About Our Fraternity and Chapter What is Kappa Kappa Psi? Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity was founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University in 1919 to serve the College and University band programs. Who are we? Kappa 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 contacts. 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. Where are we located? The Fraternity is presently located at over 200 colleges and universities with 5,000 active members each year. 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. Service to Music and the National Intercollegiate. Chapters On 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. We are Kappa Kappa Psi The educational value to the student of participation in a smaller group's activities cannot be overemphasized. 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. Membership in Kappa Kappa Psi thus becomes an educational and service activity as well as 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. The Beta Sigma Chapter The Beta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded on January 21, 1950 at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. The chapter is currently 41 members strong and is continually growing and changing. The Beta Sigma chapter works very closely with the Tau chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Houston for the betterment of the bands and music through services such as: - Preparing water, ponchos, food, uniforms, and other various materials for the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band on game days. - Setting up for all indoor marching band, concert band, and jazz band rehearsals, as well as outdoor marching band rehearsals. - Hosting band functions, such as band banquet. - Bringing an incredible amount of Cougar Spirit to the Moores School of Music as well as to the entire student body at the university! The chapter also conducts other small services for the Moores School of Music and the students at the University of Houston by holding frequent bake sales and coffee sales in the lobby of the music school. Rush events are held annually during fall semesters and include events such as swimming parties, Freebirds nights, rec nights, Kappa Kappa Psi Olympics, and more. Rush events usually last an hour to two hours long and are generally held after marching band practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. The chapter meets weekly at the Moores School of Music to discuss fraternity business as well as music and university bands related business.
Kappa Kappa Psi - Beta Sigma Chapter, University of Houston
120 School Of Music Bldg. Houston, TX 77004