The Intercollegiate Marching Band would not be possible without the skills and dedication of our amazing Artistics Talents!
IMB Music Arranger
Scott Boerma is the Director of Bands at Western Michigan University. Prior to this appointment, he was an Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Michigan Marching Band at the University of Michigan. Before those positions, Boerma was the Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University, and he began his career teaching music in the Michigan public schools.
Boerma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Michigan State University, his Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Michigan, and his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Western Michigan University.
Boerma is active as a band/orchestra conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He serves as a guest conductor for several honor bands and university, high school, and community bands throughout the nation each year. He often conducts the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass holiday concerts.
An active composer, Boerma’s concert band works have been performed by many outstanding ensembles, including “The President’s Own” Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, to name just a few. His music has been heard in such venues as Carnegie Hall and at the Chicago Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Also a prolific arranger, Boerma receives yearly commissions to write music for many university and high school marching bands and drum and bugle corps. From 1989 to 2006 and from 2014 to 2018, he was the music arranger for the acclaimed Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Most of the Big Ten university marching bands have performed Boerma’s arrangements.
IMB Percussion Arranger
Since 2002, Chuck Ricotta has served as the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for the Michigan Marching Band. He received a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Penn State University where he was honored with the Performer’s Recognition Award. He has previously served on the percussion staffs of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the Penn State University Indoor Drumline.
In addition to his work with the Michigan Marching Band, Chuck currently serves as the principal percussionist for the Flint Symphony Orchestra as well as serving on the faculty at Concordia University. Additionally Chuck has performed with numerous orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Ann Arbor Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Chuck is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Remo Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals. He also maintains a private teaching studio in Ann Arbor.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Michael Rosales moved to San Francisco at the age of 9 where he trained and danced with several local groups within the San Francisco Bay Area. His training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Latin Jazz, and Color Guard makes him one of the most sought after Choreographers in the country. He has danced for recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Deborah Cox, Luis Fonsi, Brooke Hogan, Wisin y Yandel, Ivy Queen, Gloria Trevy, and Macy Gray.
Michael was on a National and International Tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning show BLAST! as a lead and was a feature performer in a new show called CYBERJAM in London where he was also the Choreographer Assistant. Michael has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared in the Blockbuster movie RENT, Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy’s Celebration, and the Latin Teen Choice Awards.
He has produced and choreographed shows for Busch Gardens in Tampa, SeaWorld in San Antonio, the FEDEX Orange Bowl Halftime Show, and was the head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanettes Dance Line.
In Miami, Michael is the co-founder of TAE Talent Agency, which cast dancers for the recent blockbuster films Step Up 4 and Rock of Ages. He is also on Faculty with the MODAS Dance Workshop and Intensives and was the Choreographer for the new show BLAST! The Music of Disney, which toured Japan in 2017 and 2019.
Michael was a former member of the Concord Blue Devils, Fantasia of Riverside and San Jose Raiders. He has worked with The Carolina Crown, Bluecoats, Cadets Color Guard and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps and Color Guards. In the Winterguard season, Michael has been involved with Braddock Independent World, Paramount World and West Broward High School World among a handful of other programs.
Michael is currently the Lead Choreographer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Recently, Michael started The Breakdown Camp and Choreographed the Orange Bowl Halftime show with Singer/Songwriter Gavin Degraw.
IMB Twirler Choreagrapher
Lexi Duda, born and raised in Maryland as a competitive baton twirler, is known as a multitime national and World Champion as well as a Maryland Feature Twirler Alumni. She grew up competing on Wheaton Dance Twirl Teams as well as individually since the moment she could walk. Over the last 21 years of competing, she has won more than 20 national titles as well as 20 gold medals from numerous World Championships.
Duda not only had the opportunity to compete in more than 10 countries starting when she was 9, but she’s also taught throughout Europe and the United States. While recently retiring from competing, she still carries her passion for baton twirling as a coach for the Wheaton Dance Twirl Teams.
While attending the University of Maryland she was the Feature Twirler performing at basketball games, football games, gymnastics/wrestling events and even a bowl game with the Mighty Sound of Maryland. In the past year, she graduated from UMD with a bachelors in broadcast journalism and began her new journey in Baltimore, Maryland, working as a news editor for Fox 45 News.