Paula Crider Receives DSMM


I am excited to announce Paula Crider as Kappa Kappa Psi’s newest recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Medal!

Paula Crider

Professor Crider has taught at all levels including her time at The University of Texas where she currently holds the title of Professor Emerita.  She also holds the unique distinction of having been the first female in Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school. Professor Crider retired from The University of Texas in 1999 where she served as director of the renowned University of Texas Longhorn Band. While at the university she taught conducting, brass techniques, and marching band methods; supervised student teachers; and conducted the Symphony Band.  She serves as coordinator for the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, is Educational Consultant for Conn-Selmer, and was recently appointed to the Midwest Clinic Board.  She is a Past President of the National Band Association and American Bandmasters Association.

The presentation of Professor Crider’s award took place at Texas Bandmaster’s Association’s annual convention in San Antonio, TX on July 20th.  Kappa Kappa Psi Executive Director Lt. Col. Alan Bonner presented the award.  Professor Crider was so touched with the presentation that she shared with Kappa Kappa Psi the following:

“I am truly honored by your most kind recognition.  You have made this old Bb band director most proud to be counted among the many thousands who have served their college and university band through this great organization.”

–Paula Crider

Please join me in celebrating this most deserving individual!  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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