Dr. Frank Tracz is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Kansas State University. At K-State he coordinates undergraduate and graduate conducting activities, teaches classes in music education, and administers and guides all aspects of the K-State band program.
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 of experience teaching in the public schools of Ohio and Wisconsin. He has also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Syracuse University and Director of Bands at Morehead State University. He has served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for all-state and honor bands across the nation, as well as in Canada and Singapore.
Dr. Tracz is on Faculty for the Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI), as well as a past member of the Music Education Journal Editorial Board and is a contributor to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. His Honors include Stamey Award for Outstanding Teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director Award, named a Lowell Mason Fellow, Wildcat Pride Alumni Award, Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award and election to the Prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Dr. Tracz was also elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity in April 2015 for academic and scholarly achievements. This past December the Kansas State University Marching band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence, contribution, and innovation in marching band. Most recently, Dr. Tracz was awarded the 2016 Professorial Performance Award for his outstanding achievements over a sustained period of time with the KSU Band program, and was recently inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame.
John Burdett, Ed.D, is the Director of Instrumental Studies and Director of Bands in APU's School of Music. In this role, Dr. Burdett facilitates the Instrumental Studies program, leads the band division, and teaches undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to joining APU, Dr. Burdett held tenure track and adjunct appointments teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, music education, and ensemble direction at several institutions including Mt. San Antonio College, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University, Fullerton, and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to his dissertation research into the experiences of students with hearing loss in instrumental music, Dr. Burdett's research interests include the performance practice of symphonic compositions with Spanish and Latin American stylistic influences, the psycho-social components of conducting, the democratization of decision making in large concert ensembles, and increasing accessibility to music education for marginalized student populations.
Mark Stone has been at Ayala High School since they opened the doors in the fall of 1990. Before coming to Ayala he taught for three years at Grant High School (Van Nuys, CA), five years at Don Lugo High School (Chino, CA) and two years at Townsend Junior High School (Chino Hills, CA). While in Chino Valley Unified Mr. Stone has served as Ayala’s Performing Arts Department Chairperson and the district Mentor Teacher in Performing Arts. He has also received many awards and accolades including Ayala High School ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 1999 and recipient of the Fidelity Investments ‘Inspire The Future’ award in 2006. He is an adjudicator for Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. Mr. Stone attended Pasadena City College, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Credential at California State University, Los Angeles.
Tom has been the distinguished director of Arcadia High School Band for the past thirty-three years. As a twenty-nine year old teacher from Azusa, he took the leap to the Arcadia Unified School District and the rest, as they say, is history. He has led the band to numerous national awards and marched in the Rose Parade ten times. The Apache Marching Band owns more than thirty (30) major championships and is nationally recognized as one of the best bands in the country.