National Band Fraternity Honors Marist Chapter

Marist’s Kappa Upsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, has been named a 2011-2013 Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Leadership Award recipient.

The award recognizes that over the past two years Marist has made outstanding contributions to its band programs and maintained an extraordinary level of commitment to the purposes and values of Kappa Kappa Psi, meeting the fraternity’s challenge to “Strive for the Highest.”

Kappa Kappa Psi has 315 chapters nationwide. Last year, the Marist chapter was chosen as the most outstanding chapter in the Northeast District, winning the A. Frank Martin Award. This new honor takes the program one step further, placing the College’s chapter among the top “Sweet Fifteen” chapters in the country.

“The national standing of Kappa Kappa Psi chapters has always provided a fine barometer of the health and well-being of each chapter’s band program,” says Art Himmelberger, Marist Band director and Music Department head, “and this award certainly adds to our reputation of having one of the nation’s finest such programs at any college or university.”

Marist's Kappa Upsilon chapter will present its work this summer at the fraternity’s National Convention in Springfield, MA, and is eligible for the William Scroggs Founder’s Trophy, which is awarded to the outstanding chapter in the nation.