The band fraternity (ΚΚΨ) and sorority (ΤΒΣ) will be hosting their annual Open Info Meeting after practice on Tuesday, November 27. All band members are welcome! It’s an opportunity to learn more about our organizations and talk to members and see if you’re interested. We won’t begin accepting new members until winter quarter, but
the Psi Chapter is always busy. We do service projects, host social events for our band members, and fundraise to make it all happen. Here are some of the main things we do as a Chapter:
Water at band camp
During the blazing hot Septembers, the first exposure band members get to the service done by ΚΚΨ is the water we provide during band camp. It’s a refreshing project that benefits everyone in our band.
Building the tower
Throughout the season, while we rehearse on the field our director gets to see the big picture by surveying the field from atop the tower, a 25-foot tall metal structure with a staircase leading up to it. Brothers set up and take down the tower every season.
Snacks for bands
Whenever an opposing school’s band travels to one of our home football games, brothers and sisters from the band sorority make snack bags for them. We decorate the paper bags with fun messages from our band and then deliver them at half-time. It’s a fun way to meet other bands in our conference.
Lab school gig
Adjacent to campus is UCLA’s lab school. A band of brothers and sisters from the band sorority play at the elementary students’ carnival every year. We get to help the youth in the UCLA committee and share music with them.
For the past several years, a small group of brothers and sisters from the band sorority have caroled through the halls of UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital at Christmastime. We give back to our local community and spread cheer to the children.
High school band camps
Over the summer, brothers across California volunteer to help instruct high school band camps, teach marching fundamentals, clean drill formations, and run sectionals.
Every four years, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band performs their Downfall of Troy show, featuring a full-size Trojan horse. Brothers design the horse to be sturdy, light, and easy to disassemble. Come see it in person during our 2019 season.
The night before a bake sale, brothers group in apartments to cook brownies and cookies or our famous cookie-brownies and magic cake. In shifts the next morning we sell the goodies on Bruinwalk, the main path through campus. Brothers spend quality time baking and selling together in addition to funding our other projects.
At UCLA, we’re located close to several Hollywood studios and have the unique opportunity to fundraise by attending TV tapings. Studios pay for people to fill the audience and provide laugh tracks. Although tapings can run several hours, dedicated groups of brothers and sisters from the band sorority have watched game shows, sitcoms, talk shows, and America’s Funniest Home Videos and even seen new pilots taped before they air on TV.
Brothers and sisters from the band sorority combine artistic talents to design shirts to sell to the band and UCLA community. Publicizing the sale, taking pre-orders, and printing and distributing shirts is a big logistical undertaking. Our usual designs include Band Mom and Band Dad shirts, biennial band season shirts, and popular SUC shirts — because what Bruin doesn’t love a shirt bashing their cross-town rival?