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Mike Leitzke
Mike Leitzke




Michael Leitzke (Franklin, Tennessee) began his music career at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois and went on to become a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and Rhythm X indoor percussion ensemble. During his tenure at Rhythm X, the group earned their first Winter Guard International (WGI) World Class Championship. Presently, Leitzke is the percussion director at Franklin High School (Tennessee), a Sudler Shield band program. Leitzke has taught, arranged, and consulted for many high schools and indoor programs across the United States. He served as the front ensemble caption head and arranger for Palmetto Percussion, winning the WGI Open Class Championship in 2010 and making World Class Finals for the first time. On the drum corps side, Leitzke has served on the faculty of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as well as worked as a clinician and consultant for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, Leitzke served as a designer and educator for the WGI PSW finalist Mt. Juliet High School (Tennessee) Band of Gold and Indoor Drumline. He is an active adjudicator for Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International (DCI). Leitzke had the honor of serving on several DCI championships week panels, including both the Open Class and World Class Championship Finals competitions. Leitzke is the percussion/winds coordinator of the CWEA, MEPA, SCGC, and WGASC/ADLA indoor circuits. He is proud to be an artist and clinician for Yamaha, Remo, and other music industry leaders.