Ross Weckesser is the Director of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at Victoria West High School in Victoria, Texas. Previously he held the same position at Memorial High School in Victoria and at Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas. Originally from Illinois, he holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, where he studied with Mr. Kevin Lepper, Dr. Charles Menghini, and Dr. Robert Sinclair. He also holds a Master of Percussion Performance degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studied with Mr. Ron Coulter, Dr. Christopher Morehouse, and Dr. Andrew Tucker.
Mr. Weckesser has taught marching bands and drumlines throughout Illinois, including those at Argo Community High School, Oak Park-River Forest High School, Lincoln-Way Central High School, and Schaumburg High School. In 2006, he was a front-ensemble technician for The Magic Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, during graduate school, he was the instructor of the SIU Saluki Drumline and assistant director of the SIU Percussion Group and the SIU Basketball Pep Band. Mr. Weckesser has done extensive work for Bands of America/Music for All, as event staff for various music festivals, and as an instructor and camp staff for the BOA Summer Symposium.
Mr. Weckesser was Principal Percussionist of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra during the 2008–2009 concert season. Additional performance credits include: the VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band; the VCM Percussion Ensemble; the Dos Claves Orquesta; the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Wind Ensemble; the SIU Percussion Group; the Marching Salukis Marching Band; the Victoria Symphony Orchestra; the Southern Illinois Civic Orchestra; the Chicago Community Concert Band; and the Crossroads Community Band. In May of 2009, he took part in a concert tour of China with the Southern Illinois Wind Ensemble.
His professional affiliations include: the Percussive Arts Society, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Weckesser is a Vic Firth Educator and product endorser.