From the Desk of the National President: March 2024 Updates

Brothers – 

As we embark on the month of March, we stand at the threshold of a significant and inspiring time: Women’s History Month. This is a moment for us to reflect on and celebrate the invaluable contributions of women to our Fraternity, our lives, and the broader tapestry of history.

Throughout The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, women have played a pivotal role, leaving an indelible mark on every facet of our organization. Reflecting on our history and the profound impact of numerous female-identifying Brothers on our fraternity, such as Wava Banes, Deb Eakins, Marie Burleigh, Dr. Malinda Matney, Dr. Christine Beason, Jessica Lee, the Sisters of the Sigma Chapter of TBS, and countless others, I am inspired to carry forward their fraternal legacy by empowering our members to become better leaders and strengthening our service to college and university bands. This month holds special significance as we commemorate the founding of Tau Beta Sigma on March 26th, 1946. This milestone underscores the deep bond and collaborative spirit that exists between our organizations. Together, we stand united in our mission to serve collegiate bands and promote a deeper appreciation of music.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I encourage each and every one of you to fully engage with our updates and programming this month. Through active participation and thoughtful consideration of the opportunities presented to us, we have the opportunity to amplify our collective impact as leaders and fortify the bonds of brotherhood and service. Together, let us embrace the rich tapestry of Women’s History Month and draw strength from the extraordinary legacy of women in Kappa Kappa Psi who have shaped our past, illuminate our present, and inspire our future.

Please take a moment to carefully review the important updates and highlights in this newsletter. These insights offer a window into the progress we’ve made and continue to make for our fraternity. Your active participation and thoughtful consideration of these updates are vital as we navigate the path forward together. Let’s seize this opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, address challenges, and chart a course toward an even brighter future for Kappa Kappa Psi.

MARCH UPDATES

Update #1: Announcing our 2024 Spring Petitioning Groups

On behalf of the National Council, Dr. Rorrer and I are thrilled to announce these groups and their advising teams who will guide them through this transformative journey. Let’s give a warm welcome to our 2024 Spring Petitioning Groups:

Bethune Cookman

  • Lead Advisor: Anthony ‘Tony’ Shelton – Nu Kappa
  • Hayden Elias-Rodriguez – Gamma Nu
  • Jessica Needham – Eta Sigma
  • Danielle Wade – Mu Beta
  • Benjamin Williams – Delta Iota

Virginia Union

  • Lead: Michael Bradford-Calhoun – Iota Zeta
  • Co-Lead: Ed Savoy – Eta Alpha
  • Ema Ashley – Eta Sigma
  • Dr. Lake – Gamma Xi
  • Franklin Nesmith – Eta Omega

Austin Peay

  • Lead Advisor: Hunter Moreland – Kappa Mu
  • Jahkeem Grant – Iota Xi
  • Miaka Kemp – Kappa Mu
  • Megan Lefever – Lambda Delta

Claflin

  • Lead Advisor: Franklin Johnson-Norwood – Zeta Psi
  • Dr. Donald Lee Jr. – Zeta Eta
  • Evan Thompson – Zeta Chi
  • Brittany Woodruff – Pi

You can read the full statement here: www.kkpsi.org/spring-2024-petitioning-group-announcement/

Update #2: #OurJourneyToDistrictConvention

Get ready for #OurJourneyToDistrictConvention! These gatherings are more than just events; they are opportunities for Brothers, both Active and Alumni, to forge lasting connections, build a strong sense of community, and actively participate in meaningful work on the district level. Our dedicated district councils and district alumni associations have spared no effort in ensuring that these conventions will be filled with engaging activities and valuable networking opportunities. Mark your calendars for the upcoming district conventions:

Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Poughkeepsie, NY

Southeast District Convention: March 22-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC

North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN

Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX

Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA

Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA

We can’t wait to see you there and make these conventions a memorable chapter in our shared journey. Let’s embark on this exciting adventure together!

Update #3: Call for Applications for National Vice President for Student Affairs

After a vacancy in the position of National Vice President for Student Affairs spanning several months, the National Council and Board of Trustees are thrilled to initiate the application process to identify our next NVPSA! Per the National Constitution, the Board of Trustees, upon the National Council’s recommendation, shall appoint a National Vice President for Student Affairs to fill the vacancy. (Section 3.214).

National Vice President for Student Affairs Application Form

We warmly invite all interested and qualified Brothers to submit their materials for consideration. The qualifications and responsibilities of the National Vice President for Student Affairs are described in Section 3.208, Section 3.401, and Section 3.711 of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is 11:59 pm CST on April 30, 2024.

Update #4: Upcoming Workshops in March

Get ready to dive into a world of learning and development with our upcoming virtual workshops hosted by some of our national committees! These workshops are designed to provide valuable education and training on the impactful work they’ve been diligently pursuing this biennium. Whether you’re an Active Brother or an Alumni, these sessions are open to all, offering a fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills and deepen your understanding of our tools and resources to strengthen your fraternal journey. 

Make sure to mark your calendars for the following virtual sessions:

But that’s not all! Keep an eye out for more information on additional sessions by the National Committees on Chapter Operations and Programs. We encourage you to spread the word and share this exciting opportunity with your chapter members. Remember, registration is required to attend these sessions, so don’t forget to secure your spot and be part of these enriching experiences.

Special Note: April is designated as our Month of Brotherhood, and we’re calling upon all members to contribute their ideas on how we can effectively highlight the essence and examples of Brotherhood within Kappa Kappa Psi. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your suggestions and inspirations to make this celebration memorable!

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Month of Leadership Programming

Our Month of Leadership in February was a resounding success with insightful virtual sessions. We kicked off with a compelling panel discussion featuring members of the Founders’ Circle Task Force: Dr. Kirk Randazzo, Jessica Lee, Molly Kuchan, Dr. Nicholas Rorrer, and Jason Ortiz. Following this, Jessica Lee led a thought-provoking discussion with Active and Alumni members on the value of leadership development, and how we can cultivate these moments in our lives. For those who missed or want a revisit, session recordings are available below.

Looking ahead, we’re committed to integrating these learnings into our National Membership Education Program, The Road to Wisdom, and expanding leadership-based programming throughout the year. Your participation in these initiatives strengthens our fraternity, guiding us toward a future defined by excellence. Don’t forget to catch these speakers at our upcoming district conventions, where they’ll present workshops and keynotes on crucial leadership topics!

