About Swirl Five

A swirl five is a contemporary marching tenor drums pattern that involves playing tap-fives by crossing over the accents on drums three and four, and scraping the double-strokes on drums one and two. They’re fun, they look cool, and with correct practice, they are very achievable, opening doors to even more innovative rudiments – such as swirl flam drags!  The products on this website are intended to be similar to a swirl five - fun, educational, challenging, entertaining, and hopefully open doors to new possibilities. was created by Matt Altmire.


About Matt Altmire

It always feels a little awkward to talk about myself, but here is a little about me:   I have a DMA in music from UCLA, where I studied with Mitchell Peters, Raynor Carroll, and Theresa Dimond. As a freelance percussionist, I have performed with groups such as the Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Swing Inc., and the contemporary percussion ensemble GLANK. Having an interest in all areas of percussion, I instructed and arranged for the UCLA drumline for many years while also teaching applied percussion and percussion ensemble at both Santa Monica College (CA) and Mt. San Antonio College (CA). I have also served as the concert percussion director at Long Beach City College (CA), Thousand Oaks HS (CA), and Diamond Bar HS (CA), in addition to teaching or doing clinics here and there at numerous other schools in SoCal. Outside of California, I taught for a couple years at Towson University (MD) where in addition to my duties as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, I resurrected and directed the university’s steel drum ensemble.

In the world of marching percussion, as a performer in the Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Riverside Community College, and UCLA drumlines, I have performed quite literally all across the U.S. and the world – including tours to Japan, Australia, England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, and France. I have been fortunate to be a part of a DCI championship drumline, the first ever tenor ensemble at DCI’s I&E, and to have my original solo for tenor drums published by Tapspace Publications in their landmark book 'Violent Tenor Cream.' My original percussion arrangements for marching band and drum corps have been sold by KeyPoulan Music, JKS Music, and Center X Productions, and my percussion arrangements for the UCLA marching band and pep band have been performed on national television for the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, NCAA tournament, and numerous other collegiate events. 

Outside of UCLA, I have instructed and/or arranged for a number of other notable high school, college, and DCI drumlines including Etiwanda H.S. (BOA finalist), Thousand Oaks H.S. (2 time WGI Scholastic World drumline finalist and 2 time BOA semi-finalist), William S. Hart H.S. (BOA semi-finalist, and multiple full-band and high percussion winners at California's SCSBOA Championships), and Riverside Community College. I have been the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps (based in both the U.S. and Japan) and Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (CA), and I have done various percussion clinics across the U.S. and abroad for high schools and drum corps, including International Marching Clinics, Calgary Stampede Drum Corps, System Blue, and Yamato Japan.  I am a PAS member, and I endorse both REMO and Vic Firth (as a part of their Education Team).


I currently reside in Los Angeles. When not working, I enjoy watching PAC12 sports, running, exploring Japanese and Italian culture (especially the food!), and browsing through local record stores. 


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