About Matchstick

Who We Are

(left to right) Ben Hausman, Corey Sittinger, Malcolm Taylor, Zach Wilson

Ben Hausman received his BM at Towson University under Dr. Michelle Humphreys. He is currently studying at the University of Delaware for his MM under Dr. Gene Koshinski and Dr. Tim Broscious. He enjoys spending time discovering ways to work with digital sounds alongside acoustic sounds and music. Outside of music, Ben loves to play tabletop role-playing games and rhythm games.

Malcolm Taylor received his BM at Towson University under Dr. Michelle Humphreys and is pursuing his MM at Penn State under Dr. Lee Hinkle. He is really interested in the “wacky” side of percussion music, and enjoys theatrical pieces such as Francois Sarhan’s “Situations”. While away from playing, Malcolm enjoys cooking and sipping tea with friends!

Corey Sittinger received his BM at Towson University under Dr. Michelle Humphreys, his MM at the University of Maryland under Dr. Lee Hinkle, and a Professional Performers Certificate at Penn State under Dr. Hinkle. He has worked with groups such as the 21st Century Consort and DC Concert Orchestra. In his free time, he competes in triathlons.

Zach Wilson received his BM at Towson University under Dr. Michelle Humphreys and is pursuing his MM at Penn State under Dr. Lee Hinkle. In addition to his studies, he plays drums for community theater and teaches high school marching band. Outside of music, Zach loves playing ultimate frisbee and drinking coffee.


Artist Statement

Matchstick Percussion is a DC/Baltimore-based percussion quartet dedicated to new music and contributing to growing the percussion repertoire. We recognize that the field is still young and that we are able to help push the boundaries on how music is perceived. We look to bring diverse performances to a wide range of audiences, as well as promote and educate them about the field. 

We believe in helping to build equitable and diverse relations within the music community. Because of this we look to present music from diverse composers, backgrounds, and musical styles, and incorporate and promote opportunity so that underrepresented artists and artists lacking favorable circumstances can help us grow the field of percussion. In time, we look to help set the precedent of modern percussion repertoire.

We strive to collaborate with musicians, artists, dancers, and other performers to create new and exciting experiences for our audience. As performers and educators, we seek to promote the unification of body and sound with our approach to health and longevity behind the instruments.