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Wichita Trip: Letter to Professors

2018 KSUMB Band Camp
Sorority Recruitment Guidelines

Many women are a part of sorority life and marching band – both are such great experiences! While recruitment is a crazy week, our staff values and prioritizes the K-State Marching Band. Marching Band is a Sudler Trophy award winner, recognized as one of the best programs in the country, and we are glad that you want to be a part of it! Like many women who have other obligations during recruitment (e.g. cheer, orientation, etc.), your week will look different. Women participating in both band and recruitment will only be able to attend Monday and Tuesday of recruitment. Band is prioritized the rest of the week. Chapters are notified that you will be missing the rest of the week because of your commitment to bands; many chapters respect that decision and will keep you in the process despite not being able to meet you Wednesday-Friday. We recommend creating a detailed profile to give chapters a better look at you since they won’t get as much time with you. If you need help with that, please contact Jordan Kocher at jkocher@ksu.edu.


  • Recruitment Round 1 (Open House): Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 – Based on band and recruitment schedules, you will attend eight recruitment events on Monday, and the first event on Tuesday. You will be able to meet 9 of the 13 chapters. Tuesday at 10:30 am you will meet at McCain for a band/recruitment meeting with our sorority life staff. We will talk to you about what the rest of the week could look like and give you your options.


  • Recruitment Rounds 2-4: Based on both schedules, you will miss all scheduled recruitment events Wednesday-Friday. Each morning, your recruitment guide will contact you to let you know what chapters you were invited back to. You will then get to decide if you want to continue in the process.


  • Bid Night: Friday, August 18 – The Bid Night program begins at 7 p.m. Work with Dr. Tracz’s staff to seek approval to be late or absent from any rehearsals that conflict with this event. (No guarantees can be made that you will be approved to miss that portion of camp.) If you are unable to attend this program, accommodations will be made to notify you of which sorority you have been invited to join.


  • Bid Day: Saturday, August 19 – No conflicts are presented by the recruitment schedule on Saturday. However, this portion of the schedule is developed by the individual sororities. Sororities are expected to allow women to attend Band/Classy Cat camp events on Saturday.

If you are participating in recruitment, please inform Dr. Frank Tracz at (785) 532-3816 or ftracz@ksu.edu.

2018 Spring Updates!!!

Annual Spring Picnic
Sunday, May 6, 2018 4:00-6:00pm
Leadership Announcements @ 5:00pm
Frank Anneberg Park (off Anderson Road, west side of town)

KSUMB Leadership Meeting
The new Pride leadership will meet with Dr. Tracz, Dr. Wimmer, and the band staff on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 5pm at Pizza Ranch Come Hungry!!!

MPS Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 19, 2018
For more information, click HERE!!!
Each section from The Pride is expected to find a hole sponsor and put a team together.

Newsletter Comin’
The Spring Newsletter will be hitting your mailboxes in May. Keep an eye out for it and return your commitment and secondary uniform forms!!!

Speaking of Secondaries…
Once every few years, we are unable to order matching uniform parts from our current supplier. Everyone will need to purchase new Secondary Uniforms (complete). We will also be switching to a new marching “tennis style” shoe for The Pride (more comfort and support for those long game-day). More information in the May Newsletter.
CHECK OUT the Pictures below
New Secondary Shirt - click HERE
New Secondary Jacket - click HERE
New Tennis style marching shoe - click HERE

2018 Band Camp Schedule
Sunday August 12, 2018 – Sunday August 19, 2018
August 12 - Band Staff Work Day (Rookie dorm move in day)
August 13 - Leadership Meetings & Challenge Course
August 14 - Rookie Day
August 15 - Vets return (band is set)
August 16 - Learning Pre-game/first Halftime
August 17 - Continue learning Pregame/Halftime
August 18 - Aggieville Band/Spirit Night
August 19 - Traditions Training at BSFS
August 20 - Classes Start – GO TO CLASS!

2017 KSUMB CD-DVDs Are In:

If you ordered a 2017 KSUMB CD and/or DVD, they are available for pick-up in the Band Office (McCain 226) or they were already mailed to you!

If you would like to purchase them, you can (CD-$15/DVD-$20). Please bring cash or pay by check (written to KSU Bands)!

