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[U.S. fraternity flag - Kappa Kappa Psi] image by André Coutanche, 4 March 2008

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Kappa Kappa Psi

Kappa Kappa Psi is a service fraternity dedicated to college and university bands. According to its mission statement: "Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society."
Terence Martin, 4 March 2008

Kappa Kappa Psi is a musical fraternity located in the United States. They do have a flag, but the meaning and symbolism is found in their ritual, which is not available to the public. A history behind the creation of the flag can be found at
Zachary Harden, 26 October 2011

Both groups [Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma] were founded at Oklahoma State University and have since spread across the US. They are service-oriented, and rarely have a "house" like a social fraternity or sorority. (On US college campuses, there are social fraternities and sororities that often own an actual building where most of the members live together.) The organizations' goal is to support and help improve all bands on campus, but they tend to focus on marching bands. While both organizations began as single-sex organizations, membership in both organizations is now co-ed, and they have long worked together and had joint conventions. In fact, at the University of Michigan, the Nu chapter of KKPsi and Lambda chapter of TBSigma referred to themselves as "Nu-Lambda," members in one were made honorary members in the other, and were, for all practical purposes, just one organization.
Terence Martin, 27 October 2011

Black and White Flag

[U.S. fraternity flag - Kappa Alpha Order Black/White Flag] image by Zachary Harden, 22 October 2011

While at the Arkansas Tech homecoming festivities (where the graduates of the school are celebrated), I went past the booth of the Kappa Alpha Order. The new flag I saw was the KA flag in all black and white. I did not ask the men what is the significance of the flag, partially due to the Order having secret ritual. But it was displayed next to the regular Order flag. Both of these flags have crosses smaller than what we depict right now.
Zachary Harden, 22 October 2011

I asked a few Brothers of KA on Twitter about the mysterious Black/White Order flag I saw. They didn't tell me if the flag has ritual meaning or not, but the guesses were that a flag was made to honor a Brother who has passed away.
Zachary Harden, 25 December 2012

Kappa Alpha Order Supplemental Flag

[U.S. fraternity flag - Kappa Alpha Order Supplemental Flag] image by Joe McMillan, 16 March 2001

[Kappa Alpha Order Supplemental Obverse]
image by Zachary Harden, 23 October 2011
[Kappa Alpha Order Supplemental Reverse]
image by Zachary Harden, 23 October 2011

At the Arkansas Tech homecoming, the supplemental flag was also there, but it was a lot different from what we have now. The basic design is the same; a red and gold bi-color, split in the width, with a shield in white. On this shield is the red cross and the letters KA. There was no border around the shield and the letters did not have periods afterwards.
Zachary Harden, 22 October 2011

I was able to take a look at the Facebook page of the Order and was able to get a better idea of what the Supplemental flag looks like. The obverse and reverse are different; the obverse is red and gold with the shield; the reverse is gold and red with the shield. The shield reads correctly on both sides.
Zachary Harden, 23 October 2011