As brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, we have had the unique fortune to share our lives with some amazing people in our fraternity. As alumni, life, and honorary brothers, we often find ourselves reminiscing about the music we performed, the service we completed, and the brotherhood we built with other members of Kappa Kappa Psi. The passing of any one of our brothers affects us long after we have left our respective colleges and universities, and the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association can serve as a community of support for brothers dealing with such loss. To that end, we have developed a form on the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association website through which any individual can share information regarding a brother’s passing. We will provide periodic updates on our website based on this information so that all members of Kappa Kappa Psi can commemorate the lives of our past brothers.
Dear Brothers of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association,
We are very pleased to share with you our goals and action items for the 2017-2019 Biennium. During the 2017 National Convention in Orlando, the incoming and outgoing members of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors worked together to set forth a series of goals that would guide our continuing initiatives as our organization develops and grows. With the passing of our new KKPsi Alumni Association Constitution, this board has dedicated itself to increasing our transparency and fostering engagement among our membership.
Toward that end, we invite you to look over our Goals and Action Items, which can be found at https://goo.gl/GpHKz4
We look forward to hearing your feedback and remain incredibly excited to continue our work collaboratively designing a future for the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association.
The 2017-2019 Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors
A memorial service to honor the life of William Patrick “Pat” Wylie, 76, of Camden, SC, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Grace Episcopal Church. Pat died Monday, September 11, 2017. Rev. Pickett Wall and The Very Rev. S. Scott Hunter will officiate. Kilts and other appropriate Scottish Attire are welcomed. The family will receive friends from 4:30-6:00 PM Friday, September 15, 2017 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC or the James K. Copenhaver Alumni Band Scholarship Fund c/o USC School of Music.
Born in Greenville, SC, Pat was the son of the late William Brown Wylie and Frances Stewart Wylie of Pickens, SC. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, meeting the love of his life, Nancy Carlton, and receiving a B.A. in Music Education. Following this, he served in the US Army as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps. Pat started his public education career as Band Director at Slater-Marietta High School while still completing his degree at Furman University. He then was the Band Director at Airport High School and R. H. Fulmer Junior High School. He was the first white teacher at Lakeview High School in Lexington County District #2, thus beginning the integration process in that district. His Masters in Music Education was from the University of South Carolina where became Associate Director of Bands. From 1972 until retirement in 1997, he taught at Camden Middle School as Band Director, He assisted with the Camden High School Scarlet Regiment with Bill Basden and Robert Wertz. Following his retirement from public education, he continued to serve the music community with Pecknel Music. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving throughout the years as the choir director and as the first Verger to serve in that Parish.
Pat dedicated his life to the education of our youth and to the development of the arts. He served his profession on national and state levels including the National Band Association Board of Directors and is a Past President of the SCBDA. He was selected as a member of the Hall of Fame of the SCBDA, the SCMEA and Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity. He was awarded the NBA Citation of Excellence for performance numerous times. He held memberships in Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and is a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. He founded and conducted the Camden Community Concert Band, and conducted the Camden Rotary Singers. Many of his community and school groups performed for numerous professional organizations, and at the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Extravaganza at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. Many young musicians across the Southeast were influenced by his affiliation with the University of South Carolina Band program. For many years, he, with his wife Nancy, was responsible for operation of USC music camps and USC music clinics for 25 years. In addition, he served as conductor of musical groups at Music Clinics and Summer Band Camps, as a mentor to University students and student participants and as a regular announcer for concerts. Pat was the Voice of the Carolina Band. He loved his family, his friends, his church, and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Mr. Wylie is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Nancy Carlton Wylie; son, Carl “Chris” Wylie (Kim) of Mauldin; daughter, Beth Wylie Poag (Charlie) of Sumter; grandchildren, Nancy Holroyd “Holly” Poag and James Patrick “Jack” Poag; and nieces and nephews, Emma, Sam, Adam and Seth; brothers-in-law, Robert C. Carlton of Grand Rapids, MI and David L. Carlton of Nashville, TN.
Pat was predeceased by his brother, James Thomas Wylie.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Wylie family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com
12:00 PM Grace Episcopal Church
1315 Lyttleton St,
Camden, SC 29020
In light of Nicholas Bratcher’s election as Kappa Kappa Psi National Vice President of Programs at the 2017 National Convention, there is currently a vacancy on the Alumni Association Board of Directors (AABOD). If you are interested in applying to serve on the AABOD, we invite you to apply through the process specified in the document attached below.
The timeline for the search will proceed as follows:
- 09/06/17: Call for Applications is Published
- 09/20/17: Applications Are Due to AABOD
- 09/27/17: AABOD Completes Screening of Applications Based on Defined Criteria
- 10/08/17: AABOD Reviews Screened Applications and Votes to Select New AABOD Member
The AABOD will announce the new AABOD member after contacting her or him first.
