David Ratliff is currently the Director of Bands at Madison Southern High School in Berea, KY. He is in demand throughout the United States and Europe as an instructor, arranger, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor. Additionally, Mr. Ratliff serves as the KMEA
All-State Bands and Orchestra Percussion Coordinator.
Mr. Ratliff is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (1994) and a Masters of Music Degree (1998). He also holds a Rank I Certification in Music from Eastern Kentucky University (2003). Mr. Ratliff was a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps
(front ensemble) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
(both front ensemble and batterie) and the staff of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps
. He has been a member of the faculty of the Bands of America Summer Symposium
and numerous Yamaha Sounds of Summer
clinic/camps. He has also presented or assisted clinics as part of KMEA State In-Service Conferences and at the MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Mr. Ratliff is published in the Percussive Arts Society's international publication Percussive Notes as well as the KMEA publication Bluegrass Music News. He has published study guides in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band volume V and volume VI as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band volume II. He has published musical 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
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.
Mr. Ratliff and his lovely 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 drum set in the Sunday morning Praise and Worship Band.