if I must die, I am a Brother of KKPsi - Kathleen Windisch, Member, Sigma, KKΨ, Ohio Northern University


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Milestones Alumni Milestones Official Publication of the National Alumni Association

Ray (KKY - Beta Alpha) and Ana (TBS Iota) Sanchez gave birth to their first baby, a boy named Raymond Antonio on July 26, 2005. Chara Wade (TBS - Delta Upsilon) graduated in May 2005 with a degree in music from Howard Payne University. She is currently the Choir Director at Ennis Junior High and Ennis High School in Ennis, TX. Sarah Kennedy (TBS - Delta Upsilon) graduated in May 2005 with a degree in music from Howard Payne University. She is currently an assistant band director for Grape Creek ISD in San Angelo, TX. Mikel Riley (KKY - Zeta Beta) graduated in May 2005 with a degree in music from Howard Payne University. He is currently an assistant band director for Whitney ISD in Whitney, TX. April “TinkerbeL� Whittemore (TBS - Eta Omega) graduated in May 2005 with a degree in history from California State University, Fresno. She is currently living and working in San Diego, CA.


Amanda National Alumni Association Spotlight

Amanda Grace - Southwest District Director, 2005-2007

Amanda was initiated into the Theta Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Henderson State University in November 1997. As an active member, she served her chapter as Corresponding Secretary and SWD Convention Coordinator. After graduating in December 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media, she became a member of the NAA and the SWDAA where she has served as Vice-President of Membership and Secretary. She continues serving the SWD by presenting at area workshops regarding topics such as recruitment, motivation and alumni involvement, and advising convention committees. She is a charter member and Vice-President of the Theta Theta Alumni Association and was awarded a Life Membership in Tau Beta Sigma by her chapter in June 2005. Aside from Tau Beta Sigma, she is also a member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and is currently employed with Dillard’s Corporate Headquarters.


Lansing Dimon - Northeast District Director, 2005-2007

Lansing crossed over into the Eta Phi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi in February 1990. During his undergraduate career, Lansing served as VP of Membership and was the catalyst for the Alumni Relations chair and its alumni newsletter, the Eta Phi Informer. A life member since graduation, Lansing has continued to serve the SU band program almost continuously as a Drill Instructor, Field Assistant, and most recently with the SU Bands website, including a revised history of the band program. He was proudly initiated as an Honorary of the Eta Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma on 7 October 1997 and has continuously attended Precincts and Districts, many times in an advisory role. Lansing is a music educator, having taught elementary music, high school band and several marching bands in the Central New York area. Currently, Lansing is finishing two masters degrees in Music Education and Instructional Technology at Syracuse University. Outside of music and band, Lansing is involved with the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, having been chapter President and served on their National Board of Directors as National Vice President of Education. Lansing is also involved in the Syracuse Brigadiers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps and serves on their Board of Directors as President.


Darius Cureton - Southeast District Director, 2005-2007

Darius was initiated as a Charter Member of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi on March 14, 1999, at Winston-Salem State University. As a prospective member, he served as the Treasurer and Vice-President for the colony. As an active, he served as Chapter Treasurer and President (1999-2000). Darius graduated from Winston-Salem State University in May 2000 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Political Science. In December of 2001, he graduated with a M.A. in English & African-American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Upon graduation, he began working for Winston-Salem State University in the spring of 2002 as the Assistant Coordinator of the Writing/Computer Literacy Lab. In the fall of 2003, he began working full-time as the Director of the Writing/Computer Literacy Lab and as an Instructor of English for the English and Foreign Languages Department. Currently, he still holds that postition and is the Southeast District Director for the NAA. He has also become the Advisor/Sponsor of the Kappa Lambda chapter at Winston-Salem State University. In his spare time, Darius likes to relax, shop, and volunteer his time with the chapter, the English and Foreign Languages Deptartment, and Winston-Salem State University.


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From SISTERHOOD, Page 21 Men are part of this sisterhood bond, because of us. Without them, I would not have the big sister that I have now, nor most of the friendships that I have formed. Knowing all of this gave me an incredible sense of pride for my chapter. While she was talking, I looked at the sisters from my chapter who where there, and realized that most have already graduated, some married. I figured that there must be something making these people drive halfway across the country, and was determined to know what that was. The only answer I can come up with is a love of that sisterhood bond. I felt that same bond later in the week, when a few sisters and I took a trip to Six Flags. At the end of the day, when the

park was just about to close, a bunch of us took over the front of one rollercoaster. For that entire ride, we called chants and cheers. We also formed our hands into the “sigma”, and held it as high as possible, never letting it drop. When the back of the coaster started doing brother chants, we notified them that we were all sisters. They questioned us on that, and we assured them that we were ALL sisters in the front, even the guys. Once again, I felt that bond with those people, and only held my “sigma” higher. After that week, I have never felt so proud in my life. I am proud to be a sister, and to even get the chance to go to something like a national convention. I am proud to be a part of the Northeast District, and especially the Gamma Kappa Chapter. Finally, I am proud to have experienced sisterhood,

and to carry that feeling and those memories with me now, where ever I go. As the summer came to a close, I was more excited than ever to get back to school, and to share all I have learned with my fellow sisters. However, as much as I try, I will never be able to tell someone what sisterhood means to me. For someone that has never experienced it like I have, it’s hard to understand simply through words. All I can do is look around chapter meetings at a handful of people who were at Nationals with me, and remember that they helped me find my own personal meaning of “sisterhood”. To me, it’s a bond that’s always growing stronger, and can never be broken.