Highlight #2: TMEA, MMEA, & The Super Bowl

We’re thrilled to share updates from our recent attendance at the 2024 Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, TX, and the 2024 Maryland Music Educators Association Conference in Baltimore, MD. These conferences provided invaluable opportunities for networking, learning, and showcasing the impactful work of our alumni and our chapters. As we look ahead, we’re actively exploring other state conferences to attend and welcome your suggestions and assistance. Currently, we’re considering attending conferences in Florida and Virginia, so please reach out with any recommendations or offers of support. A heartfelt thank you to all the Brothers who stopped by our booth at these conferences – your presence and engagement were truly appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

In addition to our conference attendance, we’re excited to share that Kappa Kappa Psi was represented in this year’s NFL Super Bowl by the Eta Eta Chapter and Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South. It was an electrifying moment that left us all in awe, as we witnessed their remarkable display of musicality, energy, and pride. Congratulations to the entire program for this unforgettable and unique achievement – your performance truly captured the spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi and showcased the power of music to unite and inspire. AEA!

Highlight #3: Share Your Kappa Kappa Psi Journey Story

Over the years, the National Committee on Communications has been dedicated to showcasing both current and historical members and moments in honor of Women’s History Month. While we aim to elevate these invaluable narratives, we also understand the importance of providing platforms for Brothers to share their own stories in their own voices. In line with the biennium’s theme of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, we extend an invitation to Brothers to share their fraternal journey story and their experiences as female-identifying Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. We recognize the power of these personal accounts in connecting us to our values and seeing how they manifest in everyday actions. Here are some prompts to help you get started:

  • What is your KKPsi Journey? How did you get started in KKPsi?
  • Why is KKPsi special to you? Was there a special moment that sticks out to you?
  • Why are you still involved? How does it align with your KKWhy?
  • What would you tell someone questioning their KKPsi Journey (Active or Alumni) or unsure that they should join KKPsi? What words of advice or affirmation can you share?

Submit Your Story to be Highlighted

We encourage Brothers to share their Kappa Kappa Psi Journey stories with us in various formats, whether written, visual (such as images), or through video or audio clips. These submissions can be made using the link above. Questions or concerns can be emailed to the National Committee on Communications at communications@kkpsi.org

Highlight #4: Spring Informational Mailer

I’m excited to share details about our 2024 Spring Informational Mailer, a valuable resource designed to support our chapters as they embark on the new semester. Similar to the Fall Mailer that we send out each year, we recognized the need for continued guidance and updates for our chapters after the holiday break. To address this, an email with this resource was sent to all our members on January 24th.

2024 Spring Informational Mailer

Within this resource, members will discover updates and guidance on various topics including upcoming programming, chapter reporting via OPUS, awards and grants, and much more. This resource aims to equip our chapters and officers with the necessary tools to kickstart the semester on a positive note. The flexibility of this digital format allows for seamless updates as new information and inquiries arise, ensuring its ongoing relevance and usefulness. Access this helpful resource using the above and empower your chapter’s success this semester!

As we look to the horizon of the future, let us carry with us the wisdom gleaned from our experiences this biennium. Each step forward is an opportunity to learn, to evolve, and to embody the values of Kappa Kappa Psi. Let us embrace the journey with open hearts and steadfast determination, knowing that together, we are capable of achieving greatness. The road ahead is filled with endless possibilities, and I am eager to witness the remarkable achievements that await us. Let us continue to strive for excellence, guided by the principles and purposes. Together, let us shape a future that honors our past, celebrates our present, and inspires generations to come. AEA.

 

 

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Spring 2024 Petitioning Group Announcement

Brothers – 

On behalf of the National Council, we are excited to announce that we have approved four petitioning groups for the Spring 2024 semester. 

In the Northeast District, we are excited to welcome back the Theta Psi Chapter at Virginia Union University. Under the direction of Professor Fayesha L. Cousins,

the Virginia Union band program is home to the ‘Ambassadors of Sound.’ To learn more about the Morehouse College music program, please visit their website. Notes of congratulations can be sent to Prof. Cousins at: flcousins@vuu.edu 

The Theta Psi Petitioning Group will be advised by members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative and includes:

  • Michael Bradford-Calhoun from the Iota Zeta Chapter
  • Ed Savoy from the Eta Alpha Chapter
  • Ema Ashley from the Eta Sigma Chapter
  • Dr. William Lake from the Gamma Xi Chapter
  • Franklin Nesmith from the Eta Omega

In our Southeast District, we are welcoming three Petitioning Groups this semester at Austin Peay State University, Bethune Cookman University, and Claflin University. 

Our Petitioning Group at Austin Peay is our only brand new Charter this semester; thus, upon the completion of the Petitioning Group process, they will be the Xi Eta Chapter. 

Austin Peay State University is under the guidance of Director of Bands Dr. Wolynec and is home to numerous ensembles including the ‘Governors Own Marching Band.’ More information about their music program can be found here and notes of congratulations can be sent to WolynecG@apsu.edu. Akin to our other groups, this Petitioning Group is  advised by members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative and includes:

  • Hunter Moreland from the Kappa Mu Chapter
  • Jahkeem Grant from the Iota Xi Chapter
  • Miaka Kemp from the Kappa Mu Chapter
  • Megan Lefever from the Lambda Delta Chapter

We are also excited to be returning back to the Eta Iota Chapter at Bethune Cookman University. Bethune Cookman is home to the Marching Wildcats, often known as “The Pride.” Under the direction of Dr. Wells, the Bethune Cookman band program and more information can be found on their website while notes of congratulations can be sent to wellsd@cookman.edu. The members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative who are advising this group include:

  • Anthony ‘Tony’ Shelton from the Nu Kappa Chapter
  • Hayden Elias-Rodriguez from the Gamma Nu Chapter
  • Jessica Needham from the Eta Sigma Chapter
  • Danielle Wade from the Mu Beta Chapter
  • Benjamin Williams from the Delta Iota Chapter

Last but not least on our list is a recharter of the Kappa Pi Chapter at Claflin University. Under the direction of Prof. Thomas Hollins, the Panther Pep Band and various ensembles aim to provide a flexible career-oriented education to accommodate students’ career options. More information can be found on their website and congratulations can be sent to tdhollins@claflin.edu. The members of the α-cohort of the Friend and Advocate Initiative who is advising this group include

  • Franklin Johnson-Norwood from the Zeta Psi Chapter
  • Dr. Donald Lee Jr. from the Zeta Eta Chapter
  • Evan Thompson from the Zeta Chi Chapter
  • Brittany Woodruff  from the Pi Chapter

To learn more about Kappa Kappa Psi’s Petitioning Process and how to start a chapter, please visit the Expansion page on our National website. For further inquiries, please email our National Vice President for Membership and Expansion, Dr. Nicholas Rorrer, at nic@kkpsi.org.

