Carroll drummers performing throughout the country

When the Westminster High School band performs at spring concerts, a list of notable alumni is printed in the official program.

It features lots of drummers.

Many of the percussionists performing professionally and at the collegiate level are Westminster High School graduates. But drummers from throughout the county have broken through in symphonies and bands nationwide. They also are teaching up and down the East Coast.

The players

  • Dan Kirkpatrick

School: Westminster

Role: The 2005 Westminster High graduate has served as the principal timpanist in the


Athens Symphony

in Georgia. He will be serving as a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina next fall.

  • Matt Bohli

School: Westminster

Role: The 2004 Westminster High School graduate has served as the principal percussionist for the

Baton Rouge Philharmonic

. He is currently a freelance percussionist in Nashville.

  • Pat Bubert

School: Westminster

Role: Bubert is playing the Texas country music scene and is a

freelance percussionist

in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

  • Aziz Barnard

School: Westminster

Role: After attending Boston University, Barnard became the principal percussionist with the


Hong Kong Philharmonic


  • Scott Callahan

School: Westminster

Role: The 2002 Westminster High School graduate became a

freelance percussionist

in the New Orleans area.

  • Staff Sgt. J.W. Sayre

School: Westminster

Role: The 2000 Westminster High School graduate is a percussionist with the

United States Air Force Band

and performed during February's Super Bowl pregame ceremonies.

  • Matt Billingslea

School: Westminster

Role: The 1997 Westminster High School graduate is a

freelance drummer

in Nashville. Previously, he was the touring drummer for reigning Country Music Association Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum


  • Adam Silverman

School: Westminster

Role: Silverman is the touring drummer for former "American Idol" runner-up

Lauren Alaina


  • Cynthia Burgess

School: Westminster

Role: The Westminster High School junior performed in the

2012 Honor Orchestra of America

and is planning to study classical percussion.

  • Chris Sies

School: North Carroll

Role: Sies is studying at the University of Michigan's Department of Winds and Percussion. He's served as drummer for local ska band

Stacked Like Pancakes


  • Cory Streett

School: Baltimore School for the Arts

Role: The Westminster native performs with popular regional rock band



  • Cody Leppo

School: Westminster

Role: Leppo is a

freelance drummer

in Nashville, one of at least four from the area working in the Country Music Capital of the World.

  • Keith Carrick

School: South Carroll

Role: Carrick, who studied at Boston University, is the principal percussionist for the

Sarasota Orchestra

in Florida.

  • Marcus Reamer

School: Century

Role: The 2009 Century High graduate performed with the

Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps

after graduation.

  • Dave Tart

School: Liberty

Role: Tart studied percussion performance at Towson University and was drum line captain there. He is currently the lead vocalist for his band,

Three Tree Experience


The teachers

  • Mark Lortz

School: Westminster

Role: The former Westminster High School band director is currently leading the marching band at

Stevenson University


  • Jon Seligman

School: McDaniel College

Role: The standout percussionist frequently performs in the area and also taught many percussionists who went on to excel privately.

  • Larry Glick

School: Coffey Music

Role: Glick, who died in 2011, was a private instructor who taught many successful percussionists in the area.

  • Mike Hirsh

School: North Carroll Middle

Role: A talented percussionist in his own right, Hirsh has helped spark an interest in many drummers still playing today, most recently at

North Carroll Middle School


  • Mark Craig

School: Towson University

Role: The 1994 Westminster High School graduate is a professor of percussion at

Towson University


  • Mike Hoff

School: Westminster High

Role: He has served as the

Westminster High School

Marching Band percussion head and instructor.

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