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K-State Today

February 21, 2017

Tracz treks to South Africa

By Jay Koupal

Frank Tracz, director of bands and professor of music, has been invited to conduct the International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa Honor Band Feb. 22-26 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The ensemble is comprised of students from Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Tracz will rehearse the band for three days culminating in a concert on Saturday, Feb. 25. The concert finale will be a joint performance by the band and choir.

This band festival started in 2012 in Zimbabwe and has proved to be an important educational and motivating opportunity for high school age students of these African countries. Most of these students do not have the opportunity to play in a larger ensemble like this and this festival is quickly growing into a great experience for all.