Coping with Cancellations/Closures and Managing Your Wellness
These are confusing and tough times. As we adjust to this new normal of closures and cancellations, we want to assure you that your safety and health are our top priorities. The recent changes in our organization’s programming and across campuses throughout the nation are leaving many with strong emotions. We want you to know that it is ok to feel anxious and stressed. If you have been forced to unexpectedly leave your campus and to disengage from your community, then you may be experiencing fear and anger. It is ok to feel this way. Some of our graduating seniors may be feeling disheartended because they didn’t get to attend their last convention or concert – there’s no closure. It is ok to feel this way. These are natural reactions that we are all coping with. The important thing to note is that everyone reacts differently to change and uncertainty.
As many of our Active members are transitioning to online classes, we wanted to share with you some practices that can help you cope with these changes and manage your wellness. These suggestions were collected from several articles, including the NIH, NPR, and various wellness sites.
Build a Schedule and Routine
- Going from in-person classes to all online courses can be difficult for some. You may experience restlessness and anxiety because it is different and not what your brain/body is used to. Some may be stressing out because they don’t have internet at home to even take online classes. Whatever it is that you have to do to adjust to these changes, try to build a schedule that reflects your normal routine. It may seem enticing to try to take all your classes in one sitting or to wait until later, but this could lead to burnout or further procrastination. One strategy is to time block all of your classes and set timers for each class.
Make Time to Unwind and Relax
- Without the breaks and physical movement between classes, it is important that you make time to unwind and relax. This means something different for each person. It could mean take a quick nap, taking a walk, or listening to music. Whatever it is that helps you unwind, try to make time in your daily schedule to relax. You may feel the need to take more breaks as you adjust to your new environment and that is ok. Give yourself the time to adapt and learn.
Practice Healthy Habits and Self-Care Activities
- More than likely, your environment will be different from what you are used to at college. It is important that you take the time to make a list of healthy habits and self-care activities you want to practice in your new space. Even if this is back at home or in your regular living space, being stuck inside and staring at one primary screen is difficult for most people. One important example of a healthy habit is maintaining a regular eating and sleeping schedule.
Maintain Awareness of Safety Recommendations
- Most of our student members are safe and healthy and we hope to keep it that way. It is extremely important that everyone maintain a healthy awareness of COVID-19 and preventative measures. You can visit the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health to check out their safety recommendations. This generally includes practicing social distancing, consistent hand washing, and avoiding crowded areas. It is also important to point out that it is healthy to limit your exposure to general news coverage on COVID-19 and to double-check your sources.
Stay Connected and Engaged
- Being removed from your community is never easy to cope with. Luckily, we have access to some pretty powerful tools that you can leverage. It is important for your health to practice interconnectedness. Utilize social media, video calls, and phone calls to stay connected and engaged with one another. We are social creatures and just because events/classes are canceled doesn’t mean that our relationships should be too.
We recognize that for many college students campus is the only safe space they have. This makes life harder to adjust to when you don’t have the resources or space to take care of yourself. There are no easy solutions to these issues, but there are people out there that can help you. If you need help, please reach out to fellow Brothers and community members. At the end of the day, the most important concern for your National Council is your safety and health. We are here for you and we want to help.
If you need someone to talk to or help you get connected, please reach out to your National Vice President for Student Affairs, Bang Co. If you feel that you need to or would like to speak to a professional, there are several resources at your disposal. Here are a couple that you can try today:
Crisis Text Line – Text “HOME” to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.
SAMHSA HOTLINE – Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Bang T. Co
National Vice President for Student Affairs
Read more about Convention Cancellations.
Read more about Chapter Operations During COVID-19 Statement.
Cancellation of 2020 District Conventions
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the National Councils and Boards of Trustees of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma have made the difficult decision to cancel all six in-person District Conventions. We understand that this may be extremely disappointing to our members, especially to those of you who spent many long hours planning these events. Please know that we have made the decision to cancel conventions with the best of intentions, as the health and safety of our active, alumni, and life members and their loved ones is of the utmost importance.
This pandemic is an unprecedented situation for our organizations, and we thank you for your flexibility and patience as we all navigate it together. Below you can find information relating to next steps for chapters and for those who were registered for these conventions.
