Conductor, Percussion Ensemble
Todd A. Betz received his Bachelor and Master of Music from the University of South Florida under Prof. Robert McCormick. He also studied under Massey Johnson at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina and Jeff Milarsky at the Bowdoin Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine. Mr. Betz was the adjunct professor of percussion at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida from 1995 – 2004. He has also instructed marching percussion since 1995. Currently, Mr. Betz is Principal Percussionist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in his 27th season. He was also a member of the Florida West Coast Symphony (now the Sarasota Orchestra) in Sarasota, FL from 1991 to 2007. Mr. Betz performed the Christopher Rouse percussion Concerto Der Geretette Alberich as the featured soloist with the Southwest Florida Symphony in 2016. He has had many performance opportunities through the years. Mr. Betz has performed with several Broadway musical national tours throughout Florida such as The Producers, Spamalot, 42nd Street, Some Like it Hot, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to name a few. He was also the first percussionist for the kickoff of the second national tour of Wicked in Ft. Myers in 2009 and performed again when it returned in 2012. He has also had the great pleasure in performing on stage with wonderful artists such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ros, Olivia Newton John, Don Rickles, Empire Brass, Michael Bolton, Brian Wilson, Anne Murray, and Amy Grant. Mr. Betz is an original member of WOODWORKS Percussion Group in Sarasota, Florida.