The Bridgemen, Velvet Knights
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 more than 35 years of playing, teaching and arranging experience in the marching percussion field. This experience includes playing snare drum with the legendary Bayonne Bridgemen and served as the 2012 percussion director and arranger the for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, and in the past for the Anaheim Velvet Knights and the Canton Bluecoats. His virtuosic snare drum performances can be heard on Row-Loff Publications CD of The 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. He is now director of percussion activities at the Cary Senior High School in Cary, NC.
Matt has been heavily involved with the WGI indoor percussion activity as an adjudicator and has served on the WGI Percussion Steering Committee. Matt has delved into the art of drumstick and mallet design for Malletech, creating a signature line of sticks. His most recent publication is “Savage Rudimental Workshop,” a state-of-the-art rudiment development book with 2-CD accompaniment published by Alfred Music.
He is the founder and director of the Matt Savage Marching Percussion Camp that takes place every summer in the Carolinas. (www.drumcamp.net)
Along with being a marching percussion specialist, Matt is a Remo hand drum artist and drum circle facilitator leading drum circles for a variety of both local and national events.
He is a proud clinician and endorser for the Yamaha Corporation, Malletech, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Inc.