It’s hard to believe that we are already starting the month of November. November has a special meaning to each and everyone of us – the founding of our Fraternity! This is a time to celebrate the great work of your chapter, the accomplishments of your college or university band, and the continued work of Kappa Kappa Psi. Remember, November is also Kappa Kappa Psi’s Month of Musicianship!
I know that we have many great accomplishments we could celebrate that have already happened this year. What are some of the plans you have in place for November the National Month of Musicianship? Are you organizing a reading band? Did you purchase one or more new pieces of music for your band’s library? What about concert receptions?
For the past seven years we have celebrated November through what we do on a daily basis – upholding the mission, values, and purposes of Kappa Kappa Psi. The success of this program falls back to YOU – the active membership! Need some additional ideas of what you can do? Check out how two other chapters have celebrated this month in the past with the stories below the signature block. You can also check out the video that I created two years ago as your National Vice President for Student Affairs by clicking here or copying and pasting the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/kkpsihq#p/a/u/0/TuD9KNGBEUo
Finally, make sure you submit how your chapter is celebrating November. Email the details to me, and feel free to include pictures! You never know when your information will be shared or highlighted in the next edition of the Podium!
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.
From Cheryl Pirard – Vice President of the Gamma Iota Chapter at the University of New Mexico
Our event was called “Kappa Kappa Psi: Mock Juries – In Honor of the National Month of Musicianship.” The event took place on only one day, November 28, 2011. We had three “judges” that day that provided comment sheets for to give the performers after their performance. We were told that the event was a good idea; it helped them get a full performance in before juries. They also said it helped them get rid of some of their nervous jitters because they had an audience to play for. Lastly, the performers liked having “judges” and getting positive comments back to help them out.
From Alex Castro – Zeta Kappa Chapter at Texas A&M University-Commerce
The Zeta Kappa chapter organized a chapter recital to demonstrate their commitment to band and Kappa Kappa Psi. The brothers of the chapter performed solos, duets, and quartets for everyone that attended. Following the recital, the chapter came together for a group picture, and went to dinner together for fellowship