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KKPsi & TBSigma

Volume 12, Number 1
September 1, 2010

Editor: Nick Smith
Publications Manager

News from Headquarters


Chapter Personnel Reports must be postmarked by September 30 to be considered ontime (schools beginning classes after September 15 may postmark by October 15). A chapter specific Chapter Personnel Report was mailed to your chapter on August 13th. If you have not received it, please contact National Headquarters for another copy.



Submissions for the Spring 2011 issue are due November 1st. Please remember, if sending photos, we can only use higher resolution (300 dpi) files.

Please send your articles and photos to:



When you complete your Initiate Classes, please remember that you have 30 days following Third Degree to submit the Initiate Registration Form. An additional fee of 25% is applied to all forms that are late.



To all District Officers and Chapter Presidents:

Please ensure the widest possible distribution of this newsletter to the chapters, colonies and members in your district.

The purpose of this newsletter is to quickly and efficiently send information to each member.

District Leaders should ensure that this newsletter is forwarded to every Chapter President in their district.

Issues of the NewsNotes can also be found on the Headquarters website at

Many thanks,
Lt. Col. Alan L. Bonner, USAF (ret)
National Executive Director



National Executive Director:
Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, USAF (Ret.)

HQ Office Manager & National Accountant:
Di Spiva

HQ Membership Services Coordinator:
Debbie Morris

Alumni, Chapter & Colony Affairs Coordinator:
Aaron Moore

Publications Manager:
Nick Smith

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Zac Humphrey

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Evan Thompson

Notes from the Executive Director
by Lt Col Alan Bonner

To those of you who have just reported to our campuses for the fall semester, welcome back!! We, here at the HQ, live a bit vicariously through your experiences throughout the year, so this time of year is a little like a new beginning for us all! We know there is much excitement for most of you; getting ready for the fall football season & marching band! Enjoy it to the fullest!! You are making friends & memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life!

Be watchful for new members of your band and be helpful to them; especially the new freshmen!! It doesn’t cost anything to be friendly & nice to them! You know they’ll appreciate it, and they may be the perfect Membership Candidate for your chapter in the months ahead!

We have a lot to look forward to this year in the Fraternity & Sorority! Extensive preparation has already begun in anticipation for the 2011 National Convention in Colorado Springs! Mr. Craig Kirchhoff, Professor of Conducting & Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, will be our conductor for the National Intercollegiate Band; Mr. Adam Gorb, Head of the School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, is our Commissioned Composer; and it’s just been approved that we will host the NIB Concert at the USAF Academy’s Arnold Hall on Tuesday, July 19th. I encourage all of you to start planning to attend the National Convention; and for those of you who love to perform at the highest levels, prepare your audition materials and get them in next semester. More audition information will be available in the PODIUM this fall and on-line, of course!

We’ll also have some very special national speakers present to you; and we are excited to announce that the Falconaires, the jazz band component from the USAF Academy Band will perform for us on Wednesday night. Plus, we have the Boston Brass returning to do a master class and performance on Friday night!

With the new hiring of our Publications Manager, Nick Smith, you’ll see this electronic newsletter on a regular basis! We use it to keep you informed of all kinds of news about KKPsi & TBS! Make sure all of your Brothers & Sisters get every issue!

On behalf of the National Councils, all of us here at the HQ wish each of you a terrific fall semester and a great year; personally, musically and academically!

Tau Beta Sigma Announces New Mission Statement

by Dollie O'Neill, National President

Sisters and Brothers:

Following our strategic planning last spring, the National Council previewed a new Mission Statement to our members at each District Convention. After incorporating the requested changesfrom students, we are proud to announce the new Mission Statement for Tau Beta Sigma:

We provide exceptional service to collegiate bands and promote equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession. We cultivate leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation and community development.

Mission Statement Facts & Rationale:

• Tau Beta Sigma adopted the first Mission Statement in 1997, in result of the 1996-1997 strategic planning of the National Council.
• Tau Beta Sigma did not have a Mission Statement until 1997.
• The 2009-2011 National Council held a strategic planning session, the first since the one held in 1996-1997, and one of the results from this session is a *NEW Mission Statement, which reflects our organization for today.
• The New Mission Statement was introduced at all 2010 District Conventions and Summer District Leadership Conference for student input before the final adoption.
• This New Mission Statement shows ownership for all of our members and simply said “this is who we are: Tau Beta Sigma.”

