Nathan Ratliff- Front Ensemble Coordinator

Returning for his fifth season with The Crossmen, Nathan Ratliff currently teaches and performs throughout the Dallas/Ft.Worth metroplex as both a percussionist and pianist. Nathan is an active percussion teacher in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex, currently
working with Lake Highlands high school and Frisco Centennial high school. He taught the front ensemble for The Colony high school for 8yrs starting in 2002 and has arranged the pit music since 2005. In 2007, Nathan joined the staff at Surround Sound Percussion, a world class WGI ensemble, where he also arranged the pit music in 2009.

At the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, he was a featured performer in a clinic of the works of Japanese composer Minoru Miki. His clinic performance led to an invitation to perform as part of a percussion trio at the 2007 Hokuto International Music Festival in Japan.

An in-demand accompanist, Nathan performs with many local middle school and high school choirs.   Mr. Ratliff also performs in accompanying recitals at the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University and Texas A&M Commerce.

Nathan received Bachelor of Music degrees in percussion and piano performance from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, he twice won the Concerto Competition, performing with the symphony orchestra on percussion and piano. An active member of the Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, he studied under Dr. Richard Gipson (percussion) and Dr. Jane Magrath (piano) and was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in piano, percussion, and harp in 2000.

Nathan was also a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for the 1997 and 1998 seasons during which he was named the 1997 DCI Multi- Percussion Champion.

Nathan went on to receive a Master of Music in percussion performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Paul Rennick. His ensemble experience includes classical percussion, steel band, drumline, pop ensemble, and as both a percussionist and harpist for the UNT Wind Symphony. He has performed with Keiko Abe, Andy Narell, Ray Holman, Pan Ramajay, Darrin Dyke, Mike Mainieri and Brian Zator. Upon completing his degree, he became the
director of the UNT 2:00 Steel Band through 2005.

Nathan joined the percussion staff at The Crossmen in the fall of 2008 and is looking forward to another exciting season.
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