“In everything that we must do, You’re there for me, I’m there for you.”
The chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma at James Madison University share a special bond. Through our cooperation, we are able to help the university band program, including “Virginia’s Finest,” the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes. Before every separates meeting, we hold a joint meeting where we arrange to hold joint service, membership, and social activities.
“When we are strong, and when we’re weak, You are my hands, I am your feet.”
Most of the major work that must be done for the band program is accomplished by our combined efforts. In the fall semester, our organizations support the marching band staff in running a band of over 400 members. We fit and distribute uniforms, move the podiums, help move the front ensemble’s equipment, and take care of the “game day” duties. Members of our chapters are part of the leadership in most sections of the band, serving as role models for the band members, and constantly acting as fantastic representations of KKΨ and TBΣ. We also play a major role in the set-up and assistance of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) All-Virginia Band and Orchestra auditions, held at JMU every year.
“My faith and love for you are strong, And this I pledge my whole life long:”
From the moment we begin the rush process, our chapters work together to allow potential membership candidates (MCs) to see the benefits of both organizations, but more importantly, we allow them to see our joint bond and how important it is to us. After receiving a “big” from the opposite organization, the MCs of both organizations work together to hold their own service, fundraising, and social projects throughout the semester, teaching them the joys and benefits of that cooperation. Through the effort we put in to sharing our bond with the MCs, we can be assured that this bond will be continued.
“We’ll work together, you and I, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.”
More than anything else, it is the music that we make that creates such a tight bond between the two chapters. Whether in one of our concert bands, the Marching Royal Dukes, or pep band, it is the music that we make together that makes our journey such a pleasant one, and that is why we sing this joint song at the end of every meeting.
Eta Omicron and Eta Rho Joint Song
In everything that we must do,
You’re there for me; I’m there for you.
When we are strong, and when we’re weak,
You are my hands; I am your feet.
My faith and love for you are strong
And this I pledge my whole life long:
We’ll work together, you and I,
Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Fatimah Kirby, Upsilon,
Eta Rho, Tau Beta Sigma