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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! 

On behalf of the 2015 Sudler Trophy Award winning K-State Marching Band, I thank the following people/organizations for their contributions and gestures of support in making our band camp a huge success:

John Currie and the Athletic Department for a great meal on Friday of camp week!!!  And for the hotdogs, etc. at the Traditions performance on Sunday eve!!

Amy Renz and the Alumni Association for some very well received ice cream, cold bottled water, and cookies Thursday afternoon of camp week!!

KKY and TBS for 2 great meals for our rookie class and the entire band!!!!

KSU Band Alumni Association for some refreshing popsicles at Saturday’s rehearsal!!

The Aggieville Business Association for the opportunity to play on Saturday night, the food from Mr. Goodcents and the t-shirts!!!!

The staff and students of the “PRIDE”  appreciate you all very much!!

Go Cats, Go Band!!

KSU Concert Bands 2015 - (Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble)

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions - August 24th - August 26th, See audition schedule below.

Please sign up for an audition time at the McCain 226 Bulletin Board.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Tracz at ftracz@ksu.edu or call 785-532-3816

Auditions in McCain 226. If you are receiving a scholarship from the K-State Bands, you must make either Wind Ensemble or Wind Symphony to retain that scholarship. Good luck with your practicing!

Audition Requirements: Please find, print, and prepare your instrument's part on the corresponding PDFs online at: 


Please prepare the requested measure range for each work. Major Scales and Sight Reading will also be asked. Percussionists - please email Dr. Gartner (kgartner@ksu.edu) for percussion audition music and audition information.

Monday, August 24

12:30 - 2:00pm Oboes + Bassoons

3:30 - 6:00pm - Percussion - (See Dr. Gartner - McCain 130)

3:30 - 5:00pm - Flute/Piccolo

5:00 - 7:00pm - Clarinets/Bass Clarinet

7:00 - 7:30pm : Break

7:30 - 9:30pm - Saxophones

Tuesday, August 25

6:00 - 7:15pm - Low Brass (Tuba/Euphonium)

7:15 - 7:45 : Break

7:45 - 9:00pm -Horns

Wednesday, August 26

12:30 - 1:50pm - Trombones

3:30 - 6:00pm - Trumpets


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.

Dear 2015  Alumni Band,
      I welcome you all back to the “Band Family Reunion” on Saturday, September 19th!    What a great day this will be.  
I truly appreciate you all making the time and effort to come back to YOIUR school and YOUR band to celebrate the SUDLER TROPHY!!!  
You will bone receiving information as we get closer to this day.  but here are some things to know now:

1.  The schedule will be posted in detail, shortly.  However, the registration time is 8 am, rehearsal time is 10 am.  THERE IS NO PARADE……   Kick - off is 2 pm.

2.  The 10 am rehearsal is for ACTIVE BAND MEMBERS ONLY.  No families, friends, etc. will be allowed in the stadium.  Remember, this is also BAND DAY so the cast of characters is literally “thousands”.     Your ticket in to the stadium at GATE X will be you wearing your Sudler T-shirt and ball cap.  You will pick these up at the registration at 8 to 9:30 am at the indoor football facility.

3.  PARKING:   on your own as there is no special lot for us to use. Plan ahead…..  

4.  It is also “Ahearn Steak Fry” day.  so there will be an additional 5,000 people in the area.

5.  INSTRUMENTS, etc.  needed will be issued that morning as well and returned their after the game.

We are looking forward to having you all back with us and we promise you not only a great day, and another Wildcat Victory, but tons of kodak moments as well!!!

See you soon, Go Cats, Go Band,   Don’t go to class, come to BAND!!!!


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:
2323 Anderson Ave, Suite 500, Manhattan, KS 66502.
And remember to check with your employer to see if your place of business has a matching gift program.