About Us

“Tau Beta Sigma is a national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and university band programs. The sorority operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that they require of their band. Our goals are not only to provide the band with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that “it is an honor to be selected to serve” – this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, the cause of band music in the nation’s colleges and universities.” (From the national sorority website, www.tbsigma.org.)

The Alpha Iota chapter of Tau Beta Sigma promotes greater bands through service, social, and fundraising activities for band communities in and around the University of Minnesota. We donate our time to the bands through service projects like helping rookies move-in for band camp, teaching high school students to chair step march at our Band Clinic Day, and organizing musical events at venues around campus and Minneapolis. Our chapter also hosts social activities such as an ice cream social, a formal riverboat dance function, and de-stress nights for band members. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without fundraising. We hold a Penny Wars fundraiser fueled by inter-section competition, participate in profit-sharing, host bake sales, and sell marching band apparel. We use proceeds to fund band scholarships and other donation and service projects. Our combination of service, social, and fundraising activities allow us to fulfill Tau Beta Sigma's mission of serving bands through cultivating leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation, and community development while promoting equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession.