On June 17th, 1926, the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded. Established by George Saari, it originally began as a “rebel” band that was separate from the West Virginia University ROTC Military Band. In order for the “rebel” band to perform, the group needed to be recognized as a student organization, and thus creating the chapter. After several years, the two bands would merge into what the West Virginia University Marching Band became into this day.
The Omicron Chapter serves the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and ensembles at the School of Music at West Virginia University. For the marching band, the chapter organizes and prepares uniforms, paints dots on the practice field, fills up water coolers for rehearsals and game days, sets up and loads podiums, distributes and collects plumes for performances, organizes snacks and drinks for trips and game day performances, and assists the band in anyway that they can. The week before band camp begins the chapter meets up to organize all of the uniforms and has a variety of brotherly bonding activities. At band camp the chapter helps with registration and sells the marching band exclusive apparel from Band Warehouse. The chapter also assists with registration and guides students to the audition rooms during marching band auditions.
For concert ensembles they help set up the room for rehearsals, set up stands, and distribute and collect music. One of the largest service projects that the chapter does is the West Virginia University Honor Band Weekend, where high school students from the state and nearby states attend to perform in one of three bands based off of auditions. The chapter registers students, sells merchandise and CDs, guides students to audition rooms, post signs around in the Creative Arts Center, sets up the chairs and stands for each band, and helps tears down each setting at the end of the day.
The Omicron Chapter is also proud to sponsor three scholarships throughout the academic year. Two of these scholarships are offered for marching band members in the fall, the Andrea Smith Memorial Scholarship for freshmen and the Dr. Frank “Doc” Stevens Memorial Scholarship for four-year seniors. In the spring semester, the Don Wilcox Concert Band Scholarship is available to any member of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band.