D.M. (Brass Pedagogy), 2014, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
M.M. (Tuba Performance), 2001, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
B.M. (Music Education), 1999, State University of New York College at Fredonia
Dr. Stratton joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2014 as associate professor and director of athletic bands in the School of Music. He instructs the Marching Tigers, Basketball Band, Jazz Band and Symphonic Band, and teaches courses in marching band techniques and brass methods. His active schedule also includes serving as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator for the marching arts.
Prior to coming to Olivet, he taught in the Monroe County School Corporation, Bloomington, Indiana, and was an assistant professor of music at The University of Tennessee at Martin. He has been involved with the marching arts for more than 20 years. His career began with the Patriots and Cadets of Bergen County in Rochester, New York. He went on to become a staff member with the Patriots, Magic, and Blue Stars and Bluecoats, and continues to serve as the assistant brass caption head with the Bluecoats.
As a performer, Dr. Stratton has participated in ceremonies for the World Cup, Summer Olympics and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. He has performed with Harvey Phillips in TUBACOMPANY and TUBASANTAS, and also as principal tuba of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, The Jackson Symphony, The Owensboro Symphony, The Evansville Symphony and the Columbus (Indiana) Symphony.
Currently, Dr. Stratton is planning a solo tuba project and has launched the chamber music group Fusion Tuba Quartet. He is also preparing to take the Marching Tigers to London during Christmas break 2016, as well as arranging performances for the band at professional sports events and prominent regional marching competitions.
He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the International Jazz Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
When he’s not teaching or traveling, Dr. Stratton is with his family. He and his wife, April (Stewart), are raising four children together: Connor, Lillian, Camden and Parker.