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Welcome to K-State Bands! If you are a prospective band member and would like more information complete our online prospective member form found on the left side of this page, call us at 785-532-3816, or schedule a campus visit! 

Classy Cat auditions for the 2017-18 season will take place on May 6th, 2017.  You can register HERE.

Drumline Mini Camp will take place on May 6th, 2017.  You can register HERE.

Colorguard auditions for the 2017-18 season will take place on May 6th, 2017.  You can register HERE.

Twirler auditions for the 2017-18 season will take place on May 6th, 2017.  You can register HERE.

Band Director Day for the 2017-18 season will take place September 2nd, 2017.  You can register HERE.

The 2017 Concert Band Clinic was held January 20-22, 2017 on the campus of Kansas State University.

Thank you to all the students, directors, and parents who attended to 2017 Kansas State University Concert Band Clinic.  This year's event featured over 635 students from 79 high school all across the state of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma split into six bands, each led by a nationally renowned conductor/educator. 

While on campus, the students got to spend three days meeting new people, playing great music, and getting better on their instrument while attending clinics and rehearsals led by the K-State applied faculty, graduate students, and top undergraduates from the K-State band program.  This experience culminated in a performance in famed McCain auditorium in front of a large and appreciative audience.

Thank you all so much for your support and attendance at this year's clinic and please join us next year for our 25th Anniversary!  Next year's CBC will take place January 19th - 21st, 2018.

The 2017 Central States Marching Festival will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. With great feedback, video clinics, and optional hour clinics, this is the perfect early-season marching festival. Registration will be coming this spring.

Check out this article from ESPN talking about Coach Snyder's historic 200th win, featuring some kind words and a video of the Pride of Wildcat Land!

Summer Music Camp

June 11 - 15, 2017

Registration for the 2017 KSU Summer Music Camp is now OPEN!! SIGN UP TODAY!!!

The 2017 Kansas State University Summer Music Camp will be held on June 11-15th and is open to all band students grades 5 through 12. A typical daily schedule during camp includes a full group rehearsal in the morning, followed by a sectional (small group) rehearsal with instruction by a specialist. Lunch is followed by supervised recreation time at either the K-State Union or the brand new Manhattan City Water Park, another full group rehearsal, then small group instruction. The campers perform with the Manhattan Municipal Band on Tuesday evening and camp culminates with a final performance by the camp ensembles Thursday afternoon.

The guest conductors for the 2017 KSU Music camp will be Dr. Jay Gilbert, Director of Bands at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, and Dr. Larry Blocher of Troy University (Alabama). There is also the possibility of adding a 3rd band due to increased interest in the camp. The five-day camp exposes students to a variety of ensemble and rehearsal settings, including concert band, small ensembles, and jazz ensembles.

Check out the article ESPN posted highlighting the greatest pregame traditions in college football... You just might find the band we all know and love featured prominently!

Best Pregame Traditions in College Football

Check out the article College Marching Bands posted about the BRAND NEW seating for the KSUMB in Bill Snyder Family Stadium!

K-State Shows off New Seats & POWER

Frank Tracz inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame

Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands and professor of music, was inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame this past Tuesday. The Conn-Selmer Institute is a three and a half day professional development conference for college students, directors, and music program leaders held every June on the beautiful campus of Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. CSI equips current and future music educators with practical skills and relevant strategies addressing current trends in music education. The curriculum is comprised of inspiring workshops led by world-class clinicians.

Dr. Tracz has been on the faculty at the Conn-Selmer Institute every summer since 2006. He remains active as a conductor, clinician, and educator for Conn-Selmer throughout the year. Several K-State graduate and undergraduate students attended this past week’s institute where they collaborated with music educators and music professionals from all across the country.

Conn-Selmer is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use. They are currently the largest American musical instrument manufacturer. Their education division seeks to support band directors and students all over the world improve their classrooms, refine their musicianship, and inspire passionate teaching.

 

 

Twirler auditions for the 2017-18 season will take place on May 6th, 2017.  You can register HERE.