Dr. Kurt Gartner
Associate Director, Music Program
Professor, Percussion, Percussion Ensemble,
Latin Jazz Ensemble
130 McCain Auditorium
Kurt Gartner serves as Associate Director of the Music Program and Professor of Percussion at Kansas State University. He teaches applied percussion and percussion methods. He also directs the Percussion Ensemble, Keyboard Percussion Quartets, and the Latin Jazz Ensemble.
As a 2010-2011 Tilford Fellow, he coordinated an interdisciplinary study of Cuban arts. In the past, he was a Big 12 Faculty Fellow, collaborating with the percussion studio and jazz program at the University of Missouri. There, he provided instruction and performances in Afro-Cuban music and applications of technology in music. He has served as Special Assistant to the Provost and as Coordinator of the university’s Peer Review of Teaching Program.
Prior to his appointment at K-State, Gartner served as Associate Professor of Bands at Purdue University. In 2001, he completed his Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, he directed ensembles, taught jazz history, and was the Assistant Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. He also received the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation for his research of the late percussion legend, Tito Puente. Gartner is a founding member and contributing composer of the Indiana-based Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band. He is the technology editor for the journal Percussive Notes.