Matt has been with the band since 1996 and has been artistic director since 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the Hartt School, and a master's degree in performance from the University of Akron. His arrangements and original compositions have been featured both in performance and on the band's recent CDs. Part of his duties at the University of Akron include teaching an arranging class for steel drums and private lessons.
In 2002, Matt traveled to Trinidad to get a first-hand look at the home of pan. While there, he was able to play with the Invaders, the Renegades, and Starlift steelbands as well as check out many of the other bands on the island.
Matt is a member of the 7 Mile Isle steel band, a group made up of U of Akron alums which performs throughout the Northeast Ohio region. The group performs educational concerts for kids through Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland (www.yagc.org) and Children's Concerts Society of Akron as well as countless private bookings.
Matt is a contract member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and works with one of the Symphony's outreach programs, the PATHS "Pandemonium" Steelband. He is also the Artistic Director of the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts Steelband. As a performer, Matt has premiered chamber works by Ben Johnston, Stuart Saunders Smith, John Bergamo, Emmanuel Sejourne, Robert Carl, and has performed at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He also is on the faculty of Muskingum College and the Canton Country Day School.