Kappa Psi Honorary Fraternity for University Bandsmen was chartered
on November 27, 1919, at Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma
State University) by ten members of the Oklahoma A&M band
led by William A. Scroggs and their director Bohumil "Boh"
Makovsky. Today, the National Headquarters of Kappa Kappa Psi
and Tau Beta Sigma are located in Stillwater Station, Stillwater,
OK, near the campus of Oklahoma State University.
Kappa Psi operates primarily as a student service and leadership
recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director
of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required
of his/her band. Our goals are to provide the band not only with
organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our
membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership
and social contracts. The honorary nature of membership is based
on our premise that "it is an honor to be selected to serve"
this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution,
and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities.
Fraternity is presently located in over 150 colleges and universities.
Since 1919 more than 50,000 interested bandmembers have devoted
their efforts to strengthening their bands through group and individual
service projects. The Fraternity's program of continued service
to Music has attracted the attention of the best in American band
tradition. We number among our ranks John Philip Sousa, Karl King,
Frank Simon, Herbert L. Clarke, Harold Bachman, William D. Revelli
and many other contemporary composers, conductors, and music educators.
its commissioning program, the Fraternity has presented such noted
works as Francis McBeth's "The Seventh Seal", Claude
T. Smith's "Symphony #1 for Band, and Fisher Tull's "Prelude
& Double Fugue."
the local level, chapter responsibilities include numerous concentrated
service projects as well as providing the intangible items of
morale, spirit, enthusiasm, atmosphere, and attitude within the
band. As noted in the preamble of our Constitution and as charged
in much of our Ritual, the cultivation and maintenance of an agreeable
and enthusiastic attitude is mandatory for all our members, and
this serves to foster the wholesome and cooperative spirit that
each Director of Bands wants for their band.
actual petitioning process and colonization period are designed
to make sure that the student membership is ready to render valid
service to your band, as well as for the Director and Administration
to determine if this is the type of organization activity that
is needed in the band program. There is a colonization period
of one year in which we, the Director of Bands and the students,
all have an opportunity to assess any programs the group undertakes.
The services of the National Headquarters and any of the surrounding
chapters are available to petitioning groups at all times for
advice, suggestions and assistance during this period, to insure
adherence to our goals.
educational value to the student of participation in a smaller
group's activities cannot be over-emphasized. Experience in planning,
organizing, and carrying through projects to benefit the larger
band organization are necessary if a well-rounded and responsible
student leader is to be trained. The fraternal group as embodied
by our active chapters, provides this needed training group for
the student by establishing both worthy goals and worthwhile guideposts
for a meaningful college experience.
in Kappa Kappa Psi thus becomes an educational and service activity
as well as a social one. And it is this kind of activity that
enriches the band student's life and sharpens an appreciation
for both the best in Music and what it takes to achieve it. It
is to this end that our National Fraternity is dedicated, and
we cordially invite your participation in this effort.
Delta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded at the University
of Oklahoma on May 21, 1921.