Matt Johnston

Matt is a Portland-based percussion instructor and performer. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine’s School of Music and has since become the Percussion Instructor for the South Portland School District as well a Drum Kit Instructor for the Gorham School of Music. Aside from teaching, Matt performs with a variety of bands and ensembles varying in styles such as rock, jazz, country, musical theater, calypso, and many other popular styles. Matt currently performs with Fox Under Fire, Top Brahmen, The Gatsby Gang Jazz Band and has been invited to perform with the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Lessons with Matt will include working on a range of techniques that will allow students to explore their creativity on the drums. Students will engage in their areas of interest as well as study practice techniques, sight-reading, transcribing, and song-learning.