Jefferson Vlasnik- TBΣ Midwest District Secretary/Treasurer

Hello Midwest District! 
My name is Jefferson Vlasnik, and I will be your Secretary/Treasurer for the next year! I look forward to working with all of you and am encouraged to build off of what has already been put in place. First of all, I’d like to give you some background information about me. I’m currently finishing up my sophomore year at the University of Kansas in the Aerospace Engineering Major. I’m currently serving as the Treasurer of the Zeta Delta Chapter at KU. I am an alto saxophone player in marching band as well as in concert band. During this next year serving as the sec/tres, I have a few goals I’d like to accomplish. First, I’d like to set up an online store for district merchandise so that everyone in the MWD can wear amazing Tau Beta swag. My second goal is to really try to branch out to as many other chapters as possible. I feel like I don’t know nearly as many of your wonderful people as I’d like to, so please feel free to invite me to a ritual or something like that, and I’ll try my best to make it! My last goal is to increase involvement and interaction between the district council and individual chapters and members of Tau Beta Sigma. To accomplish that last goal, I know I will need the help of all of my counterparts on the district council, Sam


, Sam Johnson, Laura Cooke, and Adrienne Rall. Looking forward to an amazing year and thank you all for this opportunity!!!! 

Respectful submitted and MLITB, 
Jefferson Vlasnik 
District Secretary/Treasurer 
Zeta Delta Chapter at KU

Laura Cooke- TBΣ Midwest District Vice President of Special Projects

Hello Sisters and Brothers!
It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce myself as the next Vice President of Special Projects for the Midwest District of Tau Beta Sigma! My name is Laura Cooke and I am an active of the Zeta Omega chapter at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I have been an active member since November of 2012. Since I have been an active member I have served as the Joint Service Chair, Uniform Chair, and Alumni Liaison. As Alumni Liaison, I deal with our awesome drum, Big Mo, a lot. It’s the biggest bass drum in the United States! My favorite part of being a sister so far has been my education process because I had an awesome class of sixteen prospective members. Some of my best friends came from that class and it was a great experience.

The rest of my time is spent being an Instrumental Music Education major. I just finished my sophomore year with a crazy 22-credit semester, but I got a lot of rewarding experience out of it. I play piccolo in Marching Mizzou and Mini Mizzou, and I play flute in our university’s Symphonic Band.

I am really looking forward to diving into my position as VPSP. I wanted to become more involved in our awesome district and this was the first step. I am excited to begin working closely with different chapters and helping them implement the great programs our sorority has to offer.

Laura Cooke

Sam Johnson – TBΣ Midwest District Vice President of Membership

Hello everybody! 
My name is Sam Johnson and I am the Tau Beta Sigma Midwest District Vice President of Membership this year! I joined the Theta Xi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma in the Spring of 2012 and am currently serving as the chapter president. I play the French Horn (and Mellophone)and am studying Music Education. I love music and my goal is to be a High School Band director. Outside of TBS, I am a member of the Alpha Delta colony of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and a student staff member for the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band. As the VPM there are a few things that I would like to accomplish this year. We had so many chapters turn in MEPs during the past year and now it is time to start taking them and getting them closer to the template of the “All-Knowing MEP.” I’d also like to talk to the other District VPMs and create some sort of a system to share resources and be able to learn about what other chapters and districts do for their membership classes. If you have any questions or you want to talk to me go ahead a look me up on facebook! I can’t wait for what lies ahead of me in the next year and I look forward to being able to share it with all of my sisters! 

Samantha Boxberger – TBΣ​ Midwest District President

Howdy Midwest District!! My name is Samantha Boxberger (formerly Brown), and I am the Tau Beta Sigma Midwest District President!!  I am so humbled to be serving a third term on the MWD Council!! We are working on some great events for YOU to learn and grow in the bond of Tau Beta Sigma!

Here’s a little more about me! I have been a member of the Delta Kappa chapter at Kansas State University since the Fall of 2010. I am currently a Senior studying Music Education here in Manhattan, KS. My primary instruments are Flute and Piccolo, and I also can play various other instruments. I am a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, CMENC, as well as various other organizations. When I grow up, I want to be a Collegiate Band Director, which means I have a lot more schooling ahead of me! One of my main goals in life is to never take myself too seriously! I love what I do in music, and I want to encourage others to enjoy the gift of music in their lives, even into their old age.


