“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 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.

Meet the Exec! – KKΨ Iota Omega

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I Would Love To Do More

by Max Dunlap, KKΨ Epsilon Pi – Kansas State University

Early in the Fall 2013 semester, my chapter’s president, Brett Eichman, suggested that I take care

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of organizing the ritual for this year’s class. I had been talking about some of the things that had been discussed at National Convention this past summer, and I was pretty passionate about the ritual. Brett gave me a ritual book, so that I could start looking over everything and start assigning parts. I took the book and studied it, and became familiar with the ritual in a new way: I had only been initiated a year earlier, but had since seen two rituals performed at conventions. Without going too in depth about what I learned, let’s just say that some time passed, and First Degree was approaching. We had a week left, and I realized that there were a few parts that still needed to be filled. I wasn’t panicking, but I was in charge of ritual, and I needed to get things in order. I 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!

A Thanksgiving Note

by Shawna VanOrden, KKΨ Delta Xi – Emporia State University

With Thanksgiving coming to a close, I

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“We have yet to see a ceiling; we just top what we top.”

Eta Upsilon has changed a lot the past couple years. From a new Big MO cherished by our fellow Tigers fans to a memorial 5k and the combined powers of all the music fraternities and sororities on campus, so much is in store for us after these big accomplishments.

Winning isn’t everything, but it’s nice to be appreciated and recognized for greatness. At the 2013 Midwest Convention, we took home an award for Best New Member for Matt Dammrich. He’s now currently holding the secretary position. We were honored to be considered for The Most Improved Chapter Award at the 2013 National Convention in Springfield, MA. Eta Upsilon made the top five to be considered for this high prestige. Our chapter has come a

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After many hours of joint effort and submitting a bid packet to host the 2014 Midwest Convention, we were accepted and it will be held on March 14th. We are overwhelmed with such responsibility. A big thanks goes to the Zeta Delta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma from the University of Kansas for all the helpful advice they have provided us. Hope to see all of our fellow brothers attend; we welcome all with open arms.

Rebuilding bonds between musicians is a very important task for a music fraternity. Our chapter’s encounter with the Phi Mu Alpha chapter hasn’t been the greatest. Also the musicianship in our chapter has been lacking immensely. In order to fix these issues, we have teamed up with the Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha to do a joint recital of duets. This restructure of musical bond will be titled “Kappa Kappa RePsital”. Great benefits will come out of this musical experience. The recital will be on February 1st at Whitmore Recital Hall.

Eta Upsilon isn’t all work and no play. We do get a chance to have fun despite our busy perspective member class and football games. Aside from our Kappa Kappa Psi Thanksgiving and joint Christmas Party, we were able to get one social event. Kappa Kappa Psi Pizza Pajama Party: bros came over in PJs, ate pizza, watched Pokemon and played games. We are looking to be more social when the spring semester rolls around and obligations are less straining.

Currently as we work on our various projects, we are exploring options on commissioning a piece in our name. Stimulating the band literature is an impact we are looking to tackle. Until then, Strive for the Highest!

AEA

Matt Dammrich

2nd/3rd Degree, Alumni Day Reflections from TBΣ Theta Mu

by Alex Rudolph, TBΣ Theta Mu – University of Nebraska Kearney

Sisters New and Old: 2nd/3rd Degree and Alumni Day Greetings from Theta Mu! This Saturday (11/2) was our annual Alumni Day with our marching band, and there was a fantastic turnout. Of the 40+ band alumni who came, over 15 alumni members of TBS made an appearance. The shenanigans all started on the Friday prior, with an alumni ceremony (which went swimmingly, I might add) and a meet/greet afterward. This was great because it gave all of our new members (who were at the time potential members) a chance to meet all of our alumni members; an unfortunately too-rare opportunity. Thanks to the great communication on behalf of our Corr. Sec., the ceremony was a grand success. Saturday of course was alumni day, and that included the alumni joining the band in the stands for the entire game. There was an excellent representation from both Taus and Kappas at the game, and it was interesting getting to see the interactions between current and alumni members in a more social environment. Following the game, we hosted a picnic with the Kappa chapter and got the see even more of our esteemed alumni. As tiring as it may sound, after the football game and picnic our 2nd/3rd Degree was held Saturday night, giving us five new members! Many alumni were able to attend this ceremony as well, giving us basically an entire day of alumni. In retrospect, Saturday (despite being busy, tiring, and altogether very stressful) was an excellent day for the Sisterhood. We got to spend a day with our graduated sisters, and end the day with new sisters. I hadn’t been able to truly appreciate the scope our sisterhood until I got to see all of our members come back, all because the sorority had such a huge impact on their lives. Watching the new members faces as they were officially welcomed into the chapter gave me new and re-inspired fervor for TBS, and I’m very grateful for that. In conclusion: one essential factor of our organization “demonstrated loyalty and dependability to those persons and institutions deserving of it,” and I believe our alumni and new members have taken this to heart about Tau Beta Sigma.

MLITB, Theta Mu – UNK

Alumni Relations Month at TBΣ Theta Mu

by Steph Holtman, TBΣ Theta Mu – University of Nebraska Kearney

Hello Midwest District! As part of our month’s theme of alumni relations, I thought I’d give you guys an update on what our chapter is doing to involve our alumni members. We have had a busy month with lots of activities, so here are just a few of the things we’ve done!

-First Degree was held earlier in the month, and we are so excited to welcome our new prospective members and to welcome back several alumni who came to support us.

-Our alumni game is coming up in just two short weeks! Our alumni will join us for a special ceremony just for them, including a social hour for them to catch up with all our current members. They’ll also join us for the home football game Saturday and play in the stands with us, and play a couple standard pep band tunes as they reconnect with their sections.

-Finally, those who are able are invited to stick around for our Second and Third Degrees, as we officially welcome our new members into our chapter.

What a busy weekend! These are just a couple of our Fall events we have going on this month, and we’re so excited to keep our alumni involved the rest of the semester and year! We hope everyone is having as much fun as we are, and we look forward to hearing about other districts’ shenanigans as well!

MLITB, Theta Mu – University of Nebraska Kearney