National Intercollegiate Band

This is a brief history of the National Intercollegiate Band provided by Kappa Kappa Psi. For more information and on how to apply, please head to the office NIB webpage at

History of the NIB

One 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 stimulating composers and respected conductors in America. Dr. F. Lee Bowling, Kappa Kappa Psi National President (Alpha Iota) from 1941-1947, is regarded as the Founder of the National Intercollegiate Band. 


The NIB was Bowling’s cherished idea and through the years he worked to develop a plan that firmly established the organization as a national service project for the Fraternity and Sorority. Bowling had placed his belief in such an organization on the results of the intercollegiate band which had been held since 1933 by the colleges and universities of the Rocky Mountain area. Each college sent representatives to a chosen place where much time and effort was given to the preparation of a concert. These concerts were sponsored by the chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi. The success of this movement gained headway to some extent before the war and district intercollegiate band concerts were held in the states of Oklahoma and Ohio. He presented such a plan to the Tenth National Convention at Corvallis, Oregon, in August, 1941. It received the endorsement of the convention and a promise was made to have the first National Intercollegiate Band at the next National Convention. 


However, due to the Declaration of War and subsequent changes in the nation, the national conventions scheduled for 1943 and 1945 were not held. In fact, ninety percent of all fraternity chapters became inactive and only five chapters were able to remain active throughout this period. After the close of the war Bowling revived his plans and started to build an intercollegiate band which would perform as part of the 14th Biennial Convention in 1947 at Oklahoma A and M College (now Oklahoma State University) in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 


The first NIB featured 125 select student musicians from more than 16 colleges. The program from this concert featured eleven musical selections and ten different conductors -- including Bowling, Charles Wiley, Hugh E. McMillen, J. Lee Burke, William A. Scroggs, and Dr. Bohumil Makovsky. The concert opened with John Philip Sousa’s famous march, Semper Fidelis, always faithful. In the words of Dr. Bowling: 

"The 1947 National Intercollegiate Band had been in the planning stages for many years. Actually, the prototype of this national venture had been well established. This was the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Band which rendered the first concert by an intercollegiate band in Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado in February, 1933. The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Band gave five concerts in Colorado in 1933 and represented six colleges -- the University of Colorado, University of Denver, Colorado College, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and Colorado School of Mines. These Intercollegiate Bands continued as a great musical experience during the spring terms, the last concert being given during Music Week each year in the Denver Auditorium with a KOA broadcast. The University of Utah was also represented at the Music Week concert in 1933. The University of Wyoming became a regular participant in 1934. The first concert following the interruption caused by World War II was at the University of Northern Colorado. During the post-war years District Intercollegiate Bands have played an important role at a few district confabs."


Dr. Bowling’s patient, competent, and concerned guidance also secured for the Sorority the necessary action taken by Kappa Kappa Psi to include Tau Beta Sigma in its national programs of service to bands. The National Convention of 1947 was the first convention that established mutual cooperation and shared concerns between the Fraternity and the Sorority. The Kappa Kappa Psi delegates voted to accept Tau Beta Sigma as a sister organization, and extended in perpetuity to the new Sorority the courtesy of sharing in all of its publications and in the NIB program. In 1949, Dr. William Revelli served as guest conductor for the Second National Intercollegiate Band with the final concert being presented at the Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver before an audience of over 10,000 people. Revelli would again serve as conductor of the NIB in 1971 -- the only conductor in the history of the NIB to serve twice. 


At the 1997 National Convention, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the National Intercollegiate Band. The 1997 National Intercollegiate Band was conducted by Professor John L. Whitwell, Director of Bands at Michigan State University. Renowned composer John Zdechlik conducted the premiere performance of the 1997 commissioned work, entitled Rondo Jubiloso. Alan Bonner, National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and former Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band, served as guest conductor. Colonel Bonner conducted John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis, which was the first selection on the program of the first National Intercollegiate Band in 1947. 


The 1999 National Intercollegiate Band Concert was conducted by Dr. David A. Waybright from the University of Florida.  The concert featured the world premier of two exciting peices: Unusual Behavior in Ceremonies Involving Drums by Daniel Bukvich, the 1999 Commisioned Composer, and From This Wilderness. . ., a KKY commissioned work, by Roland Barrett. The later was conducted by the Kappa Kappa Psi National President and Director of Bands at Iowa State University Dr. Michael Golemo. Other selections included The Thunderer, John Philip Sousa; Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa, Mvt. II, Ira Hearshen; Pineapple Poll Suite from the Ballet, Mackerras-Duthoit, arranged by Arthur Sullivan; Blue Shades, Frank Ticheli; and Chester Overture for Band, William Schuman.

