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2014 K-State Bands Newsletter

6/17/15 - The KSU Music Camp and the Manhattan Municipal Band had a fantastic concert last night. Great job to all the campers and the members of the MMB!

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6/11/15 - K-State Bands with the Wichita Catbackers!

It was great to see so many great Wildcat Fans and Band supporters at last night's Wichita Catbackers Powercat SummerFest. It was a pleasure hanging out with the Coaches, the great people of Wichita, Band Alumni, Band parents, Gib and Brenda Compton, and of course - Red Skelton!! We had two students at the event yesterday evening so a special thanks goes out to Henry Law and Ashley Wilmoth. Henry and Ashley are amazing representatives for the band and did a great job last night meeting with people and answering their questions. A HUGE "Thank You" also goes out to Gib and Brenda Compton who did such an amazing job with the leadership of the Catbackers and with the organization of last night's event. We are so fortunate to have great friends and supporters in Gib, Brenda, Red, and so many others we met with last night! Thanks and GO CATS!!

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A Note to KSUMB Alumni from Dr. Tracz

Dear KSUMB Alum,
I am writing to invite you back this year for the September 19th Alumni Band Day now known as “SUDLER DAY”! As you know, the “Pride” has been awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy for 2015. This award acknowledges, recognizes, and awards outstanding contributions and the highest of standards and qualities in collegiate marching bands. The K-State Marching band is now in an elite status with 29 other outstanding bands from across the country. This is not a “we’re number 1” award, instead it is justification of literally decades of growth, development, and quality from the complete history of this marching band program. YOU are an integral and very important part of this award and we’d like you to share the glory and honor with us all on September 19th, 2015. The SUDLER family will be in attendance and will present the trophy to us at half time of the game. Many dignitaries from the past will be here to receive the Sudler Trophy along with 1500 high school band students (Band Day!!), 400 members of the 2015 KSU Marching band, and 250 Alumni band members. The past, present, and the future will be here to receive “Our” award!
We have a very “special” t-shirt and ball cap as part of the uniform for the day for you, as well as other special events and experiences. You can also purchase tickets for your family members using a special code from Athletics Director, John Currie, for $20 each ticket a pretty amazing price for a football ticket these days. That time period will end so you need to act quickly, I have 250 Alumni band seats/tickets, and a limited number of “family” tickets available.
Register now at http://ksualumniband.org and pass the word. We’d love to have you all back for this once in a lifetime award presentation! You’ve earned it!!
Director of the Pride
Dr. Frank Tracz
Questions? Call me at 785-532-3816 or e-mail at ftracz@ksu.edu

Congratulations to the K-State Wind Ensemble on being selected to perform at the 2016 CBDNA Southwest Regional Conference in Boulder, Colorado!

Congratulations to the KSUMB 2015 Leadership Team

2015 K-State Marching Band - New Members and Vets: Confirm your membership in the 2015 Pride of Wildcat Land

Updated Secondary Wind Pants Cost: $20.00

Updated Secondary Shirt Cost: $30.00 for EACH SHIRT
*Price adjustment due to electronic printing material and new high-tech fabric.

Alumni: Alumni Band Day will be September 19th! This will also be the presentation of the Sudler Trophy to the band, a trophy that every single alumni of the band has earned. Please register for the KSUMB Alumni Band and 2015 Reunion taking place at the September 19th game. Your support of the band and participation keeps us strong! For information and registration please visit: KSU Alumni Band

K-State Summer Graduate Study:


Practical, Affordable, Enriching, Life Changing! Come get your Master of Music with an Emphasis in Music Education Degree in just 3 summers at Kansas State University. We have tracks for Instrumental, Choral, and General Music. Get your degree in just three summers or take the classes that interest you in order to fulfill continuing education requirements.


In addition to studying with our fantastic, nationally-recognized K-State faculty such as Dr. Frank Tracz, Dr. Julie Yu, Dr. Fred Burrack, and Dr. Phil Payne, we have some special guests teaching this summer. Jay Gilbert from Doane College will be here this summer to talk about band literature, and John Benham from Save School Music will be here to talk about advocacy and fighting for your program. The marching band techniques class will be held at the same time as our Leadership and Auxiliary Camp where directors will get a chance to interact with student leaders from all around Kansas. Larry Blocher, composer, arranger, conductor, and co-principal author of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series will also be a guest lecturer this summer. This program is practical and is designed to serve you and your immediate needs as an educator.


