Chuck Ricotta has served as the percussion instructor and arranger for the University of Michigan Marching Band Drumline since 2002. Chuck is a former member and staff member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois. In addition, he has also served on the instructional and design staff of the Penn State University Indoor Drumline during their run as WGI Independent Open champions and Independent World finalists. Chuck is active as an ensemble director, clinician and consultant for many local schools and organizations in the southeast Michigan area.
As a performing artist, Chuck currently serves as the principal percussionist for the Flint Symphony Orchestra of Flint, Michigan. In addition, he has been a frequent guest performer with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as the Ann Arbor Symphony. He has also appeared with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Saginaw Bay Symphony, the New World Symphony of Miami Beach, and the National Repertory Orchestra of Breckenridge, Colorado. Chuck also participated in the performance and recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience under the baton of Leonard Slatkin at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. The CD, available on the Naxos label, was the recipient of 4 Grammy Awards including Best Classical Recording.
Chuck earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Pennsylvania State University where he was awarded the Performer's Recognition Award. He earned a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan.
Chuck is an Educational Artist for Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion. He also maintains a private teaching studio in Ann Arbor.