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Mission:

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.

Purposes of Kappa Kappa Psi:

Be it known that Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Band-members, is an organization operating exclusively in the field of the college and university bands, and for the following several purposes:

  1. To promote the existence and welfare of the 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 unswerving 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.

Creed:

We, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, believe that service to the college or university band program fosters responsibility, loyalty, and leadership; that a spirit of brotherhood is enhanced by the participation in a band program; that music is a universal language and truly the greatest of the arts; and that through fraternal participation, each member will strive for the highest.

Alpha Omega History

Founding

The Alpha Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was installed at the University of Pittsburgh on February 14th, 1948, becoming the forty-eighth chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. The initiation of 21 members and 1 honorary member was presented by the Eta Chapter from Ohio State University. The installation was presided over by Brother Bernard McGregor, director of the West Virginia University band and counselor of District X of Kappa Kappa Psi.

The 21 founding members are: Earl E Allen Jr, Robert G Anderson, John A Baldinger Jr, George S Brosky, Walter M Edge Jr, William J Farrell, Carl W Feick Jr, William W Focer, John W Hanks, Harry V Herlinger Jr, William M Katz, Earl R Kopsofsky, J Edward Lee, W Creighton McClintock, Charles A Rickmond, Robert H Smith, James J Scannell Jr., Norbert Shanblatt, Murray K Weber, Calvin C Williams, and their director, Robert L Arthur, as an honorary.

In 1978, the Alpha Omega chapter disbanded.

Re-Founding

On April 14th, 1996, Alpha Omega was re-installed by the Epsilon Phi chapter from Clarion University.

The Refounding Members are: Timothy Keller (Red Line Founder), Jason Lytle (Maroon Line Founder), Jeff Lytle (Hunter Green Line Founder), Scott McConnell (Black Line Founder), Joseph Mills (Silver Line Founder), Joseph Romano (Purple Line Founder), Anthony Roscoe (Kelly Green Line Founder), Tina Eaves (Tan Line Founder), Richard Trouton (White Line Founder), Gregory Wheeler (Gold Line Founder).

Our Little Brother Chapters:

  • Epsilon Phi at Clarion University (1970).
  • Kappa Rho at Duquesne University (2001).
  • Nu Gamma at Robert Morris University (2012).
  • Nu Zeta at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2013).

Alpha Omega in the NED

Our chapter mascot has been the rubber ducky since the 1996 NED convention at the University of Massachusetts. We are located in the central precinct of the Northeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi. We have hosted precinct convention in 1999, 2007, 2013, and 2017. We have also hosted NED Convention in 1959, 1971, and 2002.

Alpha Omega alumni who have served as District Officers:
  • Robert L. Ace Arthur : District XI Governor from 1950 to 1952.
  • Francis Helmeczi : Vice President 1958.
  • Charles Schlotter : Secretary/Treasurer 1970.
  • Ken Finn : President 1973.
  • Anthony Roscoe : Hstorian/Alumni Liaison spring of 1998 and President from 1998 to 1999.
  • Greg Mikolajczyk : President from 1999 to 2000.
  • Jenn Thompkins : Member at Large 2001.
Alpha Omega and our alumni have won a number of awards, including:
  • William A. Scroggs Founder's Trophy : 1999, 2017.
  • Chapter Leadership Award : 1997-1999, 1999-2001, and 2005-2007.
  • Distinguished Service to Music Medal:
  • Robert Ace Arthur for Instrumental Music Education : 1969-1971.
  • Jack R. Anderson for Marching Band : 2005-2007.
  • A. Frank Martin Award
  • Silver Baton Award

Dr. Jack B. Anderson ′Doc′ Award

Every year, Alpha Omega awards the ′Doc′ Award to a non-brother who exemplifies the purpose of Kappa Kappa Psi through leadership and service to the band.The award includes an honorary membership to ΚΚΨ

Recipients of the ′Doc′ Award:

  • 1995 - Jeff JEFAR Farr
  • 1996 - Pete Chambers
  • 1997 - Ryan Minster
  • 1998 - Kim Steel
  • 1999 - Kim Heller
  • 2000 - Jeff Miles
  • 2001 - Carl Stapley
  • 2002 - Jason Donovan
  • 2003 - Will Lynes
  • 2004 - Kelly Petruno
  • 2005 - Jeremy Herrman
  • 2006 - John Mascio
  • 2007 - Brian Nicholas
  • 2008 - Mallory Wauthier
  • 2009 - Griffin Butt
  • 2010 - Gillian Schyuler
  • 2011 - Frank McClard
  • 2012 - Paul Bowers
  • 2013 - Matt Alosi
  • 2014 - Nicholas Oberlies
  • 2015 - Donald Cramer
  • 2016 - Paul Rush

Contact

President Morgan McArthur: mgm61@pitt.edu

Executive Vice President of Service Kim Hosan: kjh86@pitt.edu

Vice President of Membership Jessica Hampton: jeh188@pitt.edu

Secretary Michael Buckstein: mbuckstein@kkpsi.org

Treasurer Anthony Imhof: aji8@pitt.edu

Historian/Alumni Liaison Brad Munson: brad_munson@kkpsi.org

Chapter Email: alphaomega@kkpsi.org