Matt Savage has been playing percussion for more than 30 years and currently serves as the Percussion Specialist at Cary High School in Cary, North Carolina. He is the former Director of Marching Percussion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matt received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam and his Masters degree in Percussion Performance from USC. He has taught at every level of public education, from elementary to the college level. Additionally, he has played snare drum with the legendary Bayonne Bridgemen and served as percussion director and arranger for drum and bugle corps such as The Anaheim Velvet Knights, The Dutchboy of Kitchener, Ontario and The Canton Bluecoats.
In addition to being a marching percussion specialist, Savage is heavily involved with indoor percussion activity as an adjudicator for Winter Guard International. Matt is also the author of "Savage Rudimental Workshop" published by Warner Bros. Music along with being a drum circle facilitator and the creator of the Matt Savage line of marching percussion sticks by Pro-Mark Drumstick Company.
He is the founder of Rhythm Alive, a rhythm based project that helps develop rhythm, timing, and team building for various types of organizations including musical organizations, corporate teams, athletic teams and communities.
Matt has facilitated drum circles for Music Educators National Conference Conventions, Percussive Arts Society Conventions, Bands of America Leadership Symposiums, Glaxo-Smith Cline Pharmaceuticals, The University of North Carolina Women's Basketball team and in his family's living room at Christmas to name but a few!
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