Zachary Perez – Iota Omega – October Picture of the Month!

Greetings all!

Another month, another photo! Hope you all enjoy! =)

Here it is!

Zachary Perez – Iota Omega – September’s Picture of the Month!

Greetings brothers and sisters!

This year we’re starting a new tradition at Iowa State, a Picture of the Month contest! At the end of every month pictures from meetings, brotherhood events, service, and so on will be gathered up for voting. The winner will be featured here with a brief description of the photo. So without further adieu, here’s the winning photo for September!

Picture of the Month!

Rachel Zimmerman – Iota Omega – Meet our Exec!

Hi, Brothers and Sisters!

Just wanted to share this article featuring Iota Omega’s Exec:) They did a great job in sharing their individual perspectives on what it means to be a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. The article is right on the other side of this link! :)

KKY Meet the Exec Article 1

Samantha Brown – #4gr8rchapters

Hello all!!

It is our pleasure to once again announce the planning for the TBS MWD #4gr8rchapters Program for the 2014-2015 school year!!

This program was originally designed for two reasons. First, it is a way for our chapters to work on various aspects of Tau Beta Sigma. With one focus per month, our chapters can grow, develop, and learn about different aspects of the Sorority.
Secondly, it was designed also as a recognition program. When chapters are hosting events and practicing procedures that align with that month’s focus, we want to share it with our fellow sisters and brothers, both across our District and across the Nation! EACH chapter has new ideas, unique events, and different ways of functioning. We believe that by sharing our chapter’s unique characteristics we will help foster new ideas for other chapters as well! We also hope that through this idea sharing, we promote more chapter to chapter contact. If you see a sister chapter doing something cool, contact them and ask how they did it!

This is a program designed for YOU. Throughout our District, we want to foster feelings of accomplishment, the sharing of ideas, and sisterhood through the mutual promotion of Tau Beta Sigma. We believe we need to highlight the WONDERFUL things our chapters are doing to promote Tau Beta Sigma, their Universities, and their band programs.

Attached, you will find a short program overview, schedule for the year, and an info sheet for the September Focus. The official hashtag for social media will be #4gr8rchaptersMWD

As always, please let your Midwest District Council know if you have any questions or ideas! We are dedicated to the success of the chapters in the Midwest District, and would love to discuss this AWESOME program with you!

Much Love In The Bond,
The 2014-2015 Midwest District Council and Counselor
Adrienne Rall, Samantha Boxberger, Sam Johnson, Laura Cooke, and Jefferson Vlasnik​

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

Boxberger​

, 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.

MLITB,
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! 
MLITB, -SJ

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

TBΣ​

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.