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Michael Burritt

Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis announced the addition of world-renowned percussionist Michael Burritt to the Yamaha Percussion Artist Roster.

Burritt, who currently serves as Professor of Percussion and head of the percussion department at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Eastman. In addition to his illustrious educational career, Burritt is a celebrated artist, having performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Rembrandt Players, the Percussion Art Quartet (Germany) and many other top ensembles.

“Michael’s experience and acclaim bring an inspiring element to the Yamaha Percussion Family,” said John Wittmann, director, Artist Relations and Education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis. “As one of the most respected educators and performers in the percussion field, we are looking forward to nurturing and developing this relationship to help enrich our company’s music education endeavors.”

An active composer, Burritt’s concertos, solo and chamber works, and etudes have become standard repertoire. The World Marimba Competition in Germany, the Paris International Marimba Competition and the Nexus Percussion Ensemble each have commissioned works from him. An active participant in the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Burritt has served as a member of the Board of Directors, a contributing editor for Percussive Notes magazine and chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee. He has been a featured artist at nine PAS International Conventions (PASIC).

“Yamaha has always been my first choice in drums, hardware, and many percussion instruments,” said Burritt. “At Eastman, we are stocked with Yamaha instruments and they always perform at a high artistic level. I can't imagine better sounding or more well-designed products.”