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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

Summer Course - Concert and Ethnic Percussion Techniques - June 5-7

Here is a course designed to meet the needs of today's instrumental music teachers.
  • The intensive format is easier to schedule. The on-campus phase of the course comprises three days during the summer.
  • The course content includes key issues of percussion pedagogy, with a focused study of concert and world percussion. Also, the workshop includes instrument maintenance and visits the possibilities of various technologies in the class room – all hands-on!
  • This is a graduate-level course, also accessible to undergraduate students. This course fulfills state professional development requirements and may be applied toward a Master's Degree at K-State.

How to enroll

Apply for admission to the Graduate School (degree or non-degree options) at ksu.edu/grad or call 785-532-6191 for information. Enroll in Music 638 (Concert and Ethnic Percussion Techniques).

John "Jack" Donovan Joins Studio Team

Jack Donovan has been appointed as the graduate assistant in percussion for the 2015-16 academic year.  Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jack has been a member of many concert bands, orchestras, marching bands and drum and bugle corps.  He received his B.M. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Percussion Performance under Dr. Jeff Crowell.  At UWEC he played with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and Marching Band and was also a member of the UWEC Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha.  Outside of the University, Jack performed with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012 and 2013, Jack marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he played bass drum. Before his summers with the Scouts, Jack marched with Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 for their Championship season.  He has also been a member of the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line.  In the summer of 2014 Jack was a member of a percussion quartet from UWEC invited to perform and participate at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Jack was also a member of the UWEC Percussion Ensemble for their performance at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Jack has taught at many different high school drumlines and marching bands in the Chippewa Valley area. He was the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger at the Menomonie High School Indoor Drum Line in Menomonie, Wisconsin and for the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Cardinals in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He was also the Bass Technician for The Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps.

Honors Recital Winners!

Congratulations to Kirstyn Norris and Brian Anderson of the K-State Percussion Studio. On April 10, they won the undergraduate and graduate divisions of the K-State Honors Recital Competition, respectively. Kirstyn performed Ilijaš by Nebojša Jovan Živković. Brian performed Northern Lights by Eric Ewazen

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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Percussive Arts Society
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2015-2016 Officers

President: Kirstyn Norris (junior/B.M.)

Vice President: Gregory Bagley (junior/B.M.E.)

Secretary: Brett Butler (senior/B.M.E.)

Treasurer: Kirsten Votaw (junior/B.M.E.)

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