Beta Chi History
The Beta Chi Chapter was originally founded on September 23, 1950 (above), and active until 1962, until the marching band program at UVa was shut down due to numerous hardships. Without a marching band to serve, the chapter was unable to meet its goals and the chapter was disbanded. Carl and Hunter Smith came to the rescue, when they donated enough money to reinstate the Cavalier Marching Band. With new instruments, uniforms, and spirit, the new marching band took the field again in 2004.
The Beta Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was re-founded on April 23, 2005. Today, Beta Chi provides support for the Cavalier Marching Band and other ensembles in the Charlottesville community. The oldest active chapter in the Southern Precinct, Beta Chi has welcomed over 240 well-qualified musicians into the Brotherhood of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Brothers help out the CMB during a shed organization project
Members of Beta Chi participate in regular service projects to help the Cavalier Marching Band as well as the surrounding Charlottesville community. Music is what bonds the fraternity together and providing music based service not only brings Brothers closer, but enhances the community in which we live. Some examples of recent service projects include holding receptions for band concerts, ushering McIntire Department of Music events, advertising for music events around the University, tutoring local band students, volunteering for "instrument petting zoos", and helping local elementary and middle school band programs.
Brothers paint themselves to welcome the newest MC's
As Brothers of a Fraternity, we highly value the statement, "I am my Brother's keeper." Brothers enjoy spending time with each other during service events, but we also hold regular membership events. At these events, Brothers have fun and get to know one another in an effort to truly feel like brothers. Events like cooking competitions, game nights, and fraternity retreats are ways for members to become closer to each other.