Jude St. George
Owner and Director, Jude St. George, holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Fredonia State University and shares over 20 years of musical experiences. She performed for 3 years with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra along with many local bands before moving to New York City to expand her musical experience. Once in New York, Jude was a partner in Freeway Fusion, a duo featuring marimba and percussion along with keyboards and vocals. Freeway Fusion performed on and produced 3 recordings, held successful positions on the college music radio charts, and performed in many clubs in the New York City area. After many years of teaching privately, Jude formulated the idea of R AT A M A C U E where students and adults who share the love of drums and percussion would have an outlet to learn and perform. Jude also works along with the local school music directors in support of their school program, as well as enhancing music theory, technique, and style for the students.
Jude is a resident percussionist with the Atlantic Wind Symphony performing at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in Patchogue, NY. She also performs with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Chamber Choir, the Island Chamber Symphony, the Long Island Gay Mens Chorus, the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Band of Long Island.
John Celentano- Teacher
John started as a student of Jude St George and RATAMACUE prior to earning his degree in Music Performance from the University of Rhode Island. While attending the University of Rhode Island John took part in the University Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, University Orchestra, as well as outside groups including a hand drumming ensemble and Warwick Symphony Orchestra. Since returning back to Long Island, John plays with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra as well as local rock bands.
John is looking forward to working alongside Jude at Ratamacue in becoming a master teacher in the world of percussion.