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Volume 9, Issue 1 February 2014


! Letter from the Director of Bands ! Greetings to all Wildcat Faithful from the “Little Apple”! Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of another very successful year of Concert and Athletic performances and events – from the outstanding ensemble concerts with guest soloists to the tremendous Marching Band performance at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (where we beat Michigan!) I am proud to tell you it has never been better! The level of performance is “through the roof” and the support and encouragement from fans, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Athletics, Alumni, Foundation, and Anderson Hall is tremendously positive and strong!! ! The band program continues to grow with well over 750 students participating in 12 ensembles! We have added a “second” wind group called “Wind Symphony” conducted by Donald Linn, and one more University Band – “Purple and Silver”, conducted by undergraduate Music-Ed majors! The ensembles are performing at a very high level and experiences great concerts and guests! The Wind Ensemble has accepted an invitation to play at the “2015 New York International Music Festival” next Spring in Carnegie Hall!! ! Our Annual Band events are continuing to grow and be the premier event not only in Kansas, but the region as well. The Central States Marching Festival saw a new record of 43 high school bands perform. The 21st Annual Concert Band Clinic experienced over 1,000 applicants resulting in 650 students to participate. Our Summer Music and Auxiliary Camps has record numbers attending once again. We continue to grow and develop and are now looked upon as a top model band program in the country! I am very proud of the staff, students, and alumni of this great program who continually “bleed purple”!!! ! This edition of the newsletter will bring you up to date on a variety of topics and events: The Bowl trip, MPS program, Golf Tournament, New Grad bios, and much more! Enjoy the update and please keep in touch. We love to hear from you!!

! Thank You, Go CATS, GO BAND!!!! ! ! Dr. Frank Tracz!

Inside This Issue: Future................. 2

! A Great Year ....... 3 ! Fiesta Bowl ..... 4-5 ! Marching Pride Scholars ............. 6


Guests at K-State .............. 7


KSUMB Awards .............. 8


Golf Tournament ...... 9


Graduate Assistants ......... 10

! Summer ........... 11 ! Spotlight On …. 12 ! Upcoming Events / Alumni Info ................. 13

! KKY/TBS .......... 14 ! Recruiting ....... 15


Marching to Success

Providing for the future of the Pride


The K-State Band program took the big stage in many ways this year. People have From high-profile guest artists like taken the Boston Brass notice: The and the Jersey success of Boy’s own Travis the Pride Cloer to the epic begins with Les Miserables halftime show that will be talked about for years to come, the Pride of the great Wildcat Land is beginning to turn another corner in its development as it steps on to the people that stage of elite university bands. With all the excitement and exposure it is difficult not to love this organization take notice of what the Pride has accomplished this year and how the band has grown. ! and believe in it’s students. Thanks to all who support the Pride of Wildcat Land.


All this success is, of course, not by accident. First of all, in Dr. Tracz’s 21st year as director of bands at Kansas State, the band is starting to enjoy the return on his investment of a winning attitude and blue-collar hard work. Second, there are many people who work behind the scenes to make this band a success including our incredible Graduate Assistants, Student Staff, and Student Leadership. These people have proven themselves to be leaders and remarkable students that will do anything to ensure the excellence of the pride. Again, people have taken notice.!


More specifically, the Wildcat faithful have taken notice and have made it a priority to help get the Pride planted securely on an elite stage. Alumni and proud K-Staters have set up scholarship endowments for our percussion leadership and also helped purchase our new Yamaha drum line. Through generous donations they have also set up scholarships for the drum majors, trombones, tubas, piccolos, and clarinet leadership in the band. John Currie and his staff at K-State Athletics have also once again generously made a $100,000 donation into our scholarship account for the band electing to bus to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. There are many people who are proud of what their band has accomplished and are taking significant steps to make sure the Pride stays strong now and into the future.!


We are proud of our students and the excitement they will bring to the field for years to come. To all those who help build and strengthen us, we say: Thank You!

