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﷯Matt Henry University of Missouri - St. Louis Matt Henry has a deep-rooted love all things percussive with a particular interest in the drumming of Africa and Latin America. During his years of performing throughout the United States, Mr. Henry has been influenced by many drumming masters; among them Max Roach, Jeff Hamilton, Madou Dembale, Mamady Keita, and the drummers of Les Ballet African. Eventually he plans to travel overseas to Cuba and West Africa in order to enhance his knowledge of the culture and music of the people who live there. Since his arrival to St. Louis in 1996, Mr. Henry has conducted a number of clinics on African and Latin percussion concepts at area schools and Universities as well as presenting at the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention in New Orleans. Towards the latter part of his undergraduate career, he began a four year stint as African music coordinator and clinician for the Center of Human Origin and Cultural Diversity at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. In 1999, Mr. Henry attained a Bachelor degree in Music Performance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. After teaching percussion, electronic music, guitar, music theory and serving as assistant director of bands at Clayton High School for three years, Mr. Henry completed work on a Masters Degree in Orchestral Performance. As an educational endorser of Latin Percussion Incorporated and Smith Mallets, an artist with Young Audiences of St. Louis and being represented by Talent Plus Spotlight, he is in great demand as a teacher and clinician. Mr. Henry has held positions as Principal Percussion and Timpanist with the Webster University Orchestra and the Gateway Festival Orchestra. In 2006, Mr. Henry was host to the Missouri Percussive Arts Societys annual Day of Percussion and helped to facilitate the St. Louis Symphony Orchestras Percussion Festival. In 2007 he presented a clinic entitled Clave: The 2 and 4 of Latin Music at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference. Mr. Henry performs regularly with the salsa orchestra Solucion Latina, the percussion duo HaZMaT, the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble, and leads the Latin Jazz group Musica SLESA; all whose members are constantly raising the bar as performers of contemporary percussion music.

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