Sam joined the UH Art and Music Therapy team in June 2013 after completing his music therapy internship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Prior to coming to Cleveland, Sam studied at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in music therapy and a minor in psychology. A Pittsburgh native, Sam is currently searching for the best Steelers bar in the Cleveland area. Musically, Sam is primarily a percussionist specializing in African and Latin drumming. His performing experience spans many different styles and has taken him on national tours. Sam has performed in rock bands, jazz bands, wind symphonies, contemporary ensembles, and in solo performances. In addition to being a performer and music therapist, Sam is also a trained Remo HealthRHYTHMS Advanced facilitator.
Outside of music, Sam is committed to service on the local, national, and international level. Sam’s volunteer experience has taken him to Uganda, Mexico, Jamaica, South Dakota, and Mississippi. In the summer of 2012, Sam worked for The Pittsburgh Project, a non-profit community organization dedicated to serving the needs of vulnerable homeowners in the City of Pittsburgh. In addition to his passion for music therapy, Sam enjoys urban cycling, discovering new music, and going to church.
At UH Seidman Cancer Center, Sam primarily works with adults with sickle cell disease and patients on the general medical units. Every week, he facilitates the “Seidman Sessions,” a drumming group for inpatients with sickle cell disease, patients, and staff on Seidman 4. Sam also provides music therapy to patients in the Seidman outpatient area, including the Fast Track Clinic.