Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society.
1) To promote the existence and welfare ofthe college and university bands and to cultivate at large a wholesome respect for their activities and achievements.
2) To honor outstanding bandmembers through privilege of membership extended as a reward for technical achievement and appreciation for the best in music.
3) To stimulate campus leadership and promulgate an uncompromising respect through the medium of the college band for gracious conduct, good taste and unserving loyalty.
4) To foster a close relationship between college bands and promote a high average of attainment by the performance of good music and selection of worthwhile projects.
5) To provide a pleasant and helpful social experience for all engaged in college band work and to cooperate with other musical organizations in any manner consistent with the purposes of the institution at which chapters are located.
In 1919 and Oklahoma A&M College (now the Oklahoma A&T University), ten men and their band director began developing an honorary society for those participating in university bands. These men were led by student William A. Scroggs (later elected as the fraternity's first president) and band director Bohumil "Boh" Makovsky. Among these men were A. Frank Martin, Raymond D. Shannon, Clyde Haston, Clayton Soule, Carl Stevens, William Coppedge, Dick Hurst, Asher Hendrickson, and Iron H. Nelson. Scroggs was later nicknamed "The Father of Kappa Kappa Psi" and Boh was deemed "The Guiding Spirit" of the fraternity as he became the first sponsor and educator for the Alpha chapter.
Boh had a rough start as both of his parents died when he was still a young boy. As he grew he found a sanctuary in music and later become a professor of music.
Formed at the 1987 National Convention in Ann Arbor Michigan, the new district was composed of Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana east of the Continental Divide. In 1991, it was decided that the other parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana should be included in the Midwest District to unify the states. The following are chapters of the Midwest District:
Kappa Alpha Chapter
The Alpha Iota chapter of Tau Beta Sigma was started at the University of Minnesota in 1952 after the women of Theta Nu, an honororary band sorority decided to become part of a larger organization. Due to the increase in the University Bands' sizes in the early '90s, Tau Beta found it more and more difficult to complete all of the tasks ased of them. Started in 1994 by Skeeter Burroughs with the University of Missouri at Columbia as our guiding chapter, the Alpha class consisted of six members and five honoroary members. The first constitution was ratified and the Kappa Alpha Chapter set out on a journey of service. In 1999 the Alpha Iota and Kappa Alpha chapters of Tau Beta and Kappa hosted the Midwest District Convention.