by Rachel Hansen, KKΨ Iota Omega – Iowa State University
Friday, February 3, 2012. I wandered into the lobby of Iowa State University’s Music Hall. It was teeming with high school band kids like myself, anxiously chatting and assembling their instruments as the 2012 Cyclone Honor Band got underway. My band director and I hit up the registration table for music folder and audition card.
And it’s crazy to think that, two years later, I’d be sitting behind that table, alongside brothers and sisters other than my two flesh and blood siblings, helping register a kindred group of honor band kids for the 2014 Cyclone Honor Band. I’d get to stay involved in the honor band, in a direct and meaningful way, thanks to Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Cyclone Honor Band was among the first projects organized by the Iota Omega and Theta Xi chapters here at Iowa State University, and it has continued with strong outcome.
The 2012 Cyclone Honor Band had a lasting effect on me. It was an honor band that further illuminated my passion for band, one hosted by my future university, and, it was hosted by Kappas and Tau Betas who know the value of such an annual event in the lives of young musicians.
Scrolling down the honor band rosters from that year, I am stopped—by the names of brothers and sisters who also participated in the band that year, who I had not yet met. I was among family; I just didn’t know it yet.
These sorts of experiences have happened to so many of us; band unites us, and our organizations here at Iowa State acknowledge that in the highest way possible—doing all that we can to help continue the Cyclone Honor Band tradition.