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Kappa Kappa Psi
The Coat of Arms of Kappa Kappa Psi
Founded November 27, 1919 (1919-11-27) (90 years ago)
Oklahoma A&M College, now called Oklahoma State University
Type Recognition[1]
Scope National
Motto Strive for the highest
Colors      Blue


Flower Red Carnation
Chapters 189 active
Headquarters Stillwater Station, P.O. Box 849
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Homepage http://www.kkpsi.org

Kappa Kappa Psi is a national honorary band fraternity dedicated to serving college and university bands. The fraternity, headquartered at the historic Stillwater Station in Stillwater, Oklahoma, numbers more than 5000 active members on more than 200 campuses, and more than 45,000 alumni. Since 1947, Kappa Kappa Psi has recognized Tau Beta Sigma as "an equal affiliated organization with a parallel purpose, function and role in the college and university band setting," and the two organizations hold joint conventions.



Kappa Kappa Psi was founded on November 27, 1919 by ten members of the Oklahoma A & M College (later to be known as Oklahoma State University) Band, led by William Alexander Scroggs and the band director and mentor, Bohumil Makovsky. The other founding members were A. Frank Martin, Raymond D. Shannon, Clyde Haston, Clayton E. Soule, Carl A. Stevens, William H. Coppedge, Dick Hurst, Asher Hendrickson, and Iron Hawthorne Nelson. Kappa Kappa Psi was for many years an exclusively male fraternity, though Title IX led the organization to become co-ed in the late 1970s.

Kappa Kappa Psi has grown tremendously in the past ten years, doubling in membership as well as number of chapters.


Ties to other organizations

In addition to the close relationship with Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi has historical and current relationships with several other organizations.

  • Five of the ten Kappa Kappa Psi founders were members of Lambda Chi Alpha.[2]
  • One of Kappa Kappa Psi's founding fathers (Raymond Shannon) was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia[3], and Kappa Kappa Psi has had varied relationships with that fraternity. At some schools, conflicts have occurred between chapters of the two fraternities, as they recruit from and attempt to serve similar (though not identical) groups. In 2005, multiple joint statements were issued by the leadership of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, along with Tau Beta Sigma and Sigma Alpha Iota, affirming "that there are equally important roles for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma to fulfill on any campus where our chapters mutually exist, now or in the future. Each organization possesses a distinct mission and, as a result, fulfills a unique and vital role in the musical environment of a college campus" and that "A member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia or Sigma Alpha Iota can hold simultaneous membership in Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma, subject to his/her own interests and the eligibility requirements of the other organizations. The same holds true for a member of Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma with regard to membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia or Sigma Alpha Iota."[4]


Kappa Kappa Psi is divided into seven geographical areas known as districts. These are the Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Midwest, Southwest, Western, and International Districts (a hypothetical district comprising all chapters outside the United States, although there are not and never have been any such). Each district is led by one or more Governors appointed by the National President, as well as a council elected from and by the members of the Districts.

National leadership

National Headquarters staff

  • Executive Director: Lt. Col. Alan Bonner, USAF (ret.)
  • National Headquarters Office Manager and Accountant: Diana Spiva
  • National Membership Services Coordinator: Debbie Morris
  • National Publications Manager: Jake Burke
  • National Headquarters Alumni, Chapter, and Colony Affairs Coordinators: Aaron Moore
  • National Development Coordinator: Preston Ramsey
  • Chapter Field Representatives (KKΨ): Adam Bates


National Officers

All national officers serve a two year term, from the close of one national convention to the close of the next. The National Vice President for Professional Relations is appointed by the new National President, the National Vice President for Colonization and Membership assumes the presidency upon approval by a simple majority vote, and all other officers are elected at the convention. Generally National Officers do not serve successive terms in the same position, although there is no rule against this. The recent past and current national officers of Kappa Kappa Psi are:[6]

Term National President National Vice President for Colonization and Membership National Vice President for Programs (before 1993 known as National Secretary-Treasurer) National Vice President for Student Affairs (before 1991 known as National Member at Large) National Vice President for Professional Relations
1989–1991 Kenneth Corbett Stanley G. Finck Melvin Miles Steve Nelson Dr. Michael Golemo
1991–1993 Stanley G. Finck Melvin Miles Tim Greenwell Scott Stowell John Madden
1993–1995 Melvin Miles Timothy J. Greenwell, Jr. Scott Stowell John Finocchiaro Herschel Beasley
1995–1997 Timothy J. Greenwell Jr. Scott Stowell Dr. Malinda Matney Dr. Kirk Randazzo Dr. Michael Golemo
1997–1999 Scott Stowell Dr. Michael Golemo Dr. Kirk Randazzo Mike Osborn Al Sergel, III
1999–2001 Dr. Michael Golemo Dr. Kirk Randazzo Mike Osborn Jerome Jackson Al Sergel, III
2001–2003 Dr. Kirk Randazzo Mike Osborn Deb Eakins Anthony E. Roscoe Dr. Rod Chesnutt
2003–2005 Mike Osborn Dr. Rod Chesnutt Michelle Kincheloe Derrick Mills William Johnson
2005–2007 Dr. Rod Chesnutt Dr. Malinda M. Matney Derrick Mills Adam Cantley Dr. Richard A. Greenwood
2007–2009 Dr. Malinda M. Matney Derrick Mills Adam Cantley Jason Morris Dr. Bruce Moss
2009–2011 Derrick Mills Adam Cantley Christine Beason Jack Lee Dr. Bruce Moss

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected at each convention for a four-year term, with three seats coming open at each convention. The Immediate Past National President automatically receives a seat for two-years.[7]

  • Michael Osborn, chair
  • Dr. Rod Chesnutt, vice chair
  • Dr. Michael Golemo
  • Chris Haughee
  • Dr. Kirk Randazzo
  • Dr. Malinda Matney, Immediate Past National President
  • Derrick Mills, ex-officio

District Governors

District Governors are appointed by the National President and, like national officers, serve a term from one national convention to the next. It is not uncommon for a Governor to be reappointed to multiple successive terms.[8]

Northeast District:

  • Marie Burleigh
  • Dr. Hubert Toney

Southeast District:

  • Dr. David O'Shields
  • Phil Rubin

North Central District:

  • Jon Waters
  • Rod Whiteman

Midwest District:

  • Denali Alt
  • Anthony Falcone

Southwest District:

  • Danny George
  • Fred Velez

Western District:

  • Tanya Marsh
  • Dr. Brad Townsend

Prominent members

Bill Clinton, a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, served as the 41st President of the United States of America.

Music programs are a large and visible part of a university's population, especially as far as marching bands are concerned. Many men and women have seen Kappa Kappa Psi as a way to be a prominent member of their band and to serve these programs. Several members have gone on to become very accomplished members of society whose works make them some of the most well-known people in modern times. Neil Armstrong, a member of the Purdue chapter and alumnus of the Purdue All-American Marching Band, was the first man to step foot on the moon. He took his membership pin with him to the moon and subsequently placed it on display in Purdue's music center.[9] Lauro Cavazos was the first Hispanic appointed to a cabinet-level position within the United States government (Secretary of Education from 1988 to 1990). Bill Clinton, also a brother, became the Governor of Arkansas and eventually served two terms as the President of the United States.

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