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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.

2017-2018 Concert Schedule

October 11, 2017
McCain Auditorium

Ignatian Fanfare - John Bourgeois
Vou-me-embora - Gregory Beyer
Three World Winds - Allen Vizzutti
Carnival of Venice - Del Staigers
Spanish Dance - Dmitri Shostakovich 

December 7, 2017
McCain Auditorium

Tempest - Derek J. Weagle
Rubies - John Harbison
Legacy Concerto for Oboe - Oscar Navarro
Point Blank - Paul Dooley
Illuminations - Mark Camphouse
Curtain Raiser - Peter Boyer

March 6, 2018
McCain Auditorium 

San Andreas Landscapes - Rossano Galante
Song for Hope - Peter Meechan
Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble - David Maslanka
Spanish Dance - Dmitri Shostakovich

April 14-19, 2018
Kennedy Center Tour

Curtain Raiser - Peter Boyer
Sanctuary - Frank Ticheli
Legacy Concerto for Oboe - Oscar Navarro
Spanish Dance - Dmitri Shostakovich

April 25, 2018
McCain Auditorium


2018 Washington DC Itinerary

2018 Washington DC Rooming List

Photo Gallery from 10.11.17 concert - click here

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