David Ratliff has been the Director of Bands at Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky since 2006. Previously, he was the Associate Director of Bands at Madison Central High School, Russell County High School and Nelson County High School also in Kentucky. During his tenure with MCHS, the Symphonic Band performed at the 2000 and 2003 KMEA State Convention, the concert Percussion Ensemble performed at the 2002 KMEA State Convention as well as the 2006 Music for All National Percussion Ensemble Festival. The MCHS Marching Band were the 1999, 2000 and 2001 KMEA State Runner Up as well the 2004 KMEA state champions. The MCHS 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 Music for All 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 The Instrumentalist, Percussive Notes and the Bluegrass Music News as well as contributing Teacher Resource Guides in the popular band reference series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.  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 16Parks Music, Advantage Network, Marching Show Concepts, Tapspace Publications and the Yamaha Sounds of Summer instructional booklet.  He, along with Rob Parks and James Campbell, helped compile and composed pieces for The Blue Book, a collection of marching percussion solo pieces published in 2011 by Tapspace, Publications featured on numerous state graded lists across the US. He was on the faculty of the Music for All World Percussion Symposium numerous years and taught numerous Yamaha Sounds of Summer camps since 1992. He presented featured clinics at six 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 a proud 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.


Tyler Myers

Tyler Myers has been the Director of Bands at Farristown Middle School in Berea, KY since August 2014. He has been the Assistant Director of Bands at Madison Southern during this time frame as well, providing lessons and leading the Jazz Ensemble to consecutive distinguished ratings at the KMEA District Jazz Assessment. In addition to these positions, Tyler has also served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a musician for 13 years, during which he has received numerous honors and awards. During his service, he auditioned and received the C1 (Charlie 1) skill identifier, awarded only to those with exemplary musicianship. He has also received the awards of Honor Graduate and Distinguished Honor Graduate while attending leadership courses at the Army School of Music. Mr. Myers is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, a selective group that requires rigorous testing to gain acceptance.

Outside of his military service, Tyler Myers serves as the KMEA district 11 Jazz Chair, and is regularly consulted as a clinician for jazz and woodwind education. He has also recorded studio samples for Disney Parks. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Eastern Kentucky University, and holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Kentucky University. Tyler resides in Lexington,KY, where he lives with his wife, Rebecca Crutcher Myers, and son, William Gabriel Myers.