Music City Mystique / Bluecoats - United States
Matt is currently the Concert Percussion Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. He has completed the Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University, a master's degree from the University of North Texas, as well as a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also currently the front ensemble arranger for Music City Mystique, and the Music Coordinator and Electronics Designer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.
Matt has worked as a percussion arranger with a number of DCI and WGI groups, including the Phantom Regiment (2011-14), Carolina Crown (2015), and Spirit of Atlanta (2007-10, 2018). He is also very involved at the scholastic level as an arranger for indoor drumlines and marching bands, having written for groups such as Max Percussion (Bangkok, Thailand), Bangkok Society Drumline, Franklin High School, Science Hill High School, McGavock High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Father Ryan High School.
As a performer, Matt plays regularly with the Nashville Symphony, and has also performed with Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble, Tallahassee Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tennessee Philharmonic. While at UNT, Matt performed with the world-renowned University of North Texas Wind Symphony, as well as the 1 O'clock and 2 O'clock Lab Bands. Matt was the timpanist of The Cavaliers (2003-04) and Music City Mystique (2000-05). In 2004, he received 1st place in both the DCI and PAS Timpani Individuals competitions.
Matt also travels abroad frequently, having performed in Mexico, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan. In the summer of 2010, he traveled to Ghana in West Africa to study Ewe drumming. Matt's major influences include Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Robert Schietroma, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Lalo Davila, Erik Johnson, Leigh Howard Stevens, Christopher Norton, John Feddersen, and Bill Wiggins.
Matt is a proud artist and clinician for Pearl/Adams instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drumheads.
5.0 Alpha Marimba
3.0 Alpha Vibraphone
Revolution Hand Hammered Timpani
Philharmonic Snare Drums