In Memoriam FREDRICK LATONE “TONY” SMITH Beloved KKY alum passed away on Dec. 24, 2005 PIKEVILLE -- Fredrick Latone “Tony” Smith, 31, of 1500 Airport Road, died Saturday at his home in the Coley Acres community. Fred graduated from Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville, NC in 1992 and matriculated to North Carolina Central University majoring in Music Education. He was a proud member of the NCCU Marching Band, The Sound Machine, as a saxophone player. He was also became a member of the Zeta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Fred was currently a Processing Assistant in the Transportation Department at Cherry Hospital in Golds-

boro, NC. Fred was a dedicated church member at Kenly Chapel Original Freewill Baptist Church in Kenly, NC where he served as Minister of Music, Youth Director and Church Secretary. He is survived by his mother, Sandra Smith; his father, Freddie Smith; fiancee, Nichole Gates of Huntsville, AL., four sisters, Robyn Smith of Temple Hills, Md., Monica Smith-High of Holly Hill, S.C.; Brianna Smith of North Shore, Md., and Latoya Smith of Washington, D.C.; his maternal grandmother, Grace Best of Goldsboro; and his paternal grandmother, Lula Smith of Fremont. The funeral was held at L.N. Forbes Tabernacle in Wilson. Pastor David Hill Sr. officiated.


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KAPPA KAPPA PSI NATIONAL OFFICERS President Rod M. Chesnutt, Ph.D, 48 Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0802; (319) 2732173; Vice President for Colonization/Membership Malinda Matney, Ph.D, 6015 Fleming Administration Building; Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340; (734) 764-5132; Vice President for Programs Derrick A. Mills, 7465 Bunker Ridge Court, Blacklick, OH 43004; (614) 679-1052; Vice President for Student Affairs Adam Cantley, 1925 E. Elm, Stillwater, OK 74074; (405) 269-6229;

TAU BETA SIGMA NATIONAL OFFICERS President Kathy Godwin, 3030 N. Winstel Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716; (520) 6610444; Vice President for Colonization & Membership Kimbi Sigle, 585 W. Kern St., Kingsburg, CA 93631 (559) 307-6498; Vice President for Special Projects Dollie McDonald, 6705 Milan Drive, Lincoln, NE, 68526; (402) 5709528; Vice President for Communications & Recognition Cindy Lasso, 7769 Grande St, Sunrise, FL 33351; (954) 747-5335;

Vice President for Professional Relations Richard A. Greenwood, Ph.D, Department of Music, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816; (407) 823-3243;

Vice President for Professional Relations Dr. Gregory P. Byrne, Associate Director of BandsUniversity of Louisville School of Music; Louisville, KY 40292; (502) 852-4665

Immediate Past President Michael Osborn, 4089 Hampton Ridge Blvd, Howell, MI 48843; (517) 548-0464;

Immediate Past President Deborah L. Baker, 410 Ridgemont Dr, Fayetteville, GA 30215; (770) 461-4257;

Board of Trustees Michael Golemo, DMA, Chair; Kirk Randazzo, Ph. D, Vice Chair; Kenneth M. Corbett; Alfred Eugene Sergel, III; Scott Stowell; Michael Osborn

Board of Trustees Jean Newman, Chair; Sue Robash Carr, Vice Chair; Deborah L. Baker Edward Elsea III; Kathy Godwin; Alan Harriet, CPA; Wava Banes Henry (life); Deborah Harris Kaplan; Melanie Star Meehan; Janet West Miller (life)

KAPPA KAPPA PSI DISTRICT GOVERNORS Midwest Lisa R. Hunter, Ph.D, 177 Howard Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-0342; Denali Dawn Alt, 177 Lee Dr. Liberty, MO 64068 -2222; (816) 429-5094; North Central Christine Beason, 739 South 15th Street, Quincy, IL 62301; (217) 223-0508; Rodney Scott Whiteman, 3382 W. Spruce Drive, Bloomingston, IN 47909; (317) 872-6783; Northeast Kelvin Washington, Room PR-1 Howard University Bands, Washington, DC 20059; (202) 806-5091; Marie Burleigh, 1807 N 23rd St, Clarksburg, WV 26301; (304) 669-9280; Southeast David A. O’Shields, DMA, Assc Dir of Bands University of South Carolina; 813 Assembly St.Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: (803) 777-4278 Fax: 803/777-2151 Michael Green, P.O. 541Starkville, MS 39760; Phone: (662) 312-9331 Office: (662) 325-2571; Fax: (662) 325-3754; Southwest David Scott Director of Bands Angelo State University Box 10906 ASU Station, Art & Music San Angelo, TX 76909; Phone: 325/942-2341 233; Fax: 325-942-2152 Daniel George, 10106 Technology Blvd West, #1227, Dallas, TX 75220-4359; 214-459-1575; Western Patrick K. Carney, School of Music, 1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403; (541) 346-5668; Tanya Cherie Marsh, 3165 E Merrill Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85234; 480-413-0058;

TAU BETA SIGMA DISTRICT COUNSELORS Midwest Wendy McCann, 8215 Jay Court, Arvada, CO 800034060; (303) 227-9963; North Central Stacey Neeley, 530 N. Maine St., Ada, OH 45810; (419) 772-2011; Northeast Cathy Miles, 2712 Southern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21214; (410) 2546332; Southeast Iliana R. Rosado, 1977 Excalibur Drive, Orlando, FL 32822; (321) 297-1161 Southwest Chris Gordon, 2406 Robin Rd, Manchaca, TX 78652; (512) 484-0373; Western Kris Wright, 6925 N Nanini Dr, Tucson, AZ 85704; (520) 977-3011;



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