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Percussion Studio

Percussion Studio

Kurt Gartner, D.A.
Professor of Music
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
130 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6899 fax

Distinguished Alumnus to Receive Award

On October 17, alumnus Dave Roth will receive The 2017 Eisenhower Circle Merit Award, an honor bestowed upon a distinguished alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and received national or international recognition in arts and humanities. A percussionist with a bachelor's degree from KSU, he has long been a fixture of the Broadway music scene. Through December, he's performing Cats at the Neil Simon Theater. This week, he's on campus to receive the award, share his knowledge with current students, and advance his work regarding Alzheimer's research.

Bill Molenhof Clinic - November 2

Percussion clinic is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., McCain 201 - free and open to the public!

Bill Molenhof began his professional career touring the Pacific Northwest and Alaska with guitarist Wayne Johnson, drummer Danny Gottlieb and singer Oleta Adams in 1974. At twenty-one years of age he was invited by Gary Burton to teach at the Berklee college of Music in Boston, MA. During that time Molenhof performed with pianist. James Williams and guitarist Pat Metheny and recorded / composed his first collection of solo pieces for the vibraphone, Music of the Day, published by Kendor Music. This collection has been reprinted 10 times and is the most successful of its kind in the world.

In 1976 Bill moved to New York City to work as featured soloist/ composer with the Downbeat Poll and Grammy Award winning singers Jackie Cain and Roy Kral. While with "Jackie and Roy", he gained valuable exposure performing throughout North America on network radio and television (NBC, CBS, NPR) broadcasts, at Jazz Festivals and Jazz Clubs. Molenhof also joined in collaborations with cornetist Ruby Braff, bassist/singer Jay Leonhart, cellists David Darling and Hank Roberts, saxophonists Tim Berne and Zbigniew Namyslowski, and drummers Alan Dawson and Keith Copeland.

In 1983 Bill made his European debut at the Tuebingen Germany International Festival with drummer Ed Thigpen. Since then he has had featured appearances in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Norway, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Australia. His international reputation is secured by regional and national radio and TV broadcasts in all of the above countries.

The Bill Molenhof recordings and publications receive frequent airplay and public performance throughout the world and are administrated by Mark, Cexton, MTS, Warner Brothers, Kendor Music, Really Good Music, LLC. and Otto Wrede-Regina companies.

In addition to his early work at Berklee, Molenhof has given countless workshops and clinics, and has been a faculty member at the Manhattan school of Music, Ithaca College, Temple Univ. and at present is at the Hochschule fuer Musik Nuernberg, Germany.

The creative impact and technical artistry of Bill Molenhof is well documented and substantiated throughout the percussion- performance world. His solid contributions to vibraphone, marimba, and mallet synthesizer are significant advances in their progress, development and evolution.

Welcome New Graduate Students!

Brandon Adams is a master's degree student at KSU, also serving as Graduate Teaching Assistant for the percussion studio and band program. Adams is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He received is BM in Music Education from Oklahoma State University under Professor Wayne Bovenschen. At OSU Brandon played with the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz ensemble, Marching Band, and University Singers. Brandon is a part of the Percussive Arts Society and in 2014 traveled to Indianapolis to perform a world premier piece at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the OSU Percussion ensemble. In 2014 Brandon played marimba for Resistance Indoor Percussion. Brandon has served as the Wind Ensemble Principal Percussionist from 2015-2017 and traveled with the ensemble to Kansas City, Missouri to play for the College Band Directors National Association. In 2017 Brandon completed his student teaching at Deer Creek Independent School District, where he taught beginner instrument classes and ran rehearsals for multiple ensembles. His percussion ensemble received a superior rating at solo and ensemble. Brandon has also been a front ensemble technician for Fossil Ridge High School, Guthrie High School, and the OSU Winter Drum Line. Brandon was also an active member in Phi Mu Alpha.

Master of Music degree candidate Brandon Collins (b.1995) grew up in Middlebourne, WV.  He is a graduate (May 2017) with a B.M. in Music Technology and a B.M. in Music Performance from West Liberty University. He has been an active performer in the university's Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble, as well as performing with local Ohio Valley acts Homemade Jam and Team Phunk Phace. Also, Brandon is currently working with the St. Clairsville Red Devil Marching Band as a battery instructor. In addition to his teaching and performing experience, Collins regularly records concerts and recitals as part of West Liberty University's Music Technology Practicum Team.

Pennsylvania native Alex Shallenberger is a graduate of West Chester University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in instrumental music education. His musical interests include music technology and composition. He is on the staff of Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, and has served as drum line tech for McDowell High School in Erie, PA.

Richard Welch's musical journey started at the age of seven in a small village in Barbados. His love of music began while attending weekly church services accompanied by his mother. He recalls anxiously being seated behind the drum set at the end of each Sunday and weekly services. As his skill set increased, onlookers took notice as his passion for percussion became a reality. He was fortunate enough to gain formal training from both secondary and tertiary level educational institutions. Richard has expressed gratitude to God Almighty for the many travel opportunities afforded to him throughout the Caribbean and internationally, including such places as Delaware, Maryland, St.Kitts, Grenada, and St.Lucia, playing at major jazz and gospel festivals. He recalls an experience where he played a Jazz concert with the last surviving member of the Ray Charles band, Mr. Marcus Belgrave, before his passing in July, 2015. Marcus' schooling led to Richard's personal appreciation for the North American art form - jazz - which he passionately loves. Since then, many doors have opened and continue to widen. Along with his many successful tours he was fortunate to play with Archie Alleyne's Jazz Quartet based in Canada. Also, he also is a music teacher and missionary of a charitable group called Island Impact Outreach Ministries where he has served faithfully under the guidance of Evangelist Michael Haynes for ten years.

Percussion Studio Handbook

Download the latest edition of the K-State Percussion Studio Handbook. It is your go-to source for our curriculum, required resources (books, sticks, mallets, etc.), and clinics/background information.

K-State Percussion on ustream.tv!

Many events of the K-State percussion studio are streamed live. Those events will appear on this page.

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2017-2018 Officers

President: Preston Thomas (junior/B.M.E)

Vice President: Bailey Eisenbraun (senior/B.M.E.)

Secretary: Ellen Reardon (junior/B.M.)

Treasurer: Jacob Wrobel (senior/B.M.E.)

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