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KKPsi & TBSigma

Volume 13, Number 4
January 23, 2012

Editor: Nick Smith
Publications Manager

News from Headquarters

Welcome Back

As you enter into your Winter semesters, make sure you continue to work hard and prepare for what is sure to be another great semester as brothers and sisters. Study hard and make sure that you register for your district conventions on time! You never want to miss an opportunity to learn more about leadership, music and better ways to serve.

Wishing you another successful semester,
Zac Humphrey, Evan Thompson, Nick Smith, Dale Croston, Aaron Moore, Debbie Morris, Di Spiva & Alan Bonner


Submissions for the Fall 2012 issue are officially due May 1st. Be sure to start thinking now about what you wish to write about and have those articles, pictures and posts sent our way SOONER rather than later! Any questions? You can always e-mail our publications manager Nick and ask.

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/Multimedia Designer
Nick Smith

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Zac Humphrey

Kappa Kappa Psi National Chapter Field Representative:
Evan Thompson



KKPsi AA Encore Newsletter

Keynotes Online Magazine

Con Selmer Institute

Wind and Rhythm

Do You Want to be a CFR?
by the National Headquarters Staff


Kappa Kappa Psi is looking for talented and dedicated brothers to serve as the next National Chapter Field Representatives (CFRs). This job gives you the ultimate opportunity to give back to our organization as the official representative of the Fraternity. CFRs travel around the country visiting dozens of chapters, thousands of brothers and working with students to benefit the Fraternity and college bands across the nation. The Fraternity is looking for brothers available to start in the Summer of 2012.

For more information on how to be come a CFR and more details on what's involved go to and download the official CFR flyer.

Happy New Year from the Con Selmer Institute
by Con Selmer

The 2012 Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI) is sure to be a favorite. We have discussions and a concert lined up with the CANADIAN BRASS! Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser is at the helm presenting several clinics throughout the four days and available at every meal. The staff is unbelievable and includes educators such as Paula Crider, Frank Tracz, Richard Saucedo, Marcia Neel, Frank Troyka, Dean Westman, Amanda Drinkwater and many more. The keynote speaker this year is Michael Kumer, Principal of Boards, MTO (Made to Order). This is a conference that is geared toward both college students with a college track and teachers from zero experience to 30+ years experience in a teacher track. It touches on all levels including elementary, middle school and high school music. All teachers including band, orchestra, choir and general music will benefit from these outstanding clinicians. There are educational clinics throughout the day about all of your hot topics including recruiting; retention; staying fresh in the field; dealing with administrators, parents, students and boosters; programming; teaching out of your comfort zone; and giving each student the best education possible. There is a reading band of approximately 150 musicians sponsored by Hal Leonard, exhibitor booths the entire conference, plant tours of the Bach Plant and Selmer woodwind plant, "Skull Sessions" which are smaller question and answer sessions with faculty, one-on-one time with the faculty on a first come first serve sign-up basis, performances with the Canadian Brass, meals with the faculty, Tai Chi with Paula Crider and much more.

The early bird registration is only $199.00 which includes housing at double occupancy, all meals and instruction. You can't beat this price!
Register now at!

This year you have the option for additional add-ons which include extra night stays, single occupancy dorm room or single occupancy hotel room. Just add them on for an additional cost at the end of your registration. This conference is perfect for getting Professional Development hours and college credit available through Ball State University, Bethel College and VanderCook College of Music.

All of us at the Conn-Selmer Division of Education wish you the BEST in 2012!

TBΣ National Awards Due March 1st
by TBΣ National Council and Board of Trustees


Your deadline for turning in awards applications is March 1st - meaning you have a little over one month to get all of your materials turned in.

For all of the information you need on National awards, including the applications and what all should be turned in with them go to, or for more information on the National Scholarships go to

We look forward to seeing your applications and to awarding these great awards in the near future!

The Loss of Francis McBeth
from Adam Cantley, National President, KKΨ

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,

The National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi was sad to hear of the passing the great American composer W. Francis McBeth. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues as we all mourn the loss of legend in wind band community.

Mr. McBeth shared a great relationship with Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. He served as the commissioned composer for the 1971 National Intercollegiate Band which premiered his work The Seventh Seal for wind bands. He also holds honorary memberships with the Alpha Chi, Beta Nu, Sigma, Lambda, Gamma Phi, Epsilon Theta, Beta Sigma, Beta Kappa, and Alpha Omicron chapters of the fraternity. In recognition of his years of excellence in composition to wind bands, Kappa Kappa Psi awarded W. Fracis McBeth the Distinguished Service to Music Medal. This award remains the highest honor that Kappa Kappa Psi can bestow on any individual.

There is not a single individual in college bands that has not been exposed to the work of W. Francis McBeth. His legacy will live on through his music for eternity. Kappa Kappa Psi was fortunate to have had a relationship with him during his life.


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