Call Band Office at (785) 532-3816 to connect with any of our staff.
|Sarah Strole||Senior Administrative Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Originally from Topeka, Sarah lived in Wichita before moving to Manhattan this summer. She moved with her dog, Charlie, and her husband Brian, who is working towards his Masters in Theatre with an emphasis in playwriting here at K-State. Sarah is excited to be working with the School of MTD, the Band Office and with the best bands in the country!
|Kathleen Henao||Classy Cat Coordinatoremail@example.com|
Kathleen assumed her duties as the Classy Cat Coordinator January 2000. After spending eleven years as the director of the Golden Gale Dance Team and a FACS instructor at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Henao also served as head cheerleading coach for four years and tennis coach for five years. Her dance teams have been recipients of numerous awards and have participated in many distinguished performances. Henao has coached several All-Americans. She has had many dance members who have or are currently dancing at prestigious Division I, Division II, and Community Colleges. Henao a native of Topeka, KS.
B.S. Apparel Design, Kansas State University, 1981 Family Consumer Science, Washburn University
|Shannon Meis||Twirling Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Shannon was raised in Dodge City, KS and currently resides in Salina with her husband Kris and two children, Lauren and Logan, where she is the Instructor/Coach and Owner of Shannon's Stars Athletic Twirling Club.
Shannon's credentials include numerous local, state, regional, and national advanced level awards. She has produced feature twirlers for three universities, including K-State. Shannon performed as the K-State Feature Twirler from 1985-89 and is currently a licensed National Baton Twirling Association judge.
B.S. Education, Kansas State University,1989
|Michelle Williams||Color Guard Coordinatoremail@example.com|
Michelle moved to Kansas to be at Ft. Riley, where she is stationed. Michelle is an Army medic, and recently returned from her first deployment to Afghanistan.
Michelle is originally from Florida where she marched in the Imperial Sound of Auburndale in high school, and the Herd of Thunder marching band at the University of South Florida, where she earned her B.S. in Biomedical Science. Michelle was a member of the HOT band color guard for four years, three of which she served in a captain position. Michelle was also a member of the USF winter guard in 2006 in Independent A class, when the guard earned a bronze medal at WGI, and in 2007 in Independent Open class. After aging out of USF, Michelle marched the 2008 winter guard season with Braddock Independent World.
B.S. Biomedical Science, University of South Florida
|Alex Wimmer||Graduate Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
He taught for five years in Gretna, NE where he was the Director of Bands at Gretna High School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Gretna Middle School. Alex has maintained a healthy private percussion studio and is an active percussion arranger and clinician.
He has performed with the UNO Wind Ensemble, the UNO University Band, the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, the UNO Chamber Orchestra, the UNO Percussion Ensemble, the Omaha Percussion Ensemble, the Nebraska Wind Symphony, and the Omaha Symphonic Winds. His professional affiliations include the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi. Alex was also a recipient of the Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award in 2011. Alex enjoys spending his free time with his wife Anna, exercising, and being outdoors.
B.M. Music Education with emphasis in K-12 Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007
|Adam Ladd||Graduate Assistantemail@example.com|
While studying at OSU Adam performed regularly as a trumpet player in the university's wind symphony, marching band, symphony orchestra, and trumpet ensemble. After graduating Adam taught 5th-12th grade instrumental music for four years in the public schools of Huron, OH where he served as the director of the high school's marching and concert bands.
Under his direction the Huron concert band consistently earned top ratings at district and state level contest events in Ohio. While working in Huron, Adam was an active musician in the community, performing as a freelance trumpet player, private studio teacher, member of the North Coast concert band, member of the OSU Erie county alumni band, and as director of the Vacationland concert band. Adam now lives in Manhattan with his wife Julie and his dog Finny.
B.M. Music Education with minor in Business, Ohio State University, 2008
|Benjamin Yancey||Graduate Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
During his collegiate years he also studied with Florida Orchestra’s principle percussionist John Shaw and Washburn University professor Dr. Tom Morgan.
After obtaining his degree Benjamin worked as a freelance musician in the Orlando, Florida area and performed with many groups such as the Festival Singers of Florida, the Sarasota Concert Band, the FloriMezzo group of Tampa and his self-started PANgaea Duo. He also worked as a percussion instructor for both Orange County and Seminole County Public Schools.
B.M. Music Education, University of Central Florida, 2009
|Chris Johnson||Graduate Assistant|
Chris Johnson received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2008. For the past four years he has been the assistant band director in the McPherson, KS school district teaching at both the high school and middle school.
|Emily Roth||Graduate Assistant|
Emily Roth graduated from Doane College in Nebraska, in 2009. Emily has taught 5th-12th grade band at Centura Public School for 4 years and also performs in the 43rd Nebraska Army National Guard Band on saxophone.
|Bryant Kniffin||Student Staff|
Bryant Kniffin is a 5th year in the College of Business getting a degree in Marketing with a minor in Leadership Studies. He has been a member of "The Pride of Wildcat Land" for five years, three marching trumpet and this being his second year on student staff. He is very active with the marching band, helping develop the marching band highlight DVD each year, along with the design of the band website. He plans to graduate in 2013 and continue doing video, photography, and graphics work around Manhattan. Bryant is a Band Ambassador and is also an active brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
|Ryan Smallwood||Band Manager|
Ryan Smallwood is a senior studying Music Education at Kansas State University. He has been a member of the Kansas State Drum line for 4 years, playing on both the Snare and Bass line. He is actively involved with several ensembles including the Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble. He has worked with several local Drum line's over the past few summers. Ryan is the current Fraternal Education Officer of the Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music Fraternity. In the future he will graduate and begin teaching K-12 music while working for Phi Mu Alpha on their National Staff.
|Travis Green||Band Manager|