I have so many great memories with my time on council and I can’t wait to have many more this year in the Midwest!! I love traveling, and want to try and visit EVERY chapter in the next year! So feel free to invite me to your rituals, chapter meetings, etc.! I enjoy hearing from my fellow brothers and sisters, so do it! =] One of my biggest life mottos is “Leave it better than you found it.” I hope to do this with the President position, and I challenge YOU to do the same in your chapter, the Midwest District, and in life! Please contact if you want to chat or have any ideas for the upcoming year!

Much Love In The Bond,
Samantha Boxberger


MWD President

Delta Kappa
Kansas State University​

“I want to be part of that group.”

by Nicole Norman, KKΨ Eta Pi – University of Northern Iowa

Kappa Kappa Psi has been a huge part of my college experience since I have been here at the University of Northern Iowa. I’ll never forget seeing all the members talking and having so much fun together and I just thought to myself, I want to be a part of that group. My chapter, Eta Pi, really helps out with our marching band. We help out by filling up water coolers for the band and providing everyone pizza and pop on game days. We also help out high school bands in our area. One service event we did this year was going to one of our past graduate assistant’s school and help sort out her music library. She truly appreciated it and it felt nice that we were able to help her out. A huge event we help out with is the Northern Festival of Bands. We help out by providing a meal for all the directors, an ice cream social for the high school students, and help with setting up and tearing down the chairs and stands. Every year all the directors of the high school bands and our college professors are truly thankful for all that we do and again we feel like we live up to our creed and motto. I have enjoyed every minute of being in Kappa Kappa Psi and I honestly believe if I didn’t join I wouldn’t be where I am today. Kappa Kappa Psi is a second family to me and I can’t wait to see more of what we will do in the future.

UNK Wind Ensemble Travels

by Tyler Hinrichs, KKΨ Iota Psi – University of Nebraska at Kearney

Toward the beginning of this school year it was announced to the University of Nebraska-Kearney Wind Ensemble that we would be going on a tour at the end of January or the beginning of February, all that we needed to do was figure out where we would be going. At the end of last semester it was decided on where to go, our destinations ended up being a couple of schools here in Nebraska, a couple in Iowa, and then finally in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Our stops were mainly decided on some of our graduating seniors hometowns and then what was on our way to our final destination in Minnesota. On January 30th we had an opening concert for our tour and then left that morning for a 3-day tour across the three states. Our first stop was in Bennington, NE and was performed for most of their high school. After Bennington we went to Wahoo, NE for a night concert for the community. In Wahoo we got a chance to play with their high school band, so that they could get a chance to play with a college band and try to encourage them to continue playing through their lives. The next day we started off in Iowa and went to a couple of high schools whose band directors are old friends of our band director. After a day of nothing but driving through Iowa we made it to Minnesota. After a nights rest, we went straight to Mahtomedi to drop off some of our equipment then headed into St. Paul to spend a day seeing some sights and having a more relaxing day. We visited the Winter Carnival, and we also went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Some of us took this as a chance to meet up with friends in Minnesota, and others just took the time to relax and have a great time. That night we had our concert for the community of Mahtomedi, it was a joint concert between their high school band and us with a final combined piece at the end with huge band that almost did not fit on the stage. After staying a night in Minnesota we were back on the road trying to get home so people can get sleep before classes started again the next day. Overall it was a great experience, that I am really glad that I got to be a part of. I became better friends with many of the band members and I made friends with other people.

