Dr. Mario Gaetano is currently a Professor of Music at Western Carolina University. He holds degrees from State University of New York at Potsdam, East Carolina University, and the University of Memphis. A highly accomplished percussion artist, Dr. Gaetano has appeared as a recitalist and concerto soloist in numerous U.S. states for various regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently principal percussionist of the Asheville Symphony and has performed with the North Carolina Symphony and the Memphis Symphony. He also represents Innovative Percussion, Inc. as a performing artist/clinician. He has authored numerous scholarly articles on percussion literature and pedagogy for various national and international journals and is past president of the North Carolina chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. His method book, The Complete Snare Drummer, is published by Mel Bay. He is a highly respected and prolific of percussion music with more than 30 published works and four ASCAP Awards to his credit.