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Welcome to the low brass area of my website! These pages contain programs and recordings from past recitals and announcements about upcoming appearances! In addition, information about recent lectures is located below. Current students should click here for studio information.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Ken Drobnak, a native of Medina, Ohio, specializes in tuba performance, low brass instruction and wind conducting. His research interests include the history of Frank Holton & Company and the career of Mr. Oscar Stover. Stover served as Director of Bands at Coffeyville Junior College (Kansas), Assistant Band Director at Michigan State University under Leonard Falcone and Director of Bands at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Drobnak has performed with the Greater Lansing Symphony, Billings Symphony, Helena Symphony, South Dakota Brass Quintet and other chamber ensembles. Tuba-Euphonium Press has published many of his arrangements for solo tuba and tuba/euphonium ensemble. His primary teachers include Tucker Jolly and Phil Sinder. He also studied with Deanna Swoboda, Curtis Olson and Karl Hinterbichler.  

As a conductor, Drobnak has led athletic bands, concert bands and chamber ensembles in the public schools and at the collegiate level. Drobnak is in demand as a clinician, guest conductor and judge throughout the central United States. His primary conducting teachers include Robert Jorgensen, Michael Golemo, Eric Rombach-Kendall and Wesley Broadnax.

Drobnak has authored several articles and presented numerous clinics on the history of Frank Holton & Company, most recently at the 2014 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference and 2015 Great Plains Regional Conference. After discovering the archives of Oscar Stover at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Drobnak initiated a research project into Stover’s career with several publications currently in preparation. Drobnak presented a poster at the 2015 CBDNA National Conference on Oscar Stover

Drobnak served for one year at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and co-hosted the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Edinburg. He holds a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance from Michigan State University, M.M. in Conducting from The University of New Mexico and degrees in Music Education and Tuba Performance from The University of Akron.

In 2017, he was appointed Historian of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.




The links above are for instruments discussed at my clinic at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference on May 24, 2014. For the slides, click on the format you prefer: Powerpoint   PDF


 

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Dr. Drobnak's presentation at the 2015 CBDNA National Conference

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OSCAR STOVER: AN OVERVIEW OF HIS CAREER FROM COFFEYVILLE, KANSAS, TO MICHIGAN STATE AND FINALLY TO ALVA, OKLAHOMA

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