Student Organizations


Tau Beta Sigma

President, Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker is a senior in Biology from Topeka, Kansas. She is a drum major for the K-State Marching Band.

Vice President of Membership, Abby Thompson
Abby Thompson is originally from Cimarron, Kansas and is currently a junior in music education at K-State. Her primary instrument is clarinet. Abby has been a member of Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Basketball Cat Band, The Pride of Wildcatland, Clarinet Choir, and University Band. Abby is a member of Tau Beta Sigma and currently serves as the Vice President of Membership. After graduating Abby plans to teach beginning bands in the Kansas City area before pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. When not practicing, in class or rehearsal, or working on homework, Abby enjoys reading, playing with her cat, spending time with her friends, eating pizza and watching endless hours of Netflix. 
Vice President of Service,  Chelsea White

Chelsea White is a senior in Flute Performance and is also a native Manhattanite! In her time at Kansas State she has been involved in the Kansas State University Marching Band as the Piccolo Music Instructor. She is also a member of the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Kansas State Honor Flute Choir, which is under the direction of Dr. Karen Large. Chelsea is the current recipient of the Theordore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. If you would like to contact Chelsea, her email address is

Treasurer, . Kellyn Harrison

I am a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education. I am from Leawood, KS, where I was actively involved in vocal and instrumental music inside and outside of school. Since attending K-State, I have become President of our student chapter of American Choral Directors Association, Treasurer for Tau Beta Sigma, a member of National Association for Music Education, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and an ambassador for K-State Choirs and for McCain Auditorium. I have been in 5 choirs, orchestra, and 3 bands at K-State.

Simply put, I love being around music and around music people. It is my dream to one day inspire others the way my parents and grandparents have through music education.

I can be reached by email at

Secretary, Ranie Whalmeier

Junior in Music Education from Burlington, KS.

Plays clarinet in wind ensemble, bass in Lab A jazz band and Latin jazz ensemble and has been the music instructor for the tenor saxophone section in marching band for the past two years. Aspires to be a 5-12 band and choir director, someday own a music store and wants to live abroad in Italy for a few years.   

Kappa Kappa Psi

President, Josh Peterson

My name is Joshua Peterson and I am President of the Epsilon Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi! I am a junior in Music Education, student teaching in the Spring of 2017. I grew up in Kansas City but have since relocated to Manhattan until I graduate.

As principal bass clarinetist of the Kansas State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, as well as principal clarinetist of the Concert Band and Clarinet Choir and Assistant Section Leader of the KSUMB Tuba Section, the band program here at Kansas State is very dear to my heart. Being a part of an organization devoted to bettering the bands and leaving it better than I found it is incredibly rewarding, and I encourage anyone interested in doing the same to attend recruitment!

If you wish to contact me, I am available by email at

Vice President of Membership,  Max Dunlap
I am Max Dunlap, a junior in Music Education from Lakin, Kansas. My primary instrument is euphonium, and have participated in nearly every major ensemble at K-State, as well as several small ensembles. I hope to teach at a Big 12 or Big Ten school, and continue to grow as both a musician and as a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Besides band and Kappa Kappa Psi, I spend some of my time working at the entomology lab on campus, where I have learned many science-y things, and also discovered that bees are my favorite insect. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma has become a huge part of my life, and is where I have met many of my friends, both from K-State and from universities across the country! These organizations have given me the opportunity to not only serve the bands, but to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at how a band is operated. All of the experiences I have had in Kappa Kappa Psi will be life-long memories, and the fraternity has given me life-long brothers.
Vice President of Service, Bridger Schwasinger

   I am Bridger Schwasinger, and I am Junior in Architectural Engineering. My hometown is Gretna, NE where I learned to play the trombone in many ensembles. I was not finished making music, so I have played trombone in the KSU Marching Band for three seasons. Also, I have played two seasons in Catband and a semester in Concert Band. The environment of Kappa Kappa Psi has helped me to see better the amount of support that is required of any successful band program and how people coming together can meet those needs. This organization is full of brothers who do go above and beyond in many aspects. My projected graduation date is May of 2017 to finish the 5 year structured program. After that I plan to design the systems of buildings in some capacity.

Treasurer, Bryce Garver
Secretary, Eli Gillespie

Eli Gillespie is a Junior in Music Education from Wichita, Kansas. He plays trumpet in the Marching Band and Concert Band.