Mu Alpha Chapter | Alberta, Canada

  • Founded: 1978 as the Western Canada Chapter of Phi Beta Mu by Keith Mann who had become an International Honourary Member of Phi Beta Mu in 1977
  • Charter Members: Mike Achtymichuk; Robert Eklund; Keith Mann; Ralph Kennard; Lervae Calhoon; Dennis Jacksron; Vondis Miller; Fordyce Pier
  • Original Officers: Mike Achtymichuk [President]; Robert Eklund [V.P.]; Keith Mann [Sec/Treasurer]; Ralph Kennard [Director]

Current Membership:

  • 87 members [69 active; 18 honorary]
  • More than 120 have been initiated since 1978
  • Mu Alpha also includes in their records 20 additional members who are deceased; let their memory and dedication to bands live on

Annual Business Meeting:

  • Held during the Alberta Music Conference each year
  • Takes the format of a dinner meeting and is a prelude to the Alberta Honour Band Concert
  • A second meeting is scheduled annually [fraternity BBQ/social] in June


  • Hall of Fame
  • Outstanding Bandmaster

Current Projects:

  • Mu Alpha awards a scholarship annually to an Albertan youth to attend the Canadian National Youth Band
  • Mu Alpha donates annually to MusiCamp Alberta

Item of note: 

  • In 1998 Brother Keith Mann became the first International President of Phi Beta Mu from outside the boundaries of the USA. Unfortunately, Keith passed away in 2000 after a motor vehicle accident on his way to band practice.

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