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

Bernard Woma and the Saakumu Dance Troupe Residency

Bernard Woma will be on the K-State campus from February 2-4, working with percussionists and dancers and performing at 7:30 p.m. in All Faiths Chapel Auditorium on February 3. Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was recently honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama's family when they visited Ghana. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, residency with the Ethos Percussion group, performances and teaching at New York's AXF: African Xylophone Festival, and various universities and colleges. The performance of his composition "Gyil Nyog Me Na" in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard is the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.

Tito Puente Webinar for the College Music Society

Kurt Gartner and the Latin Jazz Ensemble presented a live webinar on Tito Puente for the College Music Society on December 12. The webinar, titled "Tito Puente and the Language of Popular Cuban Music" included lecture, live performance, and Q/A. See the recorded webcast.

Concerto Contest Winner!

Senior percussionist Ethan Wagoner won the 2014-15 K-State Concerto Contest. He performed Keiko Abe's Prism Rhapsody with the K-State Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, December 9.

Latin Jazz Ensemble Plays New York

LJE in Wichita

The Latin Jazz Ensemble performed via video stream at the Johnny Pacheco Jazz Festival, Lehman College/CUNY on November 19. The ensemble performed with festival director Allan Molnar, who played vibraphone on site at the live venue. The festival was being carried by BronxNet cable.

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.

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

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Percussive Arts Society
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2014-2015 Officers-Elect

President: Tim O'Connor (senior/B.M.E.)

Vice President: Kirstyn Norris (sophomore/B.M.)

Secretary: Kirsten Votaw (sophomore/B.M.E.)

Treasurer: Brett Butler (junior/B.M.E.)

Thanks and congratulations to 2013-2014 officers: President Brett Eichman, Vice President Joe Kulick, Secretary Ethan Wagoner, Treasurer Kaylie Wilson.

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