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Cat Band

"Playing in the Cat Band has been an extremely rewarding experience. Not only do I get to "rock out" to some great tunes, but we have the opportunity to watch some of the best college basketball the NCAA has to offer."
Michael Sturd
Music Education

The Cat Band is a group that plays during men's and women's basketball games, as well as other events in the community to energize the Wildcat Nation!!  

The Cat Band is under the direction of Dr. Alex Wimmer.

2019-2020 Cat Band Auditions:

Basketball Season is just right around the corner and so are Cat Band Auditions! The Cat Band plays for all K-State Men's and Women's Home Basketball Games. It is a great experience and a very fun group to be a part of. With this year's projected basketball success there is also a very real possibility of NCAA Tournament Travel. We will also be playing tournaments in Kansas City (Women's/Men's Big 12 Tournament and other select games)! The rehearsals are just three short mini-camps in October and the band is divided into two bands of equal strength.

2019 Woodwind-Brass Audition Times:

Auditions will be held in Dr. Wimmer's Office (224 McCain). Sign-up for an audition time by CLICKING HERE. Each day has it's own tab. Please do not erase someone else's name!

Please also complete the information form by CLICKING HERE

Wednesday, September 25: 1:30-3:00pm; 8:30-10:00pm
Thursday, September 26: 9:30-12:00pm; 1:30-3:00pm; 7:30-10:00pm
Monday, September 30: 1:30-3:00pm; 8:30-10:00pm
Wednesday, October 2: 11:30am-12:30pm; 1:30-3:00pm, 8:30-10:00pm

2019 Woodwind-Brass Audition Requirements:

Wildcat Victory (please download and prepare your desired part memorized):

*This audition will determine the December 21 Tournament Band and put you on the short-list for Spring Tournaments. You will be evaluated on: tone quality, range, rhythmic accuracy, note accuracy, style/articulation, and dynamics will be taken into consideration.

2019 Drumset-Electric Bass Audition Times:

Auditions will be held in AFC on Monday, October 7: 7:00pm Setup/7:30-10:00pm Audition.

*This will be the ONLY audition for Drumeset and Electric Bass! Re-scheduling will not be an option.

2019 Drumset-Electric Bass Audition Requirements:

1. Prepare using the following recording: Wildcat Victory (Fight Song) - Soft and Strong Version
2. Prepare using the following recording: Wabash Cannonball
3. The Pretender (please prepare and perform your own drumset part):

4. On-the-spot grooves w/a click or bass groove:

  • 8-bar loop: 7-bars of groove, 1-bar fill
  • Styles that could be selected rock, funk, or shuffle

2019 Cat Band Mini-Camp Dates (attendance is mandatory for all members):

Monday, October 14: 7:30pm Setup/8:00-10:00pm RH (AFC)
Thursday, October 17: 7:30pm Setup/8:00-10:00pm RH (Kirmser Hall)
Monday, October 21: 7:30pm Setup/8:00-10:00pm RH (AFC)

Games Begin on Friday, October 25, 2019

2019-2020 PDF Materials:

2019-2020 Cat Band Syllabus

2019-2020 Cat Band Schedule v4

2019-2020 Cat Band Important Information and Dates v1

2019-2020 Cat Band Rhythm Section Results

2019-2020 Cat Band Roster


2019-2020 Cat Band Pink Sheet Google Form

2019-2020 Cat Band Break Band Sign-Ups

2020 Tournament Dates

2020 Tournament Availability Google Form