Music Specialist, Liberty Magnet Elementary
Percussion Director, Vero Beach High School
Co-founder/Director; Treasure Coast Percussion Camp
Mr. Putzke is a native of Michigan but calls Vero Beach "home" since 1981. He is a 1990 graduate of Vero Beach High School. Mr. Putzke received his bachelor of science in music education from the University of South Florida.
While pursuing his degree, he taught private lessons and gave numerous clinics for several Florida schools including Vero Beach jr./sr. high school, River Ridge HS, Venice Beach HS, and Plant HS.
In January of 2000, Brandon and his family returned to Vero Beach where he joined the teaching staff of Indian River County. He is currently the music specialist at Liberty Magnet Elementary and the percussion director for Vero Beach High School.
His elementary and high school ensembles have continually received superior ratings at contests. Liberty's Eagle Orff Ensemble and chorus are two-time grand champions at the Music USA Festival in Orlando, have made two appearances at the Kennedy Space Center and has performed at Epcot and Universal Studios City Walk. The Liberty chorus has performed at the capitol building in Tallahassee in 2009 and 2011.
The Vero Beach High School Percussion Ensemble has a long standing of excellence and superior ratings at contest. In 2013, the ensemble was invited to perform at the Sandy Feldstein Music For All percussion festival and in 2015 performed at the McCormick Marimba Festival at The University of South Florida in Tampa. Mr. Putzke has composed and arranged music for the VBHS percussion section and has been published in the national subscription of Music Express Magazine and Music K-8.
Mr. Putzke has recorded several cd's with his elementary and high school groups and with professional talents from all over the state and performs regularly with talent along the Treasure Coast.
Mr. Putzke is a current member of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Florida Elementary Music Educators Association (FEMEA), Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the co-founder/director of the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp (TCPC) and has received his National Board Certification. He is a proud endorsee of Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Sabian and Remo, Inc.
Mr. Putzke was the 2010 Teacher of the Year for Liberty Magnet and a top 5 finalist for Indian River County. He enjoys teaching music to students from kindergarten through college.
Assistant Professor of Percussion, University of Utah
Co-founder/Director, Treasure Coast Percussion Camp
Michael Sammons currently serves as the Assitant Professor of Percussion Studies at the University of Utah. He is a founding member of Zumbumba, an active percussion trio specializing in music from around the world. Most recently, Zumbumba presented anoriginal composition, Foforo Twene, for timpani and African percussion as part of the 2007 Percussive Arts Society International Convention's "Focus Day" in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Sammons has performed with orchestras in Arizona, Florida, and Alabama. He appeared as a guest soloist for the Music Educator’s National Convention, Southern Division Conference in January of 2005and in 2004, served as a guest performer for the Crested Butte Summer MusicFestival in Crested Butte, Colorado.
As an educator and clinician, Mr. Sammons served as a Lecturer in music and sabbatical replacement at Clemson University in 2007-2008. He currently serves as the co-founder (2005) and director of the Treasure Coast Percussion Campheld in Vero Beach, Florida. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and is a contributing author to PercussiveNotes. He has been an adjudicator for the Arizona Chapter of the PercussiveArts Society and Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association marchingband festivals. In 2006, Mr. Sammons presented a ession entitled "New Music for Steel Band" at PASIC in Austin, Texas with the University of Arizona and UT Austin Steel Bands and released the thirdCD by the UA Steel Band, “Panstraction”.
Mr. Sammons served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Director of the UA Steel Band Program from 2003-2007. He received the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona. Mr. Sammons earned his Master’s of Music degree in Percussion from the University of Arizona in 2005, and a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education and Performer’s Certificate from the University of Florida in 2002. His travels abroad includeTrinidad and Ghana, researching the traditional music and dance of thesecultures.
Michael Sammons is a proud endorsee of Vic Firth, Remo, and Sabian.
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