Kansas State Wind Ensemble

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The K-State Wind Ensemble (formerly Symphony Band), directed by Dr. Frank Tracz, performs the finest original works and transcriptions for concert band and wind ensemble. The Chamber Winds program also focuses on a variety of original works written for chamber winds of varying instrumentation.

As the premier concert ensemble at K-State, the Wind Ensemble regularly travels to perform at regional, state, national and international concert venues.

2014 - 2015 Audition Information

Winds: Auditions will be August 25th - August 27th. Auditions will include:

  • Excerpts from this year's literature (posted below)
  • A selection of scales
  • Sight Reading

The following excerpts are to be prepared at the designated tempo for your ensemble audition. You will also be asked to sight-read and play a few scales.

Please sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside the Band Office, McCain 226. Auditions will take place Monday-Thursaday, August 25th-27th.

Wind Audition Repertoire

Gustav Holst: Fugal Overture
J.P. Sousa: With Pleasure
Edward Green: Symphony for Band

Download LinksAudition Excerpt Instructions

Flute/Piccolo Music PDF

  • Holst: Play measures 17-23, and 43-51. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 38-53. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement II, measures 25-32. Quarter=76
Clarinet Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 17-25. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 1-22. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement I, letter S-End. Quarter=100, 72
Bass Clarinet Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 17-31. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement III measures 185-211. Quarter=176
Oboe Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 18-26. Quarter=120
  • Sousa: Play measures 1-22. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement II measures 25-32. Quarter=76
Bassoon Music PDF 
  • Holst: Play measures 9-22. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 1-23. Quarter=120
  • Green:
    • Play Movement III letter L to M. Quarter=160
    • Play Movement IV letter D to E. Dotted Half=60
Alto Sax Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 44-52. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement III measures 1-9. Quarter=176
Tenor Sax Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 44-52. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement I, letter V to the end. Quarter=72
Bari Sax Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 40-52. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement I, letter V to the end. Quarter=72
Trumpet Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 40-52. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 71-88. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement 3, letter V-W. Half=80
Horn Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 9-12. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement 3, letter V-W. Half=80
Trombone Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 7-13. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement 4, letter EE-GG. Dotted Half=100 
Euphonium Music PDF 
  • Holst: Play measures 4-19. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 21-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement 4, letter I-K. Quarter=120
Tuba Music PDF 
  • Holst: Play measures 4-18. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement 4, letter I-K. Quarter=120 
String Bass Music PDF
  • Holst: Play measures 4-14. Quarter=112
  • Sousa: Play measures 22-38. Quarter=120
  • Green: Play Movement 4, letter F-I. Dotted Half=60 


Percussion: Percussion Auditions will be Monday afternoon, August 25th from 3:30 - 6pm in McCain 201
Auditions are open to any student of any major at the university, just contact our percussion professor Dr. Gartner for information, sign ups, and requirements.

2014/2015 Percussion Audition Required Materials: (non music majors may contact Dr. Gartner for PDFs and audition requirements)

Marimba
The Happy Farmer (Gaines** p. 66-67)

Timpani
Etude No. 18 (Peters+ p. 143)

Snare Drum
#5 (Cirone* p. 7)

Xylophone
Hansel und Gretel
3. Bild, 3. Szene ("Hexenritt")
Ulrich++ p. 49

Cymbals
Tchaik 4 mvmt.4 270-end
Ulrich++ p. 75

Tambourine
Carmen 2. Akt, Nr. 12
Ulrich++ p. 76

*Cirone, Anthony. Portraits in Rhythm. Miami: Warner Bros. Publications, 1999.

**Gaines, Julia. Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba, Level 1. Columbia, MO: Gaines Publications, 2011.

++Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich. Orchester-Probespiel: Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz,
Germany: Schott, 1993.

+Peters, Mitchell. Fundamental Method for Timpani. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.

2014-2015 Concert Schedule

October 15, 2014
McCain Auditorium
7:30pm



Special Guest : The Boston Brass

"An American Anthem" - M. Max McKee
"A Fugal Overture" - Gustav Holst
"As One Listens to the Rain" - David French
"Bat Out of Hell" - Paul Richards
*Dr. Anna Wytko, Alto Saxophone Soloist
"With Pleasure" - John Phillip Sousa
Wind Ensemble with "Boston Brass" - TBA

December 2, 2014
McCain Auditorium
7:30pm

 

"The Star Spangled Banner" - arr. Zaninelli
"Febris Ver" - Nancy Galbraith
"Remember Me" - David Maslanka
*Dr. David Littrell, Cello Soloist 
"Symphony for Band" - Edward Green

March 8, 2015
McCain Auditorium
3:00pm 

 

May 3, 2015
McCain Auditorium
7:30pm
 

 

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:

St. Charles East High School, Jim Kull
Rock Creek High School, Scott Bradley
Blue Valley Northwest High School, John Selzer
Blue Valley West High School, Daneil Kirk
Seaman High School, Cary Stahly
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)

Heather Gering