1. K-State home
  2. »Arts and Sciences
  3. »Music, Theatre and Dance
  4. »Music
  5. »Percussion Studio

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

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

2018-19 Percussion Studio
2018-19 Percussion Studio


K-State Percussion Alumnus Wins National Award

David Whitman (M.M., Percussion Performance) was recently honored, as his recent release "Oh, Clara!" won Best Instrumental Jazz Album at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards at Lincoln Center. Additionally, Whitman and his colleague Chris Montgomery received a nomination for Best Producer in the Jazz, Fusion, Jam, etc. category. The album is available through CD Baby.

2019-2020 Graduate Assistant Announced

Brett Butler B.M.E., Kansas State University, 2017) is originally from Lenexa, KS. During his time at Kansas State, he was involved with the Pride of Wildcat Land as an assistant and head section leader of the snare line. Also at K-State, Brett played in the Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Cat Band, Pub Crawl Band and Percussion Ensemble.

Brett is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After graduating at K-State, Brett has served as an Assistant Band Director in Louisburg, KS. Brett has been teaching in Louisburg, KS for two years. He assists the Head Band Director, John Cisetti with the high school, middle school and elementary bands. Brett has had the opportunity to march in the 129th Annual Rose Parade with the Louisburg Wildcat High School Marching Band in 2018. Brett instructs the high school drumline, jazz band and substitutes in the Louisburg 416 District.

Brett has also taught at R.E.W. Music as a private percussion studio instructor since the Summer of 2018. He has been a member of the Kansas City Wind Symphony as a percussionist since the Fall of 2018. Also, he has been an active percussionist in the Shawnee MIssion Theatre in the Park musicals and for the Leawood Stage Company. Brett also has performed with Topeka Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist since 2016. Brett has assisted with Leadership and Auxiliary camps for K-State in the summer of 2017 instructing drum lines with the percussion GTA.

Percussion 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 Facebook!

Get the latest information from the K-State Student Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society on their Facebook page! Studio-related information - including events - will be posted here. Many performances of the percussion studio are streamed via Facebook Live.

Music Logo

Percussive Arts Society
KSU Student Chapter

2019-2020 Officers

President: Braedon Bomgardner (junior/B.M.E.)

Vice President: Madison Howbert (senior/B.M.E.)

Secretary: Brandon Wells (sophomore/B.M.E.)

Treasurer: Ethan Jeffries (sophomore/B.M.E.)

Social Media: Taylor Clark (sophomore/B.M.E.)

Join PAS