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WKU music organizations host Back to School Bash

WKU student-led music organizations came together on Thursday, Aug. 24 to offer students a chance to join their groups at their Back to School Bash.

The American String Teacher Association, the Collegiate National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota all are individual fraternity and sorority organizations within the music department.

“All of our student-led organizations are very close, and they all try to work closely to provide anything that the department might need,” Chase Winemiller, a junior music education major and president of ASTA, said.

Each organization at the event had an information table set up where interested students could talk to members and learn what each group’s purpose, goals and sense of community is.

Alison Schimmell, a junior music education major and first vice president of Delta Omicron, said the Back to School Bash was organized to “create a better environment for people to get to know other people [and to] get to know some more about [the] organizations.”

Many members shared their personal experience with being in these organizations, and how it has positively affected their college experience.

Jojo Nieto, a sophomore computer science major, said joining Phi Mu Alpha is one of the best decisions he has ever made.

“Everyone here already cared about me before I even joined,” Nieto said.

Similarly, Isaiah McFadden, a sophomore music education major and assistant fraternal education officer of Phi Mu Alpha, said being part of the organization has given him more benefits musically, but has also given him a lot of people that he knows he can always count on.

The event gave interested students the opportunity to converse with each other while participating in various outside games, such as cornhole and volleyball.

Freshman accounting major Chris Johnson attended because of his recent positive experience with the Big Red Marching Band Pre-Season Camp. 

“Even though I just met everyone here during band camp, it’s already become like a family to me,” Johnson said.

News reporter Ali Costellow can be reached at [email protected].

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