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CONCERT & MARCHING BANDS


Mr. Wagoner graduated from Kansas State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2015.  In his time at K-State, Ethan has performed with numerous ensembles, including marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, university band, percussion ensemble, various chamber ensembles, latin jazz ensemble, “Lab A” jazz ensemble and a number of jazz combos.  Ethan also was the winner of the Kansas State University 2014 Concerto Competition, and performed as a featured soloist with the Kansas State Symphonic Orchestra.  His professional affiliations include Kansas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity.


Ethan Wagoner

Ethan Wagoner is the Co-Director of 6th Grade and Elementary Bands, as well as Percussion Instructor for grades 5-12 in the Buhler School District.  Mr. Wagoner is also an Assistant Director of the Buhler High School Bands and Prairie Hills Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Bands.  This is Mr. Wagoner’s first year with the instrumental music team at Buhler.  


Mr. Starnes graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Kansas State University (‘11) While at K-State, Eric has performed with the K-State Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Trumpet Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Student Brass Quintet and Concert Jazz Ensemble. Eric has been fortunate to premiere multiple works throughout the United States and Europe with the Kansas State Trumpet Ensemble in the past 10 years.  His professional affiliations include Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, The International Trumpet Guild, and Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity. .

Contact Eric: estarnes@usd313.org

Eric Starnes

Mr. Biggs is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME),  Phi Beta Mu (International Band Fraternity), Kansas Bandmasters Association  (KBA), Kansas National Educators Association (KNEA) and the Kansas Music 
Educators Association (KMEA) where he has served for twelve years as the 
Southcentral KMEA District Co-Band Chairman.  Mr. Biggs adjudicates/clinics at 
numerous music festivals and middle school honor bands; as well as maintaining 
a large private studio.  Mr. Biggs holds a Masters of Education - Educational 
Leadership/Administration, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Music 
Performance - Bassoon from Wichita State University; as well as additional  graduate work in music education.  Mr. Biggs lives in Hutchinson with his wife - 
Johanna, daughter - Madeline, and sons - Elijah & Samuel.

Contact Nathan: ​​nbiggs@usd313.org

Nathan Biggs

Under his direction, the Prairie Hills Middle School band program has been selected to perform twice at the Kansas Music Educators Association State 
Convention - Eighth Grade Concert Band (2007) and Jazz Band (2009).  The 
PHMS bands have received numerous superior ratings at the local & state level; 
as well as in Missouri.

At Buhler, Mr. Biggs directs the PHMS Crusader Marching Band, 8th Grade Concert Band, 7th Grade Concert Band, Jazz Band, and group lessons. His additional duties include team teaching the Buhler High School Marching Band & serving as the director of the Symphonic Band at BHS.  Mr. Biggs also assists  beginning band at Union Valley Elementary and Plum Creek Elementary.
Nathan Biggs is in his 11th year with the instrumental music team at Buhler USD 313 serving as the Director of Bands at Prairie Hills Middle School and Associate Director of Bands at Buhler High School.  Mr. Biggs is in his 15th year of teaching in Kansas with prior appointments including Director of Bands, Kingman USD 331 and Associate Director of Bands at Derby High School, Derby USD 260.

ERic Stambaugh

Contact Eric: estambaugh@usd313.org

Director of Buhler High School Bands, is in his 15th year of teaching and 11th year directing Buhler Bands.  His job duties include:  Marching Band, Wind Ensemble,  Jazz Band, and assisting with 6-8th grade bands at Prairie Hills Middle School.  Under his direction, Buhler Bands have received numerous awards and state recognition. In 2006 and 2009 the Buhler Wind Ensemble was chosen to perform at the State KMEA Convention.  In the marching forum, the Buhler Marching Band has won numerous 4A Class titles, Drumline/Colorguard, and Grand Champion Awards at KU Heart of America, Neewollah, and Valley Center Marching Competition.
​ Mr. Stambaugh is a graduate of Kansas State University in which he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education and Wind Conducting.  He began his teaching at Liberal High School where he was the director of bands for three years.  Prior to his arrival at Liberal he was an assistant band director for the Salina Public Schools, teaching 5th – 12th grade instrumental. His professional memberships include:  Kansas Bandmasters Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, MENC, and is the Vice President of the Kansas State University Alumni Marching Band.  He currently lives in Hutchinson with his wife, Amanda, and his 10 year old son, Ethan and his 8 year old daughter Haven.

Band Staff

Buhler Bands USD 313: Buhler, Kansas 67522

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Greta is the colorguard instructor of the BHS Marching Band alongside Taylor Gould.  


Taylor Gould is the colorguard instructor of the BHS Marching Band alongside with Greta Smith. This is her first year as an instructor with band; but, has helped in her previously after graduating from Buhler High in 2010. Miss Gould graduated with her Associates degree in Business from Hutchinson Community College in 2012. Colorguard is her passion and is looking forward to watch, and grow each individual into a team over the season.  

Contact Ethan: ewagoner@usd313.org

Taylor gould - Color guard

Greta smith - Color guard

Assistant Staff

Eric Starnes is the director of the BHS Concert Band, Co-Director of the BHS Jazz Band, and Director of the 6th Grade Bands at Prairie Hills Middle School. Mr. Starnes is also an assistant of the BHS Marching Band and Prairie Hills Middle School 7th & 8th grade bands. Mr. Starnes has been with Buhler since 2012.