The joint national councils have created a task force to assist us with the preparations needed to host virtual conventions for all districts affected by cancellations. Virtual conventions for District business will take place on the Saturday and Sunday of the originally planned in-person conventions:
- Northeast District: Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22
- Midwest District: Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22
- Western District: Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29
- North Central District: Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 5
- Southeast District Convention: Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 5
- Southwest District Convention: Saturday, April 18 – Sunday, April 19
In addition to the virtual conventions for District business, the task force is also assisting us in planning a larger nation-wide virtual event in late April. All chapter members will be invited to participate in this weekend of workshops, collaboration, and celebration of our organizations.
Chapters should plan to have chapter members attend both the virtual District business convention and the nation-wide virtual event. More guidance, as well as schedules and activities for all events, will be released soon.
REFUNDS OF DISTRICT CONVENTION REGISTRATIONS
Our National Headquarters staff will work to issue refunds to all District Convention registrants affected by these cancellations. All registrants will receive a direct email from a National Headquarters Staff member with more information regarding their refund(s). It may take some time to issue all refunds, so we appreciate your patience as they are processed.
CANCELLING HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Please remember to cancel your hotel reservations as soon as possible, as this is not something that anyone can manage for you. If you booked within the reserved hotel block for a convention, those cancellations will need to be made at least three days prior to the date of check-in.
ALUMNI CONVENTION PARTICIPANTS
The District-based Local Alumni Associations will also have virtual conventions concurrent with the active members on the weekend of the originally planned in-person conventions. The ΚΚΨAA Board of Directors and the ΤΒΣAA Executive Council will be sending out information to their members, as well as coordinating with the District-based LAAs to develop virtual conventions in which they can conduct their necessary business, connect with graduating seniors, and provide development opportunities for their district alumni.
If you have any concerns surrounding the conventions or chapter operations as we move forward, please continue to reach out to the following email addresses for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Your email will be directed to the appropriate person or persons!
The National Leadership Teams of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are committed to walking hand-in-hand with you during these uncertain times. We will continue to send updates to our membership as we work through questions about chapter operations and provide more details for the virtual conventions and the nation-wide virtual event. We ask that you continue to check our websites and social media for these updates.
As we continue on into uncharted territory, we want to thank each of you for the remarkable flexibility, understanding, and strength you have shown so far. Band members, current and former, know how to adapt on the fly and how to make the best of any given situation, so that is what we intend to do.
Statement on COVID-19: Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Basic Chapter Operations
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are writing to you today to provide guidance on chapter operations for those chapters experiencing campus closures or restrictions on face-to-face interactions due to COVID-19. Please note that a separate message regarding district conventions is forthcoming.
The National Councils of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma recognize that each campus has its own unique procedure in place for this pandemic, and it is our hope that the information outlined below is easily adaptable to every chapter’s situation. However, we want to emphasize that we are here to assist your chapter and your chapter members through this difficult and unprecedented time. If, after reading the guidance below, you still have questions or concerns, please reach out to your District Counselors/Governors or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Membership Education Classes and/or Membership Intake
We are aware that there are chapters who were in the middle of conducting Membership Education Classes and/or Membership Intake on campuses that have cancelled face-to-face classes as a health and safety precaution. We are committed to assisting chapters in completing their Membership Education Classes and have therefore developed the following guidelines:
- Online Membership Education Classes – All chapters are encouraged to continue the educational components of the Membership Education process via online meetings and sessions. This can be accomplished by using a number of online tools such as Google Hangout Meet, Google Classroom, Zoom Video Conferencing, etc. The curriculum committee for both organizations, as well as the National Councils are here to serve as resources, so please do not hesitate to reach out should your chapter require assistance in implementing an online educational experience for your Membership Candidates.
- Initiate Registration and Fees – Initiate Registrations Forms do not require face-to-face interactions for completion, therefore all chapters who will be continuing their intake process during this time, should still plan to fill out the Initiate Registration Form, to collect all Initiate Fees, and to send both the form and fees into our National Headquarters for processing. This should occur upon the completion of the online Membership Education Classes. For the initiation date, please put the date in which you intend or intended to have your 3rd Degree. If chapters require assistance in getting electronic signatures on the Initiate Signature Page, please let us know as we have a system in place. A very important note: All initiate forms and fees must be sent into National Headquarters, no later than Friday, May 15, 2020.