Dr. Nicholas Rorrer
National Vice President for Membership & Expansion (2023-2025)

From the Desk of the National President: February 2024 Updates

Brothers – 

Our journey together continues as we turn the page on January and set our sights on the month of February. After an eventful start to the new year and a productive Winter Council Meeting, I am excited to bring you insights into the strides we made back in January and what you can expect from us this month.

As we step into February, it’s important to recognize the significance of the time that we are in. This month marks Black History Month, serving as an important reminder for us to delve into our complete history, recognizing that understanding our past is key to shaping our future. This month, as we honor Black History Month within the framework of our fraternity, let’s pay homage to the profound history, legacy, and influence of our Black Brothers throughout our 104-year journey. Thanks to the leadership and contributions of numerous Black Brothers, sponsors, and directors, our fraternity stands stronger and more vibrant today. In addition, it’s crucial to acknowledge that the music and band community we cherish owes its existence not only to the well-known icons who we celebrate but also to the countless Black and African American artists, music educators, and community members who have spread the joy of music across generations.

In recognition of this significant celebration of our shared experiences and diversity, the National Council designates February as our Month of Leadership. As one of the fundamental pillars of Kappa Kappa Psi, we have intentionally set aside this time for all Brothers to continue their “Leadership Journey” of (un)learning, (re)discovery, and growth. Reflecting on the journey of Kappa Kappa Psi and the profound impact of numerous Black Brothers on our fraternity, such as L. Allen Pyke, Marshall M. Penn, Dr. Lemuel Berry, Jr., Dr. Melvin Miles, Derrick Mills, Danny George, Dr. Nicholas Bratcher, and countless others, I am inspired to carry forward their fraternal legacy by empowering our members to become better leaders and strengthening our service to college and university bands.

In the spirit of leadership and celebration of Black History Month, I encourage each and every one of you to fully engage with our updates and programming this month. Through active participation and thoughtful consideration of the opportunities presented to us, we have the opportunity to amplify our collective impact as leaders and fortify the bonds of brotherhood and service that bind us together.

 

FEBRUARY UPDATES

Update #1: Share Your Kappa Kappa Psi Journey Story

Over the years, the National Committee on Communications has been dedicated to showcasing both current and historical members and moments in honor of Black History Month. While we aim to elevate these invaluable narratives, we also understand the importance of providing platforms for Brothers to share their own stories in their own voices. In line with the biennium’s theme of The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, we extend an invitation to Brothers to share their fraternal journey story and their experiences as Black Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. We recognize the power of these personal accounts in connecting us to our values and seeing how they manifest in everyday actions. Here are some prompts to help you get started:

  • What is your KKPsi Journey? How did you get started in KKPsi?
  • Why is KKPsi special to you? Was there a special moment that sticks out to you?
  • Why are you still involved? How does it align with your KKWhy?
  • What would you tell someone questioning their KKPsi Journey (Active or Alumni) or unsure that they should join KKPsi? What words of advice or affirmation can you share?

Submit Your Story to be Highlighted

We encourage Brothers to share their Kappa Kappa Psi Journey stories with us in various formats, whether written, visual (such as images), or through video or audio clips. These submissions can be made using the link above. Questions or concerns can be emailed to the National Committee on Communications at communications@kkpsi.org

Update #2: Month of Leadership Engagement Opportunities

Since its inception in 2019, The Founders’ Circle has remained one of the Fraternity’s best-kept secrets! While attendees of district or national conventions in recent years may have caught wind of its purpose, for the majority of our members, it remains just another name and logo. As someone deeply passionate about this program, I am committed to reintroducing its value as a leadership development initiative to our students. Leadership stands as a cornerstone of our organization, defining the essence of what we bring to our programs and communities. However, leadership isn’t innate; it’s a skill we must cultivate, practice, and refine as we delve deeper into our understanding of ourselves and each other.

To mark the beginning of our Month of Leadership, we’re thrilled to announce a series of virtual panel discussions and workshops scheduled throughout February. Stay tuned for further details, but for now, here’s a glimpse of what’s in store:

  • Panel Discussion on The Founders’ Circle (Wednesday, February 7, 2024)
  • Founders’ Circle Discussion with Molly Kuchan (Thursday, February 15, 2024)
  • Founders’ Circle Discussion with Dr. Rorrer (Tuesday, February 20, 2024)
  • Founders’ Circle Discussion with Jessica Lee (Wednesday, February 28, 2024)

To ensure accessibility, these sessions will be streamed live on our Facebook page and subsequently shared on our LinkedIn and Instagram accounts for those who may have missed them. Additionally, I’m pleased to announce that Immediate Past President Jessica Lee has been appointed as the Chair, with Molly Kuchan serving as the Vice Chair of the task force dedicated to relaunching The Founders’ Circle. Their expertise and dedication will undoubtedly steer us toward success in this endeavor. Should you have any inquiries about the program or wish to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to founderscircle@kkpsi.org. Your engagement and support are integral to the success of this initiative. Let’s embark on this journey of leadership together!

Update #3: Call for Applications for National Vice President for Student Affairs

After a vacancy in the position of National Vice President for Student Affairs spanning several months, the National Council and Board of Trustees are thrilled to initiate the application process to identify our next NVPSA! Per the National Constitution, the Board of Trustees, upon the National Council’s recommendation, shall appoint a National Vice President for Student Affairs to fill the vacancy. (Section 3.214).

