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 all coursework for the Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University, has completed 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 and Bugle Corps. Prior to his work with the Bluecoats, Matt also previously taught/arranged for numerous other groups throughout the world, including Spirit of Atlanta, Carolina Crown, and the Phantom Regiment, as well as a number of high schools and universities.
As a performer, Matt plays regularly with the Nashville Symphony and has previously performed with the 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, Paul Rennick, 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.