Performing Artists

Percussion Group Cincinnati

Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 and consists of members Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Their daily rehearsal schedule is supplemented with the teaching and coaching of young musicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in creative music, in teaching, and with major symphony orchestras. Percussion Group Cincinnati is particularly respected for its knowledge of and experience with the entire range of the music of John Cage, having made tours and festival appearances with him on a number of occasions in Europe and in America. Percussion Group Cincinnati was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2017.

Michael LaMattina

Michael LaMattina holds the position of Principal Percussion with the Dayton Philharmonic and is the director of Percussion Studies at Miami University, where he also conducts the Miami University Percussion Ensemble. In his capacity with the DPO, he performs classical programs, pops concerts, chamber music, ballet, and opera. Additionally, Michael is the principal percussionist with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Previous positions Mr. LaMattina has held include Principal Percussion with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder from 2007-2014, Principal Timpani & Percussion with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Principal Percussion of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Section Percussionist with the Erie Philharmonic, and Associate Section Percussion with the Columbus Symphony. He has also played with the Cincinnati and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. His teachers have included Michael Rosen, Tom Freer, Mark Yancich, and Mitchell Peters.

TJ Turner

Tyrone Eugene Turner Jr. (TJ) is an active gospel drummer currently based in Oklahoma City. TJ placed third in the 2016 Guitar Center Drum Off in Chicago. Recent engagements include a tour with Adam and Kizzie, and various performances and workshops through his ministry, #IPlayskillfully. TJ has recorded for premiere Gospel and R&B artists and producers including, Tony Foster Jr., Reggie Strong, Josh Mayfield, Micah Stampley. TJ holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Declan Patrick Hayden

Declan Patrick Hayden is a percussionist, educator, composer, and arranger currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is entering his third year at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, double majoring in Percussion Performance and Music Education. Declan is an in-demand marching percussion educator in the Greater Cincinnati Area and is on staff for the Kings High School Indoor Drumline. In past seasons, he has taught at Greenon HS, Beavercreek HS, and West Clermont HS. Outside of marching percussion, Declan maintains a private lesson studio and has presented on a myriad of topics ranging from Beethoven to African drumming.


Scott Lang, Performance

Scott K. Lang is currently the Percussion Area Coordinator for the Music Program at Northern Kentucky University where he teaches applied percussion, directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches Percussion Methods and the Music of World Cultures. Mr. Lang is the principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and is also a frequent performer with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras as an extra percussionist having played on 20 different recordings and appearing in the 2014 Lumenocity simulcast on WCPO-TV and WCET-TV. Mr. Lang also appeared on a PBS National Broadcast as an extra percussionist with the Cincinnati Pops in Take Me to the River. He also appears on two nationally broadcast PBS specials that began airing in 2007 and continue to air periodically. These specials, Fifties Pop Parade, My Music and Sixties Experience Part II, My Music, feature a variety of famous pop and rock and roll artists of the 1950s and 1960s.

Michael Kennedy, Music Education

Michael Kennedy is a 2004 graduate of Miami University with a degree in Music Education. He received a full scholarship from the Miami University School of Music as a result of his excellent musicianship. In 2001 Michael began his involvement in the Finneytown Music Program by serving as a private lesson teacher and Marching Band clinician. He wrote the music for numerous Finneytown Marching Band shows and assisted in many music-teaching opportunities. Michael student taught at Finneytown in 2004 and then was hired as the Assistant Director in August 2004. Under Michael Kennedy’s direction, he has led the band to State, won Grand Champion, and received numerous superior ratings at local and state competitions. He received the PTA Friend of Students Award in 2010 for his close connections with students and community. Michael’s energy and passion for educating students is infectious and he hopes to connect the students to the community in a special way. Michael lead the band to their first ever MidStates Finals appearance in 2018 where they earned 4th place.

Amy Catanzaro, Arts Administration

Amy Catanzaro has over 20 years of Marketing and Sales experience with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra where she serves as the Director of Sales. Amy supervises incoming sales departments at the CSO in addition to working closely with senior management on forecasting, pricing and revenue management. Amy has presented at the annual Tessitura Learning and Community Conference many times on behalf of the CSO on the topics of dynamic pricing and yield management. In 2016, she was selected as a member of the Tessitura Membership Advisory Committee and is in the final year of her three-year term.