The Loss of W. Francis McBeth

The National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi was sad to hear of the passing the great American composer W. Francis McBeth. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues as we all mourn the loss of legend in wind band community.

Mr. McBeth shared a great relationship with Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. He served as the commissioned composer for the 1971 National Intercollegiate Band which premiered his work The Seventh Seal for wind bands. He also holds honorary memberships with the Alpha Chi, Beta Nu, Sigma, Lambda, Gamma Phi, Epsilon Theta, Beta Sigma, Beta Kappa, and Alpha Omicron chapters of the fraternity. In recognition of his years of excellence in composition to wind bands, Kappa Kappa Psi awarded W. Fracis McBeth the Distinguished Service to Music Medal. This award remains the highest honor that Kappa Kappa Psi can bestow on any individual.

There is not a single individual in college bands that has not been exposed to the work of W. Francis McBeth. His legacy will live on through his music for eternity. Kappa Kappa Psi was fortunate to have had a relationship with him during his life.


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