VPSA Live!


I’m excited to present the first video of “VPSA LIVE!” This first segment is titled “Having the time of your life at District Convention,” and focuses on the upcoming district conventions. Take the time to watch this brief video and start planning now to get the most out of your district convention!!

You can find the video on the newly created Kappa Kappa Psi Youtube Channel at:


Jack Lee

Jack Lee
National Vice President for Student Affairs
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity

Past National President Richard Rodean Passes Away

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:

We are sad to report the death on November 14, 2009 of Kappa Kappa Psi Past National President Richard (Dick) William Rodean of Denton, Texas.

Dr. Rodean served as National President from 1979-1981 at the 31st Biennial Convention held on the University of Cincinnati campus. Mary Jeanne van Appledorn’s LUX: Legend of Sankta Lucia received its premiere performance by the National Intercollegiate Band.

After completing his public school education in the Chisholm schools, Rodean was accepted into the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in 1963 and the Master of Music in 1964. He received his Ph.D. in the Division of Fine Arts at Texas Tech University in 1980.

Rodean began his teaching career as a high school band director in Brighton, New York. He then served as assistant band director at the University of Buffalo for two years before accepting the position of band director at the University of Tampa, where he subsequently became the Chair of the Music Department and Chair of the Fine Arts Department. During that time, he was also principal bassoonist with the Tampa Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Rodean served as National President of Kappa Kappa Psi from 1979-1981. In 1981, he joined Texas Woman’s University as Chair of Music, Dance and Drama. Throughout his tenure, he continued his love for musical performance as a member of the Zephyr Winds chamber ensemble and with the Wichita Falls Symphony. He held the positions of Associate Dean and Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences before retiring in 2005.

If you would like to send a note of condolence the address is : Rodean Family, 2212 Burning Tree Lane, Denton TX 76209-1411.

Welcome to Mu Omicron, #303!

Please join me in congratulating the Mu Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at George Mason University. This chapter was installed on December 5th on the GMU campus. It was my privilege to serve as the installing officer for this event.

Despite the rough weather, these new members were welcomed into Kappa Kappa Psi by Alumni and active brothers from Alpha, Omicron, Beta Delta, Beta Chi, Gamma Xi, Eta Omicron and Iota Delta. Also in attendance were Past National Vice President for Programs Deb Eakins and Current NED Vice President Natasha Catino. Special thanks to the NED Alumni Association for presenting the chapter their new KKPsi flag.

A special thank you goes to the Omicron Chapter at West Virginia University for serving as the advising chapter and to Joe Panzer from the Alpha Chapter for serving as the advising person.

Please feel free to send notes of congratulations to chapter president Bailey Awkard baileydawkard@gmail.com.

Mu Omicron, Chapter #303, is the second installation of this biennium. Kappa Kappa Psi currently has 18 colonies across the country. If we continue to show our relevance to college band world through living our values and furthering the mission of Kappa Kappa Psi, then we can expect to see this continued growth in our fraternity.

Adam D. Cantley
National Vice President for Colonization & Membership

DSMM Winner Anderson, Pitt Band Make Headlines

Please check out the following article about Distinguished Service To Music Medal Award winner Jack Anderson and the Pitt Band.




It’s 20 minutes before kickoff. In the locker room, Pitt football players are psyching themselves up for the game.

But on the field, the Pitt varsity marching band is performing its pregame show to pump up the crowd – and Jack R. Anderson is dancing.

“Jack loves when the band plays ‘Dude Short,’ which is the ending to one of our songs,” piccolo squad leader Emily Mallit said. “It’s really peppy, just quick little sound bites. Whenever we play it, he starts jumping up and down.”
Whether dancing or conducting, Anderson knows how to keep Pitt’s band running smoothly in his 15th year as director of the program.

“The chords are so big and the drum parts are written so well that it gets your blood boiling a little bit and just makes me dance,” Anderson said of the piece.

Anderson knows how to pump up fans at games with “Hail to Pitt”, but he can also motivate his band members at practice.
“He’s been able to take the very complex and military – like setting of a college marching band and make it very enjoyable for everyone involved,” senior drum major Tyler McGaughey said.
Anderson tries to make practice fun. With practice four days a week, if band wasn’t enjoyable, he said, nobody would stick around.
“It has to be fun,” Anderson said. “Because if it’s not fun, and they don’t enjoy doing it, and they don’t use it as their outlet, they’re going to find something else to do. We just have a good time together.”

“Band is a lot of work, but it’s fulfilling and gratifying,” Mallit said. “Jack isn’t in-your-face intense. He’s a silent intense. He doesn’t have to yell at you or get up in your face. You want to perform your best to meet his expectations.”

According to Mallit, Anderson is a grandfather figure, almost family.

The rapport between teacher and student runs deep in band, so much that Anderson invites members over every year for Thanksgiving dinner. Because Pitt usually plays a game around Thanksgiving, some members of the squad can’t return home to see family over break.

Anderson said that 10 people showed up for dessert this year.
“Thanksgiving happened to be my birthday this year, so they brought candles and cake and sang ‘Happy Birthday,'” Anderson said. “I don’t want them sitting alone [on Thanksgiving]. My house is always open.”
Anderson knows firsthand the work band members must put in, because he played in the varsity marching band in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

He recalled the band outperforming the football team in his college years.


