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Source: Kurt Gartner, 785-532-3808,
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Note to editor: Bryce Craig is a graduate of Olathe North High School.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's semiannual Percussion Ensemble concert will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in McCain Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Slawomir Dobrzanski, K-State assistant professor of piano, who will perform David Gillingham's Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra. It also includes the premier of "As My Eyes Turn to Sand," a composition by Ryan Laney, a K-State graduate student in music from Colorado Springs, Colo.

A highlight of the concert will be a performance by the Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble. Under the direction of Keith Larson, the ensemble offers youth age 9-18 the opportunity to perform music specifically composed or arranged for percussion instruments. Its small group sizes allow students to learn about and perform on different percussion instruments. Larson has more than 30 years experience teaching percussion to students of all ages and skill levels.

The K-State Percussion Ensemble is directed by Kurt Gartner, professor of music; Chris Exum, graduate student in music education, Topeka; and Greg Coffey, graduate teaching assistant, Kinderhook, N.Y.

K-State Percussion Ensemble members include:

Michael Sturd, junior in music, Arkansas City; Brett Eichman, freshman in music education, Dodge City; Jaimie Shores, senior in music education, Haven; Elliot Arpin, junior in music, Hutchinson; Adam Watson, senior in music, Junction City.

From Greater Kansas City: Josh Heath, senior in architectural engineering, Kansas City, Mo.; Drew Szczesny, junior in music and electrical engineering, Lenexa; and Bryce Craig, junior in music, Olathe.

Collin Hosek, senior in music, Lawrence; Aliyah Stephens, sophomore in music, Manhattan; Ethan Wagoner, freshman in industrial engineering, McPherson; Nick Anderson, freshman in music education, Parker; Austin Barnes, graduate student in music, Salina; and Johannah Good, sophomore in music education, and Alex Hughes, freshman in music education, both from Topeka.

From out of state: Emily Frasier, junior in horticulture, Limon, Colo.; Joe Kulick, freshman in music education, Oswego, Ill.; Ryan Smallwood, junior in music education, Lino Lakes, Minn.; and Benjamin Raaf, sophomore in music education, Blue Springs Mo.