Please welcome Eric Kruse to Altitude Percussion as our Director, Battery Writer and Arranger, as well as our Bassline instructor. With over ten years of experience as an educator and percussion designer, we are confident that Eric and his team will develop a strong educational program that will bring innovation and excitement to our 2015 production.
Over the last 15 yeas Eric has performed and taught here in Colorado, including performing with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004, and as a member of the Blue Knights Open Percussion Ensemble from 2004-06.
Currently Eric is the Percussion Director at Pine Creek High School and Conifer High School. In 2014 the Pine Creek Percussion Ensemble competed at WGI finals in Dayton, Ohio where they placed 6th in Concert Open. He has been involved with some of southern Colorado's most successful programs including Fountain-Fort Carson HS, Rampart HS, Doherty HS, and several others.
In 2014, alongside Ross Birdsall, Eric created the percussion writing company Rhythm Canvas. Rhythm Canvas has had an incredible first year by writing for Colleges, High Schools, and Independent ensembles across the Rocky Mountain Region. Past and current clients include, the United States Air Force Academy, Adams State University, South County Percussion, Rampart HS, Pine Creek HS, Ponderosa HS, Conifer HS, Rock Canyon HS, Castle View HS, Fountain Fort Carson HS and many more. He is endorsed by Vic Firth and has been an guest clinician for the Bruce Anderson Drum Circuit and Yamaha Percussion Instruments.