Past National President Biographies


marco krcatovichMarco Krcatovich II was initiated into the Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi on February 3, 2011, at the University of Michigan.  As a student, he was a member of the Michigan Marching Band and served as chapter Corresponding Secretary.  Marco graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences with a concentration in Meteorology.  He completed a Master of Science in Education degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and as he completed his term as National President he was also completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Illinois State University in Higher Education Administration.  His dissertation looked at how regional, comprehensive universities can use diverse staff and administrators to support their marginalized and minoritized populations.

As an active member, Marco served as the North Central District Vice President of Colonization and Membership (2002-2003) and served two consecutive terms as North Central District President (2003-2005).  He was awarded the J. Lee Burke National Student Achievement Award in 2005 for his transformative work as District President in streamlining business and expanding educational and social activities at district events and conventions.   During his graduate studies at Penn, he was asked to serve as colony advisor for the future Mu Epsilon chapter at East Stroudsburg University.  While employed at Boston University he served as a chapter advisor during severe chapter turmoil and served as colony advisor for the future Nu Theta chapter at Northeastern University.  He served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors before being elected National Vice President for Programs in 2015.   He served as National Vice President for Colonization in Membership (2017-2019) as the Fraternity launched the Road to Wisdom National Curriculum, formalized the one-semester expansion process, developed the framework for the Membership Advisement status to support low membership chapters, and adopted changes to the National Ritual and Ceremonies.  

At the Centennial Convention in 2019, Marco was elected National President and presiding at the formal dedication of the Centennial in November 2019.   In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused massive disruption for the National Fraternity and the National Council was able to adopt Pivot, a virtual chapter operations guide, conduct district events and national meetings virtually, induct members securely through a virtual environment.  The 2020 and 2021 District Conventions were all held virtually with the 2020 season including “DC Al Coda” a day of workshops and fellowship.  In addition to Pivot, the national fraternity continued to address important operational issues and projects in spite of the pandemic, including a revision of National Headquarters Human Resources operations, a long-term property management plan, the purchase of the HQ Annex, sale of the Duck Street Property that formerly housed the Chapter Field Representatives, appointing a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy task force, and adopting formal changes to financial operations and new agreements with Tau Beta Sigma for the operations of the organization.  Despite these challenges, the Fraternity ended the biennium in a positive fiscal position and adopted major structural and operational changes including updated risk management policies.  The 2021 National Convention was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in front of more than 1,000 sisters, brothers, and guests.   The 2021 National Intercollegiate Band performed SUSPENDED by Alex Shapiro, conducted under the baton of Cynthia Johnston Turner.  The 2021 National Convention featured the Boston Brass, a celebration of CBDNA and the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of Tau Beta Sigma, the adoption of a major series of revisions to the National Constitution, and a memorial service to Sarah Fitzgerald, Northeast District Governor, who passed away while in service to the Fraternity.

Professionally, Marco ended his biennium of service as National President while employed as the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.  He lived in Chicago, Illinois with his partner, Dioliver Perez, and their two cats Whisky and Rye.


Evan Thompson

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Evan L. Thompson, from the University of South Carolina, was elected the 46th National President of Kappa Kappa Psi at the 49th Biennial Convention in Orlando, Florida. He previously served the fraternity as National Vice President for Colonization & Membership (2015-2017), Southeast District Governor (2012-2015), and National Chapter Field Representative (2010-2012). After his term as National President, he served from 2019-2021 as Immediate Past National President and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Evan is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Evan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude with emphasis in Instrumental Music Education in 2009. He graduated from Western Governors University with a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership in 2016. Professionally, Evan is the Music Teacher at Pelion Elementary School in Lexington County School District One in South Carolina. His experience also includes seven years of successful teaching in Sumter School District in Sumter, South Carolina.

Evan presided over the 50th Biennial Convention on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. During the convention, the fraternity’s Centennial was celebrated with a special commission by composer Kevin Walczyk entitled Centurial Exultation. The piece was performed by the Centennial Alumni Band conducted by Oklahoma State University’s Director of Bands, Dr. Joseph P. Missal. The Centennial Celebration included guided tours of campus, National Headquarters, and Fairlawn Cemetery in addition to a special program near the Shrine to commemorate 100 years of leadership and service to college bands. The National Intercollegiate Band was conducted by Jerry Junkin and premiered the commissioned work Fanfares for Friends by Joel Puckett.


