Volume 10, Number 1
February 24, 2009
Editor: Jake Burk, National Publications Manager

• National Intercollegiate Band Audition Application Due April 15!
• Kappa Kappa Psi Installs 10th Chapter for 07-09 Biennium!
• Tau Beta Sigma Installs a New Chapter
• Kappa Kappa Psi Welcomes a New Colony
• Tau Beta Sigma Welcomes a New Colony
• Bands of America Alumni
• 2009 Conn-Selmer Institute: Fewer Than 20 Spots Remain!!!

1. National Intercollegiate Band Audition Application Due April 15!


Col John Bourgeios
2009 NIB Guest Conductor

We are entering the homestretch for the 2009 National Intercollegiate Band, and we are very encouraged with all of the positive inquiries and conversations we’ve had at Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention with our members from chapters all across the country who have committed to auditioning for the NIB this summer! This will be a great musical experience for anyone who is fortunate enough to pass the audition, as you will have the privilege of working with two giants in the field of bands and band music. Colonel John Bourgeios, former Director of the US Marine Band, The President’s Own; and Professor Mark Camphouse, 2009 Commissioned Composer both will be on the podium. If you’ve ever been in an honor band during your high school career, you will remember what it was like to be placed in a large ensemble of new players that you don’t know; and work your hardest for a short time to produce something that you’ve not ever experienced. That’s kind of what it’s like to be in the NIB! Plus, you bring the added meaning of doing this mostly with Brothers and Sisters. We do allow non-members to audition and participate, and each year, we do have a few which really is a great outreach effort to attract new members and colonies! Check out our websites for National Intercollegiate Band information, but if anyone has troubles or questions, simply call the National Headquarters! We will get you an answer!

Dr. Bruce Moss
KKPsi NIB Co-Coordinator
National VP for Professional Relations

Dr. Joan deAlbuquerque
TBSigma NIB Co-Coordinator
TBSigma National
VP for Professional Relations

Kappa Kappa Psi:
Tau Beta Sigma:
National Headquarters:

2. Kappa Kappa Psi Installs 10th Chapter for the 07-09 Biennium!


I am very pleased to announce the installation of the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. This is a re-activation of Chapter #73. The Installation took place Sunday, February 22, 2009 on the MSU campus.

Attending the Installation were a number of area alumni from the Gamma Alpha Chapter, as well as Jeff Bond and Matt Richardson, alumni from the MWD.

I want to extend a personal thanks to the Alpha Omicron Chapter at Texas Tech for serving as the advising chapter and performing the initiation, and Jason Kellison for serving as the advising person for Gamma Alpha. Alpha Omicron drove over 200 miles each way to perform the initiation and brought a small brass & percussion ensemble to provide live music for the ceremony! Well done Brothers!

Gamma Alpha is the tenth Kappa Kappa Psi chapter to be installed in the 2007-2009 Biennium.

Please congratulate and welcome the charter members of Gamma Alpha!
Matt Lunsford - President
Josh Robinson - Vice President
Shelly Sanders - Recording Secretary
Thomas Foster - Corresponding Secretary
Anna-Marie Eckert - Treasurer
Joscelyn Rogers - Historian
Aimee Santellana - Alumni Secretary
Chad Britt - Parliamentarian
Steven Taylor - Student Senator
Mitch Bell
Ross Cleveland
Matthew George
Amber Godby
Delilah Gonzales
Wesley Hart
Rudy Leal
Jacob Light
Norma Rodriguez
Joshua Scribner
Daryl Smith
Kristen Mask
Leslie McCown
Brad Morris
Mario Ramirez
Katy Zuber
Dr. Larry Archambo - Director of Bands and Chapter Sponsor
Michael Kerr - Honorary

It was my privilege to install Gamma Alpha and to work with Alpha Omicron on the institution ceremony! Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!!

Lt Col Alan Bonner, USAF (Ret.)
National Executive Director
Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma


3. Tau Beta Sigma Installs a New Chapter

I would like to welcome our newest chapter into the bond! The Gamma Eta Chapter at Mississippi Valley State University was re-installed on Saturday, February 7th.


Gamma Eta Chapter Members:
Skylah Mays - President
Johanna Cager - Vice President
Charnecca Barnes - Secretary
Devina Hughes - Treasurer
Madeline Huddleston -Parliamentarian
Dominique Gardner
Michael Torregano - Sponsor/Director of Bands

Members of the following chapters were in attendance:

Epsilon Alpha Chapter - University of South Carolina
Theta Iota Chapter - Alabama A&M University
Beta Tau Chapter - University of Mississippi
Theta Theta Chapter - Henderson State University
Psi Chapter - University of Arkansas,

Leadership Officials in Attendance:
Crystal Wright- Southeast District Counselor of Tau Beta Sigma
Stephen Burt- 2008-2009 Southeast District Secretary/Treasurer
Erika Pope- Colony Adviser for Gamma Eta Colony

I would like to thank Erika Pope for all of her hard work, countless hours of service and being an excellent Adviser, as well as installing the chapter! I would also like to thank Beta Tau as the advising chapter and their service & time to Gamma Eta!

Congrats & Welcome Gamma Eta!

Tau Beta Sigma For Greater Bands,

Dollie McDonald O’Neill
Tau Beta Sigma
National VP for Colonization & Membership

4. Kappa Kappa Psi Welcomes a New Colony

University of Texas - Pan America, Edinburg, TX

University of Texas - Pan America is a public university that offers advanced music degrees. Ensembles include Basketball, Jazz & Concert Bands.

