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Kansas State Wind Ensemble


The K-State Wind Ensemble (formerly Symphony Band), directed by Dr. Frank Tracz, performs the finest original works and transcriptions for concert band and wind ensemble. As the premier concert ensemble at K-State, the Wind Ensemble regularly travels to perform at regional, state, national and international concert venues.

This upcoming year we are excited to welcome several guests to campus including Dr. Mike Leckrone, retired director from University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dr. John Zarco from UTSA, euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman, and composer Peter Meechan.

2019-2020 Concert Schedule 

October 23, 2019
McCain Auditorium

A Kansas Two-Step - Pryor/ed. Singleton
Poem for Wind Ensemble - Frantzen
Children's March - Grainger
In Memoriam - Schwarz
Napoli - Bellstedt/arr. Hunsberger
Two-Lane Blacktop - David

December 4, 2019
McCain Auditorium

Silver Light! - Yeo
The Lighthouse - Harris
there are no words - Stephenson
Mysterious Butterflies - Lindveit
Beneath a Canvas of Green - Perrine
Wedding Dance - Johnston/ed. Fennell

March 4, 2020
McCain Auditorium 


April 26, 2020
McCain Auditorium


Side by Side Concerts

Each Spring semester, the K-State Wind Ensemble & Concert Band host a middle school and/or high school band to pair up for a concert in McCain Auditorium. This unique opportunity allows these young students a performance opportunity in a professional setting and to observe one of the top two concert ensembles on the K-State campus.

In Spring of 2020, we will have two high schools joining our Wind Ensemble. Derby High School will be performing on the March 4th concert. Rossville High School will be performing on the April 26th concert.

Participants have included:

Blue Valley Northwest High School, Adam Lundine and Melissa Askren
St. Charles East High School, Jim Kull
Rock Creek High School, Scott Bradley
Blue Valley Northwest High School, John Selzer
Blue Valley West High School, Daneil Kirk
Seaman High School, Cary Stahly
Salina South High School, Jared Rawlings
Manhattan Middle School, Scott Freeby
Manhattan High School, Rod Mangus
Maize High School, Jerry Stone
Buhler High School, Eric Stambaugh
St. Marys School, Warren Sikel
Highand Park High School, Luke Chaffee
Louisburg High School, John Cissitti
Riley County Schools, Joel Nagley
Marion High School, Mike Connell
Junction City High School, T.J. Taylor
Cowley College, Gary Gackstetter
Lansing High School, Luke Johnson (with Symphony Band) 
Smokey Valley High School, Shawn Knopp (with Concert Band) 
Manhattan Catholic Schools, Kim Thomas (with Symphony Band) 
McPherson High School, Kyle Hopkins (with Concert Band) 
Goessel High School, Mike Connell, director (with Symphony Band) 
Arkansas City High School, Chris VanGilder, director (with Concert Band) 
Goddard High School Marla Webber, director (with Symphony Band)
Clay Center High School, Matt Bradford (with Concert Band)
Rock Creek High School, Scott Bradley (with Concert Band)
Washburn-Rural High School, Luke Chaffe (with Wind Ensemble)
Haven High School (with Wind Ensemble)

Heather Gering