Matt has been active in the marching percussion community since the age of 15 when he began his drum corps career in a Houston area senior corps. Since then he has performed with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Surround Sound Percussion, the City of Washington Pipe Band, Oran Mor Pipe band, and the Ruff Drags. He has performed and competed in almost every state as well as Canada. In 2011, he was honored to perform at PASIC as part of a clinic on Scottish snare drumming.
Matt is currently engaged in a wide variety of design-oriented disciplines including architecture and city planning as well as marching and the percussive arts. In addition to pursuing his architectural license, he is entering his 10th season as a percussion instructor, designer, and battery arranger at Van Buren High School where his students have won multiple state and regional championships. He has also served as a percussion instructor for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band, and around a dozen public schools for grades 6-12.
Matt’s administrative experience includes time as an assistant tour director for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, an appointment to the City of Fayetteville’s Board of Adjustments where he is serving a four year term, and his role as founder and Executive Director for RVI Percussion Ensemble. Under his direction, RVI has performed at New York University in New York City, PASIC in Indianapolis, and WGI World Championships in Dayton, becoming the first ensemble from Arkansas to make finals at WGI World Championships.
Nik Kennett is a business professional, percussionist, music educator, media consultant and entrepreneur who resides in Rogers, AR. Nik works in the Walmart Supplier community and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Arkansas’ Sam Walton College of Business. His rudimental drumming experience includes performances with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, River Valley Independent, University of Arkansas’ Razorback Marching Band and the Ruff Drags.
Nik has been a percussionist since the age of 11, when he joined the local band program in his hometown of Berryville, AR. His drumming career for many years consisted mostly of drum set performances with local church bands, chamber ensembles, and jazz groups. Since high school, Nik has been a rudimental percussionist with an emphasis on snare drumming. Although he was pursuing a business degree, he attended the University of Arkansas on a drum scholarship, where he marched four seasons and served as drum captain in his final season. He marched bass drum with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2011, and won a gold medal in the Bass Ensemble I&E in San Antonio Texas.
As a charter member of River Valley Independent in 2010, Nik played Drum Set and served as Front Ensemble Section Leader. In 2011, He played snare drum, served as drum captain and has since acted as Director of Operations for the group. Nik’s business school experience in both Marketing and Supply Chain Management combined with his passion for the percussive arts come together as a perfect hybrid for the entrepreneurial challenges that are often presented in the competitive drumline environment.
Michael Eagle is a World Champion Scottish and Breton percussionist who operates out of New York City, NY as an independent musician, educator, composer, clinician, manager, writer, and consultant. Mr. Eagle has performed all over the world, and his diverse career spans many genres, styles and instrumentation. His original projects largely fuse different facets of world music and various styles of rudimental drumming for unique chamber percussion, rock and funk groups.
Michael’s current positions include owner of Eagle Artist Management and Eagle Made Products (www.EagleMade.com) in New York City, NY, Section Leader for Gallant Entertainment Inc., Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Albany, member of Bagad Cap Caval from Brittany, France, and Music Director for RVI from his native Northwest Arkansas. Mr. Eagle has taught at the University of Texas and NYU, served as Drum Sergeant for the Grade I Oran Mor Pipe Band, and created the first online school for Scottish pipe band drumming.
Mr. Eagle received his MM from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA in education, performance and composition from the University of Arkansas. Michael has presented clinics and workshops on various percussive and musical topics at Days of Percussion, Percussive Arts Society events, PASIC 2011, college lecture series’, and public school presentations. Specifically, he is dedicated to sharing and promoting the art of Scottish drumming to American music students and audiences of all ages.
Michael is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), American Federation of Musicians (Local 802), and the Beethoven Society. He is a PAS Reviewer, regular contributor the The Voice pipe band magazine, and a percussion adjudicator for USBands. Mr. Eagle is a sponsored educator/artist for Pearl Drums, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Offworld Percussion, Bachovich Music Publications, and Sticktape.com. Please visit www.michaeleagle.com for more information.
DANIELLE COLLINS – Lead Consultant
Danielle is in her fourth year on faculty at Rosemead High School. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion, specializing in Contemporary Music and Education from the Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach in 2009. Danielle has studied Afro-Folklorico and Samba music abroad in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Danielle has performed with various ensembles including the IronWorks Percussion Duo, the Millennium Orchestra, the OC Symphony Orchestra, the Cerritos Korean Orchestra, and have performed in almost every state and abroad in Great Britain, Brazil, and Australia.
Danielle co-founded Pulse Percussion, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to educate youth in the art of percussion. She has served as Executive Director, Ensemble Director, Front Ensemble Instructor, and now currently a member of the Board of Directors. She has worked with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from Denver, CO and over twenty high school percussion ensembles throughout Southern California, writing, arranging, and instructing. She is an active member of the SCSBOA, PAS, and CMEA. Danielle lives in Long Beach, CA