Directors of Bands

Through the years, many directors have led the various ISU bands. Many of these directors have been members of Kappa Kappa Psi, including our current directors.

The current Director of Bands, Dr. Roby George, was initiated into the Lambda Gamma chapter at Florida International University as an honorary member in 2003. Dr. Doug Keiser, Associate Director of Bands, was initiated as an honorary member at the Lambda Lambda chapter’s installation in 2005. Dr. Nikk Pilato, Director of Athletic Bands, is an honorary member of the fraternity.

Directors of Bands, 1923–Present

  • William H. Bryant (1923–32)
  • Harold Bright (1932–39)
  • Joseph A. Gremelspacher (1939–59; National Chapter ’52 HON)
  • George M. Graesch (1959–83; Lambda Lambda ’13 HON, Indiana State)
  • William K. Wakefield (1983–85; Beta Sigma ’75, Houston; DSMM, ’13)
  • John Anderson (1985–88)
  • Dalvin Boone (Acting Director of Bands; 1988–89)
  • John P. Boyd (1989–2010; Beta Tau ’71, Wichita State)
  • Roby G. George (2010–Present; Lambda Gamma ’03 HON, Florida International)

Directors of Athletic Bands, 1932–Present

  • Harold Bright (1932–39)
  • Joseph A. Gremelspacher (1939–57; National Chapter ’52 HON)
  • Sanford Watts (1957–61)
  • George M. Graesch (1961–67; Lambda Lambda ’13 HON, Indiana State)
  • James E. Church (1967–72)
  • Gary E. Smith (1972–76; Alpha Beta ’64, Butler; DSMM, ’01)
  • Herman Knoll (1976–78; Alpha Zeta ’63, Indiana)
  • William F. Swor (1978–80; Beta Gamma ’65, Louisiana State)
  • William K. Wakefield (1980–84; Beta Sigma ’75, Houston; DSMM, ’13)
  • Bruce Lauffer (1984–87; Beta Alpha ’82, Baylor)
  • Leonard Salvo (1987–89; Delta Upsilon ’68, Eastern Michigan)
  • Dave Booth (1987–90)
  • Doug R. Keiser (1990–2011; Lambda Lambda ’05 HON, Indiana State; AFM, ’17)
  • J. Corey Francis (2011–12; Lambda Lambda ’11 HON, Indiana State)
  • John J. Williams (2012–13; Lambda Lambda ’07 HON, Indiana State)
  • Nicole Gross (2013–2015; Omicron, West Virginia)
  • Nikk Pilato (2015–Present; Kappa Mu ’11 HON, Georgia)