By Lauren Finan
Kappa Kappa Psi is the National Honorary Band Fraternity at Sacred Heart University. 17 members founded the school’s Lambda Nu chapter in May of 2005. Today, there are 33 active members.
The fraternity partakes in service projects on campus and in Bridgeport. The chapter’s goal is to promote and spread music education.
“Our fraternity gives back to the Band Program here at SHU in a variety of different ways and reaches out to the surrounding community by spreading the love of music,” said sophomore Nicole Bettinelli.
As Vice President of Kappa Kappa Psi, Bettinelli works to discover new opportunities that the fraternity can potentially become involved in, as well as organizing the various service events.
Junior Thomas Ketcham has a strong passion for music and service and the fraternity gives him the ability to pursue both as President.
“It is my responsibility to mediate communication between the chapter members, our sponsor, and the National Headquarters,” said Ketcham. “I am chiefly responsible for all paperwork being reported to Nationals and representing the chapter at the national level.”
Former United States President Bill Clinton and musicians John Denver and Ray Charles were all members of the Honorary Band Fraternity.
The members perform at multiple events at the university and in the community including Habitat for Humanity’s Campout, Heart Walk, Relay for Life, Senior Centers and the Kids Empowered by Your Support (KEYS) program.
KEYS is a non-profit program that works with children in elementary schools to high schools that have an interest in music in the city of Bridgeport.
“In a community like Bridgeport, many school music programs are not funded. However, KEYS gives kids the opportunity to get involved with music,” said Bettinelli. “KEYS provides free lessons to kids that are interested in learning to play an instrument.”
The organization volunteers to teach the KEYS members lessons on music on Saturdays.
“KEYS is an incredible organization for the members of Kappa Kappa Psi to be a part of,” said Bettinelli. “We get the privilege to spread our love of music onto all of the kids in the organization.”
Kappa Kappa Psi will be performing a concert at Trinity Church on Friday, April 28 and are also partaking in a special event in New York City.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for select members of the band to perform in a beautiful church and show the outside community what our band is capable of,” said sophomore John Munday. “The band director has created one of the most challenging sections of music the band has ever played and I know it is going to be an awesome experience.”
Kappa Kappa Psi’s members are dedicated to serving their university and community.
“The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that ‘it is an honor to be selected to serve’ this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation’s colleges and universities,” said Ketcham.