The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve
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The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve

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Jun
23
The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve @ Jerry's Bait Shop

Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA

Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA

Jun
06
The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve @ Cafe Semolino

Hays, Kansas, USA

Hays, Kansas, USA

May
03
The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve @ The Bottleneck

Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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Inspired by the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show and Bob Dylan, this new-old times/folk style group from Kansas incorporates Ozark poetry with beautiful melodies. The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve consists of Skyler Browning and David Gadberry.

Skyler Browning got his start into the music scene at age 15 playing drums with a small band from Spring Hill, KS known as At the End of Fall. Soon after the quick run of this group, he moved on to a larger audience. For a year and a half Browning played drums with one of Kansas City/Lawrence’s up-and-coming bands. The Walton Heist played venues such as, The Bottleneck, The Granada, and The Grand Emporium, sharing the stage with national touring acts. Browning then moved on. He began playing guitar with The Who Slumbers, a small group with little success from Omaha. Browning’s musical experience does not only come from rock music, but also from vocal and choral performance. This experience comes from conducting choirs at a high school level and singing in choirs at a college level. He is currently studying music education at the University of Kansas where he met the other half of the duo.

David Gadberry is currently a Ph.D. graduate student in music education at The University of Kansas. Previously, he was a music specialist at Brinker Elementary in Plano ISD, where he taught grades K-5. He completed certification in the Orff Approach at Southern Methodist University as well as completing Kodály certification with the Plano ISD Kodály Training Program. He served as pedagogy teacher assistant and folk music materials intern with the UNT/Plano ISD Kodály Training Program. Gadberry holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. During his Master’s degree graduate studies, Gadberry served as a folk music graduate assistant and collected/transcribed folk songs and play parties. He has also served as the Kodály Educator's of Texas North Texas Representative and the Organization of American Kodály Educators national board as the Southern Division Representative, and is currently the Secretary for the OAKE Board of Directors as well as the OAKE Southern Division Web Master. Gadberry has presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels for groups such as Plano ISD, Kodály Educators of Texas, Texas Music Educators Association, Mississippi Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Kodály Educators, and the Green Country Orff Association.

The Tallgrass Prairie Reserve is the result of the collaboration between Skyler Browning and David Gadberry. Browning’s background in alternative rock and Gadberry’s knowledge in folk tunes lends this group the attitude of a rock band playing what could later become a new age of folk music.