In Memory of Dr. Robert C. Fleming, Past National President

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,

It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest condolences on the passing of one of our Past National Presidents and beloved Brothers, Dr. Robert C. Fleming. As we come together to celebrate his life and legacy, we recognize his profound impact on Kappa Kappa Psi and beyond.

Dr. Robert C. Fleming (Beta Omicron), Associate Director of Bands at Arizona State University, served as National President from 1987 to 1989. During his tenure, he emphasized internal expansion and fiscal responsibility, initiated the 15% convention travel account, and encouraged alumni to become sustaining members. He also played a pivotal role in selecting a new Executive Director and implementing alcohol awareness and hazing policies. His leadership saw the first commissioning of compositions for both National Intercollegiate Bands and the enhancement of annual district conventions. The impact of Dr. Fleming’s work extends far beyond this brief message, touching countless lives within and outside of Kappa Kappa Psi. His contributions to the Fraternity and the broader music community are profound and enduring.

Recognizing the significance of personal reflections and stories that illuminate the essence of his influence on Kappa Kappa Psi, I asked Past National President Ken Corbett to share his personal experiences with Dr. Fleming and the impact that he had on him as a Brother and leader of our Fraternity.

“Bob Fleming, my friend and Brother, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2024. I was able to visit Coach as he was known on Saturday, June 1 in Phoenix. He was suffering from organ failure and was on hospice care. We had a great visit and talked about his beautiful family and earlier fraternity days. 

Bob and I served on the Kappa Kappa Psi National Council from 1983-1991 and the Board through 2003. I was only 29 years old and Bob was my mentor and great friend. We selected a new Executive Director together, David Solomon. I worked with Bob on many projects for the Fraternity and was so happy he was a great teacher and leader. I clearly remember the council meeting we had in his home in Tempe, AZ. Brenda was such a great host, and we had a really productive time together. Coach, you are missed, and your legacy will remain part of the Arizona State University Band program and Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity.”

– Ken Corbett, Past National President, Kappa Kappa Psi

To share remembrances, photographs, or notes of gratitude with the National Chapter, please use the following form: If you plan to share your memories via social media, please include the hashtag #KappaKappaPsiRemembers.

Together, let us honor Dr. Fleming’s memory by celebrating his remarkable contributions, leadership, and the enduring impact he had on our Fraternity and the broader band community.

In Brotherhood,



Bang T. Co (He/Him/His/他)
National President & Ex-Officio Board of Trustees Member,
Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc.

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