Teaching Staff

Matt Savage

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 and the Canton 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 “Savage Rudimental Workshop”, is a state of the art rudiment development book with 2 CD accompaniment published by Alfred Music and used world wide.

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 with his company Rhythm Alive (www.rhythmalive.com)

He is a proud clinician and endorser for the Yamaha Corporation, Remo Inc, and Sabian Cymbals.

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.

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.