I am Dr. Matthew "Fat Matt" Lemieux, a 30-year old research scientist and freelance percussion composer in Ventura, CA. Originally from Cary, NC, I began my marching career in 2002, playing baritone for the Cary High School Marching Band as an eighth grader and continuing until after my sophomore year of high school—when I decided that drums might be cooler. I played snare drum for two years of high school marching band and winter drumline, four years of university marching band with the NC State "Powersound of the South", and for one season (2008) with the independent world class WGI ensemble Constitution, from Raleigh, NC.
In May 2011, I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. While at university, I served as drumline captain for two years, writing numerous cadences, warmups, and exercises to enhance the line's repertoire and musical vocabulary. From January 2009 until August 2011, I worked as a marching and battery instructor for the Athens Drive High School Marching Band and winter drumlines in Raleigh, NC, under band director Dr Jerry Markoch and head percussion instructor John Antonelli.
During the 2013/14 and 2014/15 WGI seasons, I volunteered on the battery staff of Weber State Indoor Percussion, an independent open class WGI ensemble from Ogden, UT. In 2017, I earned my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Utah and now work in the silicone industry in Southern California.
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