Teaching Staff

Matt Savage

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 and is the former Director of Marching Percussion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He 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.

Matt is 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 the Pro-Mark drumstick company 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 taking 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. His percussion ensemble compositions can be found at Row-Loff Publications.


Alan Keown

Alan Keown is a noted percussionist and teacher in the Pacific Northwest. As a performer he has worked with the Smothers Brothers, Suzanne Sommers, Sharri Lewis, the Britt Festival orchestra and numerous symphony orchestras including the renowned Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. As a drum set artist he has performed in concerts and nightclubs throughout the Northwest, as well as recording studio dates for albums, jingles, and video projects.

He is a frequent consultant to high school and college band programs, and has been involved with Ted Turner's Goodwill Games as well as the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International.

Alan is a clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian, Malletech drumsticks, and Remo as well as the marching percussion specialist for various Oregon High Schools. He is also the founder of the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp, currently held in Oregon. Mr. Keown publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company and concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing. Alan is also a publisher of concert percussion music with Tapspace Publications and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts.


Amy Savage

Amy Savage, a Professional Percussion Specialist living in Chapel Hill NC, is an educator, performer, arranger, composer, and clinician active in the development of the contemporary concert and marching percussion ensemble. Currently, Amy serves as percussion specialist with her husband Matt at The Cary High School and is the director of Marching Percussion for the Duke University Marching Band. In the summer, she teaches at Yamaha Sounds of Summer Marching Percussion Camps for Matt Savage in NC and Alan Keown in OR, In the winter, she serves as an adjudicator for the Atlantic Indoor Association.

Amy is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is an Educational Clinician/Endorsee for Sabian Cymbals and Malletech Companies. She was named in the 2002 and 2004 Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.


Nate Campbell

Nate Campbell started playing drums at the age of six under the influence of his father. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance in 2002 from The University Of Nebraska, Nate became the director of the Cornhuskers drumline.

Nate has also served as adjunct professor at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. He recently completed my Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was also featured in the TV show Tommy Lee Goes To College. He currently teaches privately in the Raleigh area as well as acting as a clinician and judge for various percussion events.


Matt Keown

Matt Keown is a former camper at the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp. He has gone on to develop into one of the most well rounded university level percussionists in the country. Matt was a snare drummer with the 2009 and 2010 Blue Devils and became section leader and center snare in 2011. He is a former percussion major at the University of Oregon and now studies percussion at Yale in New haven, CT. Matt is a featured clinician for Remo Inc. and former staff of the Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.


John Wooten

Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. A native of Lafayette, La., he has received degrees from the University of Iowa, the University of North Texas and the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

As an instructor and performer, Dr. Wooton has been associated with five Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Marching Percussion Forum champions. He marched snare drum for four years with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Ill. . During those years, Dr. Wooton held the Drum Corps Midwest Individual Snare Drum title and the Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Individual title. He has served as the percussion caption head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and 1990, Dr. Wooton was their percussion consultant.

Dr. Wooton is a clinician for Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, and Row Loff Publications. He is member of the Vic Firth Education Team and is featured demonstrating all 40 snare drum rudiments on the Vic Firth Web site at http://www.vicfirth.com.

Recently he has performed clinics and concerts at the England Day of Percussion in Birmingham, England, the Patagonia Percussion Festival in General Roca, Argentina, Rimtos de Terra in Campinas, Brazil, Festival Internacional de Percussion in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Percussion Festival Internacional III in Cordoba, Argentina, Alberta Day of Percussion in Alberta, Canada and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Within the United States Dr. Wooton has given clinics, recitals and concerts in all but two states. Dr. Wooton has authored two books and numerous rudimental snare drum solos and marching percussion ensemble pieces. Most recently, his book "Dr. Throwdown's Rudimental Remedies" consists of a two hour DVD, 951 play along tracks and 25 lessons. "The Drummer's Rudimental Reference Book" is a staple amongst universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.


Tony Teleky

We are very excited to announce that Tony Teleky will be teaching at this summer's 2018 Matt Savage Marching Percussion Camp! Tony just finished his age out season with Broken City Percussion and was the 2017 Cadets section leader. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from this incredible performer, teacher and all around great guy!


Lindsay Vasko

Lindsay Vasko is an active percussionist and clinician currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. She has taught at the Matt Savage Marching Percussion Camp since 2013, and was recently a front ensemble instructor for the Round Rock High School Marching Band, a repeat finalist in the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis. Lindsay has also provided instruction at numerous other schools throughout Texas and the southeast region of the United States.

As a performer, Lindsay is passionate about contemporary chamber and large ensemble music. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a member of the prestigious Wind Ensemble, performing at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Lindsay also performed with the University of Texas Percussion Ensemble at the 2016 Percussion Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, which won the 2016 International Percussion Ensemble Contest. Additionally, she has participated in many major music festivals including the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, and Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar. In 2017, Lindsay was an intern and participant at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, a role that she will reprise this summer.

Lindsay was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing her master's studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her primary instructors include Dr. Thomas Burritt, Doug Perkins, Samuel Solomon, Kyle Brightwell, and Nancy Zeltsman.