National Vice President for Student Affairs Application Form

We warmly invite all interested and qualified Brothers to submit their materials for consideration. The qualifications and responsibilities of the National Vice President for Student Affairs are described in Section 3.208, Section 3.401, and Section 3.711 of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is 11:59 pm CST on April 30, 2024.

Update #4: Texas Music Educator Association Conference and More!

We are excited to continue our participation and representation of Kappa Kappa Psi at the upcoming 2024 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Conference in San Antonio from February 7 to 10. This invaluable event provides us with the opportunity to showcase the essence of our fraternity to a diverse audience. If you plan to attend this conference, we extend a warm invitation to stop by our booth. Connect with our National Leadership Team members, sign in to stay updated, and grab your exclusive FREE sticker as a token of appreciation. We look forward to engaging with you and sharing the spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi at this prominent event. See you in San Antonio!

In addition to our participation at TMEA, we are eagerly expanding our reach to other state Music Educators Association conferences. We’re excited to announce our official attendance at the upcoming Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference in Baltimore, MD, scheduled for February 23-25. Representing Kappa Kappa Psi at this event will be Dr. Lake and me. Furthermore, we are actively exploring opportunities to connect with directors, students, and alumni in our Western District. To this end, I will be attending the 2024 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Divisional Conference from March 27 to 30, 2024, hosted at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.

Your input is invaluable to us. If you know of events or conferences where Kappa Kappa Psi’s presence would be beneficial to promote our work and explore expansion opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at president@kkpsi.org. Your suggestions and insights play a crucial role in shaping our fraternity’s engagement and outreach efforts. We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to strengthen our presence across various platforms and regions.

 

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Spring Informational Mailer

I’m excited to share details about our 2024 Spring Informational Mailer, a valuable resource designed to support our chapters as they embark on the new semester. Similar to the Fall Mailer that we send out each year, we recognized the need for continued guidance and updates for our chapters after the holiday break. To address this, an email with this resource was sent to all our members on January 24th.

2024 Spring Informational Mailer

Within this resource, members will discover updates and guidance on various topics including upcoming programming, chapter reporting via OPUS, awards and grants, and much more. This resource aims to equip our chapters and officers with the necessary tools to kickstart the semester on a positive note. The flexibility of this digital format allows for seamless updates as new information and inquiries arise, ensuring its ongoing relevance and usefulness. Access this helpful resource using the above and empower your chapter’s success this semester!

Highlight #2: Chapter Field Representative Program Schedule

On January 22, 2024, Dr. Rorrer disseminated an email containing updates regarding the Chapter Field Representative (CFR) Program. It’s worth noting that Jake and Kennedy have commenced their journey as they hit the road for their chapter visits, marking their final official trip as CFRs. Access to their schedules is provided below:

Jake’s Spring 2024 Schedule | Kennedy’s Spring 2024 Schedule

If your chapter finds itself on their visitation list, kindly ensure timely responses to their emails and submission of your visit schedule well in advance of their arrival on campus. For those interested, you can follow their travels across the nation via their Instagram account (@cfr_kkpsi). To delve deeper into the Chapter Field Representative Program, please visit www.kkpsi.org/cfr/. Your cooperation and engagement are greatly appreciated in making these visits fruitful and beneficial for all involved.

Highlight #3: National Executive Director Job Description

The search for our next National Executive Director is in full swing with the release of the new and comprehensive job description. This document outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations for this integral position. Your engagement is crucial in spreading the word about this exciting opportunity. We invite each of you to share the job description within your networks, communities, and among those who may possess the unique qualities to lead our Headquarters staff and operations.

National Executive Director Job Description

You can access the National Executive Director Job Description using the link above. We encourage you to explore it thoroughly and, if possible, share it with individuals who align with the ideals and values of our organizations.

Highlight #4: Convention Dates and Locations

Save the dates and mark your calendars for our 2024 District Conventions and our 2025 National Convention! Stay tuned for detailed information on registration, schedules, and special events that will make these conventions memorable milestones in our fraternal journey.

  • Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Southeast District Convention: March 22-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC
  • North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN
  • Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX
  • Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA
  • Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA
  • National Convention: July 15-18, 2025 | Lexington, KY

If you have not had a chance to read the full announcement yet, please take a moment to review it here: https://www.kkpsi.org/natcon25/

As we navigate the month of February, I urge each Brother to embrace a moment of personal reflection and celebrate the strides taken in this biennium. Amidst the steady rhythm of leadership, service, and action, let’s not overlook the transformative power of intentional rest and reflection. Like guiding stars in the night sky, our past experiences illuminate our path forward, shaping our growth and guiding our decisions. As we step into the future, let’s carry the insights gleaned from our individual journeys, knowing that they enrich our collective pursuit of excellence. The promise of tomorrow brims with untapped potential, and I am eagerly anticipating the unfolding chapters of growth and achievement that await us all! Continue to strive for the highest. AEA.

Yours in Brotherhood & Service,

 

 

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From the Desk of the National President: January 2024 Updates

Brothers –

As we step boldly into the start of 2024, I extend warm New Year wishes to each of you on behalf of the National Council and Leadership Team. The journey of this biennium has been akin to a spirited march, with its share of highs and lows, yet made all the more remarkable by the unwavering support of a resilient and engaged team. It’s easy to become overly fixated on the successes and failures, when the focus should be on the broader journey, emphasizing progress and growth. This is a path where preparation is key, but acknowledging the unpredictability and lack of control remains equally vital. As I reflect on our first quarter together, I am reminded of our fraternity’s 104-year journey and how the themes of purpose, persistence, and perseverance are as relevant today as they were throughout our organization’s history.

In the spirit of shared reflection, I am excited to share updates and highlights that pave the way for an inspiring 2024. While I understand the constraints of time, these monthly statements are crafted with the sole purpose of keeping you informed. The engagement, as always, is yours to embrace. 

Update #1: “Friend & Advocate” Initiative
Last month, we introduced the Friend and Advocate Initiative, a program designed to provide personalized support to our chapters, regardless of their status. This initiative will equip Alumni members with the latest insights into Kappa Kappa Psi practices, utilizing resources like the Road to Wisdom and our Chapter Operations Resources to support and strengthen our chapters across the country.

