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About Ken Drobnak

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 Orchestra, Billings Symphony Orchestra, Helena Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Brass Quintet and numerous 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 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 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association on this topic.

Drobnak holds a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance from Michigan State University, M.M. in Conducting from The University of New Mexico and two baccalaureate degrees in Music Education and Tuba Performance from The University of Akron. He is currently teaching and performing in the Dallas Metroplex and has a studio of 65 students.

Program

El Torero (The Bullfighter) . . . Stanley Thomas/arr. Drobnak

10 Blind Dates for Solo Tuba - The Second Date . . . . James Grant

Nervous Anxiety, Eager Anticipation, Relaxed

Small Talk

So Much in Common

Fanfare For Nothing in Common

Love At First Sight

Chatty, Annoying

Reflecting, Revolving Spoon

Opposites Attract

Tons of Fun

Emergency Number Speed-Dial Rescue Phone Call

A Tubists' Lullaby . . . Leroy Anderson/arr. Drobnak

with Scott Roeder and Jeff Baker, Tuba

Chunca . . . Rafael Mendez/arr. Drobnak

with Scott Roeder and Jeff Baker, Tuba