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2023-24 Staff and Leadership


2023 Important Information

Click HERE to register for the 2023 KSUMB!

Course Enrollment Information:

All marching band members must be enrolled (listings below) for "zero" or "one" credit by Monday, August 22.

  • MUSIC 115 (freshman) 
  • MUSIC 411 (upperclassman)
  • MUSIC 846 (graduate student)

Band Camp:

Attendance at all Band Camp activites is required by all members.

For a more detailed band camp schedule, please click this link!

August 11-12Leadership Team Camp
August 13New Members Report
August 14Veteran Members Report
August 15-20Band Camp Continues with All Members

2023 Fall Events

Save the date for our upcoming 2022 Fall Events! More information will be communicated soon via this website and on our social media pages!

August 11-12KSUMB Leadership Team Camp
August 13-20KSMB Band Camp
September 1Purple Power Play
September 2 vs. Southeast Missouri  
September 8TFBH Dedication (Memorial Field)
September 9 vs. TroyAlumni Day/Band Director Day
September 17Wabash on the Prairie
September 23 vs. UCFAll-Star Marching Band Day
October 14Central States Marching Festival
October 21 vs. TCUHarley Day
Octoboer 27Homecoming Parade
October 28 vs. HoustonHomecoming
November 11 vs. BaylorFort Riley Day/Trombone Day
November 18 at KUAway Trip to KU
November 25 vs. Iowa StateSenior Day
November 26KSUMB Concert
December 1Christmas Parade
December 2Big 12 Championship Game
December 10KSUMB Banquet
December-JanuaryBowl Game (TBD)

Kansas State University Marching Band

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Pride of Wildcat Land. Located at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, the 400+ member "Pride" performs at K-State Wildcat football games in the fall and represents Kansas State University at many other events.  These events include bowl games and pep rallies as well as administrative, Alumni, and Foundation functions.

The K-State Marching Band is under the direction of Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands, and Dr. Alex Wimmer, Assistant Director of Bands.

If you are a prospective student and are interested in obtaining more information about our band program and scholarship information, please click on the "Sign up Now" button to the left, to complete a Prospective Form. This form does not obligate you to K-State nor our program. From this form we are able to send you important information to help you make an informed decision.

Please explore the links to the left to learn more about our history, songs, traditions, personnel, organizations, and other resources of the Kansas State University Marching Band. If you are prospective band member and would like more information complete our online prospective member form, call us at 785-532-3816, or schedule a campus visit!

KSUMB Preparing to Move Into New Space This Fall

WIBW just recently visited the Tracz Family Band Hall and wrote a segment on the KSUMB moving into our "NEW HOME"! Click here to watch the video and read more about an incredible time to be a part of the "PRIDE"!!

KSUMB Members Awarded At End-of-Year Concert

KSUMB students were selected for two different awards during the 2022 Pride of Wildcatland Marching Band Concert in Aheard Fieldhouse. The two awards that were given out were the Rod Funk Award and the Most Inspirational Award.

KSU Classy Cats are Repeating National Champions

Congratulations to the K-State Classy Cats on their Division 1A National Championship at the College Classic National Invitational in Orlando, Florida! The Classy Cats placed first in the D1A Pom Division, bringing home a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – the second year the team has done so in a row! We are so very proud of this amazing group of students, as well as their coach Sara Heptig for accomplishing this incredible feat!!

Please click here to read more about this once-in-a-lifetime experience for our K-State Classy Cats in their KSNT News interview!


Twirler Competes at 71st Annual Festival of Spring

Congratulations to our K-State Twirler Kaylee Brungardt! Kaylee is one of 12 twirlers selected from across the nation to represent the United States in Peru at the renowned 71st International Festival of Springtime. She will perform in the legendary five-mile parade, as well as also at an orphanage, nursing home, and other festival events. Kaylee is thrilled to represent the Pride of Wildcat Land in South America!


Twirler to Compete at World Twirling Championship

Congrats to our very own Balie Walke, K-State Feature Twirler, for being invitied to compete in the International Baton Twirling Federation's World Baton Twirling Championship in Liverpool, England! Click here to read more about this amazing opportunity for Baliey!!

KSU Twirlers Compete at College Twirler Nationals

CONGRATULATIONS to BAILEY WALKE, our K-State Feature Twirler,  and LAUREN BIRSCHBACH, our Wildcat Twirler for their impressive performances at the COLLEGE TWIRLER NATIONALS this summer!   There were over 100 Universities competing with over 1900 twirlers in competition, and over 100 of them at the University level.

Here is how they did:Lauren: Beginner 3-Baton 2nd Place, and her team from Wisconsin got 2nd place in their Production Routine.Bailey: Advanced World Open 1-Baton Solo - 4th Place,  Advanced World Open 3-Baton - 3rd Place,  Twirl-off Finalist: 1-Baton Solo and 3-Baton.Congrats to Bailey and Lauren!

KSUMB Students Awarded at Concert

Congratulations to these hard working and inspirational students that were awarded at the 2022 Kansas State University Marching Band Concert in Ahearn Fieldhouse!
The Rod Funk Award recipients for 2022 are Blake Davis, Porter Herold, Josh Murdock and Brooke Prockish. The "Most Inspirational" Award recipients for 2022 are Daniel Smith and Josh Diazdeleon!

Congratulations to this great group of students!!

KSUMB Brings Purple Passion to Marysville, Kansas

During the week of band camp on August 19th, the KSUMB travelled to Marysville, Kansas and the Landoll Family Sports Complex to give an all-day clinic on all things band! The KSUMB gave a rehearsal clinic, broke down into sectionals, worked with area high school students on music, and gave a final performance later in the evening to the Marysville community! A special thank you to the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, United Bank and Trust, Blue Valley Technologies, Pony Express Catbackers, Marysville Community Foundation, USD 364 Foundation, Marysville High School, the Landoll family, and the Marysville community for giving us this great opportunity!