Panhandle High School, & Amarillo College
Eric Rath is an active educator, clinician, arranger and composer. He is currently the Director of Bands at Panhandle High School in Panhandle Texas. Previously, Mr. Rath was the Director of Percussion ans Assistant Band Director at Randall High School in Amarillo Texas. Additionally, Mr. Rath serves as adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Amarillo College.
Mr. Rath is a graduate of West Texas A&M University, where he received both his Bachelor of Music Education and his Master of Arts Degree. While at West Texas, he studied percussion with Dr. Susan Martin Tariq and was a member of the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Gary Garner, then Mr. Don Lefevre.
While an undergraduate, Mr. Rath was selected as a winner in the University's Concerto Composition. And while pursuing his Master's he served as a Graduate Assistant, directing and arranging for the Drumline and Basketball Band and assisting with the Concert Band.
As an educator, Mr. Rath's students have performed in the Texas All-State Band, the Percussive Arts Society International Converntion (PASIC) and are consistently members of the All-Region band and medalists at Texas State Solo & Ensemble Competition. As the director of the Randall Symphonic Band the band received "First Division" ratings annually.
As a composer, Mr. Rath has a growing list of original works and arrangements published through TRN Music, C. Alan Publications, Tapspace Publications, HoneyRock Publications, Key Poulan Music, JW3 Publications and Eric Rath Music. His music has been described as "very exciting for performers and audiences alike." Mr. Rath's piece "Paramount Park" for Grade 2 Band, was the winner of the first Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Composition Contest. Mr. Rath's compositions have been performed at the Midwest Clinic and the Texas Music Educator's Association Convention.
Mr. Rath is a member os the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and also regularly performs with the Amarillo Oprea. Mr. Rath is active as an in-demand freelence percussionist as well as a member on the worship team at his church. He is also a former member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps.
Mr. Rath resides in Amarillo, Texas with his wife Kayla and their children Regan Grant and McKinley. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and is an alumnus and former chapter president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also proud to be an Innovative Percussion Artist as well as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).