Friend and Advocate Initiative Application Form

If you haven’t already, we extend a warm invitation to our Alumni members to apply for the ‘Alpha Cohort’ of the Friend and Advocate Initiative. The application window remains open until January 10th, 2024, and cohort training is set to start in mid-February. To qualify for this program, membership in the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is required. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Nicholas Rorrer at nic@kkpsi.org.

Update #2: National Executive Director Job Description

The search for our next National Executive Director is in full swing with the release of the new and comprehensive job description. This document outlines the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations for this integral position. Your engagement is crucial in spreading the word about this exciting opportunity. We invite each of you to share the job description within your networks, communities, and among those who may possess the unique qualities to lead our Headquarters staff and operations.

National Executive Director Job Description

You can access the National Executive Director Job Description using the link above. We encourage you to explore it thoroughly and, if possible, share it with individuals who align with the ideals and values of our organizations.

Update #3: National Winter Council Meeting
Every January, our National Council gathers for our annual National Winter Council Meeting, where we discuss and decide on important matters that shape our fraternity. One key focus is reviewing the status of chapters based on their reports and dues/fees. If your chapter hasn’t completed these submissions, we kindly ask you to do so promptly. If you encounter any issues with OPUS or need assistance with your report/funds submission, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our HQ at kkytbs@kkytbs.org.

Our National Winter Council Meeting is scheduled to take place between January 11-14, 2024, with Dr. Rorrer and me conducting the final round of interviews for our Chapter Field Representative search just days before. As we’ll be deep in meetings, please excuse any delay in responses during this period. For urgent matters, feel free to reach out to HQ.

Update #4: Upcoming Virtual Workshops
As highlighted in my communication from September 2023, our national committees will be actively engaged in providing a series of impactful virtual workshops, tailored to enhance the journey of each Active member. These sessions are designed to equip our members with practical skills and knowledge that will foster success within Kappa Kappa Psi, in their academic pursuits, and their future endeavors.

  1. Social Media Best Practices Workshop: Explore effective social media strategies for recruitment and service promotion led by our National Committee on Communications. Gain skills to enhance your online presence and strengthen fraternity bonds.
  2. DEIA Workshop for Chapters: Join the National Committee on DEIA for a workshop on fundamental concepts and practices. Deepen your understanding and implement impactful strategies as we enter the new year.

Stay tuned for more details on specific dates, times, and registration instructions. These workshops are tailored to empower you with practical knowledge and skills, fostering both personal and collective growth within our fraternity. Your engagement in these sessions will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of Kappa Kappa Psi.

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Highlight #1: Midwest Clinic
We were thrilled to return to Chicago for the 2023 Midwest Clinic, and delighted to share a booth with Tau Beta Sigma. Despite the absence of some affiliate organizations at the conference, we valued the opportunity to showcase our joint presence and programs alongside Tau Beta Sigma. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. William Lake, KKPsi VP for Professional Relations, and Dr. LaToya Webb, TBSigma VP for Professional Relations, for orchestrating the engaging group activity, The Goosechase, which added an extra layer of excitement (and competitiveness) to the event.

Throughout the conference, we experienced the joy of reconnecting with numerous alumni members, cherishing the chance to catch up and share memories. In a move towards financial responsibility, we made the decision not to host an alumni/director reception this year. While we understand that this news brought disappointment to many alumni and directors, we are eagerly exploring more cost-effective ways to foster a space for alumni to come together, celebrate, and strengthen the bonds of our fraternity. Please stay tuned for updates on the 2024 Midwest Clinic and other conferences. 

Highlight #2: Congratulations to the Bands of the Year
The first annual Historically Black College and University Band of the Year national championship, held on December 15, 2023, at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, showcased the incredible talents of Division I and Division II HBCU bands. This inaugural event not only crowns season-long champions but also elevates the significance of halftime performances, making every show a vital part of the college football experience.

We extend heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Band of the Year, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine (North Carolina A&T), and the ROAR Marching Band (Florida Memorial)! The dedication and artistry displayed by both of these programs reflect the impact and prowess of HBCU band programs across the country. We commend these programs for their exceptional musicality, showmanship, and overall brilliance. We take immense pride in having chapters at both institutions, and their achievements underscore the dedication and excellence that our fraternity represents. Bravi tutti!

Highlight #3: AEA Scholarship Recipients
In our unwavering commitment to “Striving for the Highest,” we recognize that excellence extends beyond the realm of service to others; it is also deeply rooted in our members’ success in the classroom and their academic achievement. We take immense pride in congratulating our outstanding AEA Scholarship Recipients who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their academic pursuits. 

Distinguished Scholars

  • Jessica Alcorn
  • Megan Ledgerwood
  • Cade Skuse
  • Ashley Swanson

Honored Scholar

  • Christopher Allen

Their achievements stand as a testament to the multifaceted nature of our commitment to excellence, encompassing both service to others and personal academic growth. As they continue to inspire with their accomplishments, we celebrate their academic prowess and look forward to witnessing the positive impact they will undoubtedly make on the world. Congratulations to these bright minds, and may their success serve as a beacon for others to follow in their pursuit of excellence!

Highlight #4: Convention Dates and Locations
Save the dates and mark your calendars for our 2024 District Conventions and our 2025 National Convention! Stay tuned for detailed information on registration, schedules, and special events that will make these conventions memorable milestones in our fraternal journey.

  • Northeast District Convention: March 8-10, 2024 | Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Southeast District Convention: March 21-23, 2024 | Raleigh, NC
  • North Central District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Fort Wayne, IN
  • Southwest District Convention: April 5-7, 2024 | Wichita Falls, TX
  • Midwest District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | Des Moines, IA
  • Western District Convention: April 12-14, 2024 | San Rafael, CA
  • National Convention: July 15-18, 2025 | Lexington, KY

If you have not had a chance to read the full announcement yet, please take a moment to review it here: https://www.kkpsi.org/natcon25/

As we embark on this new year, I invite each Brother to pause, reflect, and celebrate their own personal journey through the past year. In the rhythm of leadership, service, and action, it’s easy to overlook the importance of intentional reflection. Like a compass pointing us forward, we must carry the lessons of yesterday as we march into the future. Our tools and knowledge may guide us, but the wisdom gleaned from our experiences is equally crucial. I am excited about the journey ahead and the opportunities for growth and excellence that await us in 2024!