- Rituals – While not ideal, until face-to-face classes are back in session on your campus, performing the Rituals for your Membership Candidates will need to be postponed. Once your institution says that it is safe for students to return to campus, we ask that you consult your Sponsor and/or Director of Bands as you work to schedule a date for initiation. This could be as soon as you are allowed back on your campus, sometime during the summer months, or even right at the very beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.
Chapter Officer Elections
Some campuses have been instructed to close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and this effectively ends most, if not all chapter business for this year. However, chapters that traditionally elect officers during the Spring Semester should plan to carry out this crucial item of business, regardless of not being able to meet in person. The National Councils will provide guidance to all chapters on how this task can be completed remotely using online election software very soon.
- Graduating Senior Report – Even if your campus is not able to host in-person commencement ceremonies, chapters should still fill out the Graduating Senior Report in the Online Membership Reporting System (OMRS), so that graduating seniors can be appropriately moved to Alumni Status.
- Chapter Summary Report – The annual Chapter Summary Report is still due on June 1st. Since this is a yearly national requirement that does not require that a chapter meet in person in order to get it completed, there should not be any issues in completing this report on time. Remember to start this report as soon as possible and give your Director of Bands (and Sponsor, if applicable) extra time to review your report and approve it before the deadline.
Tau Beta Sigma Chapter Visitation Program
The COVID-19 pandemic will affect Tau Beta Sigma’s Chapter Visitation Program Chapter, as some chapters will no longer be on campus, some chapters will have limitations on face-to-face meetings, and some Chapter Visitation Assistants (CVAs) may feel uncomfortable traveling. In order to address each situation appropriately, CVAs have been instructed to reach out to chapters affected by closures or restrictions on face-to-face meetings to discuss transitioning to one of the following options: 1) Hosting a Virtual Visit, or 2) Rescheduling the visit to the 2020-2021 academic year. Please help us ensure this outreach is successful by checking in with your chapter president on the status of your visit.
Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Field Representatives
Chapter Field Representative Visits are cancelled for the month of March and we are evaluating visits scheduled for April. We may conduct some visits virtually but the CFRs will contact chapters to discuss the best method to conduct these visits. Kappa Kappa Psi has also postponed the interviews for 2020-2022 CFRs until April. If you have questions about an upcoming CFR visit, please contact our CFRs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2020 Colonies
I am excited to announce our colonies for the Spring 2020 semester!
Miles College – Kappa Kappa Recolonization – Southeast District
Kalem Graham (Life Member, Zeta Eta, Southeast District Governor) will serve as lead colony advisor, and James Washburn III (Alumni Association Member, Iota Zeta) and Marina Pena Guoit (Life Member, Nu Alpha) will serve on the colony advising team.
The Miles College band program has a tradition of success under the direction of Mr. Willie Snipes that includes performing at Honda Battle of the Bands, the UNCF Mayoral Ball, Tournament of Roses Parade, Queen City Battle of the Bands, and other high profile performances, including performing for Hillary Clinton. In the past four years, Miles College has been named HBCU Band of the Year, ESPN Band of the Year, and HBCU Digest Band of the Year. Miles College Band Program includes Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz band, pep band, and the Purple Marching Machine Marching Band. We are excited to welcome Miles College back to Kappa Kappa Psi! Feel free to send notes of congratulation to Mr. Snipes at email@example.com or to Colony President, Undra Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampton University – New Colonization – Northeast District
Marie Burleigh (Life Member, Omicron – former Northeast District Governor) will serve as lead colony advisor, and Sarah Fitzgerald (Life Member, Iota Delta – Northeast District Governor) and Rassii Elliott (Alumni Association Member, Eta Omega) will serve on the colony advising team.
The Hampton University Band Program has grown and flourished under the direction of Dr. Thomas Jones. The band has had a multitude of high profile performances, including the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Honda Battle of the Bands 2018 & 2020, Tournament of Roses Parade 2019, Rome New Year’s Day Parade 2020, and will perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2020. The band program at Hampton University includes wind ensemble, concert band, jazz band, basketball band, and the Hampton University Marching Force Marching Band. Dr. Jones is committed to the advancement of the music department at Hampton University, building the best band members both in music and in life. We are excited to welcome Hampton University to Kappa Kappa Psi! You may send notes of congratulation to Dr. Jones at Thomas.email@example.com or to Colony President Ayan Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago State University – New Colonization – North Central District
Marc Renaud (Life Member, Zeta Epsilon – North Central District Governor) will serve as lead colony advisor, and Akilah Thomas (Life Member, Beta Kappa) and Emily Durie (Alumni Association Member, Nu) will serve on the colony advising team.
