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Dr. Frank Tracz
Dr. Frank Tracz
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Dr. Frank Tracz is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. At K-State he coordinates the undergraduate and graduate conducting programs, teaches classes in music education, and administers and guides all aspects of the K-State band program, which includes the Symphony Band, Concert Band, University Band, Athletic Pep Bands, and Marching Band. Under his direction the Symphony Band has performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference, the MENC Conference as well as regional and international tours. The “Pride of Wildcat Land” Marching Band has enjoyed the privilege of traveling to nationally acclaimed bowl games in support of the University.

Dr. Tracz received the Doctor of Philosophy (music education) from The Ohio State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. Tracz has several years’ experience teaching in the public schools of Ohio and Wisconsin. He has also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Syracuse University. Prior to his appointment at K-State, he was the Director of Bands at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

He has served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for all-state and honor bands across the nation, as well as in Canada. Dr. Tracz is a past member of the Music Education Journal Editorial Board and is a contributor to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He also researched and developed a Master of Music Education/Band Conducting program that is now in place at K-State. In addition to being an inducted member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, he is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Lambda Theta. He currently serves as the advisor for the Kansas State chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma and the K-State Band Ambassadors. Dr. Tracz is past President of the Big XII Band Directors Association, past-President of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, and Director of the Manhattan Municipal Band.

Dr. Tracz has received many awards and recognition. At K-State, he has been honored with the prestigious Stamey award for Outstanding Teaching, and has been recognized as a Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Member. Most recently he was honored with the Outstanding Bandmaster Award from the Kansas Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu.