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June 20, 2022

K-State Bands hosts successful 2022 Summer Music Camp

Submitted by Alex Wimmer

Music Camp All-Camp Band Performance

The K-State Bands hosted its 28th annual Summer Music Camp June 12-16.

One-hundred and forty one students in grades five-12, from seven different states, participated in three large concert bands and nine small ensembles coordinated by Frank Tracz, Alex Wimmer and 19 current and former music students. Jay Gilbert, retired director of instrumental studies at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska; Larry Blocher, retired director of the School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama; and Andy Feyes, assistant director of bands at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, were the guest conductors for the three large concert bands.

Students at the camp not only received a quality musical instruction by the camp staff and K-State music faculty but got to experience campus by bowling at the K-State Student Union, eating at the Kramer Dining Center and performing with the Manhattan Municipal Band Concert in City Park. The camp was highlighted by a performance June 16 in McCain Auditorium. The final concert included a final piece that involved all 141 students, performing "Let Freedom Ring," pictured above. What a great way to bring 141 potential Wildcats to campus.

Special thanks go to K-State Housing and Dining Services and McCain Auditorium for providing accommodations so that camp could occur this summer.

Next year's camp will be June 11-15, 2023.