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Kansas State Wind Ensemble

The K-State Wind Ensemble, 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.

2022-2023 Concert Schedule 

October 12, 2022
Wind Ensemble Concert
McCain Auditorium
6:00pm Call/7:30pm Concert

Celebration Fanfare - Joan Tower/arr. Jack Stamp
Letters - Elijah Dunton
Viktor's Tale - John Williams
featuring Dr. Amy Guffey , clarinet soloist
Lincolnshire Posy - Percy Grainger (Fennell Edition)
Wedding Dance - Jacques Press

October 25, 2022
Wind Ensemble + MMB
Wabash on the Prairie
4:30pm Call/7:00pm Concert

To Be Announced

November 30, 2022
Wind Ensemble Concert
McCain Auditorium
6:00pm Call/7:30pm Concert

Fanfare Politiea - Kimberly Archer
Fantasia on Silent Night - James Syler
Red Sky - Anthony Barfield
featuring Dr. Dan Hinman, trombone soloist
Symphony #4 - David Maslanka
Danzon #2 - Arturo Marquez
Dr. Jay Gilbert, guest conductor
January 21, 2023
Wind Ensemble CBC Concert
McCain Auditorium
Call Time TBA/4:00pm Concert

Fanfare for Full Fathom Five - Mackey
Fantasia on Silent Night - Syler
Viktor's Tale - Williams
     Dr. Amy Guffey - soloist
Red Sky - Barfield
     Dr. Dan Hinman - soloist
Danzon no. 2 - Marquez
     Dr. Jay Gilbert - guest conductor

March 8, 2023
Wind Ensemble & Wind Symphony Concert
McCain Auditorium
Call Time TBA/7:30pm Concert

Fanfare Polieta - Archer
Loss Verses - Peter Meechan
     Dr. John Kilgore - soloist
Carinval of
Venice - Arban
     Dr. John Kilgore - soloist
Blue Shades - Ticheli
New York Hippodrome - Sousa

April 23, 2023
Wind Ensemble & Wamego High School Wind Ensemble
McCain Auditorium
3:00pm OR 7:30pm Concert

To Be Determined - Scott Freeby
 no. 1 - Aldo Forte
Guest composer - World Premiere
Reflections on the Mississippi - Michael Daughtry
Christopher Hovis - soloist
Robinson's Grand Entree - King

2022 Spring Wind Ensemble Photos

2022 Outstanding Musician Award Winner

Congratualtions to this year's our Outstanding Musician Award Winner Braedon Bomgardner


Side by Side Concerts

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

Natalie Alton