The Chicago State University Band program has been thriving under the direction of Roxanne Stevenson for the last 28 years. During her tenure, she has built the CSU Community Concert Band, CSU Jazz Band, CSU Gospel Ensemble, and other chamber groups. Most recently, Ms. Stevenson has started the CSU Marching Band, the first in Chicago State University history. Ms. Stevenson has had ensembles perform at Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Jazz Education Network Conference. We are thrilled to welcome Chicago State University to Kappa Kappa Psi! You may send notes of congratulation to Ms. Stevenson at email@example.com or to Colony President Laurente Oby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to those Brothers who will be serving on the colony advising teams. Each team will assist the colony during the colonization process, and will then follow the colony through a full year of reporting to ensure a strong foundation of support and success. Please join me in welcoming these three colonies to the Brotherhood!
Life Member, Eta Alpha Chapter, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Kappa Kappa Psi National Vice President for Colonization & Membership
VPSA Chat #4: Applying for Chapter Field Representative
We are excited to host our fourth “VPSA Chat” for the 2019-2021 biennium! This will be taking place on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. CT. Register using the form below and join our panel of current Chapter Field Representatives, Nicole Brooks and Justin Jensen, and Vice President for Colonization & Membership, Jessica Lee. If you are interested or even curious, this will be a very helpful session for you.
Use the link below to register. Thank you and AEA!
Apply for Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Field Representative
Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, is hiring two talented and dedicated brothers for the position of Chapter Field Representative (CFR). This position gives brothers a meaningful opportunity to give back to our organization as an official representative of the Fraternity and a staff member of our National Headquarters. Over a two-year period, our CFRs will visit dozens of chapters, travel thousands of miles across the country, and work with thousands of brothers and their college bands from coast to coast. The CFR position is supervised by National Executive Director, Steve Nelson, and National Vice President for Colonization & Membership, Jessica Lee.
The position starts in early summer 2020 (target date of May 29, 2020) and is held for two years. Applicant must be an Alumnus or Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi in good standing on or before the first day of employment. At that time, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must be able to obtain an Oklahoma driver’s license if hired. Applicants must possess a good driving record and are subject to a check of their driving record, criminal background, and credit. New-hire drug screening may also be required.
Applications are submitted via the online submission form only. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: February 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Time
Application Form: https://www.kkpsi.org/cfr-2020-app/
Questions? Email email@example.com
Please consider serving the fraternity in this unique way!
National Vice President for Colonization & Membership
National Executive Director
Update on Road to Wisdom 2.0 Release
As we get ready for the Road to Wisdom 2.0 release on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, we wanted to remind you to submit your Calendars to the National Curriculum Committee through JotForm on www.kkpsi.org!
If you are not sure what a great calendar looks like, we wanted to show you a couple of amazing examples done by a couple of chapters. The first is from the Lambda Chapter at the University of Arkansas and the second is from the Lambda Xi Chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University! Both do an outstanding job of being clear with the events of their chapters, as well as making sure that all of the events follow the guidelines of what chapters should be doing with regards to their Membership Education process.
Feel free to use these as templates, or use your own that follows these ideas! You can find them at the following links:
Lambda Xi: https://drive.google.com/open?id=174fHyrTJiBQeKCI9VinjQW360LjlLuau
As always, feel free to reach out to the committee, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or concerns!
Student Advisory Committee November 2019 Report
Below you will find an outline of the Student Advisory Committee’s meeting on November 15, 2019. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. You can reach me at email@example.com or the whole committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With much love,
—November SAC – Minutes 11/15/2019—
- Attendance – please list your name and position below
- Bang Co – VPSA
- Jessica Lee – VPCM
- Hunter Murphy – WD President
- Oliver Kou – WD MaL
- Ema Alexander- NED President
- Ben Tuttle – NCD Sec/Treas
- Mali Glaister – MWD Sec/Treas
- Brianna McKinzie – SED President
- Jack Gornick – NCD VPM
- Jessica Needham – SED VPP
- Review/Discuss Previous Minutes
- Questions? – Seeing none
- National Council Updates/Announcements
- Iota Nu (Jessica)
- Western District was not on the email list
- Ema did not receive this email either
- Hunter saw the email but didn’t see the WD listserv on the recipient list
- The DPs will receive any status change to a chapter within their district
- Brianna did not receive the second clarification email
- Jessica Needham: Brothers brought up a concern about the Facebook post being made; Brothers were being approached for interviews and had not received news yet.
