Paul Revere Middle School Gig

On February 26th, a few members of PsiEK took a field trip- to a middle school band class!We arrived at Paul Revere Middle School sporting our true blues with pride. The goal: encourage middle school band members to continue band through high school and college, and cultivate a love for the art. We first gave presentations to two classes and showed them videos of Pregame and the Muse show to introduce them to the concept of marching band, as many had no idea what we meant by “marching and playing”. Then, we took turns and talked about our personal experiences with band, telling stories about our high schools, band camp, football games, basketball season, traveling, and the friendships we’ve made through band, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma. The students were eager to learn and jumped at the chance to ask questions, the best question being “How do they arrange you on the field during a marching show? Is it by height order?” We also answered questions about time commitments and difficulty, and we were happy to tell the kids that continuing with band was one of the best decisions we had made in school. It was priceless to see kids light up at the thought of marching in a parade or playing at the Rose Bowl, and I hope our discussion encouraged just one more student to give high school band a chance.

Christina Martin, ΒΣ
Brotherhood Relations Officer 2015-2016

Performance at the Krieger Child Care Center

Just this past fall quarter, a small group of band members were selected to perform at the Krieger Child Care Center. For those of you who are unaware, Krieger Child Care is a center for “Early Care and Education”, or “ECE”. They provide a place of learning and development for very young children. The Krieger Center was having their annual fall picnic as the marching band arrived. The band walked into the picnic area where all the children and their parents were eating and having fun. The band formed the usual arc and performed a handful of stand tunes. The children absolutely adored it. They were even having their own little mosh pit right in front of the band. Thankfully, no one was hurt.After a couple of songs, one member from each instrument section introduced and exhibited their instrument by playing a ditty or excerpt from a stand tune. Next, they were invited to get more hands on and take a closer look at the instruments in person. The bass drum seemed to be the fan favorite that day. It was an excellent learning experience for the children (and possibly some parents.) The band was given a free meal afterwards, leaving with full stomachs and high spirits.

Eric Hernandez, BP

Locke High School and Psi

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Serving our university band program has always been a very important goal to the Psi chapter. However, last year, our director of service for the 2014-2015 school year, Caitlin Thompson, brought the same drive that our chapter has for our band to the band program of Locke High School, located in Los Angeles, California. Once Caitlin Thompson contacted the band director at Locke High School, Mr. Cotton, a bridge was formed that has allowed the Psi chapter to provide its aid in a wide variety of service activities. Last spring, Psi helped provide service to Locke High School in several ways, beginning first by repainting part of the campus. Also, Psi has helped by cataloging and organizing all of the Locke bands uniforms. While currently the high school does not have a marching band, band director Mr. Cotton aspires to soon gather members from the current music groups to form one. New Director of Service in the Psi chapter, John Malchar, has made it his goal to strengthen and expand the connection that his predecessor Caitlyn Thompson formed with Locke High School and has already done so by already leading service events. For example, during 8th week of UCLA’s fall quarter, groups of UCLA band members drove to Locke High School to help with sectionals. With it so early in the school year, I know great things are to come and I look forward to seeing the bond between the UCLA Marching Band and the Locke High School Band become stronger and stronger.  

Tony Resigno, BΣ
Music Chair 2015-2016