Founder’s Day Message

Brothers and Friends of Kappa Kappa Psi,

On November 27th we will celebrate the founding of our fraternity. For 92 years and counting, Kappa Kappa Psi has been a part of college and university band programs. What started at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College with 10 men and their college band director now lives on over 210 campuses.

Kappa Kappa Psi has grown with the modern college and university band program. We have chapters at every type of institution imaginable, and members from all walks of life. One thing remains constant: Our mission to support and advocate for college bands. When our founders met they had one simple goal in mind: “We need to come together and make our band better.” If all of our chapters focused on that goal and recruited people who believed in that goal, we would be an even stronger force. We would not have issues with dwindling chapter sizes, hazing, or internal strife. In band rooms across the country, our members would come together, focus on our mission and values, and truly live the spirit of the ritual written by our founders over 92 years ago.

Brothers, I challenge you to “come together and make your bands better” for the next year. This sounds simple, but you may find it difficult. Let that phrase be your focus when you confront problems, when you do not want to practice, or when members are not living up to our ritual. Hopefully, this phrase will guide you to place where our founders would be proud to call you “Brother.”

Kappa Kappa Psi is in one the strongest places it has ever been in its history. This is because of students, directors, alumni, and friends who stand up for the values of our organization and truly model excellence in our fraternity. I encourage you all to continue Striving for the Highest and celebrate today the way I believe our founders would have wanted, by coming together and making your bands better.


Adam D. Cantley

Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity

National President


Founded in 1919 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kappa Kappa Psi is the leading fraternity solely dedicated to supporting and developing college and university band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi has affiliation with over 210 college and university campuses across the United States of America. Guided by our values, mission and ritual, Kappa Kappa Psi is purposefully working towards our vision With a dedicated spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal organizations. Collectively, Kappa Kappa Psi members are inspiring one another and all college band members to Strive for the Highest.

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