Chris Mattoon - Drummer, Percussionist, Educator and Author
Chris Mattoon is in demand locally and regionally as a drummer and percussionist. A student of R&B legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and former Boston Symphony Orchestra member W. Lee Vinson, Chris has a diverse educational background. He has performed with the Berkshire Theater Group, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Barry Goudreau and Matt Beck, Donna McKechnie, Chip Zien, Another October, Keri Lynch, Tony Lee Thomas, Jack Waldheim, A Sign Before, and many others. He is a teacher and published author; articles by Chris have been featured on the Vic Firth Educational Team’s website and he is a contributing writer for Drum! Magazine and Drumhead Magazine, both major publications with nation-wide distribution. 2014 Teacher of the Year at the Grand Rapids Academy of Music of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is also the co-director of the Young Musicians Workshop’s Rock On! Band Camp in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, now in its 17 year. Chris currently maintains a healthy student roster exclusively at R.I.T. Music in Grand Rapids, the county's largest independent music store.
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