Perry A. Ralenkotter began his career in 1988 teaching in Cobb County, Georgia. In 1991 he began his career at S-DMS with 140 students. Within four years the program had grown to 445 students in grades six through eight. The Advanced, Concert, Explorer and Jazz bands at S-DMS have consistently received superior ratings at the Indiana State School Music Association festival and at other local festivals.
The Advanced Band has also been awarded a Superior With Distinction three times at ISSMA Concert Festival most recently in 2013, 2009 and 2003. The Advanced Band is the only second year ensemble in Group I to achieve this. On January 14, 2006 the S-DMS Advanced Band performed at the Indiana Music Educators Conference in Indianapolis. Mr. Ralenkotter is a director of middle school bands at the Stephen Collins Foster summer music camp at Eastern Kentucky University. It is the third longest running summer music camp in the nation. He has been featured twice as School Band and Orchestra’s 50 directors who make a difference.
Mr. Ralenkotter is active as a clinician and adjudicator in the region and is a founder of the St. Leon All Star Band. In December of 2005 he was invited to present at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic to discuss recruiting beginning band students. He presented again in 2011 to discuss the impact of NCLB and budget cuts on the arts. Mr. Ralenkotter is a Jupiter clinician where he works with school systems and music programs on recruiting, retention and support for the arts.
Mr. Ralenkotter is a native of Florence, Kentucky. He attended the University of Kentucky where he studied trumpet under the direction of Vincent DiMartino. Mr. Ralenkotter completed his student teaching with Dr. J. Steven Moore, the then director of bands at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He completed a Master of Music in Music Education degree at the University of Kentucky in 2003. He has pursued a D.M.A. at Boston University. Mr. Ralenkotter enjoys distance running and triathlon. He is a member of IMEA, NEA, Phi Mu Alpha, and USAT.
He is married to Beverly and has four children, Matthew, Andrew, Lea and Ian. They reside in Union, Kentucky.
If you wish to book Mr. Ralenkotter for an Honor Band Clinic or for your school professional development sessions, please contact him at:
812 576-3500 ext 12131