Matt Brusca

Freelance, Fayetteville Public Schools

Artist Facts:

Nationality: USA
Artist Since:2015
Influences:Kay Brusca | Nick Petrella | Steve Craft

Artist Bio:

Matt Brusca is the Percussion Specialist for Fayetteville Public Schools. 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 percussion students have been selected for All-District and All-Region Honor Bands more than 60 times, for All-State Honor Bands 16 times, and for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain 4 times. His Percussion Ensembles have performed at the Arkansas PAS Day of Percussion, Oklahoma PAS Day of Percussion, MSSU World Music and Cuisine Festival, University of Oklahoma Steel Drum Festival, and Sun Fest.

Matt 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), Exit Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), BELEF Festival (Belgrade, Serbia), OK Mozart Festival, Marian Days Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference, Kansas PAS Day of Percussion, and NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Matt is a performing artist/clinician for Mapex drums, Majestic percussion, Sabian cymbals, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, as well as a signature artist for Etymotic Research, Inc.