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KSU Bands Summer News Letter
Attention Alumni Band Members
The Family Tradition
Posters now available.
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2017 Audition Info
The auditions will consist of exercises from the K-State Drumline Handbook and an audition piece which will be posted in the near future.
2017 Important Dates
Band Director Day
All Star Marching Band
Central States Marching Festival 2017
Trombone Day 2017
2017 Camp Announcements
Summer Music Camp
June 11 - 15, 2017
The 2017 Kansas State University Summer Music Camp will be held on June 11-15th and is open to all band students grades 5 through 12. A typical daily schedule during camp includes a full group rehearsal in the morning, followed by a sectional (small group) rehearsal with instruction by a specialist. Lunch is followed by supervised recreation time at either the K-State Union or the brand new Manhattan City Water Park, another full group rehearsal, then small group instruction. The campers perform with the Manhattan Municipal Band on Tuesday evening and camp culminates with a final performance by the camp ensembles Thursday afternoon.
The guest conductors for the 2017 KSU Music camp will be Dr. Jay Gilbert, Director of Bands at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and Dr. Larry Blocher of Troy University (Alabama). There is also the possibility of adding a 3rd band due to increased interest in the camp. The five-day camp exposes students to a variety of ensemble and rehearsal settings, including concert band, small ensembles, and jazz ensembles.
Leadership & Auxiliary Camp
July 9-12, 2017
Camp is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The staff of the Kansas State University Leadership and Auxiliary Camp is comprised of the KSU Marching Band (KSUMB) Drum Majors, Color Guard, and various KSUMB staff. Daily activities include team building exercises, breakout/leadership sessions, sectional rehearsals (drum majors, leadership sessions, percussion, color guard), recreational time, and full ensemble rehearsals. A final performance by the Drum Major & Leadership Candidates, Percussion, and Color Guard campers will be given at the conclusion of the camp.
|Wildcat fans, Music Educators, Band Directors, and Band parents present and future: The following videos were filmed this past fall in partnership with REW Music in Kansas City along with Bob and Megan Woeppel. This video series was filmed and produced by a professional company out of LA and the result is fantastic. These videos will be used by band directors and music educators across the nation to get students excited about joining band and choosing an instrument to play in school. The KSUMB is proud to be associated with such a terrific project. Thanks to REW Music and music educators everywhere. The videos below will get kids excited about band, will let students learn about a few of the different instruments in the band, examine a day in the life of a college band student, and talk to the parents about the value of music education.|
|What will you play||Starting Lineup|
|Day in the Life||For The Parents|
Special Announcement: Dynamic saxophone performing group, The Moanin Frogs, will be our featured guest artists for the 25th Concert Band Clinic in January 2017. Information and Registration for the 25th CBC will be coming in the Fall.
Wildcats @ Conn-Selmer Institute
Established in 1997, the Conn-Selmer Institute is an event focused on instructing and guiding current and future instrumental educators and music professionals. Sessions at the institute focus on teaching methods, recruitment techniques, retention, student engagement and motivation.
Kansas State University was represented at this conference by our director of bands, Dr. Frank Tracz, and ten Music Education students. The students in attendance were: Jessica Brummel, Brett Butler, Bailey Eisenbraun, Sara Gift, Madison Hines, Wes Lewis, Alex Meek, Kodi Shouse, Preston Thomas, and Trace Woods. They traveled to the campus of Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN for the June 11th-14th event. Over the course of the three days, the students were given practical information to take into the music classroom, skills to develop as future teachers, and strategies to implement with their own students. They also had the chance to take part in inspiring, motivational, and touching lectures by world-class clinicians and educators. After a day of clinic/workshop sessions, the students were treated to concerts by performing artists such as, Canadian Brass and the Truth In Jazz Big Band. These concerts were motivational and entertaining.
In addition to the clinics and workshops, Conn-Selmer allowed the students to tour their instrument manufacturing facilities and see first-hand the amount of pride that the employees have in their product. Skill, craftsmanship, and precision were on display. All of the students involved commented on the eye-opening nature of this tour.
Dr. Tracz was among the instructing faculty and lecturers at this year’s 20th anniversary conference. He presented nine clinics during the week, geared toward improving organization and instruction in the instrumental music classroom. Dr. Tracz has been a part of the Conn-Selmer Institute for the past eight years and he continues to guide music education here at Kansas State and across the globe.