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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



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

"Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Doubt” -  Jess Langston-Turner
“The Hearts’s Reflection” - Daniel Elder
“Escapades” - John Williams (Dr. Anna Wytko, A.Sax Soloist)
“Concerto for Sax Quartet” - David Maslanka
“Marching Song of Democracy” -  Percy Grainger

April 30, 2017

 “Pale Blue on Deep” - Aaron Perrine
“Rhapsody In Blue”  - George Gershwin  (Amanda Arrington, Piano Soloist)
“Australian Up-Country Tune” - Percy Grainger (Dr. Ron Hufstader, Guest Conductor)
“Trumpet Concerto” TBA, (Nancy Taylor, Trumpet Soloist)
“Angel of Mercy” - David Maslanka
“Dance of the Jesters” - Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Trans. by: Ray E. Cramer 

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)

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