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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.

2018-2019 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 Wichita, Kansas City, the Men's Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, and the Big 12 Women's Tournament in Oklahoma City! The rehearsals are just three short mini-camps in October and the band is divided into two bands of equal strength.

Woodwind-Brass Audition Times:

Auditions will be held in Dr. Wimmer's Office (224 McCain). Sign-up for an audition time by CLICKING HERE. Please also complete the information form by CLICKING HERE. 

Wednesday, September 26: 9:30am-12:00pm; 1:30-3:00pm; 8:30-10:00pm
Thursday, September 27: 9:30-12:00pm; 1:30-3:00pm; 8:30-10:00pm
Monday, October 1: 1:30-3:00pm; 8:30-10:00pm
Wednesday, October 3: 9:30am-12:00pm; 1:30-3:00pm, 8:30-10:00pm

Woodwind-Brass Audition Requirements:

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

*This audition will determine the December 22 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.

Drumset-Electric Bass Audition Times:

Auditions will be held in Kirmser Hall on Monday, October 15th: 8:00pm Setup/8:30-10:00pm Audition.

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

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. Believer (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

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

Monday, October 22nd: 8:00pm Setup/8:30-10:00pm RH (Kirmser Hall)
Thursday, October 25th: 7:00pm Setup/7:30-9:30pm RH (Kirmser Hall)
Monday, October 29th: 8:00pm Setup/8:30-9:30pm RH (Kirmser Hall)

Games Begin on Thursday, November 1st!!!

PDF Materials:

2018-2019 Cat Band Syllabus

2018-2019 Cat Band Schedule

2018-2019 Cat Band Important Information and Dates

2018-2019 Cat Band Rhythm Section Results

2018-2019 Cat Band Roster


2018-2019 Cat Band Pink Sheet Google Form

2018-2019 Cat Band Break Band Sign-Ups