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Michael Ruthardt
Independent - Germany
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Michael started drumming at the age of 10 with the Hoechster Schlossgarde, Frankfurt Germany, playing Bass-Drum and Snare with the Schlossgarde Cadets (receiving two German Championships in 1986 an 1987) and Snare and Multi-Tenor with the Skyline Drum & Bugle Corps, Frankfurt, Germany, from 1989 through 2000.  Being a runner-up several times Michael achieved the title Drum Corps Germany I&E Snare Drum Champion in 1993.  From 1990 through 2000 Michael was not only an active member but also Percussion Head and Battery-Arranger for the Skyline Drum & Bugle Corps, receiving the Drum Corps Holland A-Class High-Percussion-Trophy in 1997. From 1999 through 2002 he also instructed the Percussion of the Skyline Cadets.

Since the end of his active marching career in 2001 Michael is working as independent arranger for and several drumlins in Germany, teaching at several workshops (e.g. Dynasty-Clinic with Scott Johnson in Germany in 2002), initiating the “Frankfurter Marching Percussion Tage” in 2006 and judging for Drum Corps Germany (Percussion Jury 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, Music Effect Jury 2008).

While being an Attorney and Insolvency Administrator in Germany, Michael is member of the Innovative Percussion Family since 2002.