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Concert Band Clinic

The 2017 Concert Band Clinic will be held January 20-22, 2017 on the campus of Kansas State University. The 2017 Clinic Conductors are:

  • Dr. Robert Spradling
    Retired Director of Bands Western Michigan University
  • Dr. Allen Correll
    Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music, Ada Oklahoma
  • Dr. John Climer
    Professor of Music and Director of Bands, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Phil Payne
    Assistant Professor of Music Education, Kansas State University
  • Dr. Pamela Bowen Bustos
    Director of Bands, University of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Deb Traficante
    Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of University Bands, Kennesaw State University

Congratulations to our 2016 Clinic Conductors:

  • Dr. Gary Gilroy - Fresno State University (California)
  • Mr. Harvey Benstein - Pittsburgh, CA
  • Dr. Daniel Laing - Hastings College (Nebraska)
  • Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro - Fullerton College (California)
  • Mr. Danny Prado - Retired Band Director Grapevine High School (Texas)
  • Dr. David Betancourt - Cerritos College (California)

2016 CBC Conductors

Gilroy  Prado

CBC 2016 Master Schedule: CLICK HERE!

The nomination survey for the 2016 K-State Concert Band Clinic is now posted online! CBC will be January 22-24, 2016.  We have an amazing group of guest conductors this year including 
  • Dr. Gary Gilroy - Fresno State University (California)
  • Mr. Harvey Benstein - Pittsburgh, CA
  • Dr. David Laing - Hastings College (Nebraska)
  • Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro - Fullerton College (California)
  • Mr. Danny Prado - Retired Band Director Grapevine High School (Texas)
  • Dr. David Betancourt - Cerritos College (California)
Nominations for students will be accepted until November 15th. The cost per student will be $45. Please do not submit payment until after you are notified that your students have been accepted.
The student nomination and director registration links are listed below. To submit multiple nominations online, don't forget to complete the survey to the confirmation message, close your browser, and open a new window for each student nomination. Do not hit the 'back' button in your browser to access a new survey. Accepted students will be announced in mid December and they may register online at that time. This current nomination process is separate from the December registration process. If you have any questions please call us at 785-532-3816 or email Courtney at cljensen@ksu.edu.
This will be an amazing, educational event. Your students are sure to have a satisfying musical experience with some amazing clinicians and conductors. See you in January!
2016 CBC student nomination registration                    https://kstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e2QBQC1bZgByay1
2016 CBC Director Registration                                    https://kstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_51oIADPubcSw96J




Frank Tracz and Don Linn

Graduate credit is available for directors attending sessions at CBC!

Graduate Credit for attending all sessions at the Kansas State University Concert Band Clinic

January 22-24, 2016

Graduate Credit: 1

Requirement: You must attend and sign-in at every professional development session offered at the Concert Band Clinic in order to receive credit.

To enroll for graduate credit:  Register as a non-degree student, follow this link: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/domestic.html. You will not need to submit an application fee if you apply as non-degree. Have prepared an unofficial copy of your transcript.  The rest of the application materials requested are not needed.

When you receive acceptance as a non-degree student, follow the instructions to enroll for 1 graduate credit in MUSIC799B Prb/Music - Top/Concert Band Clinic #17403. The cost will be $462.55 for in-state tuition. To avoid a late fee you must complete both registration as a non-degree student and enroll in the course prior to the first day of the Concert Band Clinic. 

 If you have questions, email fburrack@ksu.edu or 785.532.3429


Congratulations to our 2015 Clinic Conductors:

  • Travis Cross - UCLA 
  • Danny Galyen - University of Northern Iowa
  • Joe Tornello - Boise State University
  • Brian Silvey - University of Missouri
  • Linda Huck, Farmington, Missouri
  • Travis Pardee - Foothills High School, Las Vegas, Nevada

After its introduction in the winter of 1994, the K-State Concert Band Clinic has grown to include over 600 students from the Midwest region. All participants experience educational and musical learning from nationally acclaimed guest clinicians. Centered on the K-State campus in Manhattan, the students are offered opportunities to visit the area and gain a sense of the University's atmosphere. The three-day event includes six large ensembles, percussion ensembles, sectional rehearsals and master classes with the K-State School of Music studio faculty. For the directors, clinician sessions are offered by the honor band directors as well as an opportunity to meet the clinicians at a sponsored luncheon. The weekend concludes with performances by all six honor bands and their percussion ensembles on the stage of McCain Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. A recording of the performance is given to each band director of the participating schools.

  • All students wishing to participate in the K-State Concert Band Clinic must be nominated by their director. Please use the enclosed nomination form to list all nominees in the order of their performance skills, with the strongest player listed first. We appreciate your comments about your students on the nomination form. We will accept a minimum of two students from every school.
  • Nomination deadline for CBC 2016 is TBA , after that date nominations will be considered on the basis of instrumentation needs at that time.
  • Please note that more Clarinets, Bass Clarinets, Double Reeds, Horns, and Tubas are generally needed to balance instrumentation.
  • Students selected, will be auditioned upon arrival and assigned to one of the five/six concert bands.
  • Your students may also arrange an appointment to audition for a KSU Music Scholarship on the Saturday of the clinic.

There is a non-refundable TBA registration fee for each student participating in the clinic. A professional recording will be made available for an additional fee. Please DO NOT send any registration fees for the students you nominate on the enclosed form. Student registration fees will be payable after nominees are notified of their selection. ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE IN OUR HANDS BY THE POSTED DATE. STUDENTS ACCEPTED FOR PARTICIPATION WILL BE NOTIFIED BY Mid December, 2015. Please help us serve your students by submitting the nomination form at your earliest convenience. We are looking forward to an inspiring three days for these young musicians as well as teachers in attendance. Please call if additional information is needed.

The following hotel will have rooms reserved under the name of KSU Band Clinic until December. After that date, availability of rooms will not be guaranteed.


Bluemont Hotel 785-473-7091 1212 Bluemont Ave.
Holiday Inn 785-539-7531 1614 Anderson Ave. 
Clarion/Four Points Sheraton 785-539-5311 530 Richards

Other hotels in Manhattan are:
Super 8 785-537-8468 200 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Days Inn 785-539-5391 1501 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Motel Six 785-537-1022 510 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Hampton Inn 785-539-5000 501 E. Poyntz
Fairfield Inn 785-539-2400 300 Colorado
Parkwood Inn 785-320-5440 505 South 17th St.
Hilton Garden Inn 785-532-9116 410 South 3rd St. 

University Bands is not responsible for making hotel reservations or paying for your rooms. We offer a choice of hotels as a courtesy.


Future Dates:

2017 - JANUARY 20-22, 2017
2018 - JANUARY 19-21, 2018
2019 - JANUARY 25-27, 2019
2020 - JANUARY 24-26, 2019