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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.

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


Fanfare Aureus - Kimberly Archer
Serenity - Ola Gjeilo/Wilson
Images - Scott McAllister
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