“We got killed in football in Miami in 1968,” he said. “But the Pitt band got a standing ovation that night in the Orange Bowl. Pitt wasn’t very good at that time – we saw a lot of 1-9 seasons – but the band got a lot of recognition because it was very good.”


The Anderson family has strong ties to Pitt. Both of Jack’s daughters attended the University and marched, his sister played in the concert band and his father was the program’s assistant director.
“I grew up on the sidelines from 1950 on,” he said. “So I’m approaching 60 years basically with the band.”


In turn, the University has been kind to him. Anderson met his wife as an undergraduate.
Currently, Anderson has a lot on his plate. As director of bands, he heads the varsity marching band, pep band and symphonic band and logs hundreds of miles traveling to away games. He is the only full-time employee of the department.


Anderson thanked alumni volunteers and associate director Dr. Mel Orange.


“The people that come in to fit uniforms, the people who come in at night to set up ladders and yard markers for practice … They’re all volunteers,” Anderson said.


Anderson also guest conducts for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, an organization that adjudicates middle and high school bands. Because Pitt doesn’t have a school of music, Anderson has a tougher job recruiting members.


“[The PMEA] is a recruiting process for us” Anderson said. “I get out into the schools and meet the honors band students, the best students in the area. Hopefully they meet me and say, ‘Well maybe I’d like to go to Pitt.'”


McGaughey remembers Anderson recruiting him.
“I was a drum major for two years in high school, loved my band and never thought that it could get any better,” he said. “I definitely did not want to join a college band. When I was visiting the engineering school here, Jack got in touch with me and asked me to come and talk to him about joining the band. I decided I would go just to humor him. In less than an hour he talked me into joining.”


In part because of his bond with his pupils, Anderson has won several awards in the past few years. Kappa Kappa Psi, a national college band fraternity, awarded him the Distinguished Service To Music Medal for marching band in 2007, and other groups have awarded him similar honors. Pitt’s Greek Life named him Professor of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
But Anderson believes the awards belong to the entire Pitt Band.
“It’s a shared recognition … My job is easy because 100 percent of my students want to perform,” he said. “I just kind of steer the ship and make sure we stay on course.”


And though he turned 62 last month, Anderson has no plans to retire.


“I have no plans on giving this up right now,” Anderson said. “But it depends on how I hold up.”


McGaughey, who graduates this spring, hopes future Pitt band members have the chance to work with Anderson.
“Jack really is the heart and soul of our band,” McGaughey said. “Whenever he leaves, it will never be the same.”

New Look for kkpsi.org

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:

I am happy to announce that the new kkpsi.org has been launched!

Thanks to all Brothers who submitted pictures. I was overwhelmed with all of your submissions and great pictures.

Also special thanks to Ken Corbett, Past National President for all of his years of work on this project. I cannot articulate to you in this email the amount of time and dedication Ken put into this…thank you Ken! Also special thank you to Preston Ramsey at National Headquarters for your hard work on this project.



Kappa Kappa Psi Welcomes a New Colony

Florida Gulf Coast University
Colony President: Anne Schons
14 Colony Members

This is the fourth colony added this biennium. Kappa Kappa Psi currently has 19 Colonies with representation in every district and has installed one new chapter. Also, be on the look for installation announcements. We have a couple of our groups in their final steps.

This continues to be a time of historic growth for Kappa Kappa Psi. This is due in part to the wonderful example brothers set on campuses across America. Keep living our values and showing why we are vital to college bands across the country.

Adam D. Cantley
National Vice President for Colonization & Membership

District Leader

I’m pleased to announce that the newest version of the “District Leader” has been posted online.

You can access this document by clicking HERE and then clicking on Vol. 4, Issue 1. On this same page, you can also view previous issues of the District Leader as well. You can always find the newest District Leader by visiting www.kkpsi.org and going to the left side navigation panel, Publications and then clicking on the District Leader link.

In this issue, you will find information regarding the remainder of the biennium, the recent hazing symposium that was attended by national leaders, Lt. Col. Alan Bonner’s recent election as president elect of Professional Fraternity Association, and much more! Be sure to check out this editions featured “District Leader” to learn more about our student leaders across the country!

If you have any thoughts for improvements, or something you would like to see – let me know!


Jack Lee

National Vice President for Student Affairs

Happy 90th Kappa Kappa Psi

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:

90 years ago, William A. Scroggs and nine of his fellow band members founded Kappa Kappa Psi. These ten men saw a need and opportunity to enhance the experience of their fellow band members through musicianship, service and brotherhood. Today that opportunity still exists on your campus and chapter. On November 27, 1919 the foundation was laid for us to improve our bands and each other.

I see this 90th anniversary of our fraternity as an opportunity to celebrate, but more importantly as a challenge. The challenge is simple question: How can we keep Kappa Kappa Psi going for another 90 years? Simply band must be our focus. It is college band that makes our bond of brotherhood more unique than any other fraternity. We work so hard to put together the perfect musical performance and touch our audience with our music. Kappa Kappa Psi for 90 years now is and always will be a large part of contributing to that perfect performance of a college band. As long as we make college band and music our focus as Brothers, we will meet any challenge and grow stronger as Brothers and leaders!

Let us all pause and take a moment to celebrate our amazing accomplishment – 90 years of service to college bands. Thanks to all my fellow alumni and life members who have laid the groundwork for excellence. It is truly an honor to be selected to serve!

Derrick Mills

National President