Matt Drumm

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I am a freelance timpanist and percussionist in the greater Seattle area. I am the timpanist with Symphony Tacoma, Northwest Sinfonietta and I sub with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific NW Ballet, recording sessions and much more. I am also a private teacher and I work with the percussion sections and drumlines at several local schools and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. I have also had years of experience playing drumset in a Swing era Big Band, for musical theater and in my church's worship band. I am also an avid Neil Peart and Rush fan.

My works are in three basic categories: Concert percussion works (solos and ensembles), Rush drum transcriptions and drumline music. A number of my concert percussion and drumline pieces are published by and available from Hamar Publications, which are also available on Score Exchange.

My concert percussion works are often based on music that has inspired me or an arrangement of another work. One of my favorites is a percussion quartet based on the drumming of Max Roach. Another is a timpani solo based on some of my favorite timpani parts from the orchestral repertoire. My most recent is a multi percussion solo that is designed to be used in conjunction with the classis multi solo "Die Zwitschermaschine".

My drumline works are also often based on other works, but I have several completely original cadences, as well. Some of the drumline music short grooves, which are great for playing in the stands at football games, while others are longer cadences that can be used for parades or drumline features.

I have transcribed every Rush song with Neil Peart's fantastic drumming spanning the entire catalog from Fly By Night through their last album, Clockwork Angels. They are largely songs that, at the time, I couldn't find any transcription for and many are likely the only one available. There over 260 song transcriptions.

I have transcribed all 19 complete studio albums with Neil available both as complete albums and as individual songs (Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, Test for Echo, Vapor Trails, Feedback, Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels). I also have transcribed nearly 100 live Rush songs, including three complete live albums, All the World's a Stage, Exit Stage Left, and A Show of Hands. I have also done several songs from their first album, but various live versions with Neil playing, including a couple early Rush songs that never made it to a studio album (Fancy Dancer, Garden Road), an early cover of Bad Boy, several live versions of Closer to the Heart, and more, also available as a collection of live songs (18 songs from concerts spanning their whole career and some from unofficial recordings). There is an instrumental collection which includes all 7 of Rush's instrumentals, plus Neil's "Pieces of Eight", "The Hockey Theme" and "The Rhythm Method" drum solo from A Show of Hands. I have even transcribed all 5 songs that Neil played with Vertical Horizon and one, Champion, with Jeff Berlin. I am working on more live versions of Rush songs from various albums. I strive for my transcriptions to be accurate, detailed, and make parts that are easy to read and play. I feel that Neil's high caliber of drumming deserves to have quality transcriptions available for studying and playing.

If you are interested, I have recorded myself playing along with the recordings of over 200 of my Neil Peart transcriptions. I don't claim for any of them to be perfect, but sometimes it can be helpful to see of video of the parts being played.

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