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Welcome to K-State Bands! If you are a prospective band member and would like more information complete our online prospective member form found on the left side of this page, call us at 785-532-3816, or schedule a campus visit! 


Due to the ice storm and the weather service indicating this will continue throughout the day, we are CANCELLING the MARCHING BAND CONCERT for today, Sunday, November 29.

The roads seem to be good right now but sidewalks and stairs around campus - especially Ahearn will be treacherous and very dangerous for parents, etc. to navigate. We want to error on the side of caution and not have anyone hurt because of this.    

We will announce the “Rod Funk Award”  and the “Most Inspirational” at the banquet next Sunday. We will also have order forms for CD/DVD purchases on our web site tonight and KKY/TBS will have their merchandise on their web site, as well.

Thank you for your understanding and travel safely back to campus. Please be safe.

Dr. Tracz 

The KSUMB Family Luncheon will take place on November 29th at 11:00am.  A letter with detailed information can be found HERE.

The nomination survey for the 2016 K-State Concert Band Clinic is now posted online! CBC will be January 22-24, 2016.  We have an amazing group of guest conductors this year including 
  • Dr. Gary Gilroy - Fresno State University (California)
  • Harvey Benstein - Pittsburgh, CA
  • Dr. David Laing - Hastings College (Nebraska)
  • Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro - Fullerton College (California)
  • Dr. Danny Prado - Retired Band Director Grapevine High School (Texas)
  • Dr. David Betancourt - Cerritos College (California)
Nominations for students will be accepted until November 15th. The cost per student will be $45. Please do not submit payment until after you are notified that your students have been accepted.
The student nomination and director registration links are listed below. To submit multiple nominations online, don't forget to complete the survey to the confirmation message, close your browser, and open a new window for each student nomination. Do not hit the 'back' button in your browser to access a new survey. Accepted students will be announced in mid December and they may register online at that time. This current nomination process is separate from the December registration process. If you have any questions please call us at 785-532-3816 or email Courtney at cljensen@ksu.edu.
This will be an amazing, educational event. Your students are sure to have a satisfying musical experience with some amazing clinicians and conductors. See you in January!
2016 CBC Director Registration                                   
Frank Tracz and Don Linn

Schedule Change: Due to a basketball game, the KSUMB Marching Band concert will be moved to 5pm on Sunday, November 29th in Ahearn Fieldhouse.

The K-State Band Program would like to announce two very special guest performing ensembles this fall:

The Marine Corps Band New Orleans - October 19th

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The Canadian Brass - December 1st

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Special Guests of the K-State Bands

In Fall of 2015, the concert ensembles will have two special guest soloists joining us in concert:


Domingo Pagliuca, Trombone

A native of Venezuela, trombonist Domingo Pagliuca began his musical activities at a very young age at the Jose Angel Lamas Music Conservatory in Caracas, and was inspired by his father and first teacher, Angelo Pagliuca. After finishing high school in Venezuela, he attended Indiana University to study with Keith Brown. 

In 1989, Domingo entered the University of Miami, where he graduated cum laude with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in instrumental performance. He was the first trombonist to win the UM Concerto Competition. In 1992, Domingo received “The Performer of the Year Certificate” from the classical department of the School of Music. In 1995, he received the “Honor and Excellency Diploma” given by the Graduate School of UM.

As a soloist, Domingo has performed on different occasions with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Colombia, Central Ohio Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Carabobo, playing trombone concertos by Rota, David, Rimsky-Korsakov, Graffe, Appermont, and Larsson. Domingo made the Venezuelan premiere of the Graffe and Rota, and the Colombian premiere of the Graffe. He is the first Venezuelan trombonist to appear as a guest soloist with symphony orchestra in Colombia, Italy, Greece, and the United States. 

