Jackets, Patches, and Pins: The Service of Providing Celebration by Editor, Carter Bivens

For years, the Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has provided many wonderful services for the bandsmen of The Ohio State University Marching, also known as The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL), and Athletic Bands.  For the marching band, KKY has provided custom tailored marching band apparel for years.  The most unique apparel provided to marching band members being the marching band jacket.  This jacket has been an important way for veteran bandsmen to celebrate their years performing, traveling, and representing the University they love.  In the most recent years, it has been extremely common for the bandsmen to been on at least two bowl trips.  The organizations that run each bowl often provide pins and patches to the performing bands as a way of remembering the special occasion.  Seasoned TBDBITL members decorate their band jackets, often in specific orders and ways that demonstrate what large amount of work they put in, season after season.  From national championships to beating M*©h*g@n five times in a row, theres lot to celebrate!  For unique occasions, the Eta chapter occasionally provides pins/patches for events that don’t always distribute them.  For the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, the brothers of Psi came up with a unique pin celebrating TBDBITL and the parade.

Alumni Spotlight: Janet Ford


Janet Ford was initiated in AU 2012. Positions she’s held was being the Recruitment Chair.

She studied International Studies and graduated in 2014. She played the flute in Athletic Band and is currently still in Columbus working as a Coordinator at Honda R&D


Why did you first join KKPsi?

During my freshman year, I didn't really enjoy being in A-band because I didn't have a good way to meet people outside of my section and make friends. Fall of my sophomore year, I met someone who had just rushed psi and he convinced me to show up to an introduction meeting - and the rest is history!

What are some of your favorite memories of Kappa Kappa Psi?

Too many to count! Most of my best college memories are directly related to spending time with my brothers.


What is something you are most proud of during your time in KKPsi?

Putting together the concept of recruitment week. It wasn't perfect, but I was very proud of what we came up with.

The Tradition Continues: First Degree & Active Spotlight - Rachel Helbing


19 new musicians have begun the process of joining the brotherhood. These young men and woman are excited about the process of joining this family and upholding our tradition. Lead by first female VP of Membership, Rachel Helbing, her and the membership team are excited as they begin the Road to Wisdom.


Active Spotlight: Rachel Helbing

Vice President of Membership (VPM)

Rachel is a graduating senior studying Criminology/Criminal Justice. She is a student staff leader for the Marching Band and Athletic Band and she plays the bass clarinet and tenor sax. She currently holds an internship with the State of Ohio Legislators working with the Correctional Institute Inspection Committee which conducts site inspections in all Ohio prison facilities and provide communication between the incarcerated population, Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and legislators.

When asked about her time as VPM, she mentions that it is already the highlight of her time at the Eta Chapter. Seeing the potential of our membership candidates and their excitement for the road ahead has reminded me of my first months in the chapter. The young minds with new perspectives and motivation will be the greatest reward of this position.

Rachel will be graduating this December and will be completing her duties as a VPM that Spring. She says that she will miss the friendships she built in the brotherhood and having that support system. After college, she hopes After to continue with a career in criminal justice or in the non-profit.

Brotherhood lasts forever and we are excited to have Rachel in the Alumni Association! Once again, the active chapter invites all brothers to watch the Ritual this year and Rachel leads the new generation of Eta into the brotherhood.

Second Degree: January 13th

Third Degree: February 17th.

Both start at 5pm all at the Steinbrenner Band Center and we ask our guests to arrive at 4:30 for seating. All Alumni will receive a RSPV a few weeks before each degree date. AEA

Alumni Spotlight: Adam Martini


I served as an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi from Spring 2014 to Spring 2017, and during my time as a brother, I had the opportunity to serve as Vice President of Programs and Service Committee Chair. I played baritone as a member of H-Row in the Ohio State University Marching Band from 2014 to 2016 and played tenor saxophone in Collegiate Winds, the Jazz Combos, and the Jazz Workshop Band. Currently, I’m finishing up my Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California, studying Computer Engineering. I plan to graduate in May of 2019 and move into industry, focusing on Networks and Engineering Technology.


"Everybody Goes to The Band Dance!"

On Oct. 26th, The Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi lead by Zack Joseph (President, 5th-year Accounting Major from the school of Business) hosted the famous OSUMB Band Dance at the Columbus Athenaeum. The Band dance has been known to be a highlight for the OSUMB every year, and it is one of the Eta Chapter’s most extended service to the marching band. Long ago in the bandsmen wore their marching uniform and guest wore formal attire, but this practice was discontinued in the 1960’s as mentioned in the earlier Script Ohio Books. To this day for Band Dance Season, you can hear brothers and band directors alike screaming the familiar phrases, “Everybody goes!” For Ed Crockett’s photo gallery of this year’s band dance, click here. Password Brutus. What are some of your memories of the band dance? Leave a comment below!

Max Mitchell Grant Program


From the National Alumni Association of KKPsi:

One of the goals of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association (“KKΨAA”) for the 2017-2019 biennium is to develop a significant program of service and musicianship in which any local alumni association (“LAA”) of the fraternity may participate.  

The Alumni Association Board of Directors (“AABOD”) created a proposal for consideration by the Kappa Kappa Psi Board of Trustees and the Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees for such a program that reflected:

  1. a desire to support the NIB program by helping to attract outstanding band members, regardless of their financial situations;

  2. an additional desire to help NIB participants with out-of-pocket expenses;

  3. a goal of providing all LAAs (and groups considering the formation of an LAA) with a program that is already defined and can serve as an initial goal for that group; and

  4. an additional goal of making this program achievable by a wide range of LAAs.

The two Board of Trustees have approved this new program, called the “KKΨAA Max Mitchell Grant Program for NIB Musicians.



While the Eta AA is not participating in this program for our first year, If you’d like to speak to us about this, please email etaalumni@kkpsi.org.