Matt Stratton joined the faculty of the music department at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2010. He serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of The UTM UNDERSOUND Tuba and Euphonium Studio. Prior to his appointment, he was a music teacher in the Monroe County Community School Corporation of Bloomington IN. In his nine-year career, he taught high school and middle school band, middle school orchestra, middle school choir, and elementary general music. During this tenure, he received the nomination of three students to the Who's Who Among Americas Teachers publication.
Matt earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Performers Certificate from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, the MM Tuba Performance from Indiana University., and is ABD towards the DM Brass Pedagogy Tuba with minor areas of Jazz Studies and Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Matt has participated in DCI as a marching member of the Patriots from Rochester NY, and The Cadets. He was the Brass Caption Head for the Patriots who earned the Silver Medal in DCI Open Class during the 2003 Season. He has taught Magic of Orlando and most recently The Blue Stars. Matt is in constant demand as a clinician and consultant for the marching music activity. He is often invited to guest conduct and adjudicate for local, regional, and national associations.
Matt has played his tuba in forty eight states, and throughout Canada. He has performed at the Opening Ceremonies of The World Cup Soccer Tournament , the Major League Baseball All Star Game, and the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He was a founding member and Principal Tuba of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, as well as, a regular performer with TUBASANTAS AND TUBACOMPANY under the direction of Harvey Phillips. He has