Director of Bands
Kansas State University
DR. FRANK TRACZ is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Kansas State University.
He earned his B.M.E. from The Ohio State University, the M.M. from the University of
Wisconsin, Madison, and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He has public school teaching
experience in Wisconsin and Ohio and has also served as Assistant Director of bands at Syracuse
University and Director of bands at Morehead State University. Dr. Tracz has served as an
adjudicator, clinician, speaker in various schools and conferences and has conducted All-State
and Honor bands across the United States as well as in Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Fiji,
Australia, and New Zealand.
At Kansas State he directs the Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band, teaches graduate and
undergraduate conducting, advisor to Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Band
Ambassadors, and administers and guides all aspects of a large BIG XII comprehensive band
program. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at numerous State
conferences, MENC, two CBDNA regional conferences, The Larry Sutherland Wind band
Festival at Fresno State, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The marching band was
awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy in 2015. The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform
at the International Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in 2019 in Loveland,
Dr. Tracz is on the faculty of the Conn-Selmer Institute, adjunct faculty of the American Band
College, past member of the Music Education Journal Editorial Board, contributor to the
Teaching Music Through performance In Band series, and was recently appointed Chair of the
Sudler Trophy Project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. His honors include the Stamey
Award for outstanding teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director award, Wildcat Pride
Alumni Association award, the Tau Beta Sigma Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director award,
named a Lowell Mason fellow, and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. He has also received the
Conn- Selmer Institute Hall of Fame award, the Kansas State Professorial Performance award,
and was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He recently
was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.
Dr. Tracz is married to Geralyn, and has three daughters, Jessica Tracz Kelly, Kelley Tracz, and
Carly Tracz Morris.
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