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The University of Kansas Bands invite high school students to participate in the 20th annual Prairie Winds Festival in February of 2022! Sessions will include clinics with KU faculty, a final band performance in the Lied Center, performances by the KU Wind Ensemble, Crossroads Wind Symphony, and Jazz Ensemble I, and a special clinic with Hiram Diaz, euphonium player with the "President's Own" Marine Band!    

Prairie Winds is Commuter Only

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Prairie Winds Festival is commuter only. Students must be dropped off on the morning of the 4th at Murphy Hall on KU's campus and the 5th of February at the Lied Center.

Prairie Winds Festival Fee 

This year's Festival fee is $50. This includes a t-shirt, 3 meals, clinics with faculty and guest artists and two concerts. Mail payment to: KU Band, 124 Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045

Prairie Winds Registration


Prairie Winds Schedule

Friday, Murphy Hall

Registration, 1st Floor Murphy Hall
Seating auditions, in studios
Lunch, DeBruce Center, on your own
General Meeting, 130 Murphy
KU Collage Recital, 130 Murphy
Like-instrument ensemble rehearsal
Like-Instrument concert, 130 Murphy
Dinner, provided at Murphy
Full band rehearsal, 130 Murphy
Student pick up

Saturday, Lied Center

Student drop-off, Lied Center
Full band rehearsal, Lied Center
School of Music Entrance Auditions
Lunch, provided at Lied
KU Wind Ensemble & Crossroads Wind Symphony concert, open to public
Woodwinds large group sectionals, main stage
Brass & Percussion, assigned rooms
Brass & Percussion large group sectional, main stage
Woodwinds, assigned rooms
Full band rehearsal, main stage
Dinner, provided at Lied
KU Jazz Ensemble I & Prairie Winds Festival band concert, open to public
8:30pm, est.
Student pick up

Prairie Winds Faculty

Paul W. Popiel, Director of Bands
Matt Smith, Associate Director of Bands/Director, Marching Jayhawks
Vince Gnojek, saxophone
Scott Watson, tuba and euphonium
Sam Um, percussion

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.