2023 Fall Informational Mailer for Kappa Kappa Psi

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, Chapter Sponsors, and Directors of Bands –

I hope this message finds you well and refreshed, ready for the opportunities and experiences the new school year will bring!

As we usher in the start of the new biennium, I wanted to take a moment to share with you the immense excitement and anticipation resonating throughout our National Leadership Team. We stand at the threshold of a period filled with promise and potential, and with your dedication and enthusiasm, we are confident this will be one of our most memorable and impactful biennia yet; full of growth, collaboration, and shared experiences with one another.

As we embark on this new chapter, I urge each one of you to bring forth your ideas, energies, and enthusiasm to uplift our mission to serve college and university bands. Our collective journey is shaped by each member’s commitment to strengthening our core values through the following ways.

  • MUSICIANSHIP in Kappa Kappa Psi begins with the appreciation of music as an art form through the desire for the best in artistic performances, our knowledge, skill, and artistic sensitivity. As brothers, we must support our fellow musicians through encouragement and helping weaker performers.
  • LEADERSHIP is a cornerstone of Kappa Kappa Psi, and Brothers possess an agreeable and enthusiastic attitude through the lessons learned in the ritual. As Brothers we are more capable, more concerned, and more interested in the band program due to the proven dependability of the chapter.
  • SERVICE is accomplished through the result of coordinated endeavors. The service component of Kappa Kappa Psi is vital to the very breadth of our organization. We exist in our current state due to the service nature of the fraternity to the college and university band programs.
  • BROTHERHOOD is part of a greater educational and service activity devoted to strengthening the team and individual into the best they can be. Our brotherhood requires optimism, enthusiasm, and a cooperative spirit. Through chapter and district events, our brotherhood grows and develops each year. Since 1919, we have been a positive force on over 200 college campuses and band programs.

To ensure we kick off this school year with vigor and clarity, I am excited to share with you the 2023-2024 FALL INFORMATIONAL MAILER, which contains essential guidance and updates. It’s imperative that each member thoroughly reviews this information, as it will provide crucial insights and details that will set the tone for the biennium. Your proactive engagement, feedback, and adherence to the updates will be instrumental in ensuring a seamless and strong start to the school year.

May our biennium be marked by outstanding musicianship, authentic leadership, dedicated service, and an enduring sense of brotherhood. Here’s to new beginnings and shared successes!

With Love,

Bang T. Co (he/him)
National President of Kappa Kappa Psi (2023-2025)
Life Member – Alpha Zeta Chapter, Indiana University

2021 KKPsi Fall Mailer Letter

August 25, 2021 

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, Chapter Sponsors, and Directors of Bands,

As the newly elected National President of Kappa Kappa Psi, I am excited to welcome in the 2021-2023 biennium, as well as a new school year filled with the joy of playing MUSIC!  

You can find information for the 2021-2022 school year here:  2021 – 2022 Fall Informational Mailer.   We hope that the use of a powerpoint format will help organize the information to make it easier to understand, and also allow chapters to use this as a tool to update members on the relevant national information and changes following the 2021 National Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While the amount of content may be a bit overwhelming at first glance, I strongly encourage each Chapter to take the time to review this document during a chapter meeting.  This will help ensure a strong start to the school year.  If after reviewing the PowerPoint you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the National Council by emailing council@kkpsi.org.  

In addition to this update, we have posted the updated 2021 Kappa Kappa Psi National Constitution to the Fraternity website.  Due to the amount of changes that were made at the 2021 National Convention, the National Council created a 2021 Kappa Kappa Psi Constitutional Updates Document to help provide an overview for you.  Once the 2021 National Convention minutes are finalized, we will send those to you as a link to the National Headquarters website.

Also, we have updated the PIVOT Guidance for the Fall 2021 semester.  Relevant updates include:

  • A waiver for band participation, which will be granted by both National Councils, on a case by case basis. However, members must still be enrolled in coursework at their college or university and be in good standing with their university or college to be active members.  Waiver requests should be put into writing via email from the Chapter Sponsor with the Director of Bands cc’ed, and emailed to council@kkpsi.org
  • Additional information has been provided for conducting in-person Fraternity Rituals.
  • Some Chapters may now be able to host in-person activities/events: Chapters should only host in-person social, service, membership, or fundraising activities/events during the 2021-2022 school year if the following criteria are in place:
    • Your campus activities office, Dean of Students, Office of Greek Life, or other authorizing body approves your Chapter to host in-person activities/events on your campus.
    • Your chapter activity/event has been approved by your Director of Bands and/or Chapter Sponsor in writing.  This may include your Director of Bands and/or your Chapter Sponsor approving a semester calendar of events.
    • Your Chapter follows all campus, local, state, and federal health and safety guidance.
    • Your Chapter does not penalize members who feel uncomfortable attending these activities/events.

The National Council knows that each campus continues to have their own unique procedure in place while navigating the unknowns of the new variants of the virus. It is our hope that the information outlined in PIVOT! continues to be easily adaptable to every Chapter’s situation.  At this time, we ask that each Chapter send any official documentation from your university as it pertains to their COVID-19 protocol to our Health and Safety team at healthandsaftey@kkpsi.org.  

As we start the 2021-2022 academic year, I hope that you will use the resources available to you to help navigate your return to more in person operations.  Your District Governors and District Officers are there to help assist and support you!  You can find their contact information here: District Leadership.

Your National Council is already hard at work, thinking about how we can create the best possible membership experience for YOU!  Beginning in September, you will receive regular updates on the work of the National Council and National Committees, as well as progress updates on our officer goals and charges.  If you were unable to attend the 2021 National Convention this summer, I invite you to read my Incoming National President Speech, which outlines my vision and goals for the next two years to reCharge our Brotherhood.  I hope you will join me in this effort!

More than anything, it is my sincere hope that as a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, you will take the time to rededicate yourself to the ideals of the order, lean in heavily to our ritualistic values, and be intentional about living our purposes in your band programs.  If we can do these 3 things – then we are meeting our ritualistic obligations as Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi.

On behalf of the entire Kappa Kappa Psi National Leadership Team, I hope that you have a fantastic start to your academic year, and we wish you the best of luck on your upcoming performance season!

Striving with you,

Jessica Lee

48th National President of Kappa Kappa Psi