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In the years that followed World War I, a movement developed among college and university bands, searching for some motivating force that would create a greater interest in band music. This movement sought expression in an effort to develop good will, fellowship and understanding among bands and their members, and to recognize the value of dedicated leadership. Seizing upon this idea, ten members of the Oklahoma A & M College (later to be known as the Oklahoma State University) Band, led by William A. Scroggs and their director, Bohumil Makovsky, drew up a plan for a national honorary society for college bandsmen.
The national charter was granted November 27, 1919, and "Kappa Kappa Psi, Honorary Fraternity for College Bandsmen," was established on the Oklahoma State University campus with the local group being known as the "Alpha Chapter."
The Kappa Delta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was installed on February 26, 1995 on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. The sponsoring chapter was the Eta Pi Chapter at the University of Northern Iowa. The chapter was installed with the help from Carol Cronin who holds a special place in the hearts of the founding fathers. The sponsor during the installation was Mr. Alfred E. Sergel, III.