A Great Year! !


K-State Band Year in Review

The K-State band program continues to grow in numbers, and in level of success. During the past year the K-State band program was able to host an award-winning composer, perform with a member of the Jersey Boys cast, travel to yet another bowl game, and see interest in both the marching band and concert bands at an all-time high. In addition, support from our friends has been overwhelming.!

The Pride of Wildcat Land, which saw its largest membership to date, kicked off the year with an all-new drumline provided by Yamaha. Multiple worldclass artists including The Boston Brass, and Jersey Boys Las Vegas cast member Travis Cloer joined The Pride for on-field performances. The year was capped with a trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and a final performance of one of the most exciting halftime shows to date, Les Miserables. !


Interest in K-State’s concert ensembles also continues to expand. This Fall brought the addition of the Wind Symphony, a highlevel auditioned ensemble that performs alongside the Wind Ensemble. K-State also welcomed composer Michael Schelle, 2012 winner of the Revelli Composition Prize, to work on his piece, “The End of the World.” !


As always, K-State led the way in school outreach brining over 40 bands to the Central States Marching Festival, and receiving over 900 applications for the 21st annual Concert Band Clinic. With continued support from our alumni and friends we plan to keep improving the experience for our students, our future students, and band directors throughout the region.



KSUMB at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl


KSUMB Heads to Arizona!!

On December 25th, 2013, the K-State Marching Band piled into nine charter buses and took off for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, AZ. After spending Christmas Day in Albuquerque, NM, the band arrived in sunny Arizona to a warm welcome from the staff at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. An hour after arriving in Tempe, AZ the KSUMB rehearsed at the Tempe Diablo Stadium, Angel’s Training Facility for about an hour.!


After a day of rehearsal at Tempe High School and pep rallies at the Frontier Hall at Rawhide Western Town and the Phoenix Zoo, the band geared up f o r G a m e d a y. O n S a t u r d a y, D e c e m b e r 28th, the KSUMB marched in the 3-mile long Fiesta Bowl Parade. After a quick nap back at the hotel, the KSUMB headed to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State Campus. After two pre-game pep bands, it was time to BEAT MICHIGAN!!!

KSUMB at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Again, the KSUMB put nothing but excellence on the gridiron and in the stands to support Coach Snyder and Wildcats’ 31-14 victory over...that other school up north!!! After the closing ceremonies the KSUMB was welcomed by an “all you can eat” buffet provided by Buffalo Wild Wings at the Marriott! Then it was back on the bus to Manhattan but this time with the first Wildcat Bowl Victory since 2002 Holiday Bowl! The KSUMB was grateful for the chance to represent our TEAM, University, and Alumni at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl! The will not soon forget the people, places, and organizations that made this trip possible.!


Marching Pride Scholars Program


Long time band Photographer and #1 Supporter “Red” Skelton and I went to lunch one day and the meeting started like many other meetings I have with Red: “I have an idea!!!” From this idea, the ‘Marching Pride Scholars’ program was born!!!


All of you know the tremendous pride and passion that Red has for this band and he has given more and done more for this band than anyone can imagine. His love for the KState Band as a whole is only surpassed by his love for each of his “Kids” in the band all 370 plus! The idea is simple; the results and benefits are priceless.!


One of the major issues all collegiate marching bands face is the retention of the “older” player. The Junior and Senior years become a challenge for students to not only schedule band in their day but also it has become a challenge to “afford” the cost. Most students will eventually have to make a choice between the band and a part-time job to stay in school. Thus, the “Marching Pride Scholars” is a great way to provide a $500 scholarship to the upperclassmen to stay in the band. The third year of this campaign provided a $500 scholarship for 90 seniors! We anticipate senior members to number over 100 members! Your donation make a HUGE difference and we are grateful.!