Introducing our new Chapter Field Representatives

by Adam Cantley, National VP for Colonization & Membership


This past May Kappa Kappa Psi concluded the 2010 National Chapter Field Representative search process. This year we had over 20 brothers apply for the position. The field of talented brother yielded 4 strong finalists that went through an interview process with myself, Derrick Mills, Col. Bonner, and Diana Spiva. We are excited to have two brothers that will be working tirelessly to better chapters and college bands. They believe in the mission of Kappa Kappa Psi and are fine examples of it means to be a values based member of our organization. Below you find Biographies on our newest staff members and links their schedules. For more information about the National Chapter Field Representative Program please visit

Zac Humphrey
Zac is a 2009 graduate of Arizona State University where he earned a B.A. in both Journalism and Political Science. In the Fall of 2005, Zac was initiated as a member of the Beta Omicron Chapter at Arizona State. Zac has served as Chapter Historian and Vice President of Service and as the Western District President for the 2008-2009 District cycle. As a member of the Sun Devil Marching Band, Zac served as Rank Leader, Band Day Coordinator and Office Assistant. Zac enjoys politics, books, movies, video games and international sporting events, just to highlight a few of his interests. In the future Zac hopes to continue traveling both here and abroad as well as finding as job that allows him that leeway.
Click here for Zac's Fall 2010 visit schedule.

Evan Thompson
is the 13th National Chapter Field Representative of Kappa Kappa Psi. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Instrumental Music Education from the University of South Carolina School of Music in 2009. He was initiated into the Zeta Chi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi on April 8, 2006 and served as Secretary, Vice President of Membership and President. While an officer, he was involved in developing the chapter membership education program and strategic plan and co-hosting the 2009 Southeast District Convention. He also served as a committee chair for the 2009 National Convention in Phoenix, AZ. Evan is a member of the National Band Association, MENC: The National Association for Music Education and is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Click here for Evan's Fall 2010 visit schedule.

Tau Beta Sigma Announces First Colony for 2010-2011

by Dawn Farmer, National VP for Colonization & Membership

Hello, everyone!

It is with great excitement that I introduce you all to each other.  You all have important roles in the progress of the FAMU Colony as it moves towards installation as a re-activated chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.  This crew was carefully selected so that FAMU has the greatest chance possible of success.  Here is the who's who:

Colony President:  Devan Moore,
Director of Bands: Dr. Julian White,
Colony Sponsor: Dennine White,
Colony Advisor: Crystal Wright,
Advising Chapter: Alpha Omega, Florida State University; current contact is Chapter President Alex Zigman

I strongly believe that this team will do wonderful things. Since there are multiple schools in the district who might like to lend a hand, other active chapters can also be consulted in regards to types of MEPs, fundraisers, social events, etc.  FAMU will have many chapters supporting and sharing with them through this experience.

I am sure FAMU is ready to start going, they have been waiting for this information.  Go forth and be awesome. 


National Headquarters hires new Publications Manager

by Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, USAF (Ret.), National Executive Director

Brothers and Sisters,

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to the National Headquarters Staff. Nick Smith, a Life Member of the Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and an Honorary Members of Tau Beta Sigma has taken on the duties of Publications Manager / Graphic Designer.

Nick will be responsible for updating the three websites maintained by the organizations, as well as preparing all web and printed material for National Headquarters. Nick will always be looking for articles and photos for the Podium, so make sure to send them his way. You can send a "Welcome Aboard" message to

2011 National Intercollegiate Band

by Dr. Bruce Moss, National VP for Professional Relations and Dr. Joan deAlbuquerque, National VP for Professional Relations

Brothers and Sisters,

Plans are well under way for the National Intercollegiate Band that will rehearse and perform during the dates of July 17-19, 2011 in Colorado Springs. The National Intercollegiate Band (NIB) has a long and illustrious history. It has been a hallmark of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the National Convention.

