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, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech Sticks and Mallets.

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 Holly Springs, NC, is active in the development of the contemporary concert and marching percussion ensemble. Currently, Amy serves as Founder and Director of the Northwood High School Indoor Percussion Theatre. She is a percussion specialist and arranger for the Northwood and Apex High Schools in North Carolina. Additionally, she consults, instructs and arranges for several high school marching band programs in the Raleigh-Durham area. Amy was the Director of Marching Percussion at Duke University in Durham, NC, and CO-founder of the Rhythm Alive Percussion Group for junior high and high school students in Pittsboro, NC. In the summer, Amy teaches at the Matt Savage and Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camps in North Carolina and Oregon. Amy also clinics and adjudicates around the country including with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camps, Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA), Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA), and Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA).

As a member of the World Champion Garfield Cadets, Amy was awarded the DCI Individual’s Championship in ensemble percussion. During this time, she received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Her extensive teaching and arranging experience with several Drum and Bugle Corps includes Jersey Surf, Cadets (formerly Garfield Cadets), Bluecoats, Glassmen, Poynton Commodores (England), and Starriders (Germany). Amy was featured in the May 2009 issue of Halftime Magazine in an article by Dennis Delucia entitled “Women of Marching Percussion”. Amy is published with Jalen Publishing and Row-Loff Productions.

Amy is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is a proud Educational Clinician/Endorser for Malletech, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Incorporated.

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 teacher currently based in Kingsport, Tennessee. Lindsay is the Director of Percussion at Dobyns-Bennett High School. The Dobyns-Bennett Band has made numerous appearances at the Bands of America Grand National Finals Competition, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has taught at the Matt Savage Marching Percussion Camp since 2013 where she is the director of the front ensemble portion of the camp. Lindsay is also currently a member of the Front Ensemble Staff for the Audio Theater world-class WGI indoor percussion group based out of Nashville, Tennessee. As a student at the University of Texas, she was a front ensemble instructor for the Round Rock High School Marching Band, also a repeat finalist in the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis. Lindsay has provided instruction and clinics at numerous other schools and percussion events around the United States.

As a performer, Lindsay is passionate about contemporary chamber and large ensemble music. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of the prestigious University of Texas 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. Lindsay is a founding member of the “TV Percussion” duo, a contemporary percussion duo with Andrea Tafelski. 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 and 2018, Lindsay was an intern at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.

Lindsay was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her primary instructors include Dr. Thomas Burritt, Douglas Perkins, Nancy Zeltsman, Sam Solomon, and Kyle Brightwell.

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.