Growth through Leadership

by Bridget Hogan, TBΣ Theta Xi – Iowa State University

Hey there, this is me dropping by to reflect on something amazing that I am experiencing as a result of being involved in Tau Beta Sigma at my school, Iowa State University. Shout out to our fantastic chapter Theta Xi! A little about me, I am a sophomore, recently changed majors from electrical engineering to elementary education, and have always been very active in bands and music my whole life. Recently, it has come to light in what way exactly Tau Beta Sigma is personally transforming me. As the Historian for my chapter, it has taken me most of this year to understand what my duties entail and how to effectively communicate with others in our organization to accomplish great things. Considering I am just beginning to fully realize the whole picture of sisterhood and brotherhood, I can say I have truly stepped up to the plate in the way I have approached my new position. While taking on historian, I have become familiar with our extensive family tree because I have spent hours upon hours updating the digital format of this document. It is amazing to take a look into the past at our organization that most of our members have never seen! This also fascinates me because most of these individuals are using social media, like Facebook, and can be contacted through this amazing connection technology provides. There is so much history behind our family tree and photo albums that would have been lost if they were not updated and continued on. There is still limited availability in terms of who can view the family tree and old photos that we scan in and upload online, but this will be the next step in the on-going effort to remain more connected to past members. My main task that I host every month is (fill-in-the-month) Scrapbooking! I am a very crafty gal when I have the time, so historian has proven to be the perfect fit. Hosting these events in Tau Beta Sigma has shown me how difficult it can be to get people excited about a new ‘tradition.’ I have witnessed that reaching out to individuals and building stronger personal relationships within our group will increase the attendance at this type of event that is not required. More than anything though, my involvement in Tau Beta Sigma has made me realize how positive, calming, and healing service is, especially serving the bands. The most significant bonding I have experienced with other sisters and brothers has been through service, and I believe this is because service with the correct attitude is extremely powerful. My most recent experience with this is the calming effect service has had on me. I have struggled with public speaking since I was in grade school, and I have a! pretty bad case of the nerves that include fast heartbeat, sweaty palms, short of breath, anxiety attacks, full body muscle tension, shaky hands, and every terrible thing you can imagine. I’ve spent every public speaking/performing experience since high school trying to overcome this anxiety; there must be a trick to it! Simply saying my historian announcements to my chapter of sisters is enough to trigger all of these nerves. At our most recent meeting, I offered to help serve food to our members while the meeting was going on, so magically, when it was my time to speak, I had no nerves! Serving others brought out a natural and confident side of me that rarely shows its face in front of a large audience. This experience was amazing and has shown me the incredible ways I have slowly discovered new abilities and parts of myself through serving the bands as a member of Tau Beta Sigma. My gratitude for these organizations is endless, and I can only hope to inspire others to step outside of their comfort zones because there is so much potential that you will discover in yourself.

Ode to the Honor Band and Those who make it happen

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

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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.

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by Max Dunlap, KKΨ Epsilon Pi – Kansas State University

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sent out a few emails to some brothers that were upperclassmen, asking them if they would be willing to help out. One of the replies I received read: “Yes. I would love to do more. Weston” Isn’t that the attitude that everyone should have? “I would love to do more.” Weston is an ideal example of this attitude. Among many things, he is a senior in music education, a member of the top ensemble at K-State, a member of the top saxophone quartet, and was a member of the student staff of the KSU Marching Band. The student staff are some of the hardest working members of our band, and they don’t even march. (Well, Weston did. He marched the spots of injured tuba players.) Anything that our director asks for about marching band, they’re already halfway finished with it. And for Weston to tell me that he would love to do more for Kappa Kappa Psi? I was very grateful. Weston’s attitude is what I feel is what being a member of Kappa Kappa Psi is all about. Being a brother is more than just wearing our letters, attending meetings, and participating in service projects. “Strive for the Highest!” Going above and beyond what is expected of us as brothers. Working to serve the bands, and to, as our director always tells us, “Leave it better than you found it!” As a brother, we should be working to constantly improve our bands, in every way that we can. One brother can’t do it all alone, that’s (partly) why Kappa Kappa Psi was formed. Each chapter has it’s own history of how and why it was formed, but we all share a cause, which is to serve our bands. With the spring semester coming up, I want to challenge everyone to approach KKY and TBS with this attitude of wanting to do more. There are things that people expect us to do, but there is always more that we can do. Don’t do just enough to finish the job. Put in that little bit of extra effort and make everything you do become something great! Continually, Strive for the Highest!