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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 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:



Bass Clarinet



Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Bari Sax




Euphonium BC

Euphonium TC


String Bass

Wildcats take Manhattan:

The Wind Ensemble had an amazing trip to the Big Apple and had the experience of a lifetime performing on one of the world's greatest stages. On April 7th, the K-State Wind Ensemble presented the works of Holst, Maslanka, Marquez, Richards, and Stravinsky in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The concert was presented as the showcase performance of the New York International Music Festival. The band also performed on April 6th in Central Park at the famous Naumberg Band Shell to a very enthusiastic New York Audience. The trip ended up being a very valuable learning and performance experience for the group and everyone left the city inspired and proud of what they had accomplished. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all who made this trip possible and would like to thank the many family members who made the trip to see their loved ones perform in such a unique and wonderful environment.

carnegie hall 1

carnegie 2

carnegie stageband shell


2015-2016 Concert Schedule

October 21, 2015
McCain Auditorium

Resplendent Glory - Rossano Galante
Desi - Michael Daugherty
Concerto for Trombone  - James Beckel
     Domingo Pagliuca, Trombone Soloist
Black Dog - Scott McAllister
     Tod Kerstetter, Clarinet Soloist
Honey Boys on Parade - Edward Victor Cupero/Bourgeois

December 3, 2015
McCain Auditorium


El Camino Real - Alfred Reed
Serenity - Ola Gjeilo/Wilson
Finale to HAIL! CALIFORNIA - Sait-Saens, arr. Martin
Winter Ricecar - Kevin M. Walczyk
From the Shores of The Mighty Pacific - Clarke
     Jack Brndiar, Trumpet Soloist
Slant Aparatus - Peter Van Zandt Lane

March 7, 2016
McCain Auditorium


Fresno Wind Band Festival, March


CBDNA SW, Boulder, Colorado, March


May 1, 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:

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