Who We Are
Kappa Kappa Psi operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. Our goals are to provide the band not only with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership and social contacts. 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.
You can read more about our fraternity by clicking here.
The History of Omicron
First Band Director at WVU, Walter Mestrezat
In 1925, a group of 11 non-ROTC males were allowed to join the band, but were not permitted the same monetary benefits as those enrolled military band members. Feeling that this was an unfair practice, the 11 decided to form their own marching band. This "rebel" band of musicians wanted to also perform at halftime and did in fact receive permission from Director Mestrezat and the athletic director. However, when then WVU President Frank Trotter heard about the possibility of two bands, he moved quickly to rectify this situation. The "rebel" group had to first become a legitimate student organization to even be recognized. The group quickly pledged a Greek fraternity and formed what is now WVU's Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. It wasn't until years later that the two bands merged into one true University Marching Band.