Alpha Zeta History
The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded at Indiana
University, Bloomington, Indiana on 27 May 1931 by twenty Charter
Brothers and their Director, V.E. Dillard. The following names appear on
the Alpha Zeta Charter as the Alpha Class:
Alpha Zeta is presently one of the twenty-three chapters and one colony of
the six state North Central District composed of Indiana, Michigan,
Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
|Alpha Zeta Charter
James J. Pirtle
James C. Kiper
Allen P. Cotton
Forrest W. Graham
Frank H. Kratli
J.D. Oliver Miller
Edwin Hurst Miles
Paul E. Thaney
William H. Andrews, Jr.
William H. Calvert|
William H. Cathcart
Frank H. Clemens, Jr.
William J. Schergens
Harry W. Sommers
Joseph H. Welnack, Jr.
Since its inception in 1931 by twenty charter members, Alpha Zeta
has established itself consistently as one of the finest chapters of
Kappa Kappa Psi in the nation. The Membership Education Program and
initiation ceremonies are held twice yearly for students fulfilling the
requirements for membership. Each individual eligible for membership is
invited to attend an informal meeting of the chapter at which the goals
and duties of Kappa Kappa Psi are explained. The student is then invited
to become a brother if the members of the chapter deem him/her capable
and willing to accept the responsibility of membership.
A tragic, yet honorable moment in Alpha Zeta's history is when nine
Brothers were killed in World War II. They were each named as Gold Star
Members of Kappa Kappa Psi from the National Council.
Highlights in the history of Alpha Zeta are many. Alpha Zeta had the
honor of installing Gamma Pi Chapter,
Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana on February 23,1956. The
Founder's Award, representing the outstanding Kappa Kappa Psi chapter in
the nation and presented at the biennial convention of Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau
Beta Sigma was awarded to Alpha Zeta in 1959 at Tallahassee, Florida.
Alpha Zeta was the first chapter to claim this award. The Theta Epsilon
Chapter at the University of Kentucky was installed by Alpha Zeta in
- Lt. Col. Oliver P. Robinson, Jr., USA, Honshu
- Lt.(jg) Lawrence H. Harpold, USNR, plane crash in Virginia
- Lt. Robert P. Keller, USA, France
- Lt. Frank A. Kralis, USA, France
- Capt. Charles I. Littrell, USA, France
- Lt. Samuel Mitchell, AAF, plane crash near Houltrie, GA
- Lt. Joseph B. Schwartzkoph, USNR, South Pacific
- C.P.O Robert G. Taylor, USNR, Naval Hospital in Maryland
- Lt. James H. Wangelin, Field Artillery, France
Alpha Zeta has also been active in commissioning music for
band. The most recent example is "Contraband" by Michael Schelle,
premiered by the IU Symphonic Band in 1990. The chapter has also
recieved a joint award for outstanding display at the 1992 North Central
District Convention as well as the Superior Achievement Award for
completing all requirements on the district and national level. Alpha Zeta
and Rho jointly received the Outstanding Service Project Award in 1998 at
the NCD Convention, for their project of moving the Department of Bands.
In April of 1999, Alpha Zeta installed the Kappa Nu Chapter at Northern
Alpha Zeta was the first chapter in District Seven, now the North
Central District, to host a district convention. This was held on the
Bloomington Campus from March 30 to April 1, 1962.
Alpha Zeta is equally proud of its many distinguished honorary members.
These individuals include Dr. Herman B Wells, former President of Indiana
University for thirty-three years and former Chancellor of the
University; Wilfred C. Bain, former Dean of the Indiana University
School of Music; Hoagy Carmichael, noted musician and composer - famous
for the academy award winning "Stardust"; Maurice Shadely, a Director of
Special Services for Phi Delta Kappa - Professional Education; and Dr.
Elvis J. Stahr, Jr., former President of Indiana University. Forty-two
other distinguished individuals complete Alpha Zeta's Honorary Roster.
The Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was activated on 27 November
1919 at the then Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College by 10
bandsmen and their Director, Bohumil Makovsky. The ten Brothers of the
Alpha Chapter Alpha Class are: A. Frank Martin, Raymond D. Shannon, Clyde
Haston, Clayton Soule, Carl Stevens, William Copedge, Dick Hurst, Asher
Hendrickson, Ira H. Nelson, and William Scroggs.
