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Manhattan Municipal Band

Dear Manhattan Municipal Band Friends,

On behalf of the 100+ members of the 96th Manhattan Municipal Band I thank you all for attending our concerts and supporting this tremendous Manhattan tradition.  I know  all of us on stage really enjoyed performing for this great community and we all truly appreciate your support of the band.  The Larry Norvell Band Shell is a very special place in memory of a very special man and I know he is smiling down upon us with great pride in knowing this great tradition continues.  Bravo to all the musicians and staff that made this summer a musically enjoyable experience for so many.

I invite you all to continue supporting the Manhattan band tradition scene by attending band concerts from elementary school through the university scene in support of the Art of band music making.   These young people will be he leaders of our community some day and we hope to encourage them to promote bands in the Little Apple for another 96 years!!

My heartfelt thank you to you all, and we will see you on the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium or in the concert halls of Mccain and All Faiths Chapel!.

Go Cats, Go Band!!!

Frank Tracz
Director of the Manhattan Municipal Band


Manhattan, Kansas has had a tax-supported Municipal Band since 1920 when the city adopted a tax levy for that purpose. The band played its first concert on the lawn of the Riley County Courthouse. Over the years the band's membership has come from all conceivable walks of life, including students, staff, and faculty from Kansas State University, Manhattan Christian College and surrounding public schools, as well as military and civilian personnel from nearby Fort Riley, representatives of the community's diverse private sector, clergy, and retirees. Read more 


The Manhattan Municipal Band is very proud of its history and its place as a central part of life in Manhattan, Kansas. Nearly every resident of this town has somehow been touched by the municipal band, whether as a performing member or as part of our audience. As we close in on a century of service to central Kansas we look forward to continued growth and excellence. If you are, or have ever been a member of the Manhattan Municipal Band, we hope that you will always take pride in that affiliation. If you have ever been a member of our audience we thank you for your support and hope for your many returns. If you have never attended one of our performances we hope that you will take advantage of that opportunity very soon so that you can experience this wonderful community we call home.