Kappa Kappa Psi is a national, co-ed, honorary band fraternity. As a service organization, Kappa Kappa Psi operates exclusively in the field of college and university bands. The purpose of this organization is to provide leadership, support, and assistance to the band, the band director, the school of music and the sponsoring institution. Students who demonstrate outstanding musical achievement in the band programs at NIU may be considered for membership.
The fraternity creed states that:
"We, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, believe that service to the college or university band program fosters responsibility, loyalty, and leadership; that a spirit of the brotherhood is enhanced by the participation in a band program; that music is a universal language and truly the greatest of the arts; and that through fraternal participation, each member will strive for the highest."
The Kappa Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded at Northern Illinois University on April 25, 1999. The national organization itself was founded at Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University) in 1919. There are over 170 active chapters nationwide with over 4,000 current active members and over 45,000 alumni. Just a small handful of prominent members have included John Philip Sousa, Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Neil Armstrong and former President Bill Clinton.