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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

Alumni News


Craig Archer received his Bachelor's in Music Education from K-State in the spring of 2014. He is currently the Beginning Band Director at Fort Riley Middle School. Craig is also assisting with drumline, percussion ensemble, and the wind ensembles at Junction City High School. He is a member of the worship team at University Christian Church in Manhattan and also performs regularly in various jazz, rock and folk bands in the Manhattan area.

Drew Szczesny (B.A. 2014) has a position at Starlight Theatre of Kansas City as the Production Management Intern. The duties included in this position are assisting in coordinating and managing national tours, Starlight productions, and concerts. Activities include: arranging travel for actors and staff, assisting with technical elements of produced shows, being responsible for finding and purchasing equipment and supplies, overseeing expenses and budgets and generating paperwork.

Dave Roth is a freelance percussionist in New York City. Active on the Broadway scene, Dave played A Christmas Story at Madison Square Garden last holiday season. Dave also has a wealth of experience as a chamber musician, clinician, and teacher, and is an official Ambassador of the Alzheimer's Association.

Bryce Craig earned a Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University and is currently a Masters student in Music Composition and a Graduate Fellow at Central Michigan University. He works as a free-lance composer, private theory/composition instructor, and as Staff Composer/Arranger for the non-profit Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble. His works have been played by several groups including the Kansas State Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas State Percussion Ensemble, and the Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble.

M.M. recipient Greg Coffey continues to perform, produce, and teach in Nashville, TN. In addition to his recording and live playing there, he has been on the road, including two weeks in China with country artist Jason Clutter.

Ryan R. Laney holds a B.M.E. from The University of Northern Colorado and a M.M. from Kansas State University. He writes music designed to be interesting for both the casual listener and the true musician, offering compositions with high audience and performance appeal. Ryan's compositional output is primarily focused on percussion solo and ensemble literature with a growing number of works for wind instruments. Many of his compositions and arrangements can be heard performed around the world in countries including Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Japan, China, South Korea, Belgium, Russia, and across the USA. Ryan is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, The National Association for Music Education, a Percussion Music Online Official Composer, and is currently Director of Bands at Broomfield High School in Broomfield, Colorado.

Chris Exum is the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Instructor at Washburn Rural High school. At Washburn Rural, Chris assists with the marching band, concert band and directs the WRHS Jazz Combo and oversees all things percussion. In addition to his musical duties, Chris is also a part of the REACH program which assists incoming freshman make the transition into high school by working with them in the areas of time management, organization, test taking strategies and education and career planning. Chris Exum is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, K.M.E.A., C.M.E.N.C. and a member Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) and also serves as Secretary for our Kansas Chapter.

Emory Dease joined the faculty of Seaman High School in Topeka, KS in the fall of 2011. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Central College, and more recently, his Masters of Music Performance from Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, Emory served as the percussion graduate assistant and drumline instructor. He has formerly held the position of Percussion Director at Blue Valley North HS and Newton HS (IA).

Since September 2011, Brad Regier has been the band director at the American International School of Egypt. In addition to teaching, he is furthering his percussion education in the areas of doumbek and middle-eastern music. From 2009-2011 he was the band director at Chase County. Brad is originally from Haysville, KS and received his B.M.E. at K-State in 2008. In his spare time, Brad enjoys running, traveling, and KC area sports.

KSU graduate Jeff Hewitt, who completed his Master of Music Degree at the University of Missouri in May 2011, is nearing completion of his D.M.A. at the University of Arizona.

Dr. David Whitman teaches and performs in the San Diego area, including his appointment at San Diego State University.

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