Rehearsals for the NIB will be held July 17-19, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs. Col. Bonner has a wonderful reputation with the Air Force Bands, and through his diligent work with military officials in Colorado Springs we have recently received confirmation that we will be able to have the NIB performance at the Air Force Academy, in the theatre in Arnold Hall where the US Air Force Academy band performs!

We are very excited that Professor Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands at University of Minnesota, will serve as guest conductor. Professor Kirchhoff has a world-wide reputation as a conductor with a passion for music making, a caring and engaging rehearsal technique, and a unique and professional artistry. We do not have his program yet, but based on my work with him in the past, I can assure you that he will select works that will be memorable for both the performer and the listener! Also featured on the program will be the world premiere of a new work commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma by British composer Adam Gorb.

Please do your part to build the excitement and remind potential recruits to audition for this outstanding ensemble. Set your calendar dates. Audition materials will need to be postmarked no later than Tuesday, April 19, 2011 for full consideration. Be sure to plan your travel funds now, and make all the necessary arrangements to be a part of this exciting convention. We want to make this the best NIB yet, and you won’t want to miss the wonderful events and camaraderie associated with this exciting convention. Your help is essential and we know you will come through! A professional and outstanding event will be the result – don’t miss it!!

Audition information can be found HERE.

Guidelines for Membership Presentation (Probate) Shows Announced

by Derrick Mills, National President and Dollie O'Neill, National Preident

Brothers and Sisters,

The National Councils of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma have adopted the following Guidelines for Membership Presentation Shows:

In order for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma to assist chapters with the membership process and to avoid potential problems, all chapters who engage in membership presentation shows (probate shows), regardless of the membership status of the members, must adhere to the following guidelines when presenting members.  These guidelines must be followed for the performance and rehearsal of any member presentation show.  Please remember that these shows should reflect the mission, values, and policies of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma.

  1. All Presentation Shows (Probates) must happen in accordance with proper University, Band Program and National Organization Policy and Regulations. Please contact your University Office of Student Affairs or Dean of Students Office to confirm your local campus and university policies prior to the execution of the probate.
  2. The Director of Bands or Chapter Sponsor must approve the show material and must be in attendance.
  3. Presentation of members must take place no more than thirty (30) calendar days after the members have been initiated into the organization or in accordance with your local university/college policy.
  4. If the presentation of members includes a need for space reservations, the local chapter must coordinate with appropriate campus offices and follow all university policies for organizing such an event. This includes, but is not limited to, space/venue reservations, sound restrictions, and other local university policies.
  5. All participants should not be forced to participate and must freely agree to participate in the probate.
  6. The show attire worn by the participants should not impede the ability of the participant to move, breathe, or see.
  7. There will be no vulgarity, sexual explicit material, or profanity. This includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate attire, sexually suggestive moves, cursing, profane gestures, or any material that is not in line with values of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma.
  8. There will be no verbal attacks, whether intentional or not (i.e dissing, calling out or slamming), on another individual or organization. This is not in line with values of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma.
  9. All alcoholic beverages and controlled substance laws/policies of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma, the state, province, county, city, institution of higher education, and band program must be followed during the event.
  10. All portions of the show must be in line with the National Hazing Policy of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma. No abuse will be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, slapping, kicking, spitting, punching, poking, caning, etc. (canes, paddles, staffs, sticks, etc. may be used as part of the performance, but may not be used as a weapon to harm another individual.)
  11. In the event of a fight or physical altercation during the presentation, those involved will be removed immediately, University Police will be contacted, and the students involved will be referred to the proper university office for disciplinary action. If a member of the presenting organization is involved, the presentation will be stopped immediately. Any issues should be reported immediately to the Director of Bands/Sponsor.
  12. The duration of the presentation will be no longer than one (1) hour total. The presenting organization will be responsible for ensuring the site used is left in its original condition after use.

Chapters are encouraged to send drafts of proposed Membership Presentation Shows (probates) to their District Governors/Counselors and/or the National Council for review prior to the execution of the probate to ensure that the show adheres to this policy and to the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma Hazing Policy.

A copy of these guidelines is available for download by clicking HERE.

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