Past National President Jay Slaughter Passes Away

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:

We recently learned of the death on March 27, 2009 of Kappa Kappa Psi Past National President Jay Leon Slaughter, 84 of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Dr. Slaughter’s wife writes, “When we made the trip to the Norfolk convention (2003), he wasn’t well then, but he loved every minute of it visiting with the students.”

Dr. Slaughter served as National President from 1965-1967 at the 24th Biennial Convention held on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth. Gunther Schuller presented his new composition for band, Study in Textures, and Keith Wilson and Sigurd Rascher appeared on the National Intercollegiate Band program with him as guest artists. Throughout his tenure, the Fraternity enjoyed a steady growth and an unprecedented acceptance in the professional and fraternal worlds of Music and Music Education.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah and a doctorate from Indiana University in Music Education. He taught music at Ricks College for 18 years and then was in public relations for 18 years. He was awarded for outstanding musicianship at Idaho State University. At Ricks College, he received an appreciation award for the hall of fame board for his service. In 2002 he was awarded the Eliza R. Snow award.

If you would like to send a note of condolence the address is: Slaughter Family, 1400 Flacon Drive, Ammon, Idaho 83406

The Passing of Dr. Harry Begian

Harry Begian

Kappa Kappa Psi mourns the loss of Dr. Harry Begian.

Dr. Begian was an honorary member of of the Zeta Epsilon Chapter and also served as the conductor of the National Intercollegiate Band during the 1987 National Convention in Ann Arbor, MI.

His biography is provided below:

Dr. Harry Begian served as Director of Bands at University of Illinois from 1970 until his retirement in 1984. He began his reputation as an outstanding conductor/teacher at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, where he developed one of the finest high school bands in the country. He then served as Director of Bands at Wayne State University and Director of Bands at Michigan State University before going to University of Illinois.

Dr. Begian’s musical training was in the public schools of Michigan, where he studied trumpet with Leonard Smith and flute with Larry Teal. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, and earned his doctorate at University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

A charter member of American School Band Directors Association, he was also Past-President of American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, and an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu and Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. His professional affiliations included memberships in Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Delta Kappa, and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Dr. Begian was a recipient of the NBA Citation of Excellence, ASBDA Edwin Franko Goldman Award, Notre Dame St. Cecelia Award, Grainger Medallion, was elected to the Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts, and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors. His more than 60 recorded performances with the University of Illinois Symphonic Bands comprise one of the largest and finest collections of recorded band performances in existence.

Dr. Begian passed away July 26, 2010

2010 District Leadership Conference

The 2010 Kappa Kappa Psi/ Tau Beta Sigma District Leadership Conference will begin on July 23-25 in Memphis, TN. This is a three day intense leadership training activity for district presidents and governors. Adam Cantley, National Vice President for Colonization and Membership will facilitate these meetings.

Di Spiva Celebrates 10 Years!

Congratulations to National Headquarters Accountant and Office Manager Di Spiva who celebrates 10 years of service to Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Send well wishes to Di at

District Convention Season 2010

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi

With the MWD Convention wrapping up yesterday, the 2010 Convention season has ended. Thank you all for attending your district conventions this year. We encourage you to fill out your district convention specific survey at your earliest convenience so we all can continue to improve program every year. If I did not get a chance to meet you directly, I hope we get a chance next year.


Derrick Mills
Kappa Kappa Psi
National President

Stance on Branding/Scarification

The National Councils of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma have adopted an addendum to the Hazing/Risk Management Policy dealing with the subject of branding/scarification.

Award Deadline June 1

June 1 marks the deadline for the DSMM, J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award, and the AEA scholarship.  Other awards do not have an official deadline, but are recommended to be submitted prior to the National Council meeting in late January.  Those awards are the A. Frank Martin Award, the Bohumil Makovsky  Award, the Chapter Leadership Award, and the Silver Baton.  Also, some academic awards are due at the end of terms.  Go to the National Programs heading and click on “Fraternity Awards” for more details and application procedures!

VPSA Live!


I’m excited to present the first video of “VPSA LIVE!” This first segment is titled “Having the time of your life at District Convention,” and focuses on the upcoming district conventions. Take the time to watch this brief video and start planning now to get the most out of your district convention!!

You can find the video on the newly created Kappa Kappa Psi Youtube Channel at:

Jack Lee

Jack Lee
National Vice President for Student Affairs
Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity

Past National President Richard Rodean Passes Away

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi:

We are sad to report the death on November 14, 2009 of Kappa Kappa Psi Past National President Richard (Dick) William Rodean of Denton, Texas.

Dr. Rodean served as National President from 1979-1981 at the 31st Biennial Convention held on the University of Cincinnati campus. Mary Jeanne van Appledorn’s LUX: Legend of Sankta Lucia received its premiere performance by the National Intercollegiate Band.

After completing his public school education in the Chisholm schools, Rodean was accepted into the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in 1963 and the Master of Music in 1964. He received his Ph.D. in the Division of Fine Arts at Texas Tech University in 1980.

Rodean began his teaching career as a high school band director in Brighton, New York. He then served as assistant band director at the University of Buffalo for two years before accepting the position of band director at the University of Tampa, where he subsequently became the Chair of the Music Department and Chair of the Fine Arts Department. During that time, he was also principal bassoonist with the Tampa Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Rodean served as National President of Kappa Kappa Psi from 1979-1981. In 1981, he joined Texas Woman’s University as Chair of Music, Dance and Drama. Throughout his tenure, he continued his love for musical performance as a member of the Zephyr Winds chamber ensemble and with the Wichita Falls Symphony. He held the positions of Associate Dean and Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences before retiring in 2005.

If you would like to send a note of condolence the address is : Rodean Family, 2212 Burning Tree Lane, Denton TX 76209-1411.