Yours in Brotherhood & Service,

Bang T. Co
National President, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity
Life Member, Alpha Zeta Chapter at Indiana University

Retirement Announcement of Steve Nelson, National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma

Dear Members of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma:

We hope this message finds you well. Today, it is our duty to announce the retirement of Steve Nelson from his position as National Executive Director of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Steve’s dedicated service to our organizations has spanned nine years, leaving an indelible mark on both KKPsi and TBSigma.

Steve’s journey with Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma has been remarkable. His unwavering commitment to our shared values of leadership, musicianship, and service for greater bands has been an inspiration to us all. Before and throughout his tenure, he has played a pivotal role in advancing the missions of both organizations, ensuring their continued growth and success.

Under Steve’s leadership as National Executive Director, we have witnessed significant achievements and milestones that have strengthened our Fraternity and Sorority: celebrating the Centennial of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Diamond Anniversary of Tau Beta Sigma; expanding our National Headquarters property; purchasing a new facility to support our staff; and developing increasingly sophisticated technical tools to support members and leaders in their ongoing work. Steve’s passion for the arts and education has been a driving force behind numerous initiatives that have enhanced the collegiate band experience for students across the nation. His passion for honorary organizations such as ours led to his recent presidency of the Professional Fraternity Association. Steve’s legacy will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, serving as a source of inspiration for generations to come. Steve himself will continue to be an important Brother and Sister, and he will cherish this opportunity to experience the organizations without the day-to-day responsibilities that our National Headquarters has.

Steve has shared these thoughts: “I have deep gratitude for my time as National Executive Director and I am very thankful for the many wonderful people that I met and worked with. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the organizations and I hope we can continue with the best spirits of brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Please join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to Steve Nelson for his leadership and service. We will be forever thankful for his passion, guidance, and commitment to our membership, and look forward to the ways that he will continue to contribute and be involved in the future. If you would like to send a personal message or share your thoughts with Steve as he embarks on this new chapter, please feel free to do so at nelson@kkytbs.org.

In the coming weeks, we will begin the search for a new National Executive Director who will build upon the important work of both organizations. We are committed to finding an individual who shares our values and dedication to the mission of our organizations.

Thank you, Steve, for your exceptional service, and we wish you a retirement filled with joy, fulfillment, and continued success in all your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Bang T. Co, Kappa Kappa Psi National President
Siobhan Wilkes Bratcher, Tau Beta Sigma National President
Dr. Malinda Matney, Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees Chairperson
Rosalyn McDonald, Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees Chairperson

The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey: A Vision for the Road Ahead

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,

The honor to serve as your National President, backed by the invaluable trust that you have placed in me, is not one that I take lightly. Reflecting on the 103-year-long journey of Kappa Kappa Psi – a fraternity built on love, passion, and servant leadership – it is clear that our past illuminates our path forward. The start of a new biennium represents more than a passage of time. It signifies the continuation of our pursuit of wisdom, a journey we take together as Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. At the 2023 National Convention, we not only celebrated our storied legacy but also carved a shared vision for our future. By reaffirming our ritualistic values, we reinforced our commitment to the principles we uphold, ensuring that our service to college and university band programs across the country is unwavering and impactful. This is the “AEA Way“. It’s our belief, our identity, and our mission. To see Kappa Kappa Psi thrive for another century, we must manifest these principles and purposes into tangible actions.

Brothers, we stand at a pivotal moment – an opportune juncture where our shared history, present opportunities, and future potential converge. As we stand at this crossroads, I invite each one of you – Active and Alumni alike – to not just look forward but also glance backward. In our history lies not only our legacy but also the blueprint for our future. But our legacy, while rich and robust, is not just a reflection of what we have achieved. It is also a testament to what awaits us on our journey ahead. We have so much to be proud of, from our contributions to the band community to our presence across the country. The true spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi, however, lies not just in what we’ve done but in what we are about to do. Our journey ahead requires a collective effort, a symphony of voices coming together to create a harmonious and impactful melody. Together, we march towards the foothills of success, undeterred by challenges, united by purpose. Let us be inspired not only by the prospects of our own growth but also by the impact we have on others. Let us embrace our role not just as spectators but as catalysts for change. By embodying the “AEA Way” – marked by an unwavering dedication to our Ritualistic vows, our new mission, and each other – we can inspire a new era of excellence. We are called not to merely embrace complacency or uphold the status quo, but to embody a similar spirit as our Founders had, leveraging the legacy of our past triumphs and cherished traditions to propel us confidently through the second century with the same fervor and momentum that ignited our journey in 1919.

This statement serves as a call to action, urging us to seize the mantle of leadership in the distinctive “AEA Way” and to create a lasting impact on college and university bands nationwide. I am both honored and excited to share with you the vision that will guide our journey forward for the next two years. As your National President, my commitment is to inspire each of you to take ownership of our collective path as a Fraternity.

The Kappa Kappa Psi Journey Unfolds

Our journey is a rich tapestry of our foundational ethos, trials, triumphs, and aspirations. It’s a dynamic dance between respecting our past and evolving for our future.

  • Our Roots: Born from a desire to cultivate leadership amongst band members and music enthusiasts, Kappa Kappa Psi emerged as a beacon of excellence and service in the world of music.
  • A Time of Reflection: Pausing occasionally to reminisce and reflect is as important as forging ahead. It’s these moments of introspection that ground us, ensuring our journey ahead stays true to our core.
  • Seizing the Present: Our journey’s present phase calls for an embrace of opportunities, pushing boundaries, and solidifying our role as leaders and influencers in the band community.
  • The Legacy We Build: It’s our responsibility to ensure that our legacy doesn’t just dwell in our past achievements but also paves the way for a future of significance.
  • Towards a Bright Future: Our vision is clear – a Kappa Kappa Psi that thrives on service and continues to influence the college band movement, even as the landscape of the music community evolves.

The Biennium Plan

To ensure that this vision is realized, we’ve framed out a year-long initiative and have branded the months of the academic year as follows:

September: Month of Service – Engage and promote the virtue of service, with local community projects and seminars on altruistic growth. Chapters can get involved with this by:

  • Hosting virtual panel discussions with key figures in the college band movement.
  • Organizing service projects at local levels for members to engage with their community.
  • Participating in workshops focusing on healthy ways of being selfless and avoiding burnout.
  • We encourage our ‘quarter system’ schools to take some of these practices into October.

November: Month of Musicianship – Enhance individual musicianship, focusing on contribution’s significance in an ensemble. Chapters can get involved with this by:

  • Hosting instrument-specific virtual masterclasses with professional musicians.
  • Participating in webinars on the role of individual contribution in an ensemble setting.
  • Organizing peer-reviewed practice sessions to foster a culture of feedback and growth.

February: Month of Leadership – Harness the Founders’ Circle program to cultivate leadership and drive a culture of continuous improvement. Chapters can get involved with this by:

  • Leveraging the Founders’ Circle program and speakers for leadership training sessions.
  • Hosting roundtable discussions on leadership challenges and solutions with other chapters.
  • Provide personal leadership assessment tools for members to reflect upon.

April: Month of Brotherhood – Emphasize the vitality of forging meaningful connections and valuing the human essence of our Brothers. Chapters can get involved with this by:

  • Attending district events, such as district conventions, with the entire chapter.
  • Collaborating with other chapters to host brotherhood events to foster deeper connections.
  • Hosting workshops on the importance of humanizing titles and treating each member with respect and dignity.

June: Month of Celebration – Honor our accomplishments, our graduates, and lay down a marker of our organizational evolution. Chapters can get involved with this by:

  • Hosting graduation ceremonies for seniors.
  • Creating announcements to introduce newly elected chapter officers.
  • Hosting an awards night to recognize the outstanding contributions of members.
  • Hosting reflective sessions for members to share their progress and rejuvenate.

During the intermittent months, our national committees will be actively engaged in providing a series of impactful virtual events and activities, tailored to enhance the journey of each Active member. These sessions are designed to equip our members with practical skills and knowledge that will foster success within Kappa Kappa Psi, in their academic pursuits, and in their future endeavors. Here’s what you can expect from these enriching experiences:

  • Chapter Operations: Sessions aimed at setting up chapter officers for success, covering efficient planning, effective organization, and strategic execution.
  • Communications: Workshops focusing on helping chapters strengthen their marketing and story-telling strategies, enabling them to effectively communicate their impact and value.
  • Curriculum: Dedicated sessions to enhance chapters’ membership education and continuing education processes through The Road to Wisdom.
  • Data Assessment: A focus on understanding what Kappa Kappa Psi truly looks like and how chapters can leverage membership data to inform decision-making processes.
  • DEIA: Meaningful conversations that explore the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, promoting a more inclusive fraternity, and cultivating culturally sensitive leaders.
  • Expansion: Guiding members on how they can contribute to Kappa Kappa Psi’s growth and expansion efforts by sharing its impact story and value proposition with directors and students who don’t have a KKPsi chapter.
  • Programs: Exploring how chapters can leverage and benefit from our national programs to enhance their member experience and overall growth as a Brother.
  • Ritual Performance & Education: In-depth guidance on how chapters can deepen their understanding and performance of our Ritual, fostering a stronger connection to our foundational principles and lessons.
  • Sponsor/DOB: Focusing on how chapters can build better relationships with their Sponsors and DOBs and contribute to our mission of serving college and university bands.

By intertwining these skill-building opportunities with the larger narrative of the Kappa Kappa Psi Journey, we aim to foster a profound connection between individual growth and the collective advancement of our Fraternity. Through these tailored experiences, we’re dedicated to empowering each member to not only succeed within Kappa Kappa Psi but also to excel as resilient leaders in their personal and professional lives.

Let us not forget, however, that at the heart of Kappa Kappa Psi’s essence lies a profound and unbreakable bond – a tapestry woven with threads of service, leadership, musicianship, and brotherhood. It is this affinity for service, our shared passion for band, and the genuine love we hold for one another that imparts depth and purpose to our journey, rendering it not just meaningful but vital. This love stands as our hallmark, shaping our identity and driving our pursuit of excellence. As we traverse this path together, let us recognize that nurturing this love is pivotal; it’s through the care we extend to each other that we ensure the continuity of our journey’s melody, a symphony woven with the notes of unity, compassion, and unwavering support.

Our journey ahead beckons us to march forward, unified in purpose and resolve. This biennium presents both challenges and opportunities. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that Kappa Kappa Psi thrives in the face of adversity. Our values and purposes, tested by time, have grounded us. Yet, we must not become complacent. We must adapt, evolve, and strive for even greater heights. Now, more than ever, we need to play in unison, translating the “AEA Way” into a melody that echoes for generations to come. This vision for the biennium is not merely a proclamation – it is a call to action, a rallying cry that resonates with our shared ideals. Let us embrace THE KAPPA KAPPA PSI JOURNEY with passion, celebrate our past with pride, and steer our Fraternity toward a future that stands as a testament to our dedication. Let’s compose a masterpiece that leaves a positive impact on the world of college and university bands. The time to lift our batons is now. In harmony and rhythm, let’s march toward success.

Journeying with you,

Bang T. Co (he/him)
National President of Kappa Kappa Psi (2023-2025)
Life Member – Alpha Zeta Chapter, Indiana University
president@kkpsi.org

Launch of The Founders’ Circle

Kappa Kappa Psi is excited to formally launch our leadership development program The Founders’ Circle.  This program includes written lessons and resources developed by Past National President Dr. Kirk Randazzo, guided questions, and in person presentations at our District and National Conventions.  You can go to www.kkpsi.org/founderscircle to access these materials (the password for accessing these materials is the Fraternity password.  Once you complete a level of The Founders’ Circle, let us know HERE and we’ll recognize you for your achievement!  We are currently working on a process for applying to be a presenter for The Founders’ Circle, so stay tuned for more information!

Founders’ Day Message 2021

Brothers,
What does it mean to celebrate Founders’ Day?

This is a moment to truly celebrate!  For 102 years, our organization has withstood the test of time.  Our values are the same as they were when 10 bandsmen came together and created an organization in the image of their director.  We celebrate the opportunity to serve college bands with honor, integrity, respect, and loyalty. We celebrate our relationship and our shared mission with Tau Beta Sigma.  We celebrate our chapters, our Brothers, our connection and the spirit of servant leadership.  We celebrate the precious gift of music, and the magic it brings when we join together in harmony.