- Posting of news on social media seen as “public lynching”
- People were concerned about how the university “not knowing” about the closing of their chapter.
- Centennial Day (Jessica)
- Nov. 27, 2019
- Scroggs was moved to Stillwater, OK
- Ceremony in the graveyard – live-streamed
- Ceremony for Founders Day – live-streamed
- Month of Musicianship
- Chapter Summary Report
- Alpha Alpha / Nevada / No money submitted — Still waiting on University issued check
- Alpha Tau / Texas / Signatures and late fees missing — Waiting on signatures and late fees
- Eta Pi / Northern Iowa / DOB approval, late fees, signatures — Pending receipt of remaining fees, late fees, and signed summary page
- Gamma Eta / New Mexico State / Need more money — Pending receipt of remaining fees, late fees, and signed summary page
- Iota Kappa / Boise State / Waiting on check from school to be processed — Still waiting on University issued check
- Iota Mu / Kentucky State / More money needed, and late fees — Pending receipt of remaining fees and late fees
- Mu Pi / Oregon / No money submitted — Pending receipt of fees (late fees waived if submitted within few days of 1/11/19)
- Fall Activity Report
- CA question to be changed – when? ASK AARON!!!
- Iota Nu (Jessica)
- VPSA Updates
- Communications Team – Content Calendar
- VPSA Media – What is coming up?
- KKPsi TV
- VPSA chats: monthly
- Last month: Month of Musicianship Prep
- It’s on YouTube now!
- Upcoming: Self-care
- KKPsi Presents
- Have you listened?
- Alternating between member interviews and national updates
- KKPsi TV
- Communications Team – Content Calendar
- District Updates
- Upcoming Events
- Fall District Day is next weekend
- Convention hotel contract was signed
- One on Ones still in progress
- Reaching out for FAR
- Month of Musicianship feature for NED
- Alumni Speaker Series
- Russell attended Alpha Beta’s First Degree – 20 Brothers from other chapters were in attendance
- DLC – very successful; invited Greg Boike; 17 Brothers
- District Liaison program is starting up
- Online workshop on music
- Centennial Web Series on Sunday!! Please invite all of your chapters!
- After the Web Series we will begin charts again 🙂
- We’re getting all set up for Winter Council
- Had a great Pre-Con
- Gearing up for an informal event in January
- Doing a cool fundraiser for MofM
- Collective practice-a-thon
- States days hosts confirmed
- Going to set dates soon
- District programming
- Snarky’s Challenge
- Upcoming Deadlines
- FAR – BEFORE DEC. 1ST
- Common Questions/Issues
- Updates on Inner Circle and Founder’s Circle?
- Travel money – where the money at???
- Upcoming Events
- SAC Topic #1: Visioning and Goal Setting (***SAVE FOR NEXT MEETING***)
- SAC Topic #2: Convention Planning (***SAVE FOR NEXT MEETING***)
- What can I and/or the National Council do to help you?
- Ask Aaron about email listservs
Closure of Iota Nu Chapter
We are writing to inform you of a vote of the National Council.
The Council has unanimously voted to revoke the charter of the Iota Nu chapter from Alabama A & M University. All active members have been expelled and the chapter alumni will not be allowed to form any Local Alumni Association that supports the band program at Alabama A& M University. Given the nature of their offenses, the National Council has placed a 20 year moratorium on any future colonization on this campus.
This situation is the result of hazing related to their New Member Presentation Show, which violated both University and Kappa Kappa Psi policies.
Brothers, any chapter or individuals found responsible for hazing will be held accountable. That means the National Council will consider dropping the chapter and expulsion for the individual members. Any chapter or individual brother that is found responsible for hazing will be held accountable. Passively watching as hazing occurs in your chapter is not a defense; you are still responsible and will be held accountable. If you do nothing, you are choosing to allow something to happen that is a violation of our policies. Do not presume that any level of hazing is acceptable. Hazing never honors the name of Kappa Kappa Psi. It in no way is in the spirit of Striving for the Highest.
