Thank You to Tau Beta Sigma!

I’m taking a quick break from the usual posts on Lead In Step to share my thanks for Tau Beta Sigma. I was very honored to be asked by TBΣ’s National President to submit an article for the Spring 2012 Issue of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s joint publication, The Podium. These two organizations are long-standing college band service organizations with particular relevance to the challenges of today’s band student leaders. The Podium has been in publication since 1947, and though it contains content mostly targeted to the membership of these two organizations, it is still a great honor to have my writing published in print in a magazine in its 65th year!

Many Thanks!

The article I submitted was a restatement of the speech that I delivered at the National Convention of Tau Beta Sigma last summer in Colorado Springs. The National President of TBΣ conducted a contest asking for essays on the future of the organization. A trait of good leadership is the ability to be open to new ideas, to cultivate them, and to integrate them into the overarching plan for the future of the organization. Leaders who are closed to input from their followers will quickly find themselves following a path that is irrelevant to the organization. I’ll be sure to discuss this concept in a future post, but as an alumnus of  TBΣ, I loved seeing the National Leadership being open to the ideas of their members.

So thank you to the Past National President, Dollie O’Neill, for being open and for listening to the student members of the organization. Thank you to the judges who picked my essay and allowed me the opportunity to speak at the National Convention. Thank you to the Current National President, Dawn Farmer, for encouraging me to submit the article to the Podium. And thank you to everyone else who inspired me, critiqued my ideas, and edited my writing. It was truly an honor and a pleasure.

If you’re interested in reading the article, please check out the full text at The Podium. If you’re interested in learning more about either of these organizations please visit or