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Concert Band Clinic

Thank you to all the students, directors, and parents who attended the 2019 Kansas State University Concert Band Clinic. The clinic featured over 650 students from 80 high schools all across the state of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma split into seven bands, six of which were led by guest conductors from the United States and Canada. The final band was led by Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands at Kansas State and Dr. Wimmer, Assistant Director of Bands.

While on campus, the students got to spend three days meeting new people, playing great music, and getting better on their instrument while attending clinics and rehearsals led by the K-State applied faculty, graduate students, and top undergraduates from the K-State band program.  This experience culminated in a performance in famed McCain auditorium in front of a large and appreciative audience.

Thank you all so much for your support throughout the past 26 years! We look forward to the next years of this great experience for students.  

Make plans now to join us on the K-State campus for Concert Band Clinic on January 24-26, 2020 for the 27th version of this fantastic event!  


Thank you to our phenomenal 2019 CBC Guest Conductors! 

  • Mr. Brent Ghiglione, University of Regina
  • Dr. Jay Gilbert, Doane College
  • Mrs. Diane Koutsulis, retired band director from Las Vegas, NV 
  • Mr. Donald Linn, University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. Scott Lubaroff, University of Central Florida
  • Dr. Anthony Pursell, University of Central Missouri
  • Dr. Frank Tracz, Kansas State University

2019 CBC Guest Conductor Clinic Session Handouts 
Click below:


We are looking forward to our 2020 Guest Conductors:

  • Mr. Keith Bearden, retired Director of the Texas Tech University Marching Band
  • Mrs. June Bearden, former band director in Texas
  • Dr. Larry Blocher, University of Troy
  • Mr. Brian Britt, University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. Tremon Kizer, University of Central Florida
  • Mr. Aric Hageman, band director at East High School in Cheyenne, WY
  • Dr. Frank Tracz, Kansas State University
  • Dr. Alex Wimmer, Kansas State University

Click HERE to see conductors from all 26 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. A professional recording will be made available for an additional fee. 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, 2018. 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 hotel 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. 
Clarion/Four Points Sheraton 785-539-5311 530 Richards

Other hotels in Manhattan are:
Super 8 785-537-8468 200 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Days Inn 785-539-5391 1501 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Motel Six 785-537-1022 510 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
Hampton Inn 785-539-5000 501 E. Poyntz
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 22-24, 2021
JANUARY 21-23, 2022
JANUARY 20-23, 2023