The Kansas Settlers Band


The Kansas Settlers Band consists of Diane Bulan, Kit Bardwell, Chris Hudson, and Sam Wright.


Diane Bulan is a professional actor, director, acting coach, puppeteer, electrician, and stage manager. She has been a teaching artist for KCYA since 1998. Diane received a BA in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Kansas in 1993.


Kit Bardwell received a Bachelor of Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Both degrees are in vocal performance. Since 1979 she has worked in Kansas City in all aspects of the performing arts, which include, singing with the Chorale Arts Ensemble (now the Kansas City Chorale) and numerous churches, dancing with the Westport Ballet, City in Motion and the Lyric Opera, as well as acting, choreographing, costuming and directing music at The Coterie.


Chris Hudson received his Bachelor’s degree in 1996 from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. A talented guitarist and instructor, Chris has played at the Kemper Museum, Eden Alley and currently teaches private instruction at KCYA’s Community School of the Arts.


Sam Wright earned his BFA in Theatre from Emporia State University in 2002. Since graduating, he has acted for The Coterie Children's Theatre and Wyandotte Players. When not performing, Sam spends his time waiting tables in Westport, recording music and playwriting.


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