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


Broadway Percussionist/K-State Graduate Presents Clinic

Broadway percussionist and K-State Graduate Dave Roth will present a clinic at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in McCain's Kirmser Hall. The event is free and open to the public. View the clinic handout.

On his website, Dave explains, "I am very excited about my new performance clinic that I developed this fall. I realized over the years that very few young artists are even aware that there is a whole career of playing going on on Broadway and various orchestra pits all over the world as musical theater continues to become more and more popular. My particular clinic not only show the various demands stylistically that we as percussionists are called to perform but also the many other demands placed on all instrumentalists playing in this genre. I also outline my process of preparing a percussion book from the moment I'm called with the gig to the first public performance."

2014-2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant Announced

Daniel Haddad

Dan Haddad has been appointed as the graduate assistant in percussion for the 2014-2015 academic year. He is originally from Seattle, WA where he received his B.A. and B.M. from the University of Washington in Percussion Performance and Music Education. His M.A. is from Florida Atlantic University, with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. While at the University of Washington Dan was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble in addition to playing with the Seattle Blue Thunder Drumline. While in Florida, he was a graduate assistant in charge of the drumline for the Fighting Owls Marching Band, in addition to being a conducting associate for the wind ensemble and symphonic band.  He also helped start and direct the FAU Percussion Ensemble.  After graduation, Dan spent seven years as the Director of Bands at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas Nevada where his groups traveled and performed at a high level throughout the western United States including a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton Ohio.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association and is a Vic Firth Educational Team Member.

Concerto Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Joe Kulick (senior, B.M.E.), who recently won the KSU Concerto Contest, performing the third movement of Casey Cangelosi's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba. Joe performed the work with the KSU Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 22 in McCain Auditorium. See the press release. Honorable mention goes to Drew Szczesny, who also competed, performing the final movement of Rosauro's Concerto No. 1 for Marimba.

Sticks and Strings Concert with Dr. Jeff Crowell

The Percussion Ensembles presented their spring 2014 Sticks and Strings Concert on Wednesday, April 16. The concert featured Dr. Jeff Crowell, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Amid the Noise

This spring, the Kansas State University Percussion Studio presented the world première performance of Jason Treuting's work Amid the Noise. Performed by percussion sextet and bass guitar, the piece is a "patient study of musical spaces" that is meant to engulf the audience in a multitude of sights and sounds. Treuting was on the KSU campus to coach the ensemble and attend the April 13 première (marking the first public performance of the complete work).

Percussion Ensembles at KMEA

The K-State Percussion Ensembles presented a new literature session on Friday, February 28 at the KMEA Annual In-Service in Wichita. View the program.

What Time Is It?

Here is the slide show that accompanied Kurt Gartner's January 24 Band Directors' Session from the 2014 KSU Concert Band Clinic.

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.

Percussion on!

Some K-State Percussion events are streamed live. Check this website for information regarding these events.

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Percussive Arts Society
KSU Student Chapter

President: Brett Eichman (senior/B.M.E.)

Vice President: Joe Kulick (senior/B.M.E.)

Secretary: Ethan Wagoner (senior/B.M.E.)

Treasurer: Kaylie Wilson (junior/B.M.E.)