The following is a list of the professionals that have joined in making the National Intercollegiate Band the successful program that it has become over the years:
Roger Fenn, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Tulsa; 
Hugh E. McMillen, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Colorado;
Leonard Haugh, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Oklahoma. 

Dr. William D. Revelli, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Michigan. 

Dr. Thor Johnson, Conductor, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. A. Austin Harding, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Illinois. 

Dr. Frederick Fennell, Conductor, Eastman Wind Ensemble. 

Lt Col William F. Santelmann, Conductor, United States Marine Corps Band. 

Paul Creston, Composer-Conductor, White Plains, NY; 
Dr. Manley R. Whitcomb, Conductor, Director of Bands, Florida State University. 

Dr. Richard Franko Goldman, Conductor, The Goldman Band of New York City. 

Cmdr Charles Brendler, Conductor, United States Navy Band. 

Vaclav Nehlybel, Composer-Conductor, New York City. 

Keith Wilson, Conductor, Director of Bands, Yale University; 
Siguard Rascher, Guest Artist, Clinician. 

Norman Dello Joio, Composer-Conductor, New York City; 
Dr. Leonard Smith, Guest Artist, Conductor-Soloist, Detroit Concert Band;
Mr. T. N. Retif, Guest Artist, Choral Faculty, Tarrant County Junior College. 

Dr. W. Francis McBeth, Composer-Conductor, Arkadelphia, AR; 
Dr. William D. Revelli, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Michigan [retired];  
Dr. John D. Mohler, Guest Artist, Associate Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan. 

Col Arnald Gabriel, Conductor, United States Air Force Band; 
Raymond Crisara, Guest Artist. 

Dr. Martin Mailman, Composer-Conductor, University of North Texas;  
William C. Moffit, Conductor, Professor of Instrumental Music, University of Houston. 

Carmen Dragon, Conductor, Glendale Symphony, Glendale, CA. 

Dr. Donald E. McGinnis, Conductor, Director of Bands, Ohio State University [retired]. 

Dr. Gary T. Garner, Conductor, Director of Bands, West Texas A & M University;  
Dr. Terry Milligan, Conductor, Faculty, University of Cincinnati. 

Dr. Donald Hunsberger, Conductor, Professor of Conducting and Ensembles, Eastman School of Music;  
James Sudduth, Conductor, Director of Bands, Texas Tech University.

Dr. William P. Foster, Conductor, Director of Bands, Florida A & M University;  
Robert E. Foster, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Kansas. 

Dr. Harry Begian, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Illinois [retired]; 
John Wakefield, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Maryland. 

John Paynter, Conductor, Director of Bands, Northwestern University;  
Joseph Missal, Conductor, Director of Bands, Oklahoma State University. 

Ray E. Cramer, Conductor, Director of Bands, Indiana University. 

Paula Crider, Conductor, Assistant Director of Bands, University of Texas, Austin. 

James Croft, Conductor, Director of Bands, Florida State University. 

John Zdechlik, Composer-Conductor, Prof. and Chair, Music Dept., Lakewood Community College [retired]; 
John L. Whitwell, Conductor, Director of Bands, Michigan State University. 

Dr. David Waybright, Conductor, Director of Bands, University of Florida  
Daniel Bukvich, Composer  

Lt. Col. (ret) L. Bryan Shelburne, Jr., Director, The U.S. Army Concert Band
Dr. Timothy Mahr, Conductor-Composer
Julie Giroux, Conductor-Composer

Don Wilcox, Conductor, Director of Bands, West Virginia University
Dr. John E. Stamp, Jr., Conductor-Composer, Conductor of Bands, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Lt. Col. Alan L. Bonner, USAF (ret.), Conductor, National Executive Director - KKPsi & TBS

Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands, The University of Michigan
Philip Sparke, Composer, London, England

Frank B. Wickes, Conductor, Director of Bands, Lousiana State University
Eric Ewazen, Composer, Julliard Schools

Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Conductor, Director Emeritus, "The President's Own" the United States Marine Band
Mark Camphouse, Conductor, George Mason University


The F. Lee Bowling Award

The F. Lee Bowling Participation Award is given to the College or University with the largest amount of members in the National Intercollegiate Band. Click HERE to view the list of recipients of this award.