The Dripping Springs Band Program will sponsor its 5th Annual Drumline Contest, Thunder In The Hills, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Dripping Springs ISD Tiger Stadium. Our last event included 20 4A and 5A high school drumlines from throughout Texas and audience attendance exceeded expectations once again as word has spread about this outstanding competition. It is our intent to make the Dripping Springs contest a permanent fixture in Texas outdoor percussion events. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to ensuring the contest is an exceptional experience for all. Please plan to join us in September and check this website often as we continue to plan for our next competition.
Ray is beginning his sixteenth year as a percussion instructo in public schools. Prior to teaching at Reagan High School in San Antonio Texas, Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion director at Klein Forest high School and Pomona High School in Arvada Colorado. During his tenure with Pomona, the band won an unprecedented 11 State Marching Band Championships. In addition the Percussion ensemble was a two time medalist at the WGI World Championships and perennial nalist. In 2002-03 Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion instructor of the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
Mr. Ulibarri is currently the former Percussion Arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp and the former caption Head of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also the former front ensemble arranger and caption head of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble. Both groups are recognized as innovators in the world of percussion and have placed in the top three in the world. As an arranger Ray has arranged music to be played in two Tournament of Roses Parades. His custom percussion arrangements are in demand throughout the country and he is a freelance composer.
Mr. Ulibarri has studied with Ralph Hardimon Gray Barrier, Doug Walter Doug Rosener, Amy Smith and Mark Foster. He is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Evans, Zildjian and Yamaha. Ray Ulibarri is an active music adjudicator and clinician throughout the country.
Jon Merritt is a graduate of Ohio University, where he studied percussion with Guy Remonko. Jon marched snare with the Limited Edition Drum & Bugle Corps in 1989-90 where he was percussion section leader in 1990. Jon also continued his drum corps experience by marching snare with the Cadets of Bergen County from 1991-93. Jon was the percussion section leader in 1993 when the Cadets won the DCI World Championships.
Jon has worked with many fine drum and bugle corps such as the Colts, Limited Edition, Bluecoats, Glassmen, and The Cadets. Jon also performs with the Brass Band of Columbus, Central Ohio Brass Band, Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony.
Jon is an Innovative Percussion artist. He also enjoys teaching, writing, and judging bands and indoor percussion groups all over the country. On his own time, you might find him enjoying motocross as the proud owner of a Kawasaki 250F. Late at night, he may be bellied up to one of his old-school arcade games including his upright Donkey Kong and tabletop Ms. Pac-Man.
Mr. McIntosh is a graduate of Butler University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Composition. In addition to freelance composing and digital sound design, he is the Percussion Coordinator for the Music For All Summer Symposium.
Michael is on the creative team and also one of two percussion designers and arrangers for The Cavaliers drum and bugle corps. In 2011, The Cavaliers were the recipients of the DCI Fred Sanford High Percussion award. From 1997--2011, Mr. McIntosh was a percussion specialist at Carmel high school in Carmel, Indiana and part of a program named the 2001 AAA National Champion, and the 2005 and 2012 BOA Grand National Champions. Carmel high school has won the Music For All Highest Achievement in Music award three of the last five years. As a former WGI judge, Michael currently designs for the Gateway Indoor Independent World WGI percussion ensemble from St. Louis, Missouri and also arranged for the George Mason Independent Open ensemble. George Mason was named the 2012 WGI Independent Open World Champion.
He is a Yamaha artist/clinician as well as a signature drumstick artist with Innovative Percussion. Mr. McIntosh also endorses LP Percussion, EVANS drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, Planet Waves Cables and SmartMusic. Compositionally, Michael has had works commissioned for the Midwest Band Directors Convention as well as the West Point HellCats. Currently, he has works published by SmartMusic, Row--Loff Publications, Yamaha Sounds of Summer, Tap Space Publications, Key Poulan Music, Drop 6 Media, The Hal Leonard Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Marching Show Concepts, Dynamic Marching, Jair Klarfeld Music and JKS Music. He is an active clinician and adjudicator, giving clinics throughout the US, Europe and Asia having performed several recent clinics in Tokyo, Japan. Michael was recently afforded the opportunity to perform a series of clinics in Beijing, China on percussion arranging and digital design.
Michael, his wife Joy and their daughter Scotlyn reside in Shakopee, Minnesota.