About Iota Pi
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.
What is Kappa Kappa Psi?
Kappa Kappa Psi is a group of band members who dedicate themselves to band service and share a deep love for music and the arts. Officially, we are an honorary band fraternity that acts as a student service and leadership recognition society and that serves all of the Cal Poly Bands as well as the local music community. In short, we are a group of enthusiastic and dedicated students who do everything that we can to promote the continued existence and welfare of the bands at our university and in our community.
Iota Pi is the local chapter of the organization at Cal Poly. We were established in 1992 by our former sponsor, William Johnson, and 14 members of the Cal Poly Bands (including the notorious LEN), and we have been actively involved in the inner workings of the bands since our installation.
What do you do?
The Iota Pi chapter organizes a number of service events throughout the year. We fix music stands, repair instruments, set up the stages for concerts and practice fields for rehearsals, clean the band room, organize the music library, and administrate many large events, such as the annual Cal Poly All-State Music Festival, our very own 5/10K Run for Music, and the 73rd National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association, held in 2007 in San Luis Obispo. In the community, we’ve played with the SLO High School Tiger Band and promoted music to the local youth through our Musical Petting Zoo, among other things.
We also host numerous social events for the bands and for the fraternity. Favorites include the annual Musicians’ Ball, the All-Band BBQ, post-concert receptions, games of Capture the Flag and Assassin, video scavenger hunts, and LAN/Board Game/Movie parties.
We have also been known to play in the bands from time to time.
Are there other chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi?
Yes! There are 15 chapters in the Western District alone, including those at UCLA, Fresno State, Washington, Arizona, San Jose State, and (our newest addition) University of Nevada, Reno. Nationwide, there are about 200 chapters. There are also many chapters of our sister sorority, Tau Beta Sigma, although we do not have one at Cal Poly.
Iota Pi is very active on the district and national levels (we’re occasionally known as “the road tripping chapter”). We most recently traveled to San Diego for the California State Day, LA for the Western District Convention, and to Springfield, MA for the 2014 National Convention. We have also been named one of the top chapters in the country by consistently receiving the national Chapter Leadership Award.
Why should I join?
KKPsi provides numerous leadership opportunities for students, ranging from buying popsicles for the Mustang Band to running the entire All-State Music Festival. And even though we maintain strict no-hazing, no-alcohol, and no-discrimination policies, we preserve the aspects of a social fraternity, providing our members with an unforgettable bonding experience with some of the most dedicated people you’ll ever meet.
How much time would I have to commit?
Our policy is school first, then the bands, and then KKPsi. Membership in the fraternity is meant to be a privilege, not a life sentence. Actives are required only to attend the weekly fraternity meetings, held on Sundays at 7 p.m. Beyond that, Actives can participate in as much or as little as they choose (but, of course, you get out of it what you put in).
How do I join?
Get involved! During fall quarter, we plan a number of recruitment events so you can learn more about what it means to be a Brother of KKΨ. We also want to get to know you on a more personal level, and hope that you’ll begin getting to know us as well. You can find all the recruitment events on our Google Calendar, or check the physical calendar posted in the display board outside the band room. If you’re excited to serve the bands, we want you to attend!
During fall quarter, our President, our Vice President, and a few of our Active members meet those who are interested in joining individually for a formal interview. Those who are selected for membership are invited to join the year’s education class.
The education class meets weekly during the winter quarter to learn the history and inner workings of the national fraternity, the district, and our chapter. They also organize and participate in a few projects together. Again, we adhere strictly to a no-hazing policy, and members of the education class can drop out of the program at any time if they find that our organization isn’t right for them. After all of the projects are completed, the membership candidates are initiated as Active Brothers.
Where can I find more information?
Any of our Actives would love to talk to you about the fraternity, so just ask any of us, or contact our President, Michaelynn Welther, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the national website at www.kkpsi.org.
We hope you’ll come and see if Kappa Kappa Psi is right for you. See you this fall!
The Brothers of Iota Pi
Kappa Kappa Psi