Chuck Ricotta

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Since 2002, Chuck Ricotta has served as the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the Michigan Marching Band. He received a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Penn State University where he was honored with the Performer's Recognition Award. He has previously served on the percussion staffs of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and the Penn State University Indoor Drumline. In addition to his work with the Michigan Marching Band, Chuck currently serves as the principal percussionist for the Flint Symphony Orchestra as well as serving on the faculty at Concordia University. Additionally Chuck has performed with numerous orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Ann Arbor Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Chuck is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Remo Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals. He also maintains a private teaching studio in Ann Arbor.

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 following twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan's diverse and historic band program. Ensembles under Haithcock's guidance have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. Professor Haithcock was selected to conduct the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Bandanna, an opera for voice and wind band, commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association and is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band. Haithcock has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the wind ensemble repertoire and programming. Professor Haithcock is in constant demand as a guest conductor and as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings as well as festival and all-state appearances throughout the country. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature.