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.