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Kansas State Wind Ensemble


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.

Auditions for the 2016-2017 Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble

Audition Excerpts posted below. Please Sign up for an Audition time at the bulletin board outside McCain 226.

Required: Prepare Piece (Audition Excerpts), Scales as Requested, Sight Reading

Required Meeting: Aug. 22nd, Monday - 3:30pm meeting in McCain 201 for all students auditioning

Fall 2016 Audition Schedule

Monday, Aug. 22nd

3:30 pm - Meeting in 201

Dr. Tracz's Office:

4pm - Flutes
6pm - Oboes
7pm - Bassoons

Mr. Linn's Office:

4pm - Trumpets
6pm - Horns

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd

Dr. Tracz's Office:

6:30pm - Saxophones
8pm - Clarinets

Mr. Linn's Office:

6:30pm - Trombones
8pm - Tubas
9pm - Euphoniums

2016 Excerpts for Fall Auditions:(click on instrument name for pdfs. Please prepare to the best of your ability)



 Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

 Movement I   m.1-43

 Movement II m. 21-31

 Movement III            m.3-19

 Movement VI            m. 12-33/70-84


 Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

 Movement I   m. 1-43

 Movement II m. 3-11

 Movement III            m. 3-19

 Movement VI            m. 12-33/70-84

Oboe/English Horn

 Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

 Movement I   m.1-43/53-61

 Movement II m. 3-11 (English Horn)

 Movement IV            m. 70-92

 Movement VI            m. 12-33/70-84

B-flat Clarinet

 Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

 1st Clarinet

 Movement I   m.1-43

 Movement III            m.19-30

 Movement IV            m.19-47

 Movement V  m.7-13

 Movement VI            m. 12-33/70-84

 2nd Clarinet

 Movement III            m.1-8

Bass Clarinet

 Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

 Movement II m. 11-29

 Movement IV            m. 65-92

 Movement V  m.1-13

 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 Movement I   m. 41-57 


Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

Movement I   m.1-7/52-70

Movement II m. 11-19

Movement VI            m. 70-76

Dahl – Sinfonietta

Movement I   m.279-287

Alto Saxophone

Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

Movement I   m.1-7/23-43

Movement II m. 21-31

Movement V  m.1-11

Movement VI            m. 70-84


Persichetti – Divertimento for Band

Movement V  m. 1-28

Dahl – Sinfonietta

Movement I   m.8-40/247-270/282-301

Archer – Common Threads

m. 146-152


 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 2nd Horn

 Movement I   m.1-7

 1st Horn

 Movement I   m. 45-57/63-79/125-138

 Archer – Common Threads

 m. 104-135


 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 Movement I   41-57/95-103/247-301

 Archer – Common Threads

 m. 122-134

Euphonium Treble Clef

 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 Movement I   m.41-57/67-79/150-157/247-301

 Archer – Common Threads

 m. 122-135/146-152

Euphonium Bass Clef

 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 Movement I   m.41-57/67-79/150-157/247-301

 Archer – Common Threads

 m. 122-135/146-152


 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 Movement I   m.41-57/67-79/247-301

 Archer – Common Threads

 m. 122-152

String Bass

 Dahl – Sinfonietta

 Movement I   m.41-57/67-79/247-301

 Archer – Common Threads

 m. 136-143

Percussion - Sign-up sheets for concert auditions will be posted outside the band office (McCain 226). Instruments will be provided, but you must provide your own sticks, mallets, tuning devices, and music. 

Click Here for the Percussion Studio Handbook/Newsletter

Click Here for the Percussion Audition Excerpts




Kansas State University Wind Ensemble


Instrumentation – Total: 53


1       Picc

3       Flutes

2       Oboes

3       Bassoons

7       Bb Clarinets

2       Bass Clarinets

3       Alto Saxophone

1       Tenor Saxophone

1       Baritone Saxophone

6       Horns

6       Trumpets

3       Trombones

2       Euphoniums

2       Tuba

1       String Bass

1       Piano

9       Percussion



2016-2017 Concert Schedule

October 12, 2016

Mercury Fanfare - Bryce Craig
Divertimento for Band - Vincent Persichetti
Sinfonietta - Ingolf Dahl
Variations on a Theme of Glinka - Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov
Common Threads - Kimberly Archer

October 14, 2016

Deep Calls to Deep - Jess Turner

December 4, 2016

Dash - Anthony O'Toole
Second Suite in F - Gustav Holst
DARKLightNESS - Jim Bonney (Guitar Solo)
Downtown Divertimento - Johan de Meij
Pandemonium - Roger Cichy

March 5, 2017


April 30, 2017



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