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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.

Auditions for the Spring 2016 Concert Ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass and Woodwind Ensembles)

*Current Fall 2015 Concert Ensembles will audition on their current music after the concert – WS members who just played for Dr. Tracz and Mr. Linn will not have to re-audtion.  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 will be held:


Monday, December 7th (Meeting in McCain 201 first)

12:30 pm - 1:20pm (Current Concert Band WWs Audition during this time)

3:30 pm - 5:20 pm (Current Wind Symphony WWs and New Woodwinds auditions during this time)

Brass/String Bass:

Wednesday, December 9th (Meeting in McCain 201 first)

12:30 pm - 1:20pm (Current Concert Band Brass Audition during this time)

3:30 pm - 5:20 pm (Current Wind Symphony Brass and New Brass auditions during this time)

Woodwinds or Brass:

Friday, December 11th (Meeting in McCain 201 first)

12:30 pm -1:20 pm (Any remaining Woodwind or Brass from CB auditions, Any other New Woodwind or Brass may audition)

3:30pm - 5:20pm (Any remaining Woodwind or Brass from WS auditions, Any other New Woodwind or Brass may audition)

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 Mr. Linn at dplinn@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:


Clarinet (Clarinets - only prepare excerpt #3 if you wish to be considered for a top chair in Wind Symphony)

Bass Clarinet



Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Bari Sax




Euphonium BC

Euphonium TC


String Bass

2015-2016 Concert Schedule

October 18, 2015
McCain Auditorium

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

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)