Marching Storm Member Selected for the Kappa Kappa Psi-Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band

May 25, 2017

Hector Naverrete is a member of the PVAMU Marching Storm Trumpet section. He, along with 3 other Marching Storm members auditioned for the National Intercollegiate Band (NIB) sponsored by Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, that performs every two years at the National Convention of the two organizations. Hector was selected from hundreds of musicians across the country who auditioned for membership in this prestigious ensemble. The Delta Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and Epsilon Psi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma sponsored a solo competition last semester to identify Marching Storm members that would submit musical selections for consideration. Of the four applications, Hector was selected and stands today as one of two musicians from Prairie View A&M University to be selected for this band.

Organized in 1947, the NIB is the oldest national intercollegiate band in the United States, and is open to all collegiate band members regardless of membership in Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma.

Since 1953, the National Intercollegiate Band has been the resident ensemble of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s Commissioning Program, which has added thirty new works to the band repertoire since its inception and is the longest-running commissioning program for wind band music in the United States.

The National Intercollegiate Band has performed under the baton of some of the most renowned wind band conductors in the history of the ensemble, including William RevelliFrederick Fennell, James Croft, and others, several of whom have been honored as inductees into the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors (kkytbs.org).

This year’s NIB will convene in Orlando, Florida in July of this year where students from across the country will get the unique opportunity to perform with one another under the tutelage and instruction of an invited guest conductor.

Congratulations to Hector for this outstanding achievement!