| Matt Garstka
Drummer - Progressive metal
Bands: Animals as Leaders
Drumsticks: Vic Firth
(born April 27, 1989 ) began playing drums at age 8, inspired by his father Greg Garstka, a professional guitar player. At age 11, Matt started gigging with his father, playing rock, blues and reggae. By age 14, Matt was playing in Rock, Fusion, Funk, Punk, Latin, Jazz, and Reggae groups. Playing most often with seasoned musicians, Matt quickly developed into a versatile and mature musician. Also at 14, Matt had the chance to meet Jo Sallins who inspired him to become a professional world class musician. He worked tirelessly at his craft, studying all styles of music with the help of Jo Sallins, Greg Garstka and many others.
He soon began doing studio work and started teaching privately. Matt toured several times with Gokh Bi System, an African Hip Hop band during his studies at Berklee College of Music. Matt graduated from Berklee in 2011. He moved to L.A. shortly after to further his musical pursuits. Soon after moving to L.A. he joined the American instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders (2012–Present). He has been touring with the band internationally and recently made his recording debut with them on their most recent album, "The Joy of Motion.”
Matt is endorsed by Meinl cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks and Tama drums.
Matt Garstka Master Class at Drum Center of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH 4/12/2014
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 4.
0381-0382 Matt Garstka - used, Vic Firth 55A drumsticks (preferred model), Master Class, Drum Center of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH 4/12/2014.
0383-0384 Matt Garstka - Vic Firth 55A drumsticks (preferred model), Master Class, Drum Center of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH 4/12/2014.