Jack Lee

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Jack Lee was initiated into the Delta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi on March 13, 2005 at the University of Texas at Arlington. While there, he was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, concert band, university band, and MavBrass athletic band. Jack graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree in December 2005 and began graduate work the following semester. While a graduate student, Jack served as a Teaching Associate and Instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington. There, he conducted the University Band, the MavBrass athletic band, and was an assistant with the marching band. During his time as an active member of Delta Sigma, Jack served as the chapter president and Southwest District president.

After completing his Master of Music in Music Education degree in May 2008, Jack continued to serve Kappa Kappa Psi as a sponsor for the Delta Sigma chapter. Jack is a recipient of the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award and Tau Beta Sigma Southwest District’s Daniel A. George Award for Fostering Joint Relations.  Jack has served as Kappa Kappa Psi National Vice President for Student Affairs (2009-2011), National Vice President for Programs (2011-2013), and National Vice President for Colonization and Membership (2013-2015).  Jack is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma National chapter, the Southwest District, and the Gamma Nu chapter at The University of Texas at Arlington.  He also holds Kappa Kappa Psi honorary membership with the Southwest District, Midwest District, and the Northeast District.

Professionally, Jack is currently serving as the Interim Superintendent in Blooming Grove Independent School District in Blooming Grove, TX.  Additionally, he is a professor of music at Hill College where he teaches the woodwind studio.  Currently, Jack is completing his dissertation for his Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Jack is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and holds memberships in the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association, the Southwest District Alumni Association, the Eta Alpha Alumni Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.  His other interests include cooking, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their two children, Jackson and Emmy.


Christine Beason

Christine became an honorary member of the Eta Delta chapter at Eastern Illinois University in 2004.  She served as the chapter sponsor, and was appointed to North Central District Governor in 2005.  During her term as Governor, she helped to create and organize the North Central District Intercollegiate Band, a highly successful program.  Later, she moved to Quincy University where she colonized and installed the Lambda Chi chapter.  She remained Governor until 2009 when she was chosen to serve as the National Vice President for Programs.  In 2010 she became the Director of Bands at Texas Wesleyan where she colonized and installed the Nu Beta Chapter.  In 2011 she was elected to become the National Vice President for Colonization and Membership.Christine Beason was elected National President at the 47th Biennial Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Christine received her Bachelor of Music Education from Georgia State University and her Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is in the process of completing her dissertation to satisfy a Doctor of Education with emphasis in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Christine is the Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas where she is also the proud sponsor of the Nu Beta chapter. Previously, she was Director of Bands at Quincy University and Director of Athletic Bands at Eastern Illinois University.  Prior to teaching on the university level, she taught band in Marietta, Georgia.

Christine currently resides in Arlington, Texas.  At Texas Wesleyan University  she directs the Wind Ensemble and Brass Quintet, teaches music education courses, Orchestration, Conducting, and advises the instrumental music majors.  She is a life member of the Eta Delta chapter and a National Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma.  She lives with her husband Chris and two children, Ella (6) and Ryder (2).


Adam Cantley


Adam Cantley was initiated in the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi on March 20, 1999 at West Virginia University. He was a member of both marching band and concert band at West Virginia University. He served in various chapter offices and served three terms on the North East District Council for Kappa Kappa Psi, his last being president. Adam was also awarded the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement award in 2002. In the fall of 2003 he was asked to be an Honorary Member of the Gamma Omega Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Pittsburgh. Adam completed his education at WVU with a B.A. in Integrated Sciences/Biology and a M.A. in Secondary Education in May 2003.

Adam served Kappa Kappa Psi as its sixth National Chapter Field Representative from 2003-2005 visiting with over 120 universities/chapters and attended several district conventions and fraternity conferences. Adam served as National Vice President for Student Affairs from 2005-2007, National Vice President for Programs from 2007-2009, National Vice President for Colonization and Membership from 2009-2011 and is an Honorary Member of several chapters and districts of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Adam finished a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership with an option in College Student Development in 2008 from Oklahoma State University. He currently resides in Newark Delaware where he is the Assistant Director of University Student Centers for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Delaware. His main responsibilities include advising the UD Fraternity and Sorority Community and it’s 5 governing councils and over 40 organizations. Recently Adam is also a facilitator with CAMPUSPEAK Inc., working with their Advance Panhellenic Program and their Personal Power ResponseAbility Program.

Adam is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association and is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He is also a life member of the WVU Alumni Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. His other interests include college sports (Go Mountaineers and Go Pokes), Musical Theater, and his English Bulldog, Duffy.


