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Kansas State Concert Band

The Concert Band, directed by graduate staff, performs some of the finest literature written for concert bands. Students are exposed to traditional "core" literature and some of the finest new music for concert band. Concert Band provides an excellent experience for many music majors and non-majors as well as a valuable podium time for graduate teaching assistants in the Music Education/Wind Conducting Masters Degree program.

2016-2017 Concert Schedule


Auditions for the Spring 2017 Concert Ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass and Woodwind Ensembles)


*Current Fall 2016 Concert Ensembles will audition on their current music after the concert. All WS and CB members not continuing in the Spring will still play for a grade during the assigned audition times.


For NEW members looking to join the concert ensembles for the Spring of 2016 - 


Welcome! We hope to add your talents to the Concert Bands in the spring. Membership is open to all majors.  There are several different bands to fit different skill levels and needs. Concert Band meets MWF 12:30 - 1:20 and the Wind Symphony meets MWF 3:30 - 5:20. Chamber groups meet Sunday night. Call us at 785-532-3816 if you have any questions!


Auditions for New Members will be held:


Wednesday, December 7th 


3:30 pm - 5:20 pm 


Audition Sign ups for NEW MEMBERS will be posted on the bulletin board outside of McCain 226. Existing CB and WS members will not need to sign up for a time.


If you cannot make any of theses times, please contact Dr. Tracz at ftracz@ksu.edu to schedule an appointment.




If you are interested in audition for percussion, please email Jack Donovan at : donovanjm@ksu.edu


Auditions Requirements -


1. New members - Sign up for an Audition on the bulletin board outside of McCain 226.


2. Major Scale


3. Sight Reading


4. Prepared Pieces:






Bass Clarinet


Oboe (Do not prepare English Horn Excerpt)




Sax (All saxophones audition on this part)








Euphonium BC


Euphonium TC




String Bass


October 11, 2016
7:30 pm

Triumphant Fanfare - Richard Saucedo
...And the Antelope Play - John Carnahan
Third Suite - Robert Jager
Horkstow Grange - Percy Aldridge Grainger, Adpt. Michael Sweeney
Jet Stream - Gary Ziek

December 7, 2016
7:30 pm

Havendance - David Holsinger
Perthshire Majesty - Samuel R. Hazo
Danza Sonora - Claude T. Smith
Ghost Fleet - Robert Sheldon
Shalom! - Philip Sparke

March 6, 2017
7:30 pm

Toccata for Band - Frank Erickson
Rest - Frank Ticheli
Old Churches - Michael Colgrass
Cajun Folk Songs - Frank Ticheli

April 30, 2017
7:30 pm

Side by Side Concerts

Each Spring semester, the K-State Wind Ensemble & Concert Band host a middle school and/or high school band to pair up for a concert in McCain Auditorium. This unique opportunity allows these young students a performance opportunity in a professional setting and to observe one of the top two concert ensembles on the K-State campus.

Participants have included:

Salina South High School, Jared Rawlings 
Manhattan Middle School, Scott Freeby
Manhattan High School, Rod Mangus
Maize High School, Jerry Stone
Buhler High School, Eric Stambaugh
St. Marys School, Warren Sikel
Highand Park High School, Luke Chaffee
Louisburg High School, John Cissitti
Riley County Schools, Joel Nagley
Marion High School, Mike Connell
Junction City High School, T.J. Taylor
Cowley College, Gary Gackstetter
Lansing High School, Luke Johnson (with Symphony Band) 
Smokey Valley High School, Shawn Knopp (with Concert Band) 
Manhattan Catholic Schools, Kim Thomas (with Symphony Band)
McPherson High School, Kyle Hopkins (with Concert Band)
Goessel High School, Mike Connell, director (with Symphony Band) 
Arkansas City High School, Chris VanGilder, director (with Concert Band)
Goddard High School Marla Webber, director (with Symphony Band)
Clay Center High School, Matt Bradford (with Concert Band)
Rock Creek High School, Scott Bradley (with Concert Band)
Washburn-Rural High School, Luke Chaffe (with Wind Ensemble)
Haven High School (with Wind Ensemble)