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History of Beta Kappa and BGSU Bands

1920's
1930's
1940's
1950's
1960's
1970's
1980's
1990's
2000's

1923

  • The first band to represent Bowling Green Normal School was formed under the direction of E.C. “Doc” Powell of the Industrial Arts faculty. Earl “Tubby” Leiter was the first drum major. Homecoming was the band’s first appearance and the group had a total of twenty members.

1928

  • Band enrollment is raised to twenty-two members. Charles Church, a member of the music faculty, becomes the band’s director. This was the first year the band had formal uniforms. The band played “Aye Ziggy Zoomba” for the first time while forming the letters BG.

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1933

  • The band featured the drill routine called the “REVOLVING SPIRAL” while playing the tune “Under the Double Eagle.”

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1941

  • The band had 50 members and made two away game trips – Findlay and Wooster

1943

  • Because most men were overseas fighting in WW II, the BG band began accepting women for the first time.

1947

  • A group of interested bandsmen gathered to form the “Band Fraternity Club.”

April 13, 1949

  • A letter was written requesting Mr. Richard Ecker to become an honorary-lifetime member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

April 17, 1949

  • The Beta Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was chartered.

April 24, 1949

  • At 3:00pm, The Beta Kappa Chapter was officially installed at BGSU. The 58th chapter was installed under the direction of the installing chapter, Nu at the University of Michigan and Dr. Richard Ecker, assistant director of bands and an alumnus of the Eta chapter at Ohio State University. Beta Kappa’s first president was Jerry Kiger.

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1953

  • Roy Weger became Director of Band Activities at Bowling Green State University. Under his direction, the band grew in size.
  • The made two national television appearances, and the performed a show in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
  • This year the band added twirlers and majorettes.
  • They featured a new routine this year called the “CURTAIN OPENING” which featured the trumpet section with the piece “Trumpets Ole.”
  • The band also performed the drill called “CIRCLES CHANGING TO STARS” while playing “Ohio Special.”

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1963

  • The Falcon Marching Band celebrated the band’s anniversary by recreating the last 40 years with many of the same drills and music.

1966

  • Mark S. Kelly became Director of Band Activities at Bowling Green State University. He instituted the “Iowa system” of precision marching band technique.

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1970

  • The Beta Kappa chapter received the Service Certificate at the District Convention.

April 14-16, 1971

  • Beta Kappa and Alpha Xi hosted the Sixth Biennial Conference, District VII Convention. The convention was called “Happiness is Being Band Together.” All activities were held in the University Union. Letters were sent to those attending by Hollis Moore (BGSU President), Paul Kennedy (Director), and Mark S. Kelly (Director of Bands). The guest speaker was James E. Hof (Vice-President of Public Services at BGSU). There was a music clinic held, and performed by Ralph Morgan. The clinic was entitled “Recruiting Programs – Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks.”

1972-1973

  • Beta Kappa held a car wash for a fundraiser.
  • Kappa Kappa Psi played Phi Mu Alpha in baseball which became an annual event for some time.
  • Warren Benson became an Honorary Member of Beta Kappa.
  • The Men’s National Leadership Society initiated Mark S. Kelly.
  • Beta Kappa went on their annual Cedar Point trip.
  • The Pledge Class wrote a paper about their ten week pledge program.

October 30, 1972

  • Beta Kappa received another Service Certificate at the District Convention.

1974

  • Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma held a formal called “A Night on the Town.”
  • The chapter attended a Christmas dinner at the Kelly’s.

1975

  • Beta Kappa won the display award at the District Convention.

1976

  • Beta Kappa won the District Governor’s Cup at Convention.
  • Beta Kappa won the District Convention display award.

1978

  • Bonnie Bess became the band secretary.
  • The Moore Musical Arts Center opened its doors to the University’s music majors.

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1981-1983

  • Beta Kappa received the National “Top Ten” Chapter Award.

1981

  • Convention was once again held at Bowling Green State University.