Derrick Mills


Derrick Mills has been a member of Kappa Kappa Psi since March of 1995, where he was initiated into the Eta Chapter at the Ohio State University. Derrick graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Political Science in 1998.  He became a life member of the fraternity in July 1999.  Derrick served as National President of Kappa Kappa Psi from 2009 – 2011.  Additionally, Derrick served as National Vice President for Colonization and Membership from 2007-2009, National Vice President for Programs from 2005-2007 and National Vice President for Student Affairs from 2003-2005. Derrick served Kappa Kappa Psi as its fifth National Chapter Field Representative from 2000-2002. Derrick was the first past National Chapter Field Representative to serve as National President and serve on the National Council.

He resides in Columbus, Ohio and is President of his family’s general contracting company, Page Construction. The company focuses on remodeling, with an emphasis on hospital remodeling and cabinetry, and has 16 full time – year round employees.  Derrick’s responsibilities include design, conceptual layout and building of commercial and residential projects, marketing, estimating all projects, facility management, and company safety and risk management. Derrick is married to Emily Shoemaker, a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma and Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Chapter.  They have one son, James, and twin daughters, Rachael and Jordan.

Derrick is a licensed high school and middle school wrestling official in the state of Ohio, a member of the OSU Marching Band Alumni Association TBDBITL Board of Governors.  Serves has served as co-sponsor of the Eta Chapter at Ohio State since 2012.


Malinda M. Matney, Ph.D.


Dr. Malinda Matney served as National President from 2007-2009, National Vice President for Colonization and Membership from 2005-2007, and National Vice President for Programs from 1995-1997. She served as Governor for the North Central District from 1997 to 2005, and the Midwest District from 1992-1995. Dr. Matney serves as the Chapter Sponsor for Nu Chapter at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Matney is Senior Research Associate for the Division of Student Affairs, and has been with Student Affairs Research since 2000. Dr. Matney is also a Lecturer in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Matney earned her Ph.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the University of Michigan. She also holds an Education Specialist in higher education administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a Master of Music in Music History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Wichita State University.

Her work within the student affairs context involves both the assessment of program outcomes and the analysis of trends in student behaviors and expectations over time. Her research efforts have included work on the millennial generation, hazing behaviors, and use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Matney is an active member of the Association for Institutional Research, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


Dr. Rod Chesnutt


DR. ROD M. CHESNUTT is chair of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting and director of Symphonic and Marching bands at the University of Northern Iowa. He is responsible for those components of the university band program while teaching courses in music education, wind literature and conducting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Tennessee Technological University, a master’s degree in trombone performance from Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in wind conducting from Florida State University. Previously, he was the director of bands at Mississippi State University and the State University of West Georgia. Additionally, he served as Music Director/Conductor of the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra and served as the assistant director of bands and the director of the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska. While at the University of Nebraska, the Cornhusker Marching Band received the Sudler Trophy for outstanding contributions among the nation’s university bands. Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Chesnutt built superior-rated bands in the public schools of Trumann and Blytheville, Arkansas. He was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1988 and received the National Music Clubs’ Award of Merit in 1991. He has been selected as a Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Chesnutt has appeared throughout the United States. He is also an arranger of note having studied with Robert Jager and Jared Spears and his arrangements have been performed by such accomplished ensembles as the U.S. Army Band [Pershing’s Own], New Columbia Wind Band, Florida State University Symphonic Band, Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and the University of Nebraska Wind Ensemble. Professionally, he is a member of Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the National Band Association. A past Arkansas State Chairman for the NBA and Mississippi State Chair for the CBDNA, Dr. Chesnutt is a former Midwest and Southeast District Governor for Kappa Kappa Psi and served as its National President from 2005-2007. He has conducted ensembles and presented scholarly research at regional, national, and international conventions, and his articles have been published in CBDNA Reports, Journal of Band Research, The Instrumentalist, the NBA Journal, and Clarino Bläsermusik International. He is a contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.


Mike Osborn

Mike Osborn

MICHAEL K. OSBORN, (Zeta Epsilon), from Michigan State University was elected National President at the 2003 National Convention held in Norfolk, Virginia. Mike received his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education from Michigan State University. Since graduating from Michigan State University, Mike has served as a band director in Michigan’s Brighton Area School System. Mike was the first National President in modern history to have served as a chapter president, district president, district governor as well as in every elected position on the National Council. Mike used those experiences to relate to the Fraternity’s membership across several levels and to promote the diversity of our membership.


Dr. Kirk Randazzo

Dr. Kirk Randazzo

DR. KIRK RANDAZZO, (Zeta Chi), from the University of South Carolina was elected National President at the 2001 National Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas. Kirk received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, he received a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University. He currently teaches pre-law at the University of Kentucky and conducts research on law and judicial politics.

