Michael Barranco is a New York-based percussionist and educator. He currently resides in Manassas Park, Virginia as a DMA candidate attending George Mason University. Michael can be found as a freelance musician, teaching private percussion lessons to students, and conducting various master classes in the Northern Virginia area.
Michael’s previous schooling includes a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University in Normal, IL and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Notably, Michael has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, The Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and The Saint Rose Camerata. Additional performing experience includes various symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, wind ensembles, and choirs in both the Albany and Bloomington-Normal areas.
Michael is also an active member in various professional organizations including The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and The Percussive Arts Society. From 2013-2014, he served as the President of the Saint Rose chapter of NAfME. Michael’s percussion instructors include John Kilkenny, David Collier, Ben Stiers, Mark Foster, Matt Dickson, Cliff Brucker, and John Rienzi. Additional private studies have been given by Jason Haaheim (Principal Timpanist, Metropolitan Opera).
Michael is a performing artist for Artifact Percussion.
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