Jeffrey Samataro

Drums, Percussion

Jeff Samataro grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and began playing the drums when he was 11 years old. Growing up Jeff played with many local groups, studied drums and piano privately with many different instructors, and was an active member in his high school’s music program. He was an all state musician in both classical and jazz music and was awarded the Arthur J. Mirabile Scholarship to study music at the collegiate level.

Jeff attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance with a minor in Psychology. At Berklee Jeff studied with Dave Dicenso, Steve Michaud, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ralph Peterson Jr, Mark Walker, Jon Hazilla, Bob Tamagni, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Ed Saindon, Eguie Castrillo, Kim Plainfield and BSO percussionist Richard Flanagan. Jeff was also a sought after performer in the city of Boston playing everywhere from the North End and the Theatre District to the Back Bay.

After graduating in 2011, Jeff has been actively pursuing teaching while at the same maintaining a vigorous performance schedule. Jeff’s passion for teaching has taken him everywhere from private studios in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, to music tutoring programs for under-privelleged kids in Jamaica. Jeff is currently the band director at Hampstead Academy in Hampstead, NH and currently teaches up to 50 private drum and piano students a week. Jeff is also a professor of percussion at Southern, NH University. Jeff has judged auditions for NH Jazz All State as well as other festivals and competitions.

“Music has affected my life in such a positive way, I want to pass that positivity onto the next generation of young percussionists.”

Jeff performs locally in many different groups and is an active freelance performer. A number of the musical groups he’s been apart of have held residencies at different venues around New England. Jeff has had the great fortune to have shared the stage with performers such as The Conniption Fits, The Eric Lindberg Trio, The Scott Spradling Band, Queen City Soul, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Moss Points North, The Greenlights, The Lakes Region Big Band, The Freese Brothers Big Band, Craig Jaster and the Buskers, Paul Bourgelais, The Jazz Guitar Project,and the Weeping Willards. Jeff has played in countless amounts of musical theater productions throughout the New England area. His performances have taken him all around the east coast and he has been apart of many different tours. Jeff has performed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, as well as in big markets such as Boston and New York City.