You can register today! For more information go to : http://www.k-state.edu/music/summergrad/index.html or email Dr. Fred Burrack at fburrack@k-state.edu. Increase your potential this summer at K-State!


5/7/2015: Special Announcement: New Secondary Uniforms for 2015

The KSUMB would like to announce that we are all getting new secondary uniforms next year. Every 4 or 5 years we have to re-do the secondary design due to changing materials and updating designs. It is always exciting to update the 'look' and now is the perfect time. Every member (Vet and Rookie) of the 2015 KSUMB will have to purchase new secondary shirts and shorts. The shirts feature the Sudler Trophy design and the shorts feature updated styling with pockets! Check your Summer Newsletter (coming soon to your mailbox) for ordering information.

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May 6, 2015 * Special Band Day Announcement*

Band Day is currently full - Band Day will also be called SUDLER TROPHY DAY and will be on September 19, 2015

2015 Band Day Tunes:

1. Happy by Pharrell Williams/arr. Paul Murtha (available from Senseney Music)

2. Sudler Trophy Presentation

3. Alma Mater

4. 1812 Overture

5. Wabash Cannonball

6. Wildcat Victory

Happy must be purchase by the high school band directors for their band. All other music will be provided in August.

Come support K-State Band student scholarships and Red Skelton's Marching Pride Scholars Program by sponsoring a hole in this summer's K-State Band MPS Golf Tournament.

This is a great day of golf for all ability levels held at Manhattan's Colbert Hills Golf Course on June 19th. We are currently looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor golf holes and carts. We are also looking for players! All donations go directly to the MPS student scholarship fund! If your business can sponsor a hole, please let us know!

4/28/15 - Dr. Tracz inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

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Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands at K-State, was inducted a few days ago into the prestigious honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. The mission of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897.  The Kansas State University chapter, the fourteenth to be organized, was established and formally installed on November 15, 1915. Membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is earned. Admission is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction are eligible for initiation.

4/24/15 - Special Announcement: HORN DAY!! NOV. 21st

Horn Day Registration

The KSUMB would like to announce that K-State Horn Day will be November 21st at the K-State vs. Iowa State game.

All high school French Horn/Mellophone players are welcome to spend a day with the KSUMB. Live the life of a K-State Horn as you experience Gameday with the K-State Marching Band! Interact with the KSUMB, take part in the traditions, attend a special clinic, and perform at halftime for over 50,000 fans. We will be announcing our guest horn artist very soon! A free ball cap and t-shirt will be provided to each participant. Discount tickets will be available to parents. This even is FREE for all participants. 

Congratulations, Ashley!

Congratulations to AshWilmothley Wilmoth, Classy Cat in the KSU Marching Band, on being named the 2015-2016 Miss K-State!

Congrats to all our students who are already landing some big jobs and assistantships:

Brett Eichman - Shawnee Mission Northwest

Weston Cook - Washburn Rural

Jacob Miller - Dodge City

Chris Johnson - El Dorado

Emily Roth - Nebraska City

Michael Meier - Assistantship, KSU

Melissa Askren - Blue Valley North West

Deborah Caldwell - Fellowship, Georgia

Chris Miertschin - Assistantship, Georgia

Chelsea White - Assistantship, Florida State

Heather Gering - Assistantship, New Mexico

Jordan Parker - KU Medical

Katie Daniels - KU Law

4/14/15: Wildcats take Manhattan:

The Wind Ensemble had an amazing trip to the Big Apple and had the experience of a lifetime performing on one of the world's greatest stages. On April 7th, the K-State Wind Ensemble presented the works of Holst, Maslanka, Marquez, Richards, and Stravinsky in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The concert was presented as the showcase performance of the New York International Music Festival. The band also performed on April 6th in Central Park at the famous Naumberg Band Shell to a very enthusiastic New York Audience. The trip ended up being a very valuable learning and performance experience for the group and everyone left the city inspired and proud of what they had accomplished. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all who made this trip possible and would like to thank the many family members who made the trip to see their loved ones perform in such a unique and wonderful environment.

