Percussionist Michael Blancaflor is an active performer, educator, and clinician in southern New England and the tristate areas. Originally from Berlin, CT, he received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. His percussion teachers include Rich Baccaro, Peter Tanner, Thom Hannum, Bill Reynolds, Peter Coutsouridis, Mike Clark, Rosemary Small, and Alexander Lepak. Michael has performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, The Chelsea Symphony, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, among other ensembles throughout New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. His Off-Broadway Drum/Percussion credits include "Found" (2014 Atlantic Theater Company) and "Once Upon a Mattress" (2015 Transport Group). Michael is honored to present the 3rd movement of Frank Picarazzi's Vibraphone Concerto with The Chelsea Symphony.