Frank Wickes Receives Boh Makovsky Award

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,


The Bohumil Makovsky Memorial Award honors outstanding conductors in college and university bands, and was first presented in 1979.  As we all know, “Boh” was the Director of Bands and Head of the Music Department at Oklahoma State University from 1915 until 1945 and is considered to be “The Guiding Spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi.”  

I am proud to present the newest recipient of the Bohumil Makovsky Memorial Award, Professor Frank Wickes. 

Professor Wickes served as Director of Bands at Louisiana State University from 1980 to 2010. Wickes held the rank of full professor in the College of Music and Dramatic Arts. He received degrees from the University of Delaware and the University of Michigan.

In 1999 Wickes was honored at LSU with an endowed Alumni Professorship, and in 2000 received special recognition from the Chancellor for twenty years of distinguished dedication to LSU and his profession. In April of 1994 he was featured in the cover story of the Instrumentalist Magazine. Additional honors include the Phi Beta Mu National Bandmaster of the Year in 1998, the Presidency of the National Band Association (1988-1990), the Southern Division Presidency of CBDNA (1988-1990), and the Presidency of the American Bandmasters Association (1997-1998). In 2008 Wickes received the National Band Association’s highest honor, the AWAPA (Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts) Award for excellence and exceptional service to the band profession. In November of 2009 he was elected to the Louisiana Music Educators Hall of Fame, and in February 2010 he was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors. In December of 2010 he received the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor.

Professor Wickes is not a stranger to Kappa Kappa Psi.  Wickes received Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Medal in 1996, and was the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band Conductor.  National Executive Director Alan Bonner presented the award on the Louisiana State University Campus on September 29, 2012.


Please join me in celebrating Professor Wickes’ accomplishment!  If you have any questions, or you are interested in nominating an individual for this award please visit or feel free to contact National Vice President for Programs, Jack Lee.



Jack Lee

Jack Lee
National Vice President for Programs
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band  Fraternity

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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