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Matthew Cremisio received his Bachelors of Music in Education from The Crane School of Music, at SUNY Potsdam and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from The College of Saint Rose. While completing his Masters he received additional drumset instruction and musical studies from The Eastman School of Music. His teachers have included, Jim Petercsak, Gary France, Frank Gibson, Jr. and Rich Thompson. Mr. Cremisio has toured internationally including Australia, Germany and Switzerland as a percussionist and educator, and has performed for Dolphin Cruise Lines in Miami, Florida. He has also entertained and shared the stage with numerous performers including Connie Francis, the Lawrence Welk Show, Jeff Jarvis, Donna Cherry (Barry Manilow), Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), Jay Ashby, Englebert Humperdink, Dale Barlow, Mel Martin, John Fedchock, Jim Snidero, Helen Matthews, James Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Denis DiBlasio, Michael Davis, Christian Howes, and the National Broadway Tour Productions of "Grease" and "Carousel." Additionally Mr. Cremisio currently holds New York State permanent certification in School District Educational Administration.
Mr. Cremisio is currently the K-12 Academic Administrator and Director of Music at the Shenendehowa Central School District and also an adjunct music faculty member at The College of Saint Rose. He has been invited to conduct and adjudicate at both local and regional music festivals as well as present numerous drumset clinics and rhythm section workshops on behalf of CASDA, NYSSMA, PAS and IAJE. In addition, Matthew has written numerous reviews of various performance and educational literature while serving as a staff writer for Jazz Player magazine and Warner Bros. publications. In 1999 Mr. Cremisio presented a series of rhythm section workshops and guest artist performances throughout Switzerland as part of a tour with the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Matthew has served on the Educational Advisory Board with the Pro-Mark Corporation, invited to join the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) National Drumset Education Committee and most recently has been appointed to the office of Vice- President with the International Association of Jazz Educators New York State Chapter. As a performing artist and educator, Mr. Cremisio is sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation Of America, Pro-Mark Corporation and Sabian Cymbals.