Matthew Basch was named director of the UMBC Down and Dirty Dawg Band in March of 2010.
Basch is currently a graduate student at UMBC, who is expected to earn his master’s degree in information systems in December of 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in that field and minored in music at UMBC in May of 2008.
The percussionist assisted former director Jari Villanueva in band operations, including recruitment, scheduling, technology and alumni relations from August of 2005 through May of 2008. The Columbia, Md. native created, developed, and maintained pep band websites, e-mail lists and data bases.
Basch also served as technology manager for The Retriever Weekly from August 2006 through May of 2008 and is currently employed as the general manager for the Columbia Association’s Sport & Fitness Division.