Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools
Matt Brusca is currently the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools. He previously held positions as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Messenger College and Drum Line Instructor/Arranger for the Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine. He holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University.
Matt’s Bartlesville percussion students have been selected for the NBDA All-District Honor Band more than 35 times and for the OkMEA All-State Honor Band and Orchestra 9 times in just 4 years. The Bartlesville Percussion Ensemble has performed at the Oklahoma PAS Day of Percussion, Arkansas PAS Day of Percussion, MSSU World Music and Cuisine Festival, University of Oklahoma Steel Drum Festival, and Sun Fest.
Matt is a Front Ensemble Consultant with Resistance Indoor Percussion. He has been on staff with Resistance Indoor Percussion (2013, 2015), Gateway Indoor (2011-12), and the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-12). He has also been on staff with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp, Joplin Jazz Camp, and MSSU Jazz Camp in addition to instructing and arranging for high school and collegiate drum lines throughout the Midwest. He was the Co-Founder/Director of the U.S.-Serbian Drum Line Exchange which presented clinics and performances on U.S. marching percussion in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia during the summers of 2011 and 2012.
Matt’s performing experiences include playing with the Kansas City Royal Thunder Drum Line at the 2014 MLB World Series, Chicago Bulls Stampede Drum Line, Chicago Bears Drum Line, and as a WGI Independent World Class Finalist with Gateway Indoor in 2008 and 2009. He has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Signature Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Ozark Festival Orchestra, Peoria Municipal Band, and the Brass Band of Central Illinois. He has also performed for the Grumo Festival (Tesero and Cavalese, Italy), OK Mozart Festival, Exit Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), BELEF Festival (Belgrade, Serbia), Marian Days Festival, Kansas PAS Day of Percussion, NCAA Cross Country Championships, and has been seen performing on FOX, TBS, ESPN, and the MLB Network.
Matt is a performing artist and clinician for Mapex and Majestic percussion, Sabian cymbals, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, as well as a signature artist for Etymotic Research, Inc.