1982

  • Brother Scott Rovniak served as the District Council Member-at-Large.

1983-1985

  • Beta Kappa, again, received the National “Top Ten” Chapter Award.

1983

  • Beta Kappa published The Kadenza (’83-’84).
  • The Falcon Marching Band album broke all previous record sales with 612 albums and cassettes.
  • Freddie Falcon was a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi and Frieda Falcon was a sister of Tau Beta Sigma.
  • Beta Kappa won the Service Project Award at Convention.
  • Brother Scott Rovniak served as District Vice-President.

1984

  • Brother Rob Noll served as District Secretary/Treasurer.

1985

  • Brother Doug Grooms served as the North Central District President.

1986

  • Brother Ron Paydo served as the District Member-at-Large.

1987

  • Beta Kappa created a newsletter for members, alumni, and district members of Kappa Kappa Psi.

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1991-1993

  • Beta Kappa received the Chapter Leadership Award – a National honor.

1991

  • The 3rd Annual Formal to be held in succession was called “An Evening in Hollywood.”
  • Beta Kappa published The Kadenza.
  • Brother Dan Skrovan served as District Vice-President.
  • The Falcon Marching Band traveled to the California Raisin Bowl. The Falcons won the bowl game.

1992

  • Beta Kappa received the Governor’s Cup award for the second time.
  • Brother Mike Power served as the District Vice-President.
  • Brother Tom Srail served as the District Secretary/Treasurer.
  • The Falcon Marching Band traveled to the Vegas Bowl where the Falcons were again victorious.

1993-1994

  • Beta Kappa received the National “Top Ten” Award.
  • Beta Kappa won the Chapter Participation Award at the District Convention.

1993

  • District Convention was held at BGSU. It was entitled “Jump on the Bandwagon.”
  • Beta Kappa received the Governor’s Cup for the third time.
  • Bonnie Bess became an Honorary Member of Beta Kappa.
  • Brother Adam Sakel served as District Secretary/Treasurer.

1994

  • Mark S. Kelly retired as Director of Band Activities. Dr. Bruce Moss became the new Director of Bands.

1995

  • Brother Richard Eder served as District Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Formal was entitled “We Go Together.”
  • Dr. Sidney Ribeau replaced retired University President Dr. Paul Olscamp.

1996

  • Beta Kappa won the District Governor’s Cup.
  • Former Beta Kappa President, Richard Eder, received the North Central District’s J. Lee Burke Award at the District Convention.
  • Keith Hofacker became an Honorary Member of Beta Kappa.
  • Formal was entitled “Music of the Night.”

1997

  • Beta Kappa again received the District Governor’s Cup.
  • Bonnie Bess received the First Annual Beta Kappa “Distinguished Service in Music” Award.
  • Formal was entitled “Set the Night to Music.”

1999

  • Beta Kappa celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
  • Formal was entitled “You Light Up My Life.”

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2000

  • Brother Meggie Beaudoin, a transfer student from the Sigma chapter at Ohio Northern University, became Beta Kappa’s first female member.
  • BGSU hosted the regional Bands Of America competition. The event was held at “The Glass Bowl” in Toledo.
  • The Falcon Marching Band traveled to the University of Michigan and performed in front of the largest on-campus crowd in collegiate football history (110,585).
  • The largest Alumni Band to date (over 150 members) performed at the Homecoming Game.

2001

  • Beta Kappa won the District Convention display award.
  • Formal was entitled “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

2002

  • For the first time, Beta Kappa participated in BGSU’s Dance Marathon. Brothers Tom Chiera and Darrell Kendall represented Kappa Kappa Psi “For The Kids.”
  • Beta Kappa “adopted” a two mile stretch of State Route 25 for the “Adopt-A-Highway” program.
  • Formal was entitled “A Night on Bourbon Street.”

