W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award

W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award


I am proud to announce the finalization of the W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award. Created at the 2011 National Convention, the W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award honors current active, associate, and conditional members of Kappa Kappa Psi that exemplify the highest standards of Musical Achievement. W. Francis McBeth (1933-2012) was a world-renowned composer and conductor.

W. Francis McBeth

W. Francis McBeth

McBeth was appointed band director at Ouachita Baptist College (now Ouachita Baptist University) in 1957. He remained at OBU, retiring in 1996 as chairman of the theory and composition department, resident composer, and the Lena Shepperson Professor of Music. In 1971, McBeth served as the commissioning composer for the 1971 National Intercollegiate Band, which premiered his work “The Seventh Seal.” In 1975, he was named composer laureate of Arkansas, the first composer laureate in the United States.

The first recipient of this award was recognized at the Northeast District Convention this year – Zachary Friedland from the Theta Upsilon chapter at The University of Rhode Island. Pictured with Zach are National President Adam Cantley, Vice President for Student Affairs Adam Bates, and Vice President for Professional Relations Travis Cross.

W. Fancis McBeth Student Musicianship Award

Nominations are due by January 1 and June 1 to the National Council, and should include: the nomination form, a letter of nomination, examples of the individual’s musical achievement, and letters of recommendation from individuals who know the nominee well.

Questions may be directed to National Vice President for Programs, 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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