Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Office: Fine Arts 304
Kenneth P. Drobnak, a native of Medina, Ohio, specializes in wind band conducting, tuba performance, low brass instruction and the history of Frank Holton & Company. As a conductor, Dr. Drobnak has led athletic bands, concert bands and chamber ensembles. His public school teaching experience includes both private and public school, encompassing grades 4 through 12. Drobnak is in demand as a clinician, guest conductor and judge in the North Central Region. He has studied conducting from Robert Jorgensen, Michael Golemo, Eric Rombach-Kendall and Wesley Broadnax.
Dr. Drobnak studied tuba with Tucker Jolly, Karl Hinterbichler, Deanna Swoboda and Philip Sinder. He has performed with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the Helena Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Brass Quintet and numerous other chamber ensembles. He has taught applied low brass at the university level in Michigan, Texas, Montana and South Dakota.
The International Tuba-Euphonium Association Journal has published several of his articles on prototypes and reference models of Frank Holton & Company. Drobnak spent nearly two years at the National Music Museum researching brass instruments donated by Conn-Selmer, Inc. In addition, Tuba-Euphonium Press has published many of his arrangements and transcriptions for tuba and other low brass instruments.
He holds a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance from Michigan State University, a 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.