is the drummer in the rock band
. He and Rich Williams
are the only two members who
have appeared on every Kansas album. He has also taken on the
band's management responsibilities in recent years. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas on February 4 1951, Phil took up
the drums in grade school.
Ehart contacted Kerry Livgren about joining a band named White
Clover after hearing that Livgren's band Kansas (the second band of
that name) had recently disbanded. White Clover in time renamed
itself "Kansas." This third Kansas is the band that became the
well-known American progressive rock band.
Ehart's drumming style has indeed been the starting point for many
drummers since the 1970s with a classic heavy yet tasteful style.
In the early 1970s Phil, like many American musicians, wanted to
more closely study and play the "British" style of music that was
popular at the time, so he moved to England. Unfortunately, he did
not find the atmosphere too welcoming, as the musicians there were
happier to learn the country and rhythm and blues styles that Phil
brought with him, so he quickly returned to America.
Phil Ehart is the father of a little boy named Noah, who has
autism. In recent years Phil has become an autism advocate and
traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak at the Unlocking Autism
Power of One conference in 2001. Phil's wife, Laurie, has joined
him in his journey to help their son Noah and other children with