Our newest Kappa Kappa Psi colony has 23 colonists and 1 honorary.
Their officers are as follows:

Catherine Cantu - President -
Ryan Wygant - Vice President -
Jackeline Tellez - Recording Secretary -
Orlando Arias - Colony Secretary -
Saul Regalado - Corresponding Secretary -
Aaron J. Alvarez - Treasurer -
Ashley N. Escamilla - Historian/Alumni Sec. -
Freddy Solis - Parliamentarian -

You are invited to send notes of congratulations to their Director of Bands, Dr. Dean Canty, at and to their colony officers.


5. Tau Beta Sigma Welcomes a New Colony

University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

University of Memphis is a public four year college that offers undergraduate and advanced music degrees. Ensembles include Wind Ensemble, Marching, Symphonic, Jazz, Concert & Basketball Bands.

Our newest Tau Beta Sigma colony has 10 colonists. Their officers are as follows:

Amber Bush - President -
Kayla Harkness - Secretary -
Michelle McDaniel - Treasurer -

You are invited to send notes of congratulations to their Director of Bands, Dr. Kraig A. Williams, at and to their colony officers.


6. Bands of America Alumni

It’s a known fact that many Brothers and Sisters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma had the opportunity to participate in the Bands of America at some point of their high school experience. It is also likely that more than a few of you who move on to become high school band directors will look to BOA as a major milestone in your career and as a huge measure of success for your band program. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are currently engaged in negotiations with Bands of America CEO, Scott McCormick, that will cement a mutually beneficial partnership with BOA. I am proud to announce that BOA has agreed to be our first official sponsor for the National Intercollegiate Band, and they will help host the post-NIB Concert Reception this summer. In return, we want to help BOA spread the word on a most important BOA campaign currently underway. The following appeal comes from Bands of America:

Calling All BOA Alumni


On December 11, 2008 Bands of America kicked off the BOA ALUMNI CAMPAIGN in an effort to reach the 1.25 MILLION BOA ALUMNI that understand the lasting impact of a BOA experience. February 28 is the target date to achieve a $250,000 fundraising goal. As of Feb. 20, more than $80,000 has been contributed by donors across the country. A commitment has also been received for the final $30,000. “We are enthused and humbled by the support and emotion that the BOA alumni, teachers, parents and fans have shared,” says Music For All’s President and CEO Scott McCormick. “There are 150 schools participating, but we need a minimum of 250 to make up our deficit,” Scott added.

BOA asks that the thousands of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma members and alumni consider supporting this major campaign. Please visit to learn more about the campaign and to see what schools have earned patches on the virtual letter jacket. Give what you can and pass it on by using your favorite social network to spread the word to other alumni, parents, educators and fans! There is a tremendous respect among the BOA team for the many contributions Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma make to college band programs across the nation. We are very thankful in advance to those of you who are willing and able to extend support. Keep the tradition alive and ensure that Music for All’s BOA is around to provide “positively life-changing experiences” to your kids, grand kids and communities and the next 1.25 million participants.


7. 2009 Conn-Selmer Institute


Fewer than 20 spots remain!
Register for the 2009 Conn-Selmer Institute Now!

“All teachers and music education majors need an occasional “shot in the arm” to provide innovative means by which to approach the challenges that face us all as music educators. For those who seek knowledge, motivation, pedagogical techniques or who simply wish to enjoy the camaraderie of intelligent and inquisitive musicians on a beautiful University campus, CSI is singularly one of the most inspiring and energizing events offered to music educators. I never fail to come away from CSI with a renewed faith in the dedication of our nation’s teachers and in their power to change the world through music.”

Paula Crider, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas


Igniting Your Professional Passion!


A Time You Will Never Forget!

$199 per person registration fee

Registration includes:

• Notre Dame Dorm Housing (double occupancy only)
• Nationally recognized educators/clinicians
• Incredible Meals
• A new event for 2009; the Conn-Selmer Reading and Rehearsal Clinic Band

To register, visit or click here!


Jim Doepke
Director of Educational Outreach
Conn-Selmer Institute

Hope to see you at The University of Notre Dame in June!



  • When you complete your Initiate Classes, REMEMBER, you have 30 days following 3rd degree to submit the Initiate Registration Form to get them entered into the Master Database and avoid the late fee! Don’t wait until the 29th day... EARLY is much better!!

  • 2009 District Convention Schedule

    Northeast District Convention
    March 19-22
    Amherst, MA
    North Central District Convention
    March 27-29
    Toledo, OH
    Southeast District Convention
    April 3-4
    Columbia, SC
    Midwest District Convention
    April 3-5
    Manhattan, KS
    Western District Convention
    April 3-5
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Southwest District Convention
    April 17-19
    Baton Rouge, LA

    April 15
  • Postmark Deadline for National Intercollegiate Band applications and
    audition tapes
  • Deadline for applications to the Kappa Kappa Psi Keynote Speaker Contest

    May 1

  • Postmark Deadline for articles being submitted to the Fall 2009 issue of The PODIUM

    June 1
  • Postmark Deadline for submitting the 2009 Chapter Delegate Form
  • Postmark Deadline for Chapter Summary Reports
  • Deadline for the Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees Scholarship Application

    June 15
  • Postmark Deadline for the 2009 National Convention registration forms. No refunds will be available and forms submitted after this date will incur a $25 late fee.

    July 21-26
  • Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma 2009 National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
    For more information visit:

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Many thanks,

Lt Col Alan L. Bonner, USAF (Ret.)
National Executive Director
Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma
National Band Fraternity & Sorority