During his term of office the Fraternity continued to rely on strategic planning as a primary resource for developing long-term directives. At the 2001 and 2003 National Conventions, several strategic committees worked on creating out-of-the-box solutions to address important topics. Dr. Randazzo led the National Council in reviewing the materials from these committees and incorporating their ideas to further shape an enduring legacy for Kappa Kappa Psi. To this end he organized several strategic planning sessions for the National Council and Board of Trustees, and also organized a session which included the District Governors.

During the biennium two new programs were developed by the National Council as a result of strategic planning efforts. First, the Service Showcase was created to recognize chapters’ outstanding service to bands and provide financial awards to those band programs. Second, the Diversity in Music Speaker Series was developed to invite prominent speakers to conventions with the goal of sharing their thoughts on band involvement. In addition to these two programs, the National Council continued its focus on leadership development and awareness of musicianship.

The biennium witnessed the recognition of several outstanding individuals. The Distinguished Service to Music Medal was awarded to James Cochran, Chris Haughee, Melvin Miles, Melbern Nixon, and Alfred Sergel. Additionally, the A. Frank Martin Award was presented to Michelle Kincheloe and Peter Murray. Finally, the Stanley G. Finck Memorial Award was presented to Peter Murray.

The 42nd biennial convention was held in July, 2003, in Norfolk, Virginia. During the convention a reunion of Past National Presidents was organized, bringing together presidents from across four decades. A reunion of Chapter Field Representatives also occurred. The National Intercollegiate Band was conducted by Don Wilcox and premiered the commissioned work Bandancing, by Dr. Jack Stamp.


Dr. Michael Golemo

Dr. Michael Golemo

DR. MICHAEL R. GOLEMO, (Zeta Omicron), was initiated as an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi by the Zeta Omicron Chapter in 1984. He is the Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music at Iowa State University, where he also serves as the sponsor of the Iota Omega Chapter. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters degree in Music at Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He completed his doctorate in conducting at Michigan State University where he studied under Kenneth Bloomquist and John Whitwell.

Dr. Golemo has previously served Kappa Kappa Psi as the Zeta Omicron chapter sponsor, as a North Central District Governor, as National Vice President for Professional Relations (1989-1991, 1995-1997), as National Vice President for Colonization and Membership (1997-1999), and as Chair of the Board of Trustees (2005-2007).
Dr. Golemo is the conductor of the Ames Municipal Band, an annual guest conductor (as John Philip Sousa) with the Mount Prospect Community Band (IL), and is a past president of the Big XII Band Directors Association. He is an active and published arranger, composer, performer, clinician, and guest conductor and is a member of CBDNA, NBA, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Lambda, Tau Beta Sigma (honorary), and Phi Beta Mu bandmasters fraternity. In 2007, he was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

He and his wife Mary Beth (who is also a brother!) have two children, Molly and Mac.


Scott Stowell

Scott Stowell

SCOTT E. STOWELL (Alpha Eta), from the University of Florida, was elected National President at the 1997 National Convention, becoming the first National President in modern history to serve in all of the four elected positions on the National Council. During his term, the National Fraternity focused on continued expansion, improved marketing efforts, more emphasis on membership education, and less emphasis on re-inventing past business. The Fraternity continued to emphasize strong joint relations while maintaining its individuality and heritage. It developed its first leadership development program, aimed at giving Brothers an additional opportunity to improve both their bands and themselves, and its first scholarship program to financially assist Brothers in their academic development. Development of a long-term strategic plan, including a mission statement and vision statement, was continued and expanded. Mr. Stowell focused on Kappa Kappa Psi’s ability to manage diversity, emphasizing the Fraternity’s efforts to recruit the absolute best band members and create a supportive environment that enables all Brothers to contribute their full potential in pursuit of the betterment of the college and university band. He also continued his efforts as a national officer to involve more student members of the Fraternity in discussions that determine Fraternity policy. Serving jointly as hosts for the 40th biennial convention in St. Louis, Missouri, were the chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Missouri, Rolla. The 1999 National Intercollegiate Band, conducted by Dr. David Waybright, premiered commissioned composer Daniel Bukvich’s Unusual Behavior in Ceremonies Involving Drums.


