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


Fall Semester Auditions

Auditions for the KSU Drum Line took place in June. Auditions for concert and jazz ensembles will take place during the first week of the fall semester. Visit the Audition FAQ page for more details.


The Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

At the end of June, Professor Kurt Gartner and five undergraduate music students traveled to Cuba for a cultural exchange and week of intensive studies at the prestigious Escuela Nacionál de Música in Havana, Cuba. The group received instruction in instrumental and ensemble techniques in both popular and folkloric styles. Additionally, they toured the city and attended special concerts and presentations by musicians and groups including Pupy Pedroso, Raices Profundas, Ban Rarra, Maykel Blanco, and the legendary Septeto Nacionál.

K-State Students Perform at National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy

The K-State Percussion Studio was represented on a student recital at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. The conference was held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, May 18-20. The K-State student performers were the EKW Percussion Trio: Brett Eichman (senior, music education, Dodge City); Joe Kulick (senior, music education, Oswego, IL); Ethan Wagoner (senior, music education, McPherson). The trio performed the marimba trio Sculpture 3 by Rudiger Pawassar.

The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP) is designed to provide a forum for elementary & secondary music educators, university percussion pedagogues, professional percussionists, university music education specialists, and undergraduate & graduate students to explore the status of percussion pedagogy in the United States as well as to outline strategies for improving the teaching and learning of percussion instruments.

Broadway Percussionist/K-State Graduate Presents Clinic

Broadway percussionist and K-State Graduate Dave Roth presented a clinic at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in McCain's Kirmser Hall.

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."

Jeff Moore Clinic

Jeff Moore, Professor of Music at University of Central Florida and former Percussion Director of the Madison Scouts presented clinics on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. The Saturday clinic was presented in conjunction with the annual K-State Drum Line Mini-Camp.

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.

K-State Percussion on!

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
KSU Student Chapter

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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