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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.
Cat Band Auditions:

2017-2018 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 (226 McCain). Sign-Up for a time slot at Band Office Bulletin Board (226 McCain).

Thursday, September 28: 9:00-10:40am, 12:30-2:30pm
Friday, September 29: 9:00-11:15am
Monday, October 2: 1:30-3:00pm, 8:30-10:00pm
Tuesday, 9:00-10:40am, 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, 1:30-3:30pm, 8:30-10:00pm

Woodwind-Brass Audition Requirements:

Wildcat Victory (please prepare your desired part and does not need to be memorized)

Flute
Clarinet 1, 2
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Trumpet 1, 23
Mellophone
Trombone 1, 2
Baritone TCBC
Tuba

Drumset-Electric Bass Auditions:

Auditions will be held on in Kirmser Hall.

Monday, October 9th: 7:00pm Setup/7:30-9:30pm Audition
*This will be the ONE and ONLY audition for Drumset and Electric Bass!

Drum Set Audition Requirements:

1. Prepare from recording: Wildcat Victory (Fight Song) - Soft and Strong Version
2. Prepare from recording: Wabash Cannon Ball
3. The Phoenix (please prepare and perform your own drum set part):

4. On-the-Spot Grooves w/a click or bass groove:
  • 8-bar loop: 7-bars groove, 1-bar fill
  • Styles that could be selected: rock, funk, swing, shuffle

Electric Bass Audition Requirements:

1. Prepare Wildcat Victory (Fight Song) - (from tuba part (read up one octave)
2. Prepare from recording: Wabash Cannon Ball
3. The Phoenix (please prepare and perform your own drum set part):

4. On-the-Spot Grooves w/a click or drum groove:
  • Styles that could be selected: rock, funk, swing, shuffle
Cat Band Mini Camp Dates:

Thursday, October 19th: 7:00pm Setup/7:30pm-9:30pm RH (Kirmser Hall)
Monday, October 23th: 7:30pm Setup/8:00-9:30pm RH (Kirmser Halll)
Thursday, October 26th: 7:00pm Setup/7:30pm-9:30pm RH (Kirmser Hall)

Games Begin on Friday, November 3rd!!!