Congratulations to the 2017 Oregon Marching Band drum majors! We are so proud of you and cannot wait for next season with you. Top Left: Erin Niles (Theta Class). Top Right: Justis Bouyer (Kappa Class). Bottom Left: Alyssa Van Laar (Iota Class). Bottom Right: Kaila Howell (Theta Class).
On Saturday, November 6, 2016, we welcomed the Kappa class to the Mu Pi chapter. While they are not yet officially brothers, we love them already!
This class has already shown so much promise in all of our eyes. There is definitely something special about this class and I can see big things coming for the Mu Pi chapter in the very near future.
To our alumni:
This chapter is going to be in great hands this year and in the future. Our recruiting classes are getting stronger and stronger and we know they are going to develop the legacies you put into place for us.
To the current chapter members:
Welcome the new class with open arms. Say hi to them at rehearsals. Take them out to coffee. Invite them to chapter meetings and our events. These are our future brothers and we should start welcoming them into our special Mu Pi brotherhood.
To new and old big brothers: Love your little! We are all in this together, but sometimes we need the encouragement of a single person, and that is our big. It is our job to encourage our little to be the best brother they can be, as well as make sure their life doesn’t fall apart because of KKPsi. Whether it be studying together, notes of encouragement, or a small message on Facebook, be there for your little no matter what and always be on their side. If you aren’t on their side, how can anyone else be?
To the incoming Kappa Class:
Trust your big, trust your family, and trust your brothers. We have been through the process and we have been in the chapter for years. Odds are, one of us knows what you are going through and we can all help you through it. Even if it is not KKPsi related, lean on your brothers. We are there for you like family.
Get involved in the chapter. Run for positions, go to district events, help with chapter events, and wear your letters proud (once you get them). This bond we create in this chapter is for life. Once you become a part of it, you are part of it. So why not create memories that you will remember forever? Be an executive team member and create a chapter norm. Be a committee chair and fix a problem that has been wrong for years. Help with a service project and help make a difference. Your level of involvement is up to you, but you need to get involved.
Always remember why you are joining KKPSI. You chose to go through membership education for a reason. Remember that reason as you go throughout this process. Whether it be to get to know people in band better, change the world through service, or just implement a really cool fundraiser; remember why you are joining Kappa Kappa Psi. This reason will stick with you the rest of your life.
Welcome Kappa Class! You are going to do amazing things with Mu Pi, and all of our brothers, actives to alums, are excited to see all you accomplish during your time in this chapter!
Mu Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi
Active from 2015-Present
In honor of band camp season, a few Mu Pi brothers would like to share with you our favorite band camp memories.
My favorite memory of band camp was my sophomore year when we had a “retreat” in a club room at Matthew Knight Arena. We all enjoyed sandwiches and snacks while we watched a football away game on the big screen. It was a great way to get to know our director better as he shared with us memories of our beloved Eric. – Brittany
My favorite memory of band camp was when the mello section had section dinner my freshman year. We all sat around the table and told stories and bonded so much. It was then that I realized that the mello section really is where I belong and that I was going to make a lot of lifelong friends in the OMB. – Trudy
For me, I think that my favorite memory of band camp was when we made the impromptu jam sesh/marching tornado my freshman year. That was so much fun! -Kelsie
The Western District Conference was an awesome experience! It was wonderful getting to meet brothers and sisters from all over the West gather together for a weekend of leadership, bonding, and music. We had a great turn out from Mu Pi as 15 of us got to travel to Seattle, Washington. As a new member of Kappa Kappa Psi, it was an eye opening experience to see how big this fraternity is and how there’s so much more than just being a member of your chapter. I learned a lot about what it means to be a leader and how my small role in the chapter can help contribute to the fraternity. One of the coolest moments I experienced at WDC was when we sang on the last day. Seeing brothers and sisters come together and sing was awesome. Being with a group of like-minded people who believe in helping our bands and music communities made me realize why I love this organization so much. Besides getting stuck in an elevator with 22 people, WDC was an amazing experience!
By Aimee Chow
P.C. Holly Chan