James Robert Droddy II 20, of Kingston, Oklahoma passed away too soon Tuesday evening, August 29, 2017 north of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. He was born on May 30, 1997 in Denton, Texas to Jim Robert Droddy and Vicki Kay Reagan Droddy. A KHS Alumni member, Jimbo graduated from Kington High School in 2015 with honors and served as senior class president. He was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he majored in accounting and played the tuba in the marching band and was treasurer for Kappa Kappa Si. Jimbo was an extremely talented musician and was loved by all. His quiet nature and genuine personality touched many souls and will leave a huge hole in our hearts as everyone who knew him will truly mourn his passing.
He is survived by:
Parents: Jim and Vicki Droddy, Kingston, Oklahoma
Siblings: Jarod Droddy, Kingston, Oklahoma and Lizzie Droddy, Kingston, Oklahoma
Grandparents: Steve and Barbara Goolsby, Denton, Texas and Arlene Droddy and Steve Brown, Denton, Texas
Great-Grandmother: Jessie Reagan, Quitaque, Texas
Aunts: Adrienne Morrow and husband Harry, Everett, Washington and Amber Koiner and husband Bubba, Bowie Texas
Uncles: Richmond Goolsby and wife Leanne, Celina, Texas; Rick Reagan and wife Robin, Hudson Oaks, Texas; Josh Goolsby and wife Jenna, Arlington, Texas; Don Droddy and wife Jennifer, Providence Village, Texas; and Ronny Droddy, Denton, Texas
Jimbo was predeceased by his grandfathers, Donald Floyd Droddy II and Ernest Lee Reagan.
The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association is very pleased to announce that the Lambda Gamma Alumni Association has been recognized as an official Local Alumni Association. This is the KKPsiAA’s 60th Local Alumni Association, and the first approved for the 2017-2019 biennium. Congratulations, Lambda Gamma AA, and welcome!
World-renowned composer David Maslanka died Sunday evening August 6, 2017 at his home in Missoula, MT. During his career, Maslanka composed over 150 musical works, including 50 pieces for wind ensemble, eight symphonies and 17 concertos. He was the commissioned composer for Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s National Commissioning Program in 1995, and the National Intercollegiate Band performed his work A Tuning Piece: Songs of Fall and Winter. Other works commissioned by chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi include In Memoriam and Traveler.
Dr. Maslanka is an honorary member of the Delta Sigma chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington and the Gamma Phi chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University. David Maslanka’s memory will live on through his significant contributions to the wind band repertoire and the countless number of students, conductors, and musicians who will continue to perform his works and share his music. Kappa Kappa Psi mourns Dr. Maslanka’s passing, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family. We also send our gratitude for a life well-lived and his positive impact on college and university bands.
Maslanka, 74 years old, was diagnosed with a severe form of colon cancer in June. His wife Alison died on July 3rd of this year, and his health declined rapidly following her passing. He is survived by his three children Stephen, Matthew, and Kathryn.
Named for Past National President Scott Stowell, the Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award was designed to recognize those alumni of Kappa Kappa Psi who continue to serve our fraternity through their devotion of time, energy, and spirit while volunteering as advisors, mentors, and role models, their professional advice and networking support to other members of our fraternity, and their encouragement of active brothers toward greater participation and growth in band programs and as members of Kappa Kappa Psi. The service of these outstanding Brothers has often been unsung and overlooked, a situation that the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association seeks to remedy.
Awarded once each biennium, with recognition made at the National Convention of the Fraternity, previous recipients of the award are Michael Napolitano (2013, Kappa Upsilon) and Michelle Turenne (2015, Eta Omicron).
The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Jennifer Costello of the Alpha Omega Chapter as the 2017 recipient of the Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award for her ongoing support and dedication. We would like to share the following from the Alpha Omega chapter:
She serves as the volunteer videographer for the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band and as a mentor, advisor, and friend to the Alpha Omega chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. She is unbelievably kind and helpful to everyone that she meets and helps to create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for all members, new and old . . . . Jen is the most dedicated, selfless, and caring alumni from the Alpha Omega chapter. She truly embodies the pillars of the fraternity: musicianship, leadership, service, and brotherhood. Her sense of fellowship and love for the fraternity is more than just “l love you,” it’s “no matter what.”
The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association would also like to congratulate the other Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award nominees for 2017. Your ongoing service to the Fraternity continues to be an inspiration:
- Marc Bowers – Life Member, Beta Sigma (University of Houston)
- Christopher Carpenter – Life Member, Omicron (West Virginia University)
- Jennifer Costello – Life Member, Alpha Omega (University of Pittsburgh)
- Dan Everard – Life Member, Eta Omicron (James Madison University)
- Sarah Lambert Fitzgerald – Life Member, Iota Delta (Towson University)
- Kelly Hooper Miller – Life Member, Omicron (West Virginia University)
- Edward Savoy – Life Member, Eta Alpha / Eta Omicron (Lock Haven University / James Madison University)
- Dr. Jessica Finlay-Schultz – Alumni Member, Alpha Iota (University of Colorado)
Finally, we would like to thank our selection committee for their work on the difficult task of choosing a single recipient. Brent Cannon, KKPsiAA Outreach and Recognition Director, was assisted by Alexis Howell (Iota Pi), Daniel Ross (Iota), Carissa Vinovskis (Epsilon Omega), Reggie Wallace (Eta Gamma), and Michelle Wedster (Eta Delta).
The Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Board of Directors
Mark James Danna, age 53, entered eternal life on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Pasadena, Texas. He was born July 22, 1963 in Pasadena, Texas. Mark is survived by his loving partner, Lisa Heuring McConnell; parents Anthony and Sandra Danna; daughter Brittany Danna; brothers John Danna and wife Catherine, Paul Danna and wife Elaine, nephews Allen Danna, Ryan Danna, and Kevin Danna; numerous cousins and many friends by whom he was blessed.
He will be missed by his faithful dog, Buddy. Mark attended Pasadena High School, San Jacinto College, and the University of Houston where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He played saxophone during his academic years. He worked as a draftsman in his early career, and later as an I/T and automation specialist. Mark had a deep love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, kayaking, birding and nature photography.
Mark was involved in charitable organizations and conservation efforts and completed the MS 150 in 2009. Other hobbies included astronomy, woodworking, clock repair and RC airplane building and flying.
There will be a memorial mass at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 2921 Center Street, Deer Park, Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10:00am.
Dr. Robert Lee (“Bob” or “Bobby”) Chambers transited into Life of Eternality peacefully on June 18, 2017 in Weatherford, Oklahoma at the age of 65 after fighting a courageous battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme IV (brain cancer) since the end of 2014.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Dr. ChihChen Sophia Lee, son Robert (Robby) D. Chambers, of Hydro, Oklahoma, step-son Dr. Tyler T. Miller of Dallas, Texas, step-daughter Belinda C. Lee of Weatherford, Oklahoma, sister and brother-in-law Linda and Jim Rothfuchs of Niles, Michigan, sister and brother-in-law Donna and Les Avant of Banner, Oklahoma, brother Bill Chambers and sister-in-law Crystal Chambers of Chickasha, Oklahoma, four nieces and four nephews, and a host of devoted great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. and Alberta L. Chambers.
Bob was born on November 24, 1951 in El Reno, Oklahoma to Robert and Alberta Chambers. He graduated from El Reno High School in 1970. He attended college at Southwestern State College (SWSC, currently known Southwestern Oklahoma State University SWOSU), receiving the Bachelor of Music Education in 1974, and the Masters of Education in Music in 1976. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Trombone performance with the minors of Music Theory and History from University of Oklahoma in 1986. He had an incredible career at SWOSU as a Professor of Music, where he mentored many students and taught applied lessons and classes in Trombone, Euphonium, Guitar as well as Graduate Classical and Jazz History and Theory Classes for 41 years, and directed SWOSU Symphony Orchestra for 38 year (when he also played violin occasionally).
Bob was a very accomplished musician in many genres (from Medieval Sackbut or Lute Music to the 21st Contemporary Classic Multimedia repertoires, from Bluegrass on fiddle or Banjo, Polka on trombone or accordion, to Bebop Jazz on Trombone or Guitar/Bass) and with amazing talents. He often commented that he was so fortunate to wake up every day and do what he loved. He was the Principle Trombonist of Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1989 and Lyric Theater in 1999. He also served as a contracted trombonist of Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Enid Symphony, just to name a few, over the years. He was a dedicated educator, transforming his passion of music into mentoring his students. In addition to music, Bob enjoyed the Romantic Arts, Reading, Mechanics (rebuilding several cars and motorcycles of his own), Motorcycling, Carpentry, Hunting, and gun collection.
He was an active and dedicated member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, International Trombone Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmaster Association, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hydro and Weatherford, Oklahoma. He enjoyed performing at various clubs, churches and organizations when he had an opportunity.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff members of Corn Heritage Village of Weatherford, Russell-Murray Hospice, and Weatherford Regional Hospital for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s Honor to the First United Methodist Church of Weatherford General Fund, or SWOSU Foundation Instrumental, String (going into the SWOSU Symphony Orchestra) or Music Therapy Scholarships (http://www.swosu.edu/academics/music/alumni/foun-donation.pdf).
Heaven’s orchestra and jazz band will be much more glorious with his addition.
Brother Shaun Vega, Jr is one of the 12 charter members of the Theta Lambda chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Memphis. Since his initiation into the Fraternity on October 25, 2009, Shaun has championed its motto, “Strive for the Highest,” in academics and personal aspirations. As a charter member of the chapter, Shaun is an integral part of the chapter’s culture. We celebrate the life of our dear brother, always admiring his ambition and capacity to love.
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