It is simple: the more experienced and mature players/marchers are in the band, the better the band can perform. All Senior members continue to grow and with the help of the “Marching Pride Scholars” program, I am confident we can help the students stay with the “Pride”.!


All donations are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated by all. Please fill out the form below and send it to the KSU Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave. Ste. 500, Manhattan, KS 66502-2911. With your help, we can provide for the future of the Pride! Thank You!!


- Dr. Frank Tracz



Guests at K-State Boston Brass was a guest of the Kansas State Marching Band on September 7. The group performed during halftime as well as offering several master classes and a solo concert that week. The chamber ensemble performs a variety of popular and classical music. The group has done residencies at the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, University of North Texas, and schools in London, Singapore, and Bangkok. Boston Brass has visited K-State before and their dedication to music education is outstanding.

Travis Cloer was a 1995 graduate of Kansas State University in the theatre department. Travis is currently starring as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” at The Paris in Las Vegas. Cloer performed at halftime with the marching band, singing “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” While on campus, Cloer led a workshop for the theater students and sang at Chapman’s Hall. He tweeted afterward that the performance at halftime was “one of my career highlights!” Michael Schelle is a composition professor at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Kansas State University was part of a consortium that commissioned Michael Schelle to write a piece titled, “End of the World.” Schelle was on campus this Fall to work with students in the Wind Ensemble on a performance of the piece as well as talking to conducting students, but undergraduate and graduate about commissions and composing. Schelle said the composition started as being a play on the end of Mayan calendar, but turned into an homage to the victims of the devastation in Japan following the tsunami. Other guests on campus this year included the judges for Central States Marching Festival: Keith Bearden, ret. Texas Tech University; Dr. Larry Blocher, Troy University; Dr. Frederick Burrack, KSU; Andrew Feyes, Interim UNO; Dr. Jim Oliver, UMKC; Dr. Phillip Payne, KSU; Dr. Brian Silvey, University of Missouri; Michelle Williams, KSU; Ben Yancey, KSU.!


The following conductors worked with 650 high school students at the 2014 Concert Band Clinic: Jim Kull, St. Charles H.S.; Dr. Louis Menchaca, Concordia University; Dr. Chris Chapman, Oregan State; Dr. Lance Nielson, Doane College; Dr. Susan Craesap, Morehead State; Chris Hedges, Northern Kentucky.


KSUMB Awards Music Instructor of the Year! Awarded to the most outstanding ! music instructor of the year Marching and Maneuvering Instructor of the Year! Awarded to the most outstanding marching and maneuvering instructor of the year

Caleb Kuhlman (Trumpet)! Chelsea White (Piccolo) Woody Rittenberger (Trombone)! Eric Ross (Trumpet)

Assistant Section Leader of the Year! Awarded to the most outstanding ! assistant section leader of the year

Hilary Cosgrove (Classy Cat)! Ashley Herb (Alto Saxophone)! Omar Tanus (Trumpet)

Section Leader of the Year! Awarded to the most outstanding ! section leader of the year

Ethan Levine (Clarinet)! Jacob Miller (Trombone)! Liz Roggenkamp (Trumpet)! Steven Pearson (Percussion)! Sydney Topliff (Color Guard)

Harry Erickson Award! Awarded in honor of the student composer of Wildcat Victory to the most “giving” KSUMB student

Danielle Hensley (Sousaphone)! Adam Willems (Sousaphone)

Rookies of the Year! Awarded to the most outstanding ! first year member

Kirk Kennedy (Trombone)! Georgia Schaffer (Mellophone)! Charlie Wilks (Alto Saxophone)

Wabash Award! Awarded to the student who ! exemplifies outstanding school spirit

Gary Hadachek (Trombone)! Ross Jensby (Sousaphone)! Amy Smith (Classy Cats)