Brothers, I know you find these types of actions as intolerable as we do. Individuals that choose to willingly violate our Fraternity Policies and sacred Ritualistic Vows and harm others through hazing have no place in Kappa Kappa Psi. They tarnish the organization that we love.
In no way does this conduct honor our purposes or advance bands. In no way do such actions demonstrate strength or love for your fellow brother.
Each one of us, each and every chapter, and every individual member and membership candidate has a responsibility to uphold the values of our Fraternity.
The only way that Kappa Kappa Psi can continue to exist is with an appropriate stewardship of our values and policies through our active and alumni members. When we ignore that responsibility and choose to look the other way or to participate in a violation of policies, we endanger the future of the organization, we ignore our oath, and we turn our backs on our fellow brothers. We are better than this.
Since the 2019 National Convention, we have had 3 investigations that have resulted in violations of our Risk Management Policies.
- Cost of Investigations: Estimated at $6,000
- Legal Costs: Estimated at $4,400
These expenses are necessary for the security and future of our organization, but it is not how we want to spend fraternity money. Each brother, each chapter should stop and take a moment to reflect on your chapter activities. Is that activity or tradition worth your membership in Kappa Kappa Psi? Your chapters’ charter? Our fraternity? These risks are real, each time Brothers choose to ignore and willingly violate our policies.
This National Council is very invested in the future of Kappa Kappa Psi, and Brothers everywhere are encouraged to join us in eradicating hazing and any other violations of our risk management policies. All of our Risk Management policies can be found on the national website here: https://www.kkpsi.org/resources/policies/
If you see something in your chapter or another that is questionable, contact your Director of Bands, Chapter Sponsor, your District Governors, National Headquarters staff, or the National Council. Concerns may also reported anonymously using our national website: https://www.kkpsi.org/resources/report-a-problem/
Please feel free to contact Marco Krcatovich, National President, at email@example.com, or Jessica Lee, National Vice President for Colonization & Membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The 2019-2021 National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi
Marco Krcatovich, National President
Jessica Lee, National Vice President for Colonization & Membership
Mike Napolitano, National Vice President for Programs
Bang Co, National Vice President for Student Affairs
Tony Falcone, National Vice President for Professional Relations
Evan Thompson, Immediate Past National President
Dr. Nicholas A. Rorrer, Chair, Alumni Association Board of Directors
Daniel George, Chair, Board of Trustees
Eric Morson, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
2019 Month of Musicianship
I hope you’ve all had the chance to see the launch video of this year’s Month of Musicianship campaign, celebrating our personal connections to music. Many thanks to National VPSA Bang Co and the National Communications team for bringing this year’s vision to life.
During this Month of Musicianship, we are charging brothers to take some time and reflect on our personal relationship with music. Remember, while service to college and university bands unites us, it is the art of music that unifies us. So throughout this Month of Musicianship, not only do we want to actively showcase the best of what our brothers do for advancing music in our lives, but we want us all to take an inside look about what connects us to music in the first place.
Ask yourself: Band is our bond, but what does music mean to me? If I could find one word that summed up how important music is to me, what would it be?
Once you’ve uncovered your word, print out the attached template, write it out, snap a picture or a video, and post it up on social media using the hashtags #BandIsOurBond and #MonthofMusicianship. Take some time to share your story – celebrate how meaningful music is to you.
This can be an amazing conversation starter within your chapter, and an amazing opportunity to make connections with brothers across the country. Expand the conversation – we aren’t the only musicians in our bands. Ask our sisters in Tau Beta Sigma and other band members what music means to them. Because once we start to look at the broader meaning of music in our lives, music is no longer a broad concept, but something that holds true meaning in our identity.
Continue to share all of the amazing activities that you and your chapters are doing to hone the craft of music, but also share the stories of what music means to you.
If you have any questions about this year’s Month of Musicianship, or any of Kappa Kappa Psi’s national programs, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
If you have not yet had a chance to watch the Month of Musicianship launch video, find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9nBjj5Zn_I
To share and print out the template, visit: http://bit.ly/KKPsiMoM19
National Vice President for Programs, 2019-2021
Kappa Kappa Psi
National Honorary Band Fraternity
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