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K-State Today Student Edition

December 15, 2017



Tracz to present at international conference, head Sudler Trophy Award Committee

By Alex Wimmer

Frank Tracz, director of bands, will present a session at the 71st annual Midwest Clinic: International Band and Orchestra Conference at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. His sessions will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, and is titled "Score Study and Prep for Elementary Through College Conductors: From the Beginning to the End, or the Dream to the Performance!"

The conference hosts more than 1,700 band and orchestra directors from across the world for a week of clinics, concerts, meetings, etc.

This is Tracz's fourth invitation to present at the Midwest Clinic. The Midwest Clinic is one of the most prestigious music conferences to present or perform at. Presenters must submit proposals that go through a rigorous and thorough review process. Tracz will be joined by the band staff as they recruit for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at their exhibit booth.

At the clinic, Tracz also will be introduced at the John Phillip Sousa Foundation Board Meeting as the new chair of the Sudler Trophy Award Committee. The K-State Marching Band won this award in 2015, being recognized as one of the most outstanding college marching band programs in the country. Tracz's duties will include organizing, administrating and implementing the process to select future Sudler Trophy Award winners.

Tracz's presentation and his John Phillip Sousa Foundation appointment bring international recognition and exposure to K-State, the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the K-State band program.