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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.

2016-2017 Concert Schedule

Auditions for the Spring 2017 Concert Ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Brass and Woodwind Ensembles)

*Current Fall 2016 Concert Ensembles will audition on their current music after the concert. 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 for New Members will be held:

Wednesday, December 7th 

3:30 pm - 5:20 pm 

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 Dr. Tracz at ftracz@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

Oboe (Do not prepare English Horn Excerpt)


Sax (All saxophones audition on this part)




Euphonium BC

Euphonium TC


String Bass

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