Mr. Ray Ulibarri began his percussion career in Westminster, Colorado, working with local marching bands as a percussion technician. He became the director of the percussion program at Pomona High School in 1995, where the band earned 11 State Marching Band Championships. The Percussion ensemble was a two-time medalist and perennial finalist at The WGI World Championships. In 2006, Ray relocated to Texas and, after a brief stint in Houston, moved to San Antonio in 2009. He began teaching at Ronald Reagan High School, where he is entering year 14 with the band. Ray has also been very fortunate to serve as a music educator for the Blue Coats Drum & Bugle Corps, where he was the percussion caption head from 2005-2008. In addition, he has been on the percussion Staff for Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, both winter and summer ensembles.
Ray was privileged to Study and be mentored by Ralph Hardimon, a legend in the Marching Arts. Mr. Hardimon was instrumental in Ray's development as a music arranger and teacher. In addition, he studied at the University of Colorado, where he served as an assistant with the Golden Buffalo Marching Band. Ray studied with Doug Walter, Mark Foster, and Gray Barrier.
Ray has been fortunate to arrange percussion music for numerous ensembles and marching bands. He has worked as a music designer with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and countless high schools nationwide. His arrangements have been featured at the Tournament of Roses parades, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the University Interscholastic League's Texas State Marching Contest, and Bands of America Regional, Super Regional, and Grand National Championships. Ray has been the percussion arranger for the Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band since 2010. Ray also enjoys a unique opportunity to serve the percussion community as an adjudicator for WGI at all levels.
Ray Ulibarri proudly endorses D'addario, including ProMark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Planet Waves cables. He also is proud to be a Zildjian and Yamaha artist.
Ray currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his amazing wife Marissa, daughter Catarina, and his new baby boy Rey.