Michael Culligan

A native of Glen Ellyn, IL, Michael was appointed Associate Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras by Louis Langree in 2015. Prior to this, he served as 2nd percussion in both the West Virginia and Canton Symphonies. 

From 2010-2015, Michael performed as a regular extra in the Pittsburgh Symphony, including several tours with performances at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and the Berlin Philharmonie, among others. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Duquesne University where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony percussionists Chris Allen, Jeremy Branson, Ed Stephan, and Andrew Reamer. His Master of Music degree is from Temple University where he studied under the tutelage of Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, and Angie Nelson, and he currently teaches at Northern Kentucky University. 

In addition to being a proud Decibel Percussion artist, Michael is the owner/founder of Culligan Sticks, a boutique business creating handmade gong and timpani sticks.  Off the stage, he can be found on the ice playing defense for the Cincinnati Huns or watching Penguins hockey with his cats Sidney Clawsby and Kris Lefang.

Photo: Jake Anderson 2018

Photo: Jake Anderson 2018