Indiana State University Newsroom

Doug Keiser honored by Kappa Kappa Psi

January 25, 2017

The national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi has recognized Doug Keiser, associate professor of music in the Indiana State University School of Music, with the prestigious A. Frank Martin Award in Instrumental Music Education.

Keiser was honored at a regional leadership conference of Kappa Kappa Psi on Jan. 21.

"Dr. Keiser has impacted the lives of thousands of students who have played in bands under his baton, the Sycamore Drum Major Clinic he founded, the Mid-States Marching Band contest he established, and indirectly through the hundreds of music educators who studied under him at State," said Noah Leininger, local Kappa Kappa Psi alumni board chairperson.

Marco Krcatovich, national vice president for programs for Kappa Kappa Psi, was on hand to present Keiser with the award. The award's namesake, A. Frank Martin, was the fraternity's first Grand President and National Executive Secretary. Individuals who have made "important contributions" in their field are considered for nominations, which are reviewed twice annually by the Kappa Kappa Psi national council.

Keiser has been a member of the State faculty since 1990. During his 26-year tenure at Indiana State, the longest of any band director in university history, Keiser has directed the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Sycamores and Sycamore Basketball Band, while also teaching instrumental methods, instrumental techniques, marching band methods, jazz procedures, conducting and wind literature classes. He also places and supervises student teachers in the instrumental music education concentration.

In addition to his duties as associate director of bands and associate professor of music, Keiser helped establish Indiana State's Lambda Lambda chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi in 2005 and served as the chapter sponsor for many years.

Founded in 1919 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., Kappa Kappa Psi is the leading fraternity solely dedicated to supporting and developing college and university band programs.

Kappa Kappa Psi has affiliation with more than 210 college and university campuses across the United States of America. Guided by our values, mission and ritual, Kappa Kappa Psi is purposefully working towards our vision: With a dedicated spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal organizations. Collectively, Kappa Kappa Psi members are inspiring one another and all college band members to Strive for the Highest.


Photo: -- Doug Keiser

Media contact: Noah Leininger, 765-490-2972 or