Born and raised in Baltimore's Little Italy, Carmine has been playing the drums since he was 6 1/2 years old. He originally studied at Yeager's Music Store in East Baltimore under Wayne Hudson and then attended the Peobody Conservatory Prep Department and studied under Bob Kennick and Chuck Memphis. He then enrolled at Towson State University (College) and studied percussion under Dale Rauschenberg and composition with Hank Levy. Graduating with a BS in Music Education, he then began performing full time 6 nights a week with Buddy Voelker's Brass Menagerie, Fantasy, the 2nd Coming Showband, and the Admirals, before moving to Delaware's eastern shore, where he ventured into printing, graphic arts and video production. He decided to rekindle his musical spirit in 2006 and is currently is the drum instructor at B&B Music in Lewes, Delaware, and gives private instruction via SKYPE and Zoom. He has also composed a number of training videos which can be viewed here and on Youtube and Vimeo at "Carminemw". He is an experienced clinician and has appeared on the Columbus Drum Jam & Clinic DVD series for 2009 and 2010. He can also be contacted via Facebook and currently plays with the band Charlie and the Cooltones.