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 K-State Band Students and Staff Travel to Midwest Clinic in Chicago

December 21, 2014

The K-State band faculty, graduate assistants, and undergraduate staff traveled to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, to represent Kansas State University Bands, and to attend numerous clinics and concerts. The band staff provided a recruiting presence at the international conference which attracts musicians, educators, and top lecturers from across the country and around the world. In addition, the K-State Marching Band, along with directors Dr. Frank Tracz and Mr. Don Linn, was awarded the 2015 Sudler Trophy, an award given every two years to a marching band that has shown consistent exemplary performance. The trophy announcement was made at a ceremony for the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the presenting foundation for the award.

"For the past 66 years, musicians and educators of all skill levels have gathered in Chicago for the largest music conference of its kind. The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference offers guests an array of clinics and exhibits as well as access to music and teaching icons while also focusing on industry trends and future topics in music education and business. With more than 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, The Midwest Clinic offers musicians and educators an unmatched networking opportunity." - Midwest Clinic Website

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Assistant Drum Major is the recipient of the Tau Beta Sigma National Scholarship for Outstanding Student Leaders for 2013-2014!

August 9, 2014

Jordan Parker Congratulations to our own Jordan Parker for being the Tau Beta Sigma National Scholarship for Outstanding Student Leaders for 2013-2014! This award honors active members who have distinguished themselves as outstanding student leaders of Tau Beta Sigma, their band, their campus, and in academics. Recipients are awarded $750 and receives a plaque of recognition. Read a little bit about Jordan Parker below.

Jordan Parker is a senior in pre-medicine, Biology, and Gerontology. She became a sister in Tau Beta Sigma in the fall of 2011, and has served as both treasurer and president of the organization over the past three years. Jordan also is also the Pride Store Administrator (online KSUMB retail store ran by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma). 

Outside of TBS, Jordan is a drum major for the KSUMB, an instructor of the university’s cadaver dissection team, a mentor for KAWSE (K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering), and works as a certified nursing assistant at a local healthcare facility.  Additionally, Jordan is an undergraduate researcher in a laboratory on campus, in which she is currently investigating ischemia and reperfusion in mice.

Next year, Jordan plans to attend medical school, after which she hopes to open her own practice, continue to research disease, and treat patients affected by such diseases.  In particular, she hopes to inspire young women to pursue their passions, no matter the field, and encourage them to never give up the joys that music can provide! 

Congratulations again Jordan for being recipient of this prestigious scholarship! 


2014 K-State Music Camp a Success!

June 13, 2014

2014 Music CampThe 2014 edition of the K-State Summer Music Camp was an incredible musical experience for the 140 campers participating.  The guest conductors for the camp were Dr. Larry Blocher from Troy University and Dr. Jay Gilbert from Doane College. Campers participated in two large bands, various chamber ensembles, jazz bands, and sectionals.  The Campers age 5th - 12th grade got a taste of college life at K-State by living in the dorms, eating in the dining halls, and attending rehearsals at McCain Auditorium.  The brilliant music camp staff was comprised of former and current graduate students, successful Kansas band directors, recent alumni, and current K-State band leadership. The 2015 Music Camp will be held June 15th - 18th and registration will be coming soon!


KSU Marching Band Sousaphones are as Good as New

March 14, 2014

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Shortly after the KSUMB's return from the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, four recently purchased sousaphones were sent to the Conn-Selmer Institute in Eastlake, OH for repairs and maintenance.

Dr. Frank Tracz and Dr. Tod Kerstetter are looking at the newly rebuilt sousaphones on a factory tour in between rehearsals with the W.D. Packard Concert Band. 

Conn-Selmer rebuilt the bodies , replaced broken parts, refinished, and polished all four sousaphones; they look as good as new! 

Thank you Conn-Selmer for taking such good care of the KSUMB and for your superior customer service!

KSU Marching Band receives $100,000 from Athletic Department for scholarships

February 8, 2014

The K-State Athletic Department presented the Kansas State University Marching Band with a check for $100,000 for the Marching Pride Scholarship Fund before the K-State vs. Texas men's basketball game on Satruday, February 8. The Marching Pride fund provides scholarships to all section leaders and upperclass marching band members. With continued support the Marching Pride fund hopes to provide scholarships for all members.

