2021-2022 Southeast District Council
Madeline is a Fall 2019 Brother from the Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. She is a junior at Mississippi State pursuing a double major in Music and Political Science with the goal of creating a nonprofit centered around accessibility to double
reeds in communities and school districts at or below the poverty level. She is currently principle oboe of the Mississippi State Wind Ensemble, plays with the Double Reed Trio, Woodwind Quintet and Trio, and Oboe Ensemble, and is a manager for the Famous Maroon Band. Madeline has also performed with the Starkville Symphony and the Corinth Symphony. She served as the President of her home chapter and Southeast District Vice President of Programs for the 2020-21 academic year. In her free time, Madeline enjoys writing, making reeds, baking, shopping and keeping up with the latest fashions (especially pantsuits), and kickboxing. In her term, she hopes to foster greater bonds between our diverse SED Brothers and ensure the District has a strong foundation to ensure our next generations of Brothers will be able to experience the same incomparable Brotherhood as she has.
Tyehimba is a Spring 2019 Brother from the Nu Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Tye is a junior at Georgia State studying Game Design and Development with a minor in
Music. He hopes to become a video game designer and composer, and eventually start his own video game studio. He is currently the Bass Trombonist for the Georgia State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, plays with the Trombone Choir, and is the Trombone section leader for the Georgia State University Panther Band. He has also played with the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and Brass Choirs. Immediately following his initiation, Tye served as the Corresponding Secretary for his Chapter for the 2019-20 academic year. He has served on the Membership and Social Committees every semester following. In his free time, he enjoys listening to or writing music, 3D modeling and animation, exploring new games, cooking, reading, and spending time with his friends.
vice President of membership
Callie is a Fall 2018 Brother from the Nu Mu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She is a senior at Kennesaw State studying Music Composition with the goal of becoming a film and video game composer. She has been a part of the KSU Wind
vice president of Programs
Symphony, the University Band, and the Marching Band. She has been playing clarinet for 12 years. She has served as her chapter's historian and music head, and will be serving as her chapter's secretary going into her senior year. She has also served on the Membership, Governing Documents, and Brotherhood Committees in her chapter. She has served as the Eighth Note Committee Public Relations Officer for the 2020-21 year. When Callie is not writing music and hanging with Brothers, she's playing video games and watching movies. She loves to go home on the weekends to spend time with her family and four dogs. She loves putting puzzles together, and likes to sing occasionally. She likes to cook and bake for others, and she's always one for a good laugh. Callie loves all things music, and she wants the world to know how special music is. During her time as VPP, she will work to incorporate more music programs into the SED through a variety of aspects.
Hunter is a Spring 2018 Brother from the Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. He is a senior at Mississippi State studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics with the goal of
becoming an officer in the United States Air Force as a Cyber Security Officer. He is currently a bass clarinetist in the Mississippi State Symphonic and plays with the Mississippi State Clarinet Choir. He has played in the Mississippi State Wind Ensemble and Men's Basketball band. He also serves as Drum Major for the Famous Maroon Band. He has served as the Treasurer of Epsilon for the past two years and served as a member of the Joint Actions Committee at SEDC 2019. In his free time, Hunter enjoys lying by the pool, fishing, swimming, cooking, and hanging with his Brothers from Epsilon and his Alpha Tau Omega chapter. One of my main goals is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment during my time as a District Officer, especially while we transition during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael is a Fall 2018 Brother of the Nu Nu Chapter at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. He is a Graduate Student completing a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics. He plans on ultimately pursuing a PhD in the field and working on the development of supersonic and hypersonic
craft. He plays trombone for the University of Alabama Concert Band, and spent five years playing in the Million Dollar Band and UA Athletic Pep Bands. Since his initiation, Michael has served on Jurisdiction, Social, Membership, and Finance Committees and as the chair of Membership and Jurisdiction Committees. He was elected twice to the position of Sergeant at Arms, and currently serves as the President of the Nu Nu Chapter. Michael volunteers for the BSA and enjoys video games and designing mechanical and projects in his spare time. His main goals for the upcoming year include connecting Chapter Parliamentarian and Constitutional Officers to support one another and promote Parliamentary knowledge and Constitutional understanding for all Chapters. He hopes to take the complex minutiae of Parliamentary procedure and make it a skill all Brothers can utilize to efficiently conduct business.
Savanna is a Fall 2018 Brother from the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at The University of Tampa in Tampa, FL originally from Sanford, ME. She is a senior majoring in Communication with a minor in Journalism. Her goal after college is to work in higher
education (specifically residence life or admissions) and obtain her master’s degree. She plays trumpet in the UT Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Spartan Band. Savanna has previously served on Alpha Sigma’s Executive Board as their Secretary and President and currently serves on their Brotherhood committee. In her free time, she enjoys watching way too much YouTube and television, taking naps, and exploring Tampa Bay with her friends. As Webmaster, she hopes to add more interactive and collaborative elements to the website and to also grow the resources found on the website. She is very excited and honored to be serving on the District Council and can’t wait to make new connections with Brothers in the Southeast District.
of Music Education degree from Auburn University and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Conducting from The University of Iowa. While at Iowa, he was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship and was a student of Dr. Myron Welch. He also worked with the Hawkeye Marching Band, and directed the Iowa Pep Band and the Southeast Iowa Concert Band at Iowa Wesleyan College. For a time, Dr. Aarhus was a successful high school and middle band director in the public schools of Lanett, Tallassee, and Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Aarhus is a member of several professional organizations including the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. He is currently serving as a Governor for the Southeast District of Kappa Kappa Psi and as the College/University Representative to the Board of Directors of the National Band Association In December of 2015, he was elected to the executive board of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Aarhus has been an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeast, Midwest, and in Canada, and is a contributing author to five volumes of the popular Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. In 2015, Dr. Aarhus received the Clyde Muse Service Award from the MSU College of Education and was a member of the George Duke Humphrey Faculty Leadership Program. In 2010 and 2011, he was a recipient of the “StatePride” Award from for excellence in teaching, research, and service. He has been a clinician/instructor at the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinics for 18 years. He and his family reside in Starkville and are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as Music Director.
Dr. Craig Aarhus is Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University. At MSU, he co-directs the Famous Maroon Band and basketball pep bands, conducts the Concert/Community Band and Campus Band. A native of Alabama, Dr. Aarhus received his Bachelor
Dr. Craig Aarhus
Kalem Graham was initiated into the Zeta Psi
chapter at Virginia State University in 2003,
and is now a Life Member of the fraternity. He serves
as the Assistant Director of Bands at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. He also serves as advisor to the Zeta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. He has previously served as the Director of Bands at Dudley High School in Greensboro, SC, as well as Assistant Director of Bands at Langston University in Langston, OK. He was initiated into the Zeta Psi chapter at Virginia State University in 2003, and is now a Life Member of the chapter. From 2015 to 2018, Kalem served as a Southwest District Governor and, during that time, served on the National Nominations Committee. He is the most recent addition to the SED Governors team, and he is looking forward to meeting chapters across the District in person and learning more about the SED.
Arupa Gopal serves as Executive Administrative
Specialist to the Dean at the University of South
Florida College of The Arts. She was initiated into the
Kappa Tau Chapter in April of 2004 and while active served as Chapter President and Vice President of Membership. She participated in the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and was Drum Major of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. She also served as Administrative Coordinator for Festival of Winds. During this time she gave two recitals, performed in various intercollegiate bands, and was a Finalist in the USF Concerto Competition. In 2007 she graduated from USF with a Dual Major in Music and Management and continued her education at New York University where she attained a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration in 2009. While in New York she worked for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Distinguished Concerts International New York, and On Stage at Kingsborough. Currently she lives in Tampa and serves as Co-Chair of the USF Music Alumni Society, President of the NYU Alumni Club of West Florida, is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association, and is on the board of the KKPsi Tampa Bay Local Alumni Association. She is a Life Member of the fraternity and is currently serving as a Governor of the Southeast District and as the Chapter Sponsor for the Kappa Tau Chapter at the University of South Florida.