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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.

2015 Auditions

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

Oboe Excerpts - Resplendent Glory, M. 184 - 203, met: 150, El Camino Real - M. 129 - 143

Bassoon Excerpts - Black Dog, M. 148 - 168, met: 120, Winter Ricercar - Beg. - M.19

3:30 - 6:00pm - Percussion (audition in McCain 201) - (Non Music Majors and Music Minors email/see Dr. Gartner, kgartner@ksu.edu - McCain 130)

Percussion Excerpts 

3:30 - 5:00pm - Flute/Piccolo

Flute/Piccolo Excerpts - Honey Boys - M.63-78, met:120, Winter Ricercar - Beg. - M. 19 

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

Clarinet Excerpts - Honey Boys - M. 63 - 78, met:120, Winter Ricercar - Beg. - M.19

Bass Clarinet Excerpts - Black Dog M. 148-168, met:120, Irish Tune - M.1 - M.16 

7:00 - 7:30pm : Break

7:30 - 9:30pm - Saxophones

(Everyone must audition on Alto Saxophone)

Saxophone Excerpts - Black Dog M.160 - M.190, met:120, Winter Ricercar - M.1 - 19 


Tuesday, August 25

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

Euphonium Excerpts - Honey Boys M. 95 - End, met: 120, Black Dog M.148 - M. 149, M.165-M.166, M.194-197, Schuman - M.60 - M. 80

(TC Euphonium prepare trumpet parts)

Tuba Excerpts - Honey Boys M.95 - End, met:120, Black Dog M. 148 - 168, met:120, Lincolnshire Posy M.51 - M.67 

7:15 - 7:45 : Break 

7:45 - 9:00pm -Horns

Horn Excerpts - El Camino Real M. 89 - M.110, Met: 156, Winter Ricercar M.1 - 19 


Wednesday, August 26

12:30 - 1:50pm - Trombones

Trombone Excerpts - Honey Boys M. 1 - M.22, met:120, Black Dog M. 148 - End, met:120, Bordogni Etude - entire etude

3:30 - 6:00pm - Trumpet

Trumpet Excerpts - Honey Boys M.63 - M.78, met:120, Winter Ricercar - M.5 - 19


2015-2016 Concert Schedule

October 18, 2015
McCain Auditorium

Fanfare for a Festival - Frank Erickson
Dances of Innocence - Jan Van der Roost
Echoes - Sam Hazo
Baron Piquat on Pointe - Donald Grantham
Gerona pasodoble - Santiago Lope 

November 30, 2015
McCain Auditorium
7:30 pm

Blue Lake Overture - John Barnes Chance (Master's Report Piece)
Momentum - Brian Hogg
Air for Band - Frank Erickson
Marching Song - Gustav Holst
Concert Variations - Claude T. Smith (Master's Report Piece)


March 7, 2016
McCain Auditorium


May 2, 2016
McCain Auditorium


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)