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Concert Band Clinic

Concert Band Clinic - JANUARY 24-26, 2025

2024 Concert Band Clinic Success!

Dear CBC XXXI Directors and Students,

Thank you so much for coming to K-State and attending our Band Clinic. This event has grown tremendously over three decades and is now coming back to the numbers we had before the pandemic shut things down. I hope you enjoyed being on our campus, had a great time, and learned a lot. Special congrats and thanks to the school Band Directors for investing an entire weekend of their precious time and energies for the benefit of band students - you teachers/musicians are the best and I truly appreciate you all!  And all the administrators, bus drivers, and parent chaperones - you folks are number one in my book!!!

The students were amazing - well behaved, attentive, and so very energetic in rehearsals and the performance. I hope you students took some great ideas, techniques, and memories home and will incorporate them into your bands.  

Special gratitude and respect for the K-State band staff and students. These folks make it all happen and are the unsung heroes of a great band weekend!  Bravo and thank you!!

If we can be of any service to you, the students and band directors, please contact me and we are here for you.

Please don't forget about our Summer Music Camp (June 9-13) and Summer Leadership/Auxiliary Camp (July 14-17).  We’d love to have you back on our campus!

Be safe, keep playing, and GO BAND!

Dr. Frank Tracz

2025 Guest Conductors:

Dr. Shelly JagowWright State University School of Music, Ohio
Diane KoutsulisGreen Valley High School, Nevada (retired)
Dr. C.J. LongabaughIrondale High School, Minnesota
Dr. Jacquelyn MuenierSoutheast Polk Community School District, Iowa
Dr. Robert MuenierDrake University, Iowa
Dr. Brain SilveyUniversity of Missouri, Missouri

Click HERE to see conductors from all 30 years of CBC!

After its introduction in the winter of 1994, the K-State Concert Band Clinic has grown to include over 600 students from the Midwest region. All participants experience educational and musical learning from nationally acclaimed guest clinicians. Centered on the K-State campus in Manhattan, the students are offered opportunities to visit the area and gain a sense of the University's atmosphere. The three-day event includes seven large ensembles, percussion ensembles, sectional rehearsals and master classes with the K-State School of Music studio faculty. For the directors, clinician sessions are offered by the honor band directors as well as an opportunity to meet the clinicians at a sponsored luncheon. The weekend concludes with performances by all seven honor bands and their percussion ensembles on the stage of McCain Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. A recording of the performance is given to each band director of the participating schools.

  • All students wishing to participate in the K-State Concert Band Clinic must be nominated by their director. Please use the enclosed nomination form to list all nominees in the order of their performance skills, with the strongest player listed first. We appreciate your comments about your students on the nomination form. We will accept a minimum of two students from every school.
  • After the nomination deadline, late nominations will be considered on the basis of instrumentation needs at that time.
  • Please note that more Clarinets, Bass Clarinets, Double Reeds, Horns, and Tubas are generally needed to balance instrumentation.
  • Students selected will be auditioned upon arrival and assigned to one of the seven concert bands.
  • Your students may also arrange an appointment to audition for a KSU Music Scholarship on the Saturday of the clinic.

There is a non-refundable TBA registration fee for each student participating in the clinic. Please DO NOT send any registration fees for the students you nominate on the enclosed form. Student registration fees will be payable after nominees are notified of their selection. ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE IN OUR HANDS BY THE POSTED DATE. STUDENTS ACCEPTED FOR PARTICIPATION WILL BE NOTIFIED BY Mid December. Please help us serve your students by submitting the nomination form at your earliest convenience. We are looking forward to an inspiring three days for these young musicians as well as teachers in attendance. Please call if additional information is needed: 785-532-3816.

The following hotels will have rooms reserved under the name of KSU Band Clinic until December. After that date, availability of rooms will not be guaranteed.

Bluemont Hotel | 785-473-7091 | 1212 Bluemont Ave.
Holiday Inn | 785-539-7531 1614 | Anderson Ave. 
Super 8 | 785-537-8468 | 200 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Fairfield Inn | 785-539-2400 | 300 Colorado
Parkwood Inn | 785-320-5440 | 505 South 17th St.
Hilton Garden Inn | 785-532-9116 | 410 South 3rd St. 

University Bands is not responsible for making hotel reservations or paying for your rooms. We offer a choice of hotels as a courtesy.

Future Dates:
JANUARY 23-25, 2026
JAUNARY 22-24, 2027


CBC Clinician Handouts 2024

Juggling Artistry and Strategy

Running Red: Rehearsal Planning Tips When You Have Zero Left to Give

Quality Control: Discovering Repertoire that meets YOUR Standards

Building Culture and Community in Your Band Program