New Glowlogos for The Pride

Checkout this this link for the NEW light-up license plates for your car. Click HERE!!!

2018 Football Schedule:

September 1 vs. University of South Dakota (Band Director Day, All-Star Marching Band)
September 8 vs. Mississippi State
September 15 vs. UTSA (Fort Riley Day)
September 21 - Wabunsee HS Football Game
September 22 at West Virginia
September 29 vs. Texas
October 6 at Baylor (Central States Marching Festival)
October 13 vs. Oklahoma State (Drumline Day, Homecoming)
October 20 BYE
October 27 at Oklahoma
November 3 at TCU
November 10 vs. KU
November 17 vs. Texas Tech (Senior Day)
November 24 at Iowa State 

Sometimes Purpose Finds You

Check out this GREAT article about KSU alumn Ray Navarro and how generosity serves the KSUMB Family!


2017 KSUMB Award Recipients:

Wildcat Loyalty Award:
Steve Levine

Director's Award:
Keith Westerveldt

Lifetime Loyalty Award:
Geralyn Tracz

Rod Funk Memorial Scholarship:
Gabe Bazil
Dawson Johannes
Rachel Mallon
Ben Rajewski
Elaine Snowden

Most Inspirational:
Natalie Alton
Jacob Sweatt

Rookie's of the Year:
Sophie Filbert
Emma Karber
Michael Klein
Christian McCloud
Miranda Urban

Music Instructor of the Year:
Wes Crow
Abby Huck

Marching & Maneuvering Instructor of the Year:
Aaron Bloom
Alyssa Hupp
Natalie White

Assistant Section Leader of the Year:
Abigail Ayre
Jacob Dobbs
Steven Robinson
Ashton Thomas

Section Leaders of the Year:
Kirk Kennedy
Lucas Verscheldon
Preston Thomas

Ernie Barrett Award:
Eric Tinkler

Wabash Award:
Cedric Barnes
Max Stuckey

Harry Erickson Award:
Amy Dundas
Sara Gift
Kirsten Votaw

Alumni Band Award:
Natalie Alton

KKY/TBS Bandsman-Bandswoman Award:
Natalie Alton
Jordan Strickler

Marching Pride Award:
Alto Saxophone Section

Phil Hewitt Award:
Natalie Alton
Jessica Brummel
Blake Moris

EMAW Award:
Piccolo Section

Section of the Year:
Tenor Saxophone Section

Grit Award:
Shelby Goss
Matt Scott 

Pre-Game Encouragement and 
Heartfelt Message:

A message from Coach Snyder to the 2017 KSUMB:

I don’t have words to tell you how much I appreciate each of you and your genuine and caring relationship with our football program. Your weekly performances bring life to the stadium, fans and players alike. You continue to play a major part in any successes we have. Looking forward to seeing you at the Bowl game (wherever that may be).

Thank you again for all you mean to me and our University.

Wishing you continued success and good fortune.

Warmest regards,

Bill Snyder

Coach Snyder and Dr. Tracz share words of encouragement for their programs before Pre-Game of the Iowa State game!

IAPD Students' Talents Extend Beyond the Classroom

Elizabeth Whitsken

Meadowlark Pep Band:

Meadowlark PB

On November 5, 2017, members of the KSUMB performed a pep band for the residents at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. Pictured is Martha Kellstrom, who played alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and marching tenors in the KSUMB during the 1970's!



Dr. Tracz "welcoming" Mr. Linn to K-State!


Kansas State University Marching Band

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Pride of Wildcat Land. Located at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, the 400+ member "Pride" performs at K-State Wildcat football games in the fall and represents Kansas State University at many other events.  These events include bowl games and pep rallies as well as administrative, Alumni, and Foundation functions.

The K-State Marching Band is under the direction of Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands, and Dr. Alex Wimmer, Assistant Director of Bands.

If you are a prospective student and are interested in obtaining more information about our band program and scholarship information, please click on the "Sign up Now" button to the left, to complete a Prospective Form. This form does not obligate you to K-State nor our program. From this form we are able to send you important information to help you make an informed decision.

Please explore the links to the left to learn more about our history, songs, traditions, personnel, organizations, and other resources of the Kansas State University Marching Band. If you are prospective band member and would like more information complete our online prospective member form, call us at 785-532-3816, or schedule a campus visit!