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Over 670 students attend 2014 K-State Concert Band Clinic

January 30, 2014

2014CBCOver 670 high school musicians from the state of Kansas attended K-State's 21st annual Concert Band Clinic. The students were divided in to six separate concert bands led by guest directors from across the country. Guest directors for this year's clinic included:

Dr. Chris Chapman - Oregon State University
Dr. Lance Nielsen - Doane College, Nebraska
Mr. Chris Hedges - Williamstown Schools, Kentucky
Dr. Susan Creasap - Morehead State University
Dr. Louis Menchaca - Concordia University, Wisconsin
Mr. Jim Kull - St. Charles East High School, Illinois

Students attending the clinic spend the weekend working on challenging music with the guest directors before presenting a concert on Sunday afternoon. In addition to student opportunities, the clinic also provides learning sessions for the band directors in attendance presented by the guest conductors. 

K-State Band Staff Travels to Midwest Conference in Chicago

December 22, 2013

Midwest 2013The K-State band faculty, graduate assistants, and undergraduate staff traveled to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, to represent Kansas State University Bands, and to attend numerous clinics and concerts. The band staff provided a recruiting presence at the international conference which attracts musicians, educators, and top lecturers from across the country and around the world. 

"For the past 66 years, musicians and educators of all skill levels have gathered in Chicago for the largest music conference of its kind. The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference offers guests an array of clinics and exhibits as well as access to music and teaching icons while also focusing on industry trends and future topics in music education and business. With more than 17,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, The Midwest Clinic offers musicians and educators an unmatched networking opportunity." - Midwest Clinic Website

11/18/13 - A Day in the life of the K-State Marching Band

"If you think you know the K-State Marching band, think again. I spent my Saturday morning before the TCU game like never before, waking up early to meet up with Dr. Frank Tracz, Professor of Music and Bands at K-State, and see what being a part of the K-State Marching band is all about. From 7 a.m. meetings to warm ups to run-throughs and making sure the halftime show is, as usual, spot on, the K-State band takes 'game day' to a whole new level." Keep reading...

11/1/13 - Announcing:

The 4th Annual KSUMB Golf Tournament. July 31st. Colbert Hills in Manhattan. Details coming soon!

Thanks to the BOSTON BRASS for a memorable halftime performance with the KSUMB!

The K-State Marching Band will be sharing the field with legendary brass quintet, The Boston Brass.  This electrifying group will be joining the KSUMB on September 7th at the Louisiana game halftime presenting the music of Blood, Sweat, and Tears. The Boston Brass performed with the K-State Marching Band in 2009 and we are excited to them them back.


K-State Marching Band Helps Over 34 Area Kids for Christmas

The Kansas State University Marching Band teamed up with the fraternity Delta Chi’s “Adopt-A-Child” to help 34 Manhattan area children in need this holiday season.  Initially, each of the 13 sections in the band was given $100 to help a child and see to their Christmas wishes.  After learning of the program and the good that it does locally, all of the sections took it upon themselves to donate an additional $100 to sponsor a second and in some cases, third child.  The members of the KSUMB were given the name and Christmas list for the children and went shopping for clothes, shoes, toys, and other needs.  The generosity and service of these outstanding band students brought smiles to kids and parents all over the area.

K-State Marching Band Drumline Mini-Camp!

On Saturday, July 13th, 2013, the K-State Marching Band hosted its annual Drumline Mini-Camp for prospective drumline members for the 2013-2014 season.  53 prospective members were in attendance for the 6 hour camp and were under the direction of Ben Yancey, the K-State Drumline Instructor.  If you have any questions about the materials covered during the camp or about the 2013-2014 Drumline Audition process, please email Ben Yancey at bpyancey@k-state.edu.  Thanks for everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you at auditions on Tuesday, August 20th! 

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Composer Michael Schelle, guest of the K-State Bands in December

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The K-State Band program as well as the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will be welcoming composer Michael Schelle on campus this December to work with students at K-State and talk about his music. This visit is in conjunction with a special performance of his recent work titled "End of the World" with will be performed by our top university Wind Ensemble on December 4th in McCain Auditorium at 7:30pm. 

