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.

2014 - 2015 Audition Information

Winds: Audition information will be posted by the last week in July. Auditions will be August 25th - August 27th

Percussion: Percussion Auditions will be Monday afternoon, August 25th from 3:30 - 6pm in McCain 201
Auditions are open to any student of any major at the university, just contact our percussion professor Dr. Gartner for information, sign ups, and requirements.

2014/2015 Percussion Audition Required Materials: (non music majors may contact Dr. Gartner for PDFs and audition requirements)

The Happy Farmer (Gaines** p. 66-67)

Etude No. 18 (Peters+ p. 143)

Snare Drum
#5 (Cirone* p. 7)

Hansel und Gretel
3. Bild, 3. Szene ("Hexenritt")
Ulrich++ p. 49

Tchaik 4 mvmt.4 270-end
Ulrich++ p. 75

Carmen 2. Akt, Nr. 12
Ulrich++ p. 76

*Cirone, Anthony. Portraits in Rhythm. Miami: Warner Bros. Publications, 1999.

**Gaines, Julia. Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba, Level 1. Columbia, MO: Gaines Publications, 2011.

++Gschwendtner, Hermann, and Hans Jochen Ulrich. Orchester-Probespiel: Pauke/Schlagzeug. Mainz,
Germany: Schott, 1993.

+Peters, Mitchell. Fundamental Method for Timpani. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.

2014-2015 Concert Schedule

October 15, 2014
McCain Auditorium

Special Guest : The Boston Brass


December 2, 2014
McCain Auditorium



March 8, 2015
McCain Auditorium



May 3, 2015
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