Kansas State University band program to get new space named in honor of band director

The Tracz Family Band Hall is named in honor of Dr. Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands. Ward and Brenda Morgan, Manhattan, Kansas, made a gift to name the new band hall at Kansas State University.

This gift, along with other philanthropic support, will fund the renovation of the northwest side of Memorial Stadium, providing one designated rehearsal, storage and office space for the K-State marching band.

Ward Morgan graduated from K-State in 1993 with a degree in management. The Morgans have supported a variety of programs at K-State from athletics to McCain Auditorium to the College of Business Administration. Their love for the K-State marching band inspired them to give to the band hall project.

“We are so blessed at Kansas State to have such an amazing band and to have Frank Tracz be the one who directs it all,” the Morgans said. “To see The Pride all under one roof fills our hearts with joy. To see the new facility named for the Tracz family is more than deserving.”

Tracz is looking forward to the band’s equipment, offices and practice areas all in one location, as he states that the band hall has been a goal of his since he came to K-State in 1993.

 “To have the entire athletic band program, including Classy Cats, color guard, twirlers, drum line, Cat bands, volleyball band, pub crawl band and the marching band all rehearse in one building is amazing,” Tracz said. “I was at the dedication of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and I will always remember Coach Snyder talking about his family and the football family; I feel the same about my family and the band family. I am humbled, honored, and so very proud to have this band hall named after my ‘family.’ I am so very grateful to all the donors who made this possible. We play for you. Thank you.”

Renovations are expected to begin in spring 2022 and be completed by the end of the year. As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. Visit www.ksufoundation.org for more information.

Dr. Frank Tracz directs the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band

I am interested in these topics

Contact a gift officer

ian peters

Ian Peters Development Officer - Arts and Sciences


Grant Topjon

Grant Topjon Development Officer - Arts and Sciences