2015 Clinicians

daverDavid Ratliff is the Director of Bands at Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky. Previously, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Madison Central High School also in Kentucky. During his tenure with MCHS, the concert Percussion Ensemble performed at the 2002 KMEA State Convention as well as the 2006 BOA National Percussion Ensemble Festival. The marching drum line was invited to perform with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2004, 2005 & 2006 as part of the marching band track of the BOA Summer Symposium.

David holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky where he studied with James B. Campbell and also holds a Rank I certificate in Music from Eastern Kentucky University. He currently serves as Secretary of the Kentucky Chapter of PAS, and is the KMEA All-State Band and Orchestra Percussion Coordinator. David has published articles in Percussive Notes and the Bluegrass Music News as well as contributing study guides to the band reference series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band volumes 5 & 6 and Beginning Band volume 2. With over 200 musical works to his credit, his arrangements and compositions have been performed by groups across the country and have been published through Advantage Network, Marching Show Concepts, Tapspace Publications and the Yamaha Sounds of Summer instructional booklet. He helped compile and composed pieces for “The Blue Book”, a collection of marching percussion solo pieces published in 2011 by Tapspace, Publications. He served on the faculty of the BOA World Percussion Symposium and taught numerous Yamaha Sounds of Summer camps in Kentucky, Tennessee and Utah since 1992. He presented percussion clinics at the 2006, 2007, 2009 KMEA State Conventions.

He has performance experience with the Boston Crusaders and the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, including performing in the batterie in 1991 – winning the DCI High Percussion award and performing in the front ensemble in 1993 – winning the DCI Percussion Ensemble Championship, as well as teaching experience with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He was also co-section leader of the 1993 BOA National Champion and PAS Runner-Up University of Kentucky indoor drum line.

He is an endorser and clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Evans drumheads, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and Tapspace Productions. Professionally, he is a member of KMEA, NAfME, PAS and Phi Beta Mu.


scott_harrisDr. Scott Harris is head of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of Music at Western Kentucky University. Prior to his appointment at WKU, Harris taught for fifteen years at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX where he was Director of Percussion, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies, and Interim Director of the SFA School of Music.

Dr. Harris has presented clinics and concerts at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, and the College Music Society National Conference. His writings on creativity, performance, and percussion have been featured in Percussive Notes and Southwestern Musician, and his performance credits include solo/chamber recitals, regional symphony orchestras, professional steel drum bands, and the 1991 World Champion Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dr. Harris holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (DMA), East Carolina University (MM), and the University of Massachusetts (BM); and has studied percussion with Dr. Peter Tanner, Thom Hannum, Harold Jones, Mark Ford and Dr. Richard Gipson. He is the Associate Editor of Education for Percussive Notes magazine and serves on the PAS Contest Committee. Scott is an active runner and lives in Bowling Green with his wife Courtney and three children – Kelsey, Dylan and Logan.
Dr. Scott Harris


Jonathan_SharpJonathan Sharp is an active percussion artist and educator with an extensive and diverse teaching background. He is currently the director of percussion for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. He has been percussion instructor for the Lafayette High School Marching Band since 2012, winning first place at the KMEA State Marching Band Championships. He also teaches a large private lesson studio as part of Lafayette High School’s Mastering Musicianship program.

Jonathan is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky, supplementing his Degree with an additional certificate in music theory pedagogy. In the spring of 2013, he served as a graduate teaching assistant and Sabbatical Replacement for Professor James Campbell, directing the university’s percussion ensemble, chamber percussion group, steel band, and teaching applied lessons. While at UK, Jonathan has also served as coordinator of Blue Steel Caribbean Ensemble, Lexington’s resident professional steel band. Mr. Sharp received his Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Professors William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music degree from Morehead State University under Dr. Brian Mason and Frank Oddis in 2008.

Mr. Sharp frequently tours to schools throughout Southern and Midwestern states presenting recitals, workshops, and clinics on topics such as electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, multiple percussion, concert snare drum, and marching percussion. Jonathan was recently invited to perform as a guest solo artist at Transylvania’s Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival in 2012, premiering Mei-Fang Lin’s Flux for amplified marimba and electronic soundscape.

Jonathan currently performs regularly with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Da Camera, Pink Martini, and the Boston Pops. He was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps snare line in 2005, achieving second place overall in the 2005 DCI World Championships. Mr. Sharp has instructed the Morehead State University and University of Illinois marching percussion sections. In December 2012, Jonathan has recorded an album entitled “The Percussion Works of Warren Benson” with the Kollective Percussion Group, with whom he is a founding member. He has recorded albums with Sinfonia Da Camera and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and 2011, respectively.


Mary_Lynn_WilliamsMary Williams graduated from Daviess Co. High School in 2007. She was an All-State musician and received the John Philip Sousa award. She then attended Campbellsville University to study percussion under Dr. Chad Floyd. She was selected for KY’s Inter-Collegiate Orchestra and All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble. She has taught at many schools across KY and IN, and she is now the Director of Percussion at Henderson Co. High School.




Darci_DavisDarci Davis is a graduate of Muhlenberg County High School. She was a All-State Percussionist and alumni of the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts. Darci is currently a student in the percussion studio at the University of Kentucky.





Nick_WarrrenNick Warren is an active instructor, arranger, and adjudicator in marching and concert percussion.  Since 2002, Warren has instructed and arranged for multiple groups in Kentucky and Tennessee including Dickson County High School (TN), Barren County High School (KY), Ohio County High School (KY), Owensboro Catholic High School (KY), and Impact Audio Theater (2007 WGI Silver Medalists in Class PIA) to name a few.  Currently Nick is the Director of Percussion at McLean County High School, as well as the Battery Coordinator/Percussion Arranger for Henderson County High School, and Battery Tech at Muhlenberg County High School, all in the Western Kentucky area.

Nick received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University in 2008 having studied percussion under Drs. Christopher Norton and Mark Berry.  Upon graduation, he took a position as the Director of Bands in Union County, KY – a position he held for two years before pursuing his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting full time.  Warren currently resides in Owensboro, KY with his wife, Carrie, and daughter, Anna.