Friday, May 30, 2008
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Band Fraternity Takes on Renovation Project

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Huntington, W.Va. – Members of Marshall University’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band honorary fraternity, are renovating the band room in Smith Music Hall with the support of their national organization.

Ashley Gilbert, a Marshall music student who is president of the local chapter, said that the group is painting the walls and floor, as well as the cabinets that house percussion instruments. In addition, a ramp for percussion instruments will be built with the assistance of parents of some of the members.

“This is a project that is long overdue,” said Marshall Director of Bands Steve Barnett. “I am so proud of these students.  Their efforts will be much appreciated by all of the faculty and students.”

At the North Central District Convention of Kappa Kappa Psi this spring, the chapter applied for and won a grant of $400 given by the district called Special Project Assistance Monies (S.P.A.M.). In order to receive this grant, they presented a project description, projected budget and timeline. 

“We also had to present a skit for the officers of the district to help them decide on the winners of the grant,” Gilbert said.

In conjunction with the project, the group created an inventory database of the percussion instruments that were removed and purchased wipe-off “white boards” to be installed on the closets in the front of the band room.

They expect to be finished around June 4. As funds permit, the group hopes eventually to commission a musically themed mural for the room and make other improvements.

For further information, persons may contact Gilbert at or Melanie Baldwin at