2019 Gold Star Memorial Recognition Nominations Open


In 1947, at the National Convention in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the National Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi recognized brothers who were killed in action while serving our country during World War II. They created a memorial recognition knows as the Gold Star.

Prior to the 2007 National Convention, the National Council was approached by Danielle Adams-Davis, a brother from the Zeta Sigma and Kappa Epsilon chapters.  Danielle asked the National Council what could be done to recognize current Brothers and band members serving in the military. At that time, the National Council felt the National Convention in Orlando would be an appropriate time to recognize members of Kappa Kappa Psi and our band family who have served our country. The National Council used the Gold Star recognition ceremony from 1947 to serve as inspiration to recognize brothers and band members that were current military members or who had previously served their country.

As part of our centennial year celebration, the National Council continues this honored tradition during the 2019 National Convention. Brothers will be recognized in the following manner:

  • Gold Star Memorial for Brothers who have passed while serving our country.


  • Blue Star Recognition for Brothers who are currently serving our country or are veterans.


  • Silver Star Memorial for Band members who have passed while serving our country.


  • White Star Recognition for Band members who are currently serving our country or are veterans.

Certificates for the Blue Star Recognition and White Star Recognition will be issued to the Brother’s home chapter following National Convention. The home chapter will then be responsible for issuing those certificates to the individual Brothers. All categories of recognition will be memorialized by the Brothers’ respective District Presidents during the 2019 National Convention in Stillwater, Oklahoma and recorded in a memorial resolution in the convention minutes.

If you have names you would like to submit to be recognized this summer at National Convention in Stillwater, OK, please complete the form here.



Dr. Nicholas Bratcher
National Vice President for Programs
Kappa Kappa Psi

Congratulations to Mr. Edward E. Crenshaw on receiving the Silver Baton Award!

Congratulations to Mr. Edward E. Crenshaw on receiving the Silver Baton Award! Mr. Crenshaw is a charter member (1967) of the Epsilon Gamma chapter at Alabama State University. After a brief stint in the Birmingham Public Schools, Crenshaw was drafted into the army. In the army, Mr. Crenshaw served as a musician for the 82nd Airborne Army Band, and was later transferred to the 82nd Airborne Army Choral Division where he served as music director. After completing his military service, he returned to Birmingham to become band director and head of the music department at Ramsay High School. Earlier this month, Crenshaw was honored by Ramsay High School for his 40 years of service as a music educator by naming the new band facility in his name. Southeast District Governors, Craig Aarhus and Latrondrick Hunter, presented the award on behalf of the National Council. Kappa Kappa Psi congratulates Mr. Crenshaw on his years of service to bands!

The Silver Baton Award is intended to recognize individuals for their longevity and continuous quality service to bands. Chapters are able to present this award at local concerts, state music conventions, and/or special public gatherings. Any chapter with the approval of its sponsor and Director of Bands may select and present the award. Chapters may find the Silver Baton Award Application Form at www.kkpsi.org under “Fraternity Awards”.