Percussion Director at A&M Consolidated Schools
Matt Power has been involved with the drum and bugle corps activity and marching arts for 30 years. Originally hailing from New Hampshire, Matt marched in several DCI Drum and Bugle Corps before spending his last three years as a snare drummer with the Cadets. He was a member of the ground- breaking 1989 Cadets percussion section, and winning both the DCI World Championship and the coveted Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion in 1990, as well as earning the Distinguished Service Award from the Cadets in 1991.
Matt is also an accomplished electric and acoustic bassist, and has performed on many commercial jingles, albums, and movie soundtracks.
He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, studying percussion under Thomas Hannum, Peter Tanner and William Hanley, and music theory with Yusef Lateef. He received his Master's Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on Percussion and Jazz Bass, while studying with Guy Remonko, Ernest Bastin, and David Lewis.
Matt has worked with the top drum and bugle corps in the country as a percussion caption manager, consultant and snare technician, including the Bluecoats, the Colts, the Seattle Cascades, the Marauders, Esperanza, and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Matt enjoys an active performance, judging, and clinic schedule, and is a leading percussion and music ensemble judge for the USSBA (United States Scholastic Band Association), and has judged the Texas state marching band finals several times, the Eastern Championship, and has been selected to be on the panel several times for the National Championship held at the Navy Stadium in Anapolis, Maryland. He most recently was selected to help run the percussion section for the 2012 US Army All American High School Marching Band in San Antonio, which is the most select, premier honor marching band in the United States. He is also an arranger for the percussion group, Tcha Degga Da, the famed marching percussion group in South America, led by Mr. John Grant, who were chosen to perform at the 2013 Carnival.
He has performed as a percussionist and bassist with Mic Gillette, Steve Houghton, Steve Moretti, Pete and Conti Condoli, Phil Woods, Chris Hollyday, Bobby Shew, Archie LeCoque, Richie Cole, Jay Mason, Jeff Arthur, David Joyner, Thom Hannum, Dr. Billy Taylor, Ernest Bastin, Tom Aungst, Pete Sapadin, Kevin Mayse, Harold Mason, Guy Remonko, Doug Meeuwsen, Roger Carter, and C. Scott Smith. He is one of the arrangers for the UMass Marimba Band, and arranges and designs for dozens of high school percussion programs across the country. Among the high schools he has taught or consulted for are Pacifica, Mission Viejo, Capistrano Valley, Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta, Rancho Bernardo, A&M Consolidated and El Toro High School.
Matt proudly endorses Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Neolson Double Basses, and Offworld Percussion Drum Pads. He is also a product consultant for Randall May International, the leading manufacturer of marching percussion carriers, distributed by Mapex and the Yamaha Corporation, as well as a consultant for the Neolson Double Bass factory. He is currently teaching, performing, and conducting clinics throughout the United States. He currently is gigging with his jazz group, Sweet Basil, and is the Percussion Director for the A&M Consolidated schools in College Station, Texas, as well as running a large percussion and bass teaching studio. He resides in College Station, Texas with an assortment of electric and acoustic basses, and a whole bunch of drums.