About Us

Who we are and what we do. 

Chapter History

The history of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi is one that should be well noted. Originally the band at the University of Washington was made up of men from the military service. Deciding that Kappa Kappa Psi agreed with many of their ideals that they held on what a band should be, on December 16, 1920, the University of Washington became the third school in the fraternity's history to join, making it the Gamma chapter. The first class was 20 men large and the fraternity enjoyed 10 years of prosperity at the school. Then, around 1930, for unknown reasons, the chapter was discontinued. The most likely reason for this is that there was a large change in leadership within the band program and the need for the chapter was probably diminished.

In the early nineties, however, students of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band brought a new interest in reforming the chapter that had been disbanded. Led by student leaders Jim Cabral, Jason Berman, Matt Winberry, Amy Painter, Tonya May, Amanda Chandler, Adam Smith, Douglas Smith, Amy Bower and Michael Farthing, the chapter was recolonized on July 10, 1993, by the brothers at California Polytechnic State University (Iota Pi) with large help from Iota Gamma at Washington State.

In 1994, Dr. J. Brad McDavid, a life member, became the director of the Marching Band and has only helped the chapter to grow. Since then, the chapter has been attaining great numbers and has increasingly been reaching out to the community through its members. Recently the chapter has won awards on the district as well as the national level for service towards bands. In 2001, the helped plan and lead the first ever Western District Convention for Colonization in Portland, OR. The Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will see a long future in front of it. 

KKY Creed

We the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, believe that service to a 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.

 

KKY Mission Statement

Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through the dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society.