Edited by Azizi Powell
This post provides information about Kappa Kappa Psi. This post also showcases five videos of the stepping and strolling performance styles of a few of that organization's Black chapters or predominately Black chapters.
Another featured video showcases an example of members of Kappa Kappa Psi singing their national hymn and the last featured videos shows members of Kappa Kappa Psi serenading a member's bride and then stepping at the wedding reception.
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INFORMATION ABOUT KAPPA KAPPA PSI
"Kappa Kappa Psi (ΚΚΨ), National Honorary Band Fraternity. Over 300 chapters have been established in the United States since 1919, which are organized into six separate districts."
Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity (ΚΚΨ, colloquially referred to as KKPsi), is a fraternity for college and university band members in the United States. It was founded on November 27, 1919 at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Kappa Kappa Psi primarily operates as a recognition society providing service, leadership opportunities, and social programming for band members. Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, has been recognized as a sister organization since 1947, and the two organizations share National Headquarters in Stillwater Station, a converted historical Santa Fe rail depot that was purchased by the fraternity and sorority in 1991.
Since 1919, more than 66,000 men and women have been initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi, with nearly 6,000 collegiate members active today. Members of Kappa Kappa Psi include President Bill Clinton; astronaut Neil Armstrong; chancellor and eleventh president of Indiana University, Herman B Wells; composers John Williams and John Philip Sousa; conductor William Revelli; and jazz pianist and bandleader Count Basie.
…May 1957 saw the first chapters at historically black universities: On May 19, the Delta Alpha chapter at Langston University was installed; three days later, the Gamma Omega chapter was established at Texas Southern University.
... The first women to join the fraternity were sisters of the Sigma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Arizona State University, who merged with the Beta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi after a unanimous vote of both organizations. These women were Patricia A. Childress, Lydia L. Lennon, Leslie A. Anderson, Mary L. Duffala, Mary M. Ketterer, Kristina M. Zipsnis, Clara M. Bertilson, and Toni Ryon, who were initiated into Beta Omicron on August 26, 1977. On August 27, Lea F. Fuller was initiated. The first woman to participate in the formal probationary membership process and become a member of Kappa Kappa Psi was Darragh Hill Young, who was initiated into the Beta Tau chapter at Wichita State University on September 1, 1977.....
The Fraternity Hymn was written by brother Scott Jeffrey Heckstall Jr. when he was a prospective member of the Eta Gamma chapter in 1977. Heckstall had wanted to be a charter member, but was not chosen. Heckstall was encouraged to rush, and he recalled that as part of his rush process, a couple of brothers took him to a piano and told him, "We know that you play [piano] in church. We need a fraternity hymn. We'll give you three hours, and you sit over there and come up with a hymn. We'll come back in three hours, and we expect a hymn." Heckstall recalled the hymn Someday (Beams of Heaven As I Go) by Charles Albert Tindley and changed a few words—for example, "Beams of Heaven as I go through this wilderness below" became "K K Psi, as we go through this wilderness here below." The brothers of Eta Gamma were satisfied with Heckstall's hymn.
Years later, the hymn was presented to the brotherhood assembled at the 1995 National Convention and accepted as the national fraternity hymn. Blue and white are the fraternity's official colors. The fraternity flower is a red carnation, so chosen because it was founder William Scroggs's favorite flower."...
A performance of Kappa Kappa Psi's fraternity hymn is found in the video given below as Example #3.
While Kappa Kappa Psi isn't a historically Black Greek letter fraternity, I've included the "Black fraternity and sorority stepping" tag below because Kappa Kappa Psi's stepping (hopping), strolling, probate shows, and other organization features are similar to those historically Black organizations, although they also add their own signature moves such as "loose neckin'" and "skate" to stepping & strolling traditions.
Example #1: Kappa Kappa Psi - Zeta Psi hopping at Homecoming
James Drake Uploaded on Nov 9, 2010
The brothers of the Zeta Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. party hopping during the Homecoming drumline tunnel at Virginia State University
Example #2: Kappa Kappa Psi
ktg778 Uploaded on Apr 8, 2011
Kappa Kappa Psi strolling at Valdosta State University. Lambda Omicron chapter April 8, 2011
Example #3: KKPsi Hymn
Ahandful ofIdiots Published on Apr 25, 2012
The hand holding style that is used for this song is the same as way singers join hands while singing the civil rights song "We Shall Overcome". I've also found other YouTube videos of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a Black Greek letter sorority using the same hand holding style while singing their Sweetheart song.
Example #4: 2012 UMD Block Show: Kappa Kappa Psi
Shegaw Mekonen Published on May 7, 2012
The brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity's Gamma Xi chapter perform at the 2012 University of Maryland Block Show
Example #5: Rowden Wedding Bruhs Sangin Delta Psi Chapter Hymn
Marcus Rowden Published on Mar 27, 2013
Bruhs Sangin, Looseneckin and Steppin at my wedding.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQVQKe-2Lfc for another video of that fraternity serenading and stepping. That video identified the fraternity as Kappa Kappa Psi (Prairie View A&M University). Here's the summary of that video: "Marcus and the Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi (PV) serenade Mrs. Rowden! Then they get a loose neck and hump back!"
"Sangin[g]" is a African American Vernacular English present tense form of the word "sing". That definition of "sang" means "to sing very well, especially to sing soulfully very well".
Example #6: NC A&T KAPPA KAPPA PSI at the 2015 Honda Battle of the bands Social
DMCash Published on Jan 31, 2015
Example #7:. Kappa Kappa Psi, Zeta Phi Chapter 2016 Bowl N Stroll
Stefan Smith Published on Jan 31, 2016
All 3 rounds of the Tuskegee University chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi winning performance at the 2016 Bowl N Stroll in Atlanta, Ga
for a video example of a Kappa Kappa Psi probate (a show introducing new members of that organization to the public.) Notice how much that probate is like those performed by historically Black Greek letter organizations.
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