Mike Leitzke began his percussion career at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and went on to become a member of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps and Rhythm X Indoor percussion ensemble. During his tenure at Rhythm X the group earned their first WGI World Class Championship.
Mike has taught, arranged, and consulted for many high schools and indoor programs across the United States- including several BOA and WGI National finalists. Additionally, Mike served as the front ensemble caption head/arranger for Palmetto Percussion from 2009-2011. During that time the ensemble won the 2010 WGI Open Class World Championship, and made PIW Finals for the first time. Mike also served as a clinician at the GearWORKS series of educational events put on by The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2009 to 2014. Mike was on the percussion faculty of the Colts Drum & Bugle corps for the 2010 season, and was the front ensemble coordinator for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011.
Presently, Mike is an active adjudicator for Drum Corps International and is extremely fortunate to judge across the country in a variety of different circuits during the indoor percussion season. Mike is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Mike earned a degree in GIS/Atmospheric Science from the University of South Carolina and works for the State of Tennessee.