native of the metro New York area, Paul De Ritter
earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton
College and a Master of Music degree from the State
University of New York at Fredonia. He taught
music in the public schools for 35 years. While leading
his jazz groups, Paul performs on the trumpet,
flugelhorn, cornet, pocket trumpet and does most of
the lead singing. In addition to his jazz groups, Paul also
performs with the International Championship American
Legion Band of the Tonawandas, the Buffalo Silver
Band, the Joe Baudo Big Band at the Colored
Musiciansí Club of Buffalo, the Quaker Tones of
Orchard Park, the Repertory Jazz Orchestra of Orlando,
Florida, Southern Express Big Band of Ocala, Florida
and L.C. Swing of Leesburg, Florida.
Paul's international performances include: Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, Poland and Germany.
teachers include John Ware, New York Philharmonic;
Mel Broiles, Metropolitan Opera; Theodore Weis,
New York City Opera; Carmine Caruso, New York
City; David Kuehn, Buffalo Philharmonic;
Paul Merkelo, Montreal Symphony; James Thompson,
Symphony; Wes Nance, Rochester Philharmonic. Paul continues
his jazz studies with the internationally known jazz
trumpeter, Clay Jenkins.