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David Ratliff


David Ratliff is the Director of Bands at Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky. Previously, he was the Associate Director of Bands and
Percussion Coordinator at Madison Central High School. Prior to coming to Madison County he held the position of Band Director with the Nelson County and Russell County school systems both also in Kentucky.

Mr. Ratliff, a native of Elkhorn City, Kentucky, received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education in 1994 and Masters of Music Education degree from University of Kentucky in 1998. While pursuing his Masters Degree, he served as a Teaching Assistant with the band department. He also holds a Rank I in Music from Eastern Kentucky University.

Mr. Ratliff is in demand throughout the country as a percussion instructor, arranger, clinician, adjudicator and guest wind conductor. He has worked with numerous performers and middle school, high school and university level groups including State Marching Band Champions, Bands of America Marching Band Grand National Finalists, Winter Guard International Indoor Percussion World Finalists from around the country including Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. He has experience instructing and/or performing with the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served as a marching percussion adjudicator with the Northern Ohio Indoor Percussion Circuit, the Tri-State Circuit and the Southern Color Guard Circuit Indoor Percussion Divisions.

Mr. Ratliff currently serves as the Secretary and Webmaster for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is also a member of the KY PAS All-State Committee. He served on the planning committee for the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention held in Louisville. He has also served as the KMEA District 11 High School Band Chair and was elected as the 2003 KMEA District 11 Middle School Music Teacher of the Year. Currently, he is the KMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra Percussion Coordinator. He has conducted groups at the KMEA In-Service Conference three times including the Madison Central High School Symphonic Band in 2000, the Madison Central High School Percussion Ensemble in 2002 and the Madison Central High School Symphonic Band in 2003.

Mr. Ratliff has had an article published in the Percussive Arts Society's international publication Percussive Notes and The Bluegrass Music News. He has published a study guide in the GIA music reference text Teaching Music Through Performance vol. V. He has published both marching and concert percussion works as a member of the percussion arranging staff for Advantage Network of Chicago, IL, Marching Show Concepts of Ft. Wayne, IN, Superior Show Designs of Henderson, KY and Mt. Tabor Productions of Richmond, KY. He is a Performing Artist/Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion Drum Sticks and Mallets of Nashville, TN, Evans Drumheads and also an Education Artist/Clinician for Tapspace Publications of Portland, Oregon. In 1998, 2004 and 2005, he was selected by a former student to the Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In 2004, he was recommended by a former student to be named as a Teacher Who Made a Difference by the University of Kentucky's College of Education. Professionally, Mr. Ratliff is a member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Education Association, the National Band Association and the Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Ratliff and his wife Susan have two children, Holly and Katie. They reside in Richmond, where they are active members of the First United Methodist Church where he regularly performs in the Sunday morning Praise and Worship Band.

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