Domingo was Associate Principal Trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela for thirteen years and also served as a member of the Artistic Committee. Among his teaching positions, he was the trombone professor of the Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes (UNEARTE), chairman of the Venezuelan Trombone Academy, chairman of the Brass Department of the Carabobo Music Conservatory, trombone professor of the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory, as well as trombone professor of “EL SISTEMA”, the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s musical and orchestral  program. He has been an assistant trombone professor of Olaf Otts and Stefan Schulz of the Berlin Philharmonic, Michel Becquet, and Jacques Mauger in several seminars given in Caracas and Margarita Island for the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has given master classes in universities and music festivals in the United States, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Austria. Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Venezuela.

In July 2013, was appointed Trombonist of the BOSTON BRASS and is currently an Artist for XO Brass Instruments. He has been on tour with BB performing and giving master classes throughout the United States, Central America, Europe and Asia.  Among his active performing activities, He is the Principal Trombonist of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra (FGO) and Principal Trombonist of the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra (PBS). His versatility as a Latin music player has made him one of the most in-demand trombonists in Venezuela and Latin America for recording sessions and musical productions in the commercial business. He has toured throughout the US, Latin America and Europe with the OSV and artists such as Franco De Vita, Juan Luis Guerra & 4:40, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Raphael, and Oscar D’Leon.

He was invited to Peru as guest Faculty to the First Music Festival of the REALMUSIC foundation.  In 2011 he participated in the Latin Grammy Winner Album “EN PRIMERA FILA” by FRANCO DE VITA, as trombonist, arranger and Brass Post-Producer,  receiving 4 Latin Grammys Certificates.

Domingo currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Florida International University (FIU), also he is the trombonist of the Miami Brass.

Domingo’s last solo performances were in Venezuela and Belarus during 2012. He also performed on the 2011-13 tour with Franco De Vita. (double Latin Grammy Winner in 2011). Currently, he is working on his solo CD and just finished producing and recording the second album of the Big Band Jazz of the Americas.

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John Brndiar, Trumpet 

John Brndiar is Principal Trumpet of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, a Grammy Award-winning ensemble.  He has appeared as soloist and is featured on many of their recordings, including the Shostakovich Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings. John has performed, recorded and toured with The Cleveland Orchestra for 34 seasons as an extra and substitute trumpeter, and is a member of the Paragon Brass Quintet, the Kent Brass Quintet, the Blossom Festival Orchestra and Band, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in California.

As a free-lance musician, John has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Red {an orchestra}, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Akron, Canton and Ashland Symphonies.  With the Paragon Brass Quintet he has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and toured to Europe and China presenting concerts and master classes, and he was a founding member of the Metropolitan Brass Quintet.  John has appeared as soloist in the Concerto for Trumpet by Haydn with the Wooster Symphony; other solo performances have included recitals at Baldwin Wallace, concerts with the Freedom Brass Band, the Strongsville Band, the Civic Concert Band of Lorain, the Euclid Orchestra, the Parma Symphony, and as soloist and conductor of the Lakewood Hometown Band.
John has recorded several solo CDs for the Ludwig Master Series for young students, has been a featured soloist in the orchestra and band recordings produced by Ludwig, and has performed for school children in Japan.  He has played in Broadway touring company productions, and has recorded numerous radio and TV commercials and pop music hits.  In the jazz field, he has performed with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Unit, and the Hot Jazz Seven.  An article that he wrote on trumpet playing appears in the No. 52 issue of Windplayer magazine.
A graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, John was a trumpet student of Bernard Adelstein, Charles Schlueter, James Darling, and Mary Squire.  He studied conducting with Loris Chobanian and Dwight Oltman and has taught conducting classes and directed rehearsals of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at BW.  John has taught trumpet at CIM, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, the University of Akron, The College of Wooster, Ashland University, and has presented master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory.

The Phillip W. Hewett Marching Band Alumni Scholarship
GOAL: $75,000 to endow the three drum major positions
HOW TO DONATE: Please give generously by check, gift, stock transfer, or pledge:
KSU Foundation    http://www.found.ksu.edu    1-800-432-1578
Designate your contribution: ‘Hewett Scholarship’ / Fund Number: Q 69198

Click on the Give Online link found in the left column, or by mail:
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