Alpha Zeta Timeline
1896 Formation of the first band at IU (twenty-two men)
1914 Department of Bands established
1915 IU Band becomes The Band of the First Regiment of the Indiana
* IU Band travels to Mexico to entertain American troops of
the AEF under the command of Gen. John Pershing.
* IU Band receives the highest unit ranking of the state militia.
* During WWI, the IU campus was converted into a training center for
soldiers, and the IU Band plays an important role in the
drilling of soldiers.
1917 American soldiers return from war in Europe--IU Band roster lists
1923 The IU School of Music is organized--band members receive academic
credit for service.
1925 John Philip Sousa visits the IU campus and declares the IU Band to
be "the snappiest marching and playing band in the country."
1927 The famous trip to Harvard University--the IU Band spells
out "HARVARD" in a continuous drill during the halftime
1928 "Marching Hundred" first used as the name for the IU Band
1931 Alpha Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi established at IU.
1933 "Battle of the Bands" with Purdue University
1935 Marching Hundred holds record for the fastest marching cadence--
152 beats per minute
1937 Marching Hundred recognized as a "best band" at the national
level--many bands attempt to copy letter formations and
1940 Presidential Candidate Wendell Willkie chooses the Marching
Hundred as his official honor guard
1941 Band activities slow because of World War II
1945 The IU Band resumes normal activities after the end of WWII
1948 Four concert units are formed within the Department of Bands
1949 Rho Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma established at Indiana University
1956 Alpha Zeta installs the Gamma Pi chapter at Purdue University
1959 Alpha Zeta is the first chapter to receive the Founder's Award
1962 Alpha Zeta is the first chapter in District Seven to host a
1964 Marching Hundred becomes the first Big Ten band to perform at the
Orange Bowl Parade and in the Orange Bowl (stadium)
1965 Alpha Zeta and Rho host National Convention in August
1967 Marching Hundred performs at the Rose Bowl
* Women admitted into the Hundred
* RedSteppers added to the Hundred
1979 Marching Hundred performs at the Holiday Bowl
1984 Alpha Zeta installs the Theta Epsilon chapter at the University of
1986 Marching Hundred performs at the All-American Bowl
1987 Marching Hundred performs at the Peach Bowl
1988 Marching Hundred performs at the Liberty Bowl
1990 Marching Hundred performs at the Peach Bowl
1991 Marching Hundred performs at the Copper Bowl
1992 *Alpha Zeta receives the Superior Achievement Award
*Alpha Zeta and Rho receive the Oustanding Chapter Display
* David C. Woodley appointed director
* Marching Hundred performs at the Independence Bowl
* Alpha Zeta hosts the North Central District Convention
1995 The first women join the Alpha Zeta Chapter
1996 The IU Department of Bands begins a year-long centennial
celebration of the Marching Hundred
1997 Alpha Zeta publishes the Kadenza
* Alpha Zeta and Rho receive the Oustanding Service Project Award
for moving the Department of Bands
* The IU Department of Bands adds a fourth faculty member; Dr.
Douglas Stotter is named as Assistant Director of Bands and
Assistant Director of the Marching Hundred
1999 Alpha Zeta installs the Kappa Nu chapter at Northern Illinois
2001 Alpha Zeta hosts the NCD Convention at the IMU.
2003 The Alpha Zeta Chapter wins the bid to publish the Kadenza again.
The Alpha Zeta Chapter revises the method of choosing prospective
members by implementing a bid process.
* The IU Department of Bands adds a visiting faculty member; Dr. Brian K. Doyle
* The method for choosing prospective members is revised.
* The Alpha Zeta Chapter wins the Most Improved Chapter Award
for the North Central District
* The Alpha Zeta Chapter becomes a back to back winner of the Most
Improved Chapter Award.
* The Alpha Zeta Chapter once again revises the method of choosing
prospective members, as well as the length of the recruitment
process and the Membership Education Process.
* Dr. Paul Popiel is added to the Department of Bands faculty.
He is named as the Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director
of the Marching Hundred.