David Ratliff is an accomplished composer and percussion arranger with over 200 marching band shows to his credit spanning almost 30 years. Groups performing his works include multiple state champions, state runners-up, Bands of America Regional finalists, Bands of America Grand Nationals class Runner-up and countless high percussion awards. He also arranged percussion music for The Cavaliers Alumni Corps in 2008 for their performance at the DCI World Championships. He currently serves as the Director of Bands at Madison Southern High School in Berea, KY. He also serves as the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) All-State Bands Percussion Coordinator.
Mr. Ratliff is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Masters of Music Degree. He also holds a Rank I Certification in Music from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mr. Ratliff was a member of the percussion sections of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and The Cavaliers and the percussion instructional staff of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been a member of the faculty of numerous Bands of America Summer Symposiums as well as numerous Yamaha Sounds of Summer clinic/camps across the US. He has presented clinics as part of six KMEA State In-Service Conferences and has served as guest clinician and conductor across the US and Europe.
Mr. Ratliff is a published author in The Instrumentalist, the Percussive Arts Society's Percussive Notes as well as the KMEA's Bluegrass Music News. He has published numerous study guides in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band series. He has published compositions with Advantage Network and Marching Show Concepts, as part of the 2006 Yamaha Sounds of Summer instructional booklet, and was a composer and compiler of The Blue Book volume 1 & 2 published by Tapspace Publications. He is a Performing Artist/Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion Drum Sticks and Mallets, and Evans Drumheads. Professionally, Mr. Ratliff is a member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu and the Percussive Arts Society.