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EnsemblesFamily Tradition2021 Pride Classic

Congrats to all the K-State marching band members who participated in the first ever Inter-collegiate Marching Band! The band performed at half-time on the video screen at the National Championship game between Alabama and Ohio State. More info...

Participating Students

Riley Toom, fourth-year Color Guard member and senior in applied music, Andover; Bailey Lincoln, fourth-year Classy Cats member and senior in kinesiology, Berryton; Ryan Nelson, drum major, fourth-year band member and senior in music education, Caney; Caitlyn Rude, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in elementary education, Garden City; Maddie Lane, fourth-year Color Guard member and senior in secondary education-English, Goddard.

From Greater Kansas City: Morgan Haworth, first-year Classy Cats member and freshman in secondary education, Kansas City; Chris Hovis, second-year band tuba player and sophomore in music education, Leawood; Megan Kiekbusch, first-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in nutrition and health, and Kinsley Turner, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in life sciences, both from Lenexa; Brooke Allen, third-year Classy Cats member and junior in human development and family science, Chloe Bartels, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in human development and family science, Meredith Casey, drum major, fourth-year band member and senior in music education, Layne Steffen, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in business administration, Grace Williams, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in open option, and Kaitlyn Woicke, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in business administration, all from Olathe; Megan McGrevey, first-year Classy Cats member and freshman in computer science, and Kia Warren, third-year Classy Cats member and senior in elementary education, both from Overland Park; and Emerson Bidnick, third-year Classy Cats member and senior in accounting, and Mackenzie Nagel, third-year Classy Cats member and junior in journalism and mass communications, both from Shawnee.

Brevin Armstrong, first-year Classy Cats member and junior in elementary education, Hutchinson; Will Osorio, first-year band tuba player and freshman in music education, Junction City; Jenna Gillespie, first-year Classy Cats member and freshman in business administration, Lawrence; Delaney Madden, fifth-year band twirler and senior in family studies and human services, Osawatomie; Gillian Falcon, drum major, fourth-year band member and senior in chemical engineering, Salina.

From Topeka: Kathryn Artiles, first-year Classy Cats member and freshman in sports nutrition; Jordan May, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in fine arts; and Kamryn Nickel, second-year Classy Cats member and junior in open option.

From Wichita: Jacob Keith, fourth-year band trombone player and senior in finance and accounting; Justin Keogebon, third-year band baritone player and senior in computer science and mathematics; Mara McElgunn, second-year Classy Cats member and junior in kinesiology; Elleigh Peters, second-year Classy Cats member and sophomore in open option; and Sophia Shaar, third-year band mellophone player and senior in chemical engineering.

From Missouri: Zoey Dutcher, fourth-year Color Guard member and senior in secondary education-English, Camden Point; and Josi Frigon, second-year Classy Cats member and junior in civil engineering, Liberty.

Dr. Tracz & Dr. Wimmer Present at Virtual KMEA In-Service Workshop!

Director of Bands, Dr. Frank Tracz and Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. Alex Wimmer will both be presenting at this years KMEA Virtual In-Service Workshop. Dr. Tracz will present a morning session on Friday, February 26 at 11:00am on how to “Never Waste A Crisis.” That same day, Dr. Wimmer will present Friday afternoon at 2:30pm about “Taking Pride in your Concert Percussion Section.” Lastly there is a KMEA Virtual Reception Zoom link starting at 5:00pm on February 26th.

More information can be found below:

Dr. Tracz/Dr. Wimmer Session:
“Never Waste A Crisis"
Friday, February 26 | 11:00am-12:00pm
 
Dr. Wimmer Session:
“Taking Pride in your Concert Percussion Section"
Friday, February 26 | 2:30-3:30pm


KMEA Reception Zoom Link:
Topic: K-State 2021 KMEA Virtual Reception
Time: Feb 26, 2021 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://ksu.zoom.us/j/91953566005 

2021 Spring Newsletter 

Greetings Future and Present Wildcat Band Members!

This first of two newsletters will provide you with updated information regarding all the schedules, plans, details, etc. of becoming a member of one of our K-State bands. Please read this over and e-mail me with any questions.  We are still waiting for final confirmation on some events but we are determined to get through this and get back to doing “real” band once again, real soon. 

The band program at K-State is a great program filled with tremendous music making opportunities for all and we’d love to have you with us!

Be safe, Go Cats, Go Band!

Dr. Tracz

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IDEAll WEEK 2021

On February 15-19, presentations and performances by various K-State MTD students, groups, alumni, and faculty celebrating the contributions of black artists, composers, genres, and historical events in the arts. In addition to home grown artists, there will be featured 4 invited special guests who embody the philosophical and artistic goals we seek. This of course aligns with Black History Month and is our way to come together to celebrate the ideals of inclusion/identity, diversity, and equity for all through the arts.

Link to IDEall - https://www.k-state.edu/mtd/ideall/

In-State Tuition for Missouri Residents

Live in Missouri and want to join the K-State Band Program? K-State has received approval for Missouri full-time undergraduate students to receive the resident tuition rate for fall 2021. All first-time freshmen or transfer students receive this rate. More details

Come join the K-State Band Family!

Wildcat fans, Music Educators, Band Directors, and Band parents present and future: The following videos were filmed this past fall in partnership with REW Music in Kansas City along with Bob and Megan Woeppel. This video series was filmed and produced by a professional company out of LA and the result is fantastic. These videos will be used by band directors and music educators across the nation to get students excited about joining band and choosing an instrument to play in school. The KSUMB is proud to be associated with such a terrific project. Thanks to REW Music and music educators everywhere. The videos below will get kids excited about band, will let students learn about a few of the different instruments in the band, examine a day in the life of a college band student, and talk to the parents about the value of music education.
Where Are They Now?What will you play
Starting LineupDay in the Life
For The Parents