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.
Be it known that
Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary fraternity for college bandmembers,
is an organization operating exclusively in the field of the college and
university bands, and for the following several purposes:
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.
To honor outstanding bandmembers through privilege of membership
extended as a reward for technical achievement and appreciation for
the best in music.
stimulate campus leadership and promulgate an uncompromising respect
through the medium of the college band for gracious conduct, good
taste, and unswerving loyalty.
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.
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.
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.
With a dedicated
spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to
become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal
Kappa Kappa Psi
Fraternal Code of Conduct
Brothers of Kappa
Kappa Psi are looked to as role models and leaders by other members in
the band and on campus. We can never know who is watching our actions or
who will be affected by our deeds. It is therefore essential that we
present positive qualities at all times. Being a Brother is not a part
time commitment. As such, the example we set should shine constantly to
inspire others. The following qualities define Brothers of Kappa Kappa
Psi. These qualities described Bohumil Makovsky, our Guiding Spirit. By
following Boh's example, we will teach and inspire others, as he taught
and inspired our Founding Fathers.
conduct themselves with honor at all times. Our service to college and
university bands serves as an example to others. We should take pride in
these accomplishments and not let anything tarnish our honorable
The character of
our brotherhood is based upon the principles of decency and sincerity.
Our impeccable integrity lets others know we can always be trusted to
keep our word.
others is a cornerstone of Kappa Kappa Psi. Our diverse membership is an
asset that cannot be taken for granted. Using this strength to our
advantage requires respect for others and their points of view. In
return, we earn the respect from others by treating them as equals.
Service to band
programs and the Fraternity require people who are devoted to those
organizations. Working together is the key to achieving our goals. Being
loyal and dependable is therefore essential to our success.
of Kappa Kappa Psi
and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
We believe that
there are important roles for both Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha to
fill on the many campuses where chapters of the two organizations now
exist or will exist in the foreseeable future. We discourage mutual
exclusivity of membership and disavow the existence of any
interpretation of national policy requiring such exclusivity within
We believe that
each group must recognize its own inherent inability to fill the other's
role yet acknowledge in each other an undeniable similarity of
purposes. Such awareness leads to the fostering of mutual cooperation
and, we believe, will aid in the attainment of our respective goals.
Joint Statement of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma,
Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
We firmly believe 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. It is not
acceptable for any of our organizations' members, chapters, or local
leaders to take actions that would inhibit the creation or success of
any of these organizations at any campus. We believe it is important
that the members of our organizations recognize and respect each group's
purpose, rich history, and valued place in the framework of colleges and
universities throughout the country. Furthermore, we expect our members
to demonstrate their respect for each other through genuine friendships
and honest cooperation to further the advancement of music and the
success of our respective goals.
Joint membership in more than one of
our organizations is permissible, subject to only two simple
requirements: 1) the single-gender membership of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
and Sigma Alpha Iota, and 2) the prohibition of joint, Active membership
in both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. 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.
The national leaders of Phi Mu Alpha
Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma expect
that all members will work to maintain a consistently positive
inter-fraternal spirit. We encourage all of our members to honor this
commitment as each of our organizations seeks to provide an excellent