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

Spring Semester Studio Events

The 2014-15 school year will not close until several percussion studio events have taken place.

  • Sticks and Strings (April 14, 7:30 p.m., Kirmser Hall)
  • Student Recital, Brett Butler and Kirstyn Norris (April 18, 7:30 p.m., Kirmser Hall)
  • Percussion Ensemble I and II (April 22, 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium)
  • Studio Recital (April 27, 7:30 p.m., Kirmser Hall)
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble/combos concert (April 30, 7:30 p.m., Salsaritas/Union)
  • Drum Line Mini-Camp with special guest Michael McIntosh, Percussion Designer/Cavaliers (May 2, all day, McCain - inside and outside)

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.

Cuban Master Drummer at K-State

Earlier this semester, a prominent Cuban musician visited the K-State campus to offer master classes, lecture-demonstrations, and ensemble coaching to K-State students.

José Eladio Amat Medina was born March 7, 1958 in Havana, Cuba where he began to study music at age 10. In 1978, he completed his studies at the professional level and began to study and work at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. There, he finished his studies in 1983 and received the equivalent of a Master of Music degree in percussion performance. He has been a percussion teacher and performing percussionist for over thirty years.

His schedule included small-group instruction of K-State students, several of whom studied with José in Havana in June, 2014 through PlazaCUBA.

As a musician, José has made many tours around the world and played with many important musicians from Europe, Africa, and North America. He has participated in music festivals with Sin Palabras and has worked with renowned percussionists including Luis Conte, Giovanni Hidalgo, Armando Peraza, and Mamady Keita. He has performed on recordings including "Lo Mejor de la Música Cubana," "Son x 3," "KM 0," "House of Dreams Oricha," and "Cantándole al Sol" and his own "Playing Congas" DVD.

As a visiting clinician, José has taught in many universities and schools including Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Graz in Austria. In Cuba, he has taught all the musical genres including classical, popular, and folkloric. He specializes in popular and folkloric music because of his research into these areas throughout his career. Presently, José teaches at the Escuela Nacional de Arte which is the national music school in Havana, Cuba. He is a member of the faculty of percussion professors who offer workshops for foreign students and continues to perform as a professional musician.

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.

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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