Tim Greenwell

Tim Greenwell

TIMOTHY J. GREENWELL, JR. (Eta Zeta), from the University of Kansas, was elected National President at the Diamond Anniversary convention in 1995. The key focus for the biennium was a return to the basics, concentrating on service to bands and strengthening of the brotherhood, as well as better utilization of existing fraternity programs. The Scholarship Recognition Program was renamed the “Academic Achievement Program.” A review and subsequent revision of policies, practices, and procedures for fraternal operations and publications was completed. Emphasis was placed on working together and improving overall joint relations with Tau Beta Sigma. Mr. Greenwell recommended the National Secretary be changed to National Vice President for Programs, and it was adopted. He also participated in the search and selection of the eighth National Executive Director and the third Chapter Field Representative. A Vice Chair position on the Board of Trustees was also created. A time capsule commemorating the 75th Anniversary was buried at the National Headquarters during the annual District Leadership Conference in the summer of 1996. The Distinguished Service to Music Medal was presented to Kenneth M. Corbett, Frank B. Wickes, Don Wilcox, and Richard Worthington. James Barnes was awarded the Bohumil Makovsky Memorial Award. William Brent and Steven C. Nelson were the recipients of the A. Frank Martin Award. Receiving the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award were Robert Putman, Anthony J. Roscoe and Stephen Wright. Al Sergel received the Sponsor Award. John Zdechlik’s commissioned work Rondo Jubiloso was premiered at the 50th anniversary concert of the National Intercollegiate Band in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Conductor of the band was John Whitwell.


Melvin Miles

Melvin Miles

MELVIN N. MILES, JR. (Eta Gamma), Director of Bands at Morgan State University, Sponsor and Life Member of the Eta Gamma Chapter, was elected National President at the 37th Biennial Convention. During his term the Capital Improvement Project for the restoration of Stillwater Station and the computerization of National Headquarters operations was initiated and funded. The Chapter Sponsor Award was created; its first recipient was Michael Lee, Sponsor, Beta Psi Chapter, Kent State University. The Distinguished Service to Music Medal was presented to Emery Fears, H. Robert Reynolds, James Sudduth, and Conrad Hutchinson, Jr. The Bohumil Makovsky Award was approved for James Croft, and the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award was approved for Erin Burke, Jeffrey Mayberry, Kirk Randazzo, David Stanfield, Michael Stover, and Edward Williams. The 38th Biennial Convention in Orlando, Florida, marked the 75th Anniversary of Kappa Kappa Psi. The NIB was conducted by Dr. James Croft and performed the commissioned work, A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter, composed by David Maslanka. The fraternity adopted Eta Gamma’s Chapter Hymn as the Kappa Kappa Psi National Hymn.


Stan Finck

Stan Finck

STANLEY G. FINCK (Beta Epsilon), Director of Bands at Kansas State University, was elected National President in 1991. Under his administration, the council acquired Stillwater Station to serve as the National Headquarters and instituted a Chapter Development Program for chapter self-evaluation. Mr. Finck assisted with the interviews and the selection of the first Chapter Field Representative, Casey Blankenship. The Distinguished Service to Music Medal was approved for James Barnes, Richard Strange, Thomas Henry Delaine, Kenneth Bloomquist, Walter M. Chesnut, and H. Owen Reed. The A. Frank Martin Award was approved for Robert Jorgensen, Robert Spradling and Thomas P. Hannum. The J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award was approved for Dale Croston, Tom C. Haros, and Michelle Kincheloe. The 37th Biennial Convention was held on the campus of Purdue University in 1993, where the NIB was conducted by Dr. Paula Crider. The commissioned work, Daystar: Symphonic Variations for Winds and Percussion by James Curnow, was premiered.


Kenneth M. Corbett

Ken Corbett

KENNETH M. CORBETT (Zeta Chi), from the University of South Carolina, was elected National President at the 35th Biennial Convention in Stillwater, Oklahoma. During his eight years as a member of the National Council, the Fraternity experienced significant growth in membership and financial stability. A concerted effort was made to strengthen ties with organizations such as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Professional Fraternity Association and the National Interfraternity Conference. The “Top Ten” award was renamed the “Chapter Leadership Award.” The council established the “J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award” to honor our third Grand President and recognize outstanding student leaders. A uniform Membership Education Program was adopted by the 1991 convention. The Immediate Past National President was added as an ex-officio member of the National Council. The position of Chapter Field Representative was created to assist with chapter visitation and education. The Distinguished Service to Music Medal was approved for Alfred Reed, Stanley F. Michalski, Jr., Max and Susan Mitchell, Hugh McMillen, James G. Saied and James K. Copenhaver. The A. Frank Martin Award was approved for James Wells, George Parks, Malcolm Rowell, Jr., Reid Poole, Eddie N. Green, Christopher Haughee and Gordon R. Goodwin. The J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award was presented to James H. Dickson, Jr. At the 36th Biennial Convention the business sessions were separated from the National Intercollegiate Band schedule, with the NIB concert opening the business portion of the convention. Alfred Reed’s Hymn Variants received its premiere performance. Ray E. Cramer served as guest conductor.