Some of our brothers met up with our big bro chapter, Iota Alpha, and our little bro chapter, Lambda Psi, at DCI West this past Sunday at Stanford Stadium! We hope to see everyone again at SD4!
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This weekend, Iota Pi had the pleasure to host our annual Band Leadership Conference, also known as BLC. Beginning in 2013, this event is put on by our own brothers, who plan, coordinate, and conduct leadership and musicianship workshops at Cal Poly. This year, workshops include topics on constructive criticism and feedback, leading a sectional, time management and goal setting, and marching tips. Workshops are then followed by a reading band, where brothers can play alongside conference attendees. BLC is geared towards high school students in San Luis Obispo County who are musicians aspiring to be leaders. Sarah Wattenberg, this year’s conference chair, stated that this festival’s importance and goal is, “to make music have a positive influence on high schools kids in hopes that they want to continue after high school.” We hope that this conference has been successful in continuing music following their secondary education, and cannot wait to host next year’s conference.
Band Leadership Conference 2016, featuring brothers Alec Marnoch (left) and Noah Scanlan (right).
Iota Pi is proud to announce that our current President, Micky “malibu” Welther, has been selected to become the Western District Secretary-Treasurer! She is in her third year at Cal Poly for statistics with a focus on actuarial science and she is the color guard captain in the Mustang Band. Her goal in her new position is to focus on reaching out to connect the district with individual chapters. Micky says that, “officers can bring new ideas to their chapters if they are open to ask questions and gather insight from others … the option to reach out to brothers with the same duties is valuable.” She also wants to generate a comprehensive list of all fundraising projects by all chapters as well as a set of resources for templates of minutes for other serving as Recording Secretary.
Micky currently serves as our chapter President and in the past has served as the chapter Recording Secretary. She shows a consistent enthusiasm for serving the Cal Poly bands and the music community in San Luis Obispo. We are very happy that she will be involved with the district in this way and are excited to see what she will do! Micky is always striving to improve the chapter and we have no doubt that she will continue to help improve Kappa Kappa Psi on a national level.
Whether he’s playing in Cal Poly ensembles or leading musicianship projects for the chapter, Max Rosenberg truly embodies what it means to be a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Max recently won the Ideal Active Achievement Award at WDC, and Iota Pi couldn’t be prouder. Max is one of the chairs of the Music Committee, and is always willing to lend a hand to any committee or brother. Max said that “putting care into musicianship and music in the community is why [he] joined KKPsi,” and credits former Music Committee chair Rose Doylemason with inspiring him to lead Music Committee to new heights. As co-chair of the Music Committee, “Max has worked hard to elevate the musicianship of brothers and band members through various activities that educate all of us to strive for a higher level of musicality,” said Teresa Marcial, his grandlittle. “His commitment to a high standard of musical attainment serves as a shining example to the rest of the chapter.”
In addition to contributing to Iota Pi’s activities, Max excels in his academics. He has recently been accepted into the Aerospace Engineering Blended Program which means he will graduate with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Cal Poly within five years. Thank you, Max, for your service to Iota Pi, the band program, and for always striving for the highest.
Article by Kellen Fujishin, AΔ
On Sunday, our brothers hosted a clinic on good practicing techniques. Some of the topics covered were how to increase tempo, figuring out rhythms, and good breathing techniques. Sean Gonzales covered brass techniques, Max Rosenberg covered woodwind techniques, and Daniel Humphrey covered percussion techniques.
This past weekend, some brothers of Iota Pi traveled to Boise, Idaho to attend the annual Western District Convention. Most of our brothers decided to make a road trip out of it!
Along the way, we stopped in Fresno, Granite Bay, and Reno to visit friends and family, and of course to eat!
Once we got to Boise, the convention had our full attention. Some of us participated in workshops and activities, while the rest of us were serving as members of committees such as Nominations, Jurisdiction, and Convention Site committees.
Of course, no Kappa Kappa Psi convention could go by without music! This year, instead of the usual reading band, brothers got to participate in the first Western District Ensemble Clinic. The ensemble was made up of brothers and local high school students who wanted to get a taste of college level musical performance. The clinic was led by D.O.B. Marcellus Brown and Phil Hartman.
Most importantly, we got to make many new friends and see our old friends. We found a new companionship with the Theta chapter (see: TH-TH-TH-THETA), as well as strengthening the bond of the Bromuda Triangle (quadrangle(?)).
Special thanks to the Iota Kappa chapter for putting on a wonderful WDC! AEA and MLITB from the brothers of Iota Pi!
Article by Sean Gonzales, AB
Today marks 25 years since Iota Pi was founded. To celebrate, our friends at the Gamma chapter made their own rendition of one of our Mustang Band cheers:
Thank you for the birthday wishes, Gamma!
Iota Pi is proud to present our Fall 2016 Newsletter! This edition was put together by brothers Teresa Marcial and Max Rosenberg, with additional help from brothers Micky Welther, Sean Gonzales, Emma Gracyk, and Katelyn Dietz. You can read the newsletter here.
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma marked the end of the 2013-2015 biennium with our national convention in Lexington, Kentucky. From July 28th to August 2nd brothers and sisters from across the country came together to get down to business. This biennium, Iota Pi had the honor of being one of the Chapter Leadership Finalists, a distinction that Kayla and I discovered was not to be taken lightly. In his final report, the committee chair of the Chapter Leadership committee stated that over sixty chapters were deemed eligible for the award this round, but the finalist selection process this biennium would be far more refined. Chapters were actually investigated and scrutinized in order to ensure that only the very best of Kappa Kappa Psi was selected.
The overall convention seemed like a mammoth district event filled with workshops, concerts, and caucusing. The first large obstacle was seating delegates for every single chapter (over 300 chapters have been founded since Alpha in 1919). Kayla Pedrani was our delegate for Iota Pi (seated in the back corner, I guess we’re still not that old) and Nu Nu (University of Alabama) will forever hold a place in my heart as I became their proxy. Once all the delegates that showed up were seated, attendance was taken and proxy candidates were established (like me). This whole process took a thrilling two and a half hours. These seats were our second home for the rest of convention.
The second day of convention, Kayla and I set up our poster, decorated our table, and talked to people who stopped to ask about our chapter, curious about our successes. It was interesting listening to other people share the struggles their own chapter faces. Many brothers were simply eager to learn from others and see how they could break away from bad habits. One unique trait of National Convention is the abundance of “old” people, actual real adults (alumni). Christine Beeson (now Immediate Past National President) asked brothers in attendance how many National Conventions they have attended. There were brothers who had attended over ten National Conventions over some 20 years! That’s more years of Kappa Kappa Psi than I have been alive.
National Convention also brings you closer to your district. As the week progressed it was kind of easy to see how the West is the “black sheep” district. Not that we were ashamed of it at all. Through our caucusing, we got to know each other while still discussing each national issue and proposal carefully. There were many big topics brought to the table, including a raise in dues, the slate for national council, the timing of the slate for the national council, as well as policy changes to the investigation of chapters and even individual brothers. Overall, the convention was a success and a very worthwhile experience for every brother and sister in attendance. It allowed us brothers to meet other brothers from across the country and bond more with sisters while developing friendships that might not have happened anywhere else.
Article by Katelyn Dietz, AB