2003

  • Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma single-handedly assembled 95 current and former members of BGSU bands to travel to Pandora-Gilboa High School to inspire the struggling music program.
  • Beta Kappa was placed on suspension by the national office for allegations of hazing. The suspension lasted for over four months and was lifted in the final weeks of the spring semester.
  • On September 20th, 2003, the Falcon Marching Band traveled to the Ohio State University and performed during Skull Session, pre-game, half-time, and post-game. The Falcons lost the game 24-17.
  • Along with Alpha Xi, Beta Kappa successfully hosted the North Central District’s Membership Education Retreat.
  • Beta Kappa rekindled their rivalry with Toledo’s Beta Rho Chapter, and held a football game dubbed “The Battle for the Paddle.” Beta Kappa obliterated the competition 42-0.
  • The Falcon Marching Band traveled to Ford Field in Detroit, MI to perform at the Motor City Bowl. The Falcons defeated Northwestern, 28-24.
  • Formal was entitled “A Night Among the Stars“

2004

  • Dr. Hubert Toney, Jr. became an Honorary Member of Beta Kappa.
  • Beta Kappa and Alpha Xi won the District Convention display award.
  • Formal was entitled “A Moment in Time.” Preston Ramsey and Stacey Selvey (Alpha Xi) were crowned respectively as the first-ever “Mr. Beta Kappa” and “Ms. Alpha Xi”.
  • On September 11, the Falcon Marching Band previewed their new uniforms to the public during a pre-game concert in Kobacker Hall. The FMB went on to perform “I Hear America Singing”, accompanied by the BGSU Men’s Chorus.
  • Dr. Carol Hayward and Mr. Ryan Nowlin became Honorary Members of Beta Kappa.
  • The Falcon Marching Band traveled to Mobile, Alabama to perform at the GMAC Bowl. The Falcons were yet again victorious, beating the Memphis Tigers.

2005

  • Beta Kappa hosted the final of the three District Block events on February 26. Out of the three blocks held, the Bowling Green Block was the highest attended with an overall attendance of 125+.
  • Formal was entitled “Classic Hollywood”. Jeff Carlson was crowned “Mr. Beta Kappa” while “Ms. Alpha Xi” was Lindsey Core.
  • Beta Kappa & Alpha Xi won the District Convention display award, aptly nicknamed “The Greatest Comeback Ever”.
  • Beta Kappa won the Golden Gas Can award at the 2005 District Convention.
  • Brother Erin Kiel, a transfer student from the Beta Rho chapter at the University of Toledo, became Beta Kappa’s second female member.

2006

  • Formal was entitled "Fiesta!" Aaron Backes was crowned "Mr. Beta Kappa" while "Ms. Alpha Xi" was Nickie Buzzelli.
  • On December 6, 2006, the Beta Kappa chapter formally initiated female members for the first time in chapter history. The first female brothers initiated by the Beta Kappa chapter were: Jess Bochard, Cheyenne Florence, Tamaira Gless, Lauren Reisterer and Ali Seipelt.

2007

  • Formal was entitled "A Night on the Town".
  • The fourth annual Mr. Beta Kappa/Ms. Alpha Xi were crowned, they were PJ Wolf and Jenny Schaffer, respectively.
  • Beta Kappa received the Superior Achievement Award at District Convention.
  • For the first time, Beta Kappa extends it's service to the Jazz Department.
  • Beta Kappa holds two service projects in one semester, a new record for our chapter!
  • Beta Kappa publishes the Kadenza for the first time since 1991.
  • The Falcon Marching Band performed at a Bands of America competition in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, In.

2008

  • The Falcon Marching Band returned to Mobile, Alabama to perform at the GMAC Bowl. The Falcons lost to the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, 63-7
  • Beta Kappa assists with the 50th annual Music Reading Clinic.
  • Beta Kappa received the Superior Achievement Award at District Convention for the second straight year.
  • Formal was entitled "Clue" while Chris Moeller was crowned the fifth annual Mr. Beta Kappa and Liz Lawler Ms. Alpha Xi.

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