This is also a moment of reflection.  I think of how far we have come in 102 years.  Certainly – I would not be here as your National President.  Throughout the years, we have grown and adapted as an organization.  Our acknowledgement, inclusion, and acceptance of people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA community demonstrates our growth as an organization that cares about the people who serve in it.  But at the same time, we must also acknowledge that we haven’t always gotten it right, and that when we reflect on our successes, we must also reflect on the moments that we could have done better and done more.  I hope that this sentiment continues to drive us forward as a better Kappa Kappa Psi.

Finally, this is a moment of gratitude.  I’m thankful for my home chapter at Lock Haven, for the amazing experience playing in the LHU Band, and that seven people saw something in me to offer me an invitation for membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.  I’m thankful for the many Brothers I have met over the years, at conventions, over zoom, and from countless chapters across the country who have touched my life.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve all of you as your National President.  I’m especially thankful for the ability to play music with one another, to have a shared experience that connects and brings joy, love, and light to all.

In the March 1923 Baton, Grand President Scott Squyres wrote an article about the greater fraternity.  In it he says, “The entire success of the fraternity depends on your individual continued cooperation.  You only get out of a thing what you put into it.  HAVE YOU PUT ALL YOU CAN INTO KAPPA KAPPA PSI?”  In July, I asked you if you were with me – to help reCHARGE Kappa Kappa Psi.  Ask yourself – are you truly putting all you can into Kappa Kappa Psi?  Are you working to serve your college or university band?  Are you striving to live our values, as we make bands, and the world at large, a better place?  Are you working to reCHARGE Kappa Kappa Psi through your actions as a Brother, as a chapter, as an alumnus?

Brothers, on this day, our Founders’ Day, take a moment – to celebrate, to reflect, and to give thanks.  Thank a Brother, a Sister, a band director, a fellow musician – someone who has touched your life and made it better because of your connection to music and Kappa Kappa Psi.  Reflect on your commitment to musicianship, leadership, and service as we strive for college bands.  And most importantly, celebrate the moment!  Here’s a toast to Kappa Kappa Psi and 102 years of service to college bands!

Striving with you,

Jessica Lee
48th National President
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity

Northeast District Governor Appointment

Brothers,

I wanted to announce the appointment of a Governor to complete the term of office of Sarah Fitzgerald, following her passing.  Our attention throughout her hospitalization was on her, her family, and the many Brothers whose lives were made better by her love and her spirit.  Numerous Brothers stepped up to fill the void, volunteer their time and talents, and lend a shoulder to those of us (myself included) who struggled to manage the emotional load.  To each and every one of those Brothers who showed their love for others in this moment of difficulty – thank you for your humanity and your heart.

It is fitting that the Brother who was chosen to complete this term of office at such a difficult and critical time is someone who embodies humanity and heart.

Marcia “Marci” Jones was initiated into the Northeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Connecticut in Spring 2005, during the Northeast District Convention. A native of Miami, Florida, she was originally initiated into the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Miami in the Fall of 1989. She is an honorary brother of the Eta Phi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Syracuse University as well as an honorary sister at the following chapters of Tau Beta Sigma; Eta Delta (Howard University), Epsilon Epsilon (Kutztown University), and Gamma Kappa (University of Connecticut). As a founding board member of the former, National Alumni Association for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma she served as Vice President.

Mrs. Jones’ service extends beyond Kappa Kappa Psi to the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Marci was appointed by the Mayor of Washington, D.C. as a Community Liaison to the Mayor’s Office for the Columbia Heights/Shaw Collaborative. She is a certified Community Trainer in Washington, D.C. since 1998. Marci has facilitated numerous workshops with a focus on the issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Conflict Resolution, and various community issues and topics. Marci has more than 20 years of experience with government agencies and non-profit organizations implementing process improvement strategies. Ms. Jones has served in several areas professionally from membership coordination and recruiting to administrative operations and personnel security policy. Marci is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma. Her other interests include reading, baking, traveling, and a fan of her children’s youth sports (football, basketball, and volleyball). Marci has been married to her husband Ernest C. Jones, II for 23 years and currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA with their 13-year-old son, Trey, and 10-year-old niece, Sofia.

I want to share my thanks to Marci and every Brother who steps up to lead when times are tough.  We are fortunate to continue to have strong leadership and role models in the Northeast District and across our organization.

AEA


Marco A. Krcatovich II
National President, 2019-2021
mkrcatov@kkpsi.org

Congratulations to Tau Beta Sigma on their 75th Anniversary!

Brothers,

Today we celebrate one of the most important moments in the college band movement, the founding of our sister organization: Tau Beta Sigma.   On this date in 1946, a charter was granted for Tau Beta Sigma in the State of Oklahoma and the Alpha Chapter was founded at Oklahoma State University.  Today, Tau Beta Sigma thrives from coast to coast and Kappa Kappa Psi is better thanks to our partnership and the special and lifelong bond we share with our Sisters.

For some of us, myself included, we were fortunate enough to work on a campus with a chapter of Tau Beta Sigma and see their work firsthand in shaping the future of college bands and elevating its ensembles, particularly their dedication toward empowering women in the band profession.  If you have Sisters in your life, this is a moment to celebrate with them, to thank them, and to share your love for them and for what they do for our college and university bands.  We are better because of Tau Beta Sigma.  If you do not work with the Sorority or are not lucky enough to have a Sister you can lean on, reach out to a member of the Sorority today and start building that friendship and bond by congratulating them on this incredible anniversary and on all the transformative work they have done for college bands.

To my Sisters, we are proud to be your partners for seventy-five years and look forward to centuries of great progress ahead.  Thank you, congratulations on this incredible moment, and we can’t wait to celebrate in person this summer at the conclusion of our National Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   And to my close friend and partner, Adrienne Rall, thank you for what you do to elevate Kappa Kappa Psi while you continue to take Tau Beta Sigma to new heights and ensure a bright future for the Sorority.

AEA and Much Love In The Bond,

Marco A. Krcatovich II
Honored to be Tau Beta Sigma Life Member # 3,512
Kappa Kappa Psi National President, 2019-2021
mkrcatov@kkpsi.org