Mr. Randy Fluman, associate professor, percussion
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Randy Fluman, Associate Professor of Percussion, came to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Music Department in 1987. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music in Performance degree from Texas Tech University. Mr. Fluman conducts the percussion ensemble, teaches private lessons, and supervises the "PRIDE" of South Texas drumline.
He has studied percussion with Alan Shinn, Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Emery Alford, Dan Armstrong, Bill Wiedrich, Richard Thompson, Bob Costello, Chuck Reese, Gerry Fore, and Mark Schroeder. Mr. Fluman’s composition for vibraphone, “Phantasie”, is published by C. Alan Publications.
Mr. Fluman is Principal Percussionist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra and is a member of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. He is former drumline instructor and arranger for the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, the SkyRyders Drum and Bugle Corps from Hutchinson, Kansas and the Valiant Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Enid, Oklahoma.
His ensembles have performed at the NBA All-Star Game, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Percussive Arts Society Valley Day of Percussion, and numerous high schools throughout South Texas.
Mr. Fluman is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Dr. Jason Kihle, associate professor, percussion and band
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Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance with a secondary emphasis in Wind Conducting in 2008 from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also obtained his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Dakota. Prior to completing his graduate degrees, Dr. Kihle taught elementary music and middle school band in Arizona and Colorado.
He has studied percussion with Mike Blake, Jim White, Gray Barrier, Michael Spiro, and Ruben Alvarez. Dr. Kihle studied conducting with Gordon Brock, Kenneth Singleton, and Alan McMurray. Dr. Kihle's article "The Drum and the Dance" on drums in the Renaissance was published in Early Music Colorado Quarterly in 2007.
Dr. Kihle won the Southard Competition at UNC for his performance of Merlin on marimba. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland, and with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2008, Dr. Kihle played drumset for the first amateur performance of Hairspray at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE.
He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.