KKY/TBS Bandsman & Bandswoman! Honored by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, this award goes to the student who has demonstrated the ideals of the fraternity & sorority Most Inspirational! Awarded to the person who exemplifies ! true extrinsic and intrinsic motivation Rod Funk Memorial Scholarship! Rod Funk was a part of the KSU Marching Band for a number of years in the mid-1970’s. He was the President of KKY and the President of the band while he was at K-State. In the late 1980’s, he was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition and passed away in February of 1993. He was not a man of the biggest size, physically, but a man with a huge heart and a sense of drive – the go-getter type we desire to have at K-State. This scholarship was created by his family and former band member, Karen Nations in 1993 shortly after his passing

Brett Eichman (Assistant Drum Major)! Amy Kraus (Head Drum Major) Amy Kraus (Head Drum Major)! Charlie Wilks (Alto Saxophone)

Katie Daniels (Trumpet)! Ryan Doberer (Trombone)! Tim O’Connor (Percussion)! Trevyn Sell (Mellophone)!


Marching Pride! Awarded to the section with the ! strongest work ethic and dedication

Color Guard! Piccolos

Section of the Year! Awarded to the outstanding ! section of the year

Drumline! Sousaphone! Trombone

EMAW Award! Awarded to the section that ! showed the most improvement


Charlie’s Angels! Awarded to the individuals who went above and beyond to assist Charlie Wilks during the 2013 KSUMB Marching Season



Ryan Smallwood (Manager)! Jordan Profita (Alto Saxophone)! Ashley Herb (Alto Saxophone)! Erin Beal (Student Staff)! Talia Falcon (Alto Saxophone)

4th Annual KSUMB Golf Tournament Thurs. July 31, 2014 Colbert Hills Golf Course Manhattan, KS Register at! Interested in Sponsoring a hole? Contact us at

The 3rd Annual KSUMB Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to an eager group of golfers and a VERY impressive list of sponsors. We had 74 sponsors and a total of $19,000 deposited in the MPS account - enough for 38 senior scholarships!!! We’re looking forward to an even bigger event this year as we move our event home to Manhattan. See you in July!!!

Come out to Colbert Hills Course and support your K-State Marching Band during their 3rd Annual Marching Pride Scholars Golf Tournament!!

! $125 Entry Fee for 18 Holes of Golf and a T-Shirt! ! Play with up to four teammates. (You may request your teammates)! ! For more information, please visit or call our office at 785-532-3816 between 8am - 5pm Mon. - Fri.



2013 Sponsors:! Able Printing! AG Press! Arrow Stage Lines! Associated Insulation Inc.! Audrey Mross! Bank of Tescott! Bernie and Sharon Butler! Bill Snyder, K-State Football, Big 12 Champs!! Bluestem Bistro! Blueville Nursery, Westervelt Family! Brigg's Auto! Bruce Weber, K-State Mens Basketball Big 12 Champs!! C.B. Announcements! Central National Bank! Chick Henao and the Henao Family! Chiropractic Family Health Center! Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments! Deb Patterson- KSU Women's Basketball! Della Voce Restaurant! Dick Edwards Ford! Dunlap Family! Elizabeth Rush! Exhibit Arts! Fred and Cathy Cholick! Fred and Patty Brown! Gib and Brenda Compton! Golf USA! Great American Opportunities! Grinter Family! GTM! Harry's Restaurant! Hertz Rental of Topeka! Hurrelbrink Holdings! John Currie, Athletic Director and Family! K-State Athletics! K-State College of Engineering! K-State KKY, TBS! K-State School of Music, Theater, and Dance! Kansas State Bank! Keating and Associates! Keith Pugh! Kelso Farms! Kirk & Noel Schulz! KSU Alumni! KSU Alumni Band! KSU College of Business Administration! Latimore Family! Liberal Chamber of Commerce! Little Apple Toyota! Manhattan CatBackers! McAlister's Deli! Midwest Music! Mr. Video! Pizza Huts of Manhattan! Price, Young, Odle and Horsch! Ryan and Sons Realty! Schram Chrysler - Dodge! Scott Sewell Photography! Senseney Music! Southeast Catbackers! Stonecreek Family Physicians! Suzie Fritz, K-State Volleyball! The Ladd Family! The Tracz Family! The Wimmer Family! Thompson Farms! Todd and Teri Holmberg! University Crossings! Varney's Bookstore! Wabash Bar and Grill! Weaver Family! Wiring Guy! Wuelzer Family! Yamaha Percussion!