Schelle's music has been commissioned and/or performed by over 300 orchestras, symphonic bands and professional chamber ensembles across the U.S. and abroad including the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the major orchestras of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Louisville, Dayton, Kansas City, Honolulu and Springfield (MA). 

He has held composition residencies at dozens of leading American universities, conservatories and new music festivals, and at Spoleto USA, Wolf Trap, the MacDowell Colony (NH), and many extended residencies abroad - including the Czech Republic, Austria, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Japan and China. Schelle holds degrees from Villanova University (theatre), the Hartt School of Music (CT), Trinity College of Music, London, UK, (diploma), and a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. His composition teachers have included Aaron Copland, Arnold Franchetti (student of Richard Strauss in 1940's Munich), Paul Fetler (student of Hindemith and Boris Blacher), and Dominick Argento.


Dr. Larry Blocher and Mr. Jim Rupp, guest artists with the K-State Bands

larry blocherjim ruppThe K-State Band program as well as the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance was proud to have Dr. Larry Blocher and Mr. Jim Rupp as guest artists from May 5th through May 7th. Dr. Larry Blocher is the current head of the School of Music at Troy University and is one of the founding authors and editors of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Dr. Blocher was a guest conductor for both the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony in their Monday and Tuesday concerts, presenting stirring interpretations of wind band literature. Dr. Blocher also presented lectures to music education and conducting classes. Mr. Jim Rupp is presently the drum set instructor at The Ohio State University and has toured with many famous groups and artists including Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. Mr. Rupp performed two drum set concertos with the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony: Reactions by Dave Morgan and Riffs by Jeff Tyzik. Mr. Rupp also spoke with many percussion and jazz students at K-State, sharing his years of experience and expertise. We are very fortunate to have such incredible musicians join us as guests here at K-State. 

Andrew Feyes Finalist for GTA of the Year at K-State

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Graduate assistant with the K-State Bands, Andrew Feyes was selected as one of two finalists for the Golden Key Honors Society GTA of the Year Award.  This is a campus wide award that seeks to acknowledge outstanding graduate teaching assistants.  Andrew is currently finishing his Ph.D. in music education at K-State.  As a GTA with the K-State bands, Andrew serves as the director of the Volleyball Band, Pub Crawl Band, and Brass Ensemble.  He also organizes the daily activities of the University Band while assisting with the marching band, basketball "CatBand," and all three auditioned concert bands.  Congratulations Andy!!

The K-State Wind Ensemble finishes an incredible tour!

The K-State wind ensemble has just finished it's tour of the Midwest and east coast. The tour began the Thursday before spring break with its first performance at Union High School in St. Louis , MO. The band then performed in Pickerington HS in Columbus, Ohio before continuing on to Cleveland, Ohio. On Sunday the band performed with the legendary professional Packard Band in Warren Ohio. The Wind Ensemble continued on to Washington D.C. where they spent three days attending local concerts and participating in rehearsal with the President's Own United States Marine Band. The band was truly honored to be the guests of the premier service concert band in the country. After Washington D.C., the group went south to Greensboro, North Carolina to attend the College Band Director's National Association National Conference to hear the nation's top college wind ensembles and learn from some of the leading conductors in the profession.

The K-State Marching Band Recieves Significant donation to Scholarship Account


Dr. Tracz and the K-State Marching band were presented a check for $100,000 at a Men's Basketball game versus this February. The $100,000 is a check made to the Kansas State Marching band from Athletics for the band's cooperation in planning this past winter's trip to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. This check represents some of the money saved by both the band and the athletic department for the band volunteeringly electing to take bus transportation to the BCS Fiesta Bowl instead of flying. This money would go to the band's Marching Pride Scholars fund. The decision to accept this offer was made by Dr. Tracz in cooperation with Athletics, Band Staff, and Band leadership. The $100,000 will significantly add to the Marching Pride Scholarship program which will eventually provide financial assistance and scholarships to all of the Juniors and Seniors in the K-State Marching Band. A similar donation was made in the spring of 2011 to the band for busing to the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. The photo above shows Dr. Tracz being presented with the check by K-State Athletic Director John Currie.