Matt Savage, graduate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York and The University of Southern California, has taught at every level of public education from elementary to the college level. Along with teaching in public education, Matt also has over thirty-five years of playing, teaching and arranging experience in the marching percussion field. This experience includes playing snare drum with the legendary Bayonne Bridgemen and serving as the percussion director and arranger for the Anaheim Velvet Knights, Dutchboy, Jersey Surf and the Bluecoats. His virtuosic snare drum performances can be heard on Row-Loff Publications Rudimental Cookbook and Just Deserts.
At the collegiate level, Matt has served as percussion instructor for the USC Trojan Marching Band and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has also in the past, served as Assistant Director of University Bands.
Matt has been heavily involved with the WGI indoor percussion activity as an adjudicator and has served on the WGI Percussion Steering Committee. His publication œSavage Rudimental Workshop, is a state of the art rudiment development book with 2 CD accompaniment published by Alfred Music and used worldwide.
He is the founder and director of the Matt Savage Marching Percussion Camp taking place every summer in the Carolinas. (www.mattsavagedrumcamp.com) Along with being a marching percussion specialist, Matt is a hand drum artist and drum circle facilitator leading drum circles for a variety of both local, national and international events with his company Rhythm Alive (www.rhythmalive.com).