Graduate Assistants Graduating Graduate Students Adam Ladd is a 2008 graduate of the Ohio State University where he majored in music education and minored in business. He will be graduating from Kansas State in May 2014 with a Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting.!

Benjamin Yancey graduated in December of 2009 from the University of Central Florida with his bachelor’s in music performance. He will be graduating from Kansas State in May 2014 with a Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Percussion

Continuing Graduate Students Alex Wimmer is a 2007 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he received his bachelor’s in Music Education. He will be graduating from Kansas State in May 2014 with a Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and will be returning to Kansas State in the Fall of 2014 to pursue a Ph.D

Emily Roth graduated from Doane College in Nebraska, in 2009. Emily has taught 5th-12th grade band at Centura Public School for 4 years and also performs in the 43rd Nebraska Army National Guard Band on saxophone.

Chris Johnson received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2008. For the past four years he has been the assistant band director in the McPherson, KS school district teaching at both the high school and middle school.

Incoming Graduate Students Alex Cook is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University where he earned his bachelors in Music Education. Alex has taught 5th-12th grade band and choir in the Jayhawk School district for the past two years. He will be returning to Kansas State in the Fall of 2014 to pursue a Master’s degree in Music.!


Summer at K-State 2014 Summer Graduate Courses MUSIC 665

Dr. Phil Payne

June 3-5

Dr. Kurt Gartner

June 6-8

Dr. Phil Payne

June 8-10

Dr. Phil Payne

June 11-13

Dr. Frank Tracz

June 15-17


June 16-18

Dr. Julie Yu

June 18-20

Dr. Frank Tracz

June 18-20

Dr. Julie Yu

June 22-24

Dr. Phil Payne

June 25-27

Mr. Matt McCoy

June 29-July 1


Jazz Methods Jazz & Marching Percussion Techniques Theories of Music Teaching Curriculum Development & Learning Assessment Advanced Instrumental Conducting Music Education Symposium Advanced Choral Rehearsal Techniques Advanced Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques Advanced Choral Conducting Research in Music Education Improv & Comp in the Elementary Classroom Arranging for Bands

Mr. Don Linn

July 6-8


Arranging Choral Music

Dr. Craig Weston

July 6-8


Woodwinds Techniques

Dr. Tod Kerstetter

July 9-11


Low String Techniques Masters Report

Gordon Lewis

July 13-15 TBA


KANSAS LIONS BAND! June 3 - 7, 2014! Honor Concert Band! Go to:! ! for more information and application.!


K-STATE SUMMER MUSIC CAMP! June 8-12, 2014! For: Winds and Percussion, currently in Grades 5-12! Guest Conductors:! Dr. Larry Blocher – Troy University Dr. Jay Gilbert – Doane College! The Kansas State University Music Camp is open to all band students grades 5 through 12. The five day camp exposes students to a variety of ensemble and rehearsal settings, including concert band, small ensembles, and jazz ensembles.! CAMP FEATURES:! Ensembles: Two large Concert Bands, Jazz, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion! Camp photos and CD recordings of final concert are available for order.! The camp culminates with a final performance by the! camp ensembles on the afternoon of June 13.!


LEADERSHIP & AUXILIARY CAMP! July 13-16, 2014! For: Drum Majors, Section Leaders, Percussion, Color Guard, & Dance Lines! Currently in Grades 9-12! Send your Student Leadership, Drumlines, Dance, and Guard for an incredible experience.!


*For registration information call 785-532-3816 or go to


Spotlight On... Recent Graduates

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- Andrew Feyes, PhD Music Ed. Candidate, now currently serves as the interim director of bands at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Congrats also go out to Andy and his wife Kelsey on their new born baby girl, Clara!! - Kelley Tracz, BM 2013, is on full fellowship at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Oboe Performance. Kelley is currently playing with the top band and orchestra at Minnesota and is assisting in the teaching of the oboe studio.!

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Jim Johnson, MM Trumpet Performance 2013, is a doctoral graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University in the trumpet studio.!

- Patrick Sullivan, M. Music Ed. 2013, is now the Assistant Band Director at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri. Rock Bridge is a very strong program where Patrick assists with the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and Marching Band.!


- Adam Lundine, B. Music Ed. 2012, currently serves at the Assistant Director of Bands at Blue Valley Northwest High School. Recently Adam was honored with the Kansas Horizon Award given annually to outstanding first year educators in the the State of Kansas.!


- C.J. Longabaugh. B. Music Ed. 2012, the former Assistant Director of Bands at Blue Valley West, is now pursuing his Master’s Degree in Saxophone performance from the University of Minnesota studying under the legendary Eugene Rousseau. !

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Ben Cold, MM Saxophone Performance 2012, Ben Cold completed his Master’s degree in Saxophone performance in Dr. Wytko’s studio here at K-State and is now pursuing his doctorate in saxophone performance at the University of Minnesota under Eugene Rousseau.!

K-State Wind Ensemble will perform in Carnegie Hall April 2015


The classic joke about practicing is about to get very real for the members of the K-State Wind Ensemble. The K-State Wind Ensemble has been invited to be one of two showcased university wind ensembles at the New York International Music Festival. This festival attracts some of the best high school programs in the country and the K-State Wind Ensemble is proud to be chosen as one of two university showcased ensembles. The University showcase has featured some of the top university wind ensembles in the country throughout the years of the festival’s existence. This will be a wonderful opportunity for both recruitment and KState musical representation on the national stage. The opportunity to make music in one of the country’s most historic and famous concert halls will be a very wonderful and unique experience. The Wind Ensemble will travel to New York in early April to participate in this music festival that will have the band working with clinicians, working with high schoolers, and collaborating with composers and new music commissions. Check our website in the fall for more information or contact Dr. Tracz for more information.

Coming Events Alumni Information Upcoming Concerts At K-State Sunday, March 9 Wind Ensemble/Wind Symphony St. Charles East H.S. - Guest

McCain Auditorium

3:00 pm

Monday, March 10 Concert Band/University Bands

McCain Auditorium

7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 23 Brass Ensemble

All Faiths Chapel

7:30 pm

Sunday, May 4 Wind Ensemble/Wind Symphony

McCain Auditorium

3:00 pm

Monday, May 5 Concert Band/University Bands

McCain Auditorium

7:30 pm

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Auxiliary Auditions Saturday April 12, 2014 - Ahearn Fieldhouse Register online at Kathleen Henao (Classy Cat Coordinator) Sydney Topliff (Color Guard Coordinator) Shannon Meis (Twirler Coordinator)


Drumline Mini Camp Featuring Jeff Moore, former Percussion Caption Head for the Madison Scouts Saturday May 3, 2014 McCain Auditorium See website for more information Register by e-mail to Ben Yancey at

KSUMB Alumni Information

Alumni: We are currently updating our database. Please take the time to fill out this card and send it back to: Name : _______________________________________! K-State Bands, 226 McCain Address: ___________________________ Phone: _____________________! Auditorium, Manhattan, KS 66506 ! ! ! ___________________________ Yrs in Band: _________________!

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Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma!


Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma have continued their strong tradition of service to the K-State Band program this past year. In addition to other national awards, both chapters have been winners of the Chapter Leadership Award at multiple past National Conventions, with Tau Beta receiving the award at the most recent convention in 2013. On a local note, Brett Eichman and Amy Kraus were the 2013 recipients of the Bandsman and Bandswoman of the Year awards voted on by our joint chapter. This year we are once again represented at the district level by Samantha Brown, who serves as the Vice President of Membership for the Midwest District and is also running for the Presidential position at the coming district convention.! ! ! Our chapters have continued to serve the bands by helping with various projects. This includes check in and check out of uniforms and instruments to the marching band, providing barbecues during camp, set up and tear down of marching rehearsals, cleaning the music building, providing receptions for the various concert ensembles, running the hospitality room and merchandise table at Central States Marching Festival as well as Concert Band Clinic. This year we are also going to, along with the help of Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota, have a building wide service day where we will clean, paint, and fix the parts of McCain that need it most. We also have a brand new joint fundraiser in the form of a 2014 Marching Band Calendar. This calendar and other merchandise sold by Kappa and Tau Beta funds many of our projects. All of our merchandise is also now available online through the Pride Store. Here you can purchase our latest merchandise and have it shipped directly to you. Check it out through the link at kkytbs/pridestore.html.! ! ! Through work with the Student Governing Association, we were able to bring guest composer Michael Schelle to campus last fall. Dr. Schelle is composer-in-residence and the music theory/composition professor at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He was in the Little Apple for the KSU Wind Ensemble’s performance of his piece “The End of the World”, which was the recipient of the 2012 National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Contest. We hope to continue bringing guest composers and conductors in the future to help “leave K-State better than we found it.”! ! ! If you are an alumni member of Kappa or Tau Beta, we would love to hear from you. Please send all correspondence to 226 McCain Auditorium Manhattan, KS 66506 or email us at You can also check out information about current members, events, and activities on our website at!

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Director Activities A Year in the Life of ...... The K-State Band Director


Things have been busy this year around the band office as we have been working hard to take the band program to new levels. Part of increasing the visibility and quality of the K-State Band is finding the right students to strengthen our future. In the area of recruiting, we do it all and do it right. There is nothing wrong with getting up at 3:30am, meeting any willing staff and undergraduates at the McCain loading dock and driving several hours to a remote location just to work with a band for 45 minutes. We have been doing several clinics this year and we have many more lined up. We also have reached out to many prospective students and their directors by bringing them on campus with several special events:!


-Central States Marching Festival with over 15,000 people in attendance including over 5,000 potential K-State students! -Concert Band Clinic where we are reaching almost 700 students annually! -2 Separate Future Music Educator Days now have over 100 sophomore, junior, and senior high school students interested in the profession! -Summer Music Camp sees over 165 students in grades 5-12 annually in June! -Leadership and Auxiliary Camp trains over 120 students leaders on K-State’s campus in July! -Side-By-Side Concerts in the Spring where we get to feature high school bands in performance with our top Wind Ensemble! -Band Day is an event that will put almost 2,000 high school musicians in a halftime performance with the K-State Band’s first halftime. This upcoming year we are having Trombone Day so let your trombone players know!!

Dr. Frank Tracz Director of Bands


Once again, we are making the Wildcat nation proud by “taking it to the streets” and rehearsing/conducting/teaching in many schools in Kansas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada!! We took a very successful tour of the East Coast with performance stops in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Maryland, Washington D.C. and North Carolina! The clinic with the U.S. Marine Band – “The Presidents Own” was a truly spectacular experience for all. We will continue to recruit and spread the “purple” word across the country and the World!!!


With everything going on, we do ask you to HELP US by sending us names of future K-Staters. If you know of a student who possesses the ‘right stuff’, please send their name to You can also send me an email if you would like myself, Mr. Linn, or a member of our staff visit with you and your students. If there is anything we can do to serve you or your program, please let us know.!


-Frank Tracz and Don Linn!

Mr. Donald Linn Assistant Director of Bands

K-State Bands! 226 McCain Auditorium! Manhattan, KS 66506! 367

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