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Establishing a Tau Beta Sigma Petitioning Group

In order to establish a new petitioning group of Tau Beta Sigma, all interested groups must submit an application for consideration. There are two options available for you to submit your application to our National Headquarters:

Submitting the Application

Option 1: Save the application, scan letters of support, and email all documents to the Tau Beta Sigma National Headquarters at Send application fee (check or money order) via Certified Mail to the Sorority National Headquarters – PO Box 849 Stillwater, OK 74076.

Option 2: Print all documents and mail along with the application fee (check or money order) via Certified Mail.

Application Windows

Applications will only be accepted within the two “application windows” set by the National Council.

For a Fall Petitioning Process, applications must be sent between February 1 and June 1. If your application is approved, the Petitioning Group will be permitted to start on September 1.

For a Spring Petitioning Process, applications must be sent between September 1 and December 1. If your application is approved, the Petitioning Group will be permitted to start on February 1.

Any applications sent before a window opens or after it closes will be returned.

Petitioning Group Application Fees

All Tau Beta Sigma petitioning group applications must be submitted with a NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $150.00.  All funds sent to our National Headquarters Office must be either a check, money order, or a credit card payment taken over the phone. Please do not send cash through the mail.


Key Factors For Approval

Each Petitioning Group Application that is received is reviewed very carefully and taken under consideration by the National Council of Tau Beta Sigma. A submitted Petitioning Group Application does NOT guarantee automatic approval. Some key factors that will be considered include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • The age of your University or College band program and/or Music Department.
  • The size of your University or College Band Program.
  • Overall demographics and graduation success rate of your institution.
  • An accurate reflection of your band program’s diversity displayed in the list of Potential Petitioning Members.
  • The year in school for each of your Potential Petitioning Members.
  • For band programs that are applying to re-petition an Inactive ΤΒΣ Chapter, the length of time since the chapter was last recorded as an Active Chapter and the reason the chapter was closed will be reviewed.

The Petitioning Process

If your application is approved by the National Council of Tau Beta Sigma, the newly established petitioning group will begin the Petitioning Group Process. The Petitioning Process is a probationary time during which the petitioners will work with nationally appointed Advisors, to transition into an Active Chapter. During the process, the petitioners will:

  • Learn about the organization and our values.
  • Propose a chapter constitution and budget.
  • Develop and execute service projects for your band program.
  • Work on cultivating the over all chapter operations executed by healthy chapters of Tau Beta Sigma.

The Petitioning Process typically lasts no longer than six months and no shorter than two months.

Charter and Member Fees for Tau Beta Sigma

All Charter and Member fees are due after the application has been accepted and prior to the Petitioning Groups installation as an Active Chapter. Those fees include the following:

Petitioning Group Member Fee $150.00 Per Member
Honorary Member Fee $150.00 Per Member
One-Time Charter Fee $300.00

** For more information on establishing a Tau Beta Sigma Petitioning Group, please send all inquiries to **

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If you are interested in starting a chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!