2012 - 2013
Dr. Larry Blocher and Mr. Jim Rupp, guest artists with the K-State Bands
The K-State Band program and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance were proud to have Dr. Larry Blocher and Mr. Jim Rupp as guest artists from May 5th through May 7th. Dr. Larry Blocher is the current director of the School of Music at Troy University and is one of the founding authors and editors of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Dr. Blocher was a guest conductor for both the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony in their Monday and Tuesday concerts, presenting stirring interpretations of wind band literature. Dr. Blocher also presented lectures to music education and conducting classes. Mr. Jim Rupp is presently the drum set instructor at The Ohio State University and has toured with many famous groups and artists including Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. Mr. Rupp performed two drum set concertos with the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony: Reactions by Dave Morgan and Riffs by Jeff Tyzik. Mr. Rupp also spoke with many percussion and jazz students at K-State, sharing his years of experience and expertise. We are very fortunate to have such incredible musicians join us as guests.
Andrew Feyes Finalist for GTA of the Year at K-State
Andrew Feyes, graduate assistant with the K-State Bands, was selected as one of two finalists for the Golden Key Honors Society GTA of the Year Award. This is a campus-wide award that seeks to acknowledge outstanding graduate teaching assistants. Andrew is currently finishing his Ph.D. in music education. As a GTA with the K-State bands, Andrew serves as the director of the Volleyball Band, Pub Crawl Band, and Brass Ensemble. He also organizes the daily activities of the University Band while assisting with the marching band, basketball "Cat Band," and all three auditioned concert bands. Congratulations Andy!
The K-State Wind Ensemble finishes an incredible tour!
The K-State Wind Ensemble has just finished its tour of the Midwest and East Coast. The tour began the Thursday before spring break, with its first performance at Union High School in St. Louis , MO. The band then performed at Pickerington HS in Columbus, Ohio before continuing on to Cleveland, Ohio. On Sunday, the band performed with the legendary professional Packard Band in Warren Ohio. The Wind Ensemble then arrived in Washington D.C., where they spent three days attending local concerts and participating in rehearsal with the President's Own United States Marine Band. The band was truly honored to be the guests of the premier service concert band in the country. After Washington D.C., the group went south to Greensboro, North Carolina to attend the College Band Director's National Association National Conference to hear the nation's top college wind ensembles and learn from some of the leading conductors in the profession.
The K-State Marching Band Recieves Significant donation to Scholarship AccountDr. Tracz and the K-State Marching Band were presented a check for $100,000 at a men's basketball game this February for their planning and participation in this past winter's trip to the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. This check represents some of the money saved by both the band and the athletic department by the band voluntarily electing to take bus transportation to the BCS Fiesta Bowl instead of flying. This money will go to the band's Marching Pride Scholars fund. The $100,000 will significantly add to the Marching Pride Scholarship program, which will eventually provide financial assistance and scholarships to all juniors and seniors in the K-State Marching Band. A similar donation was made in the spring of 2011 to the band for busing to the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. The photo above shows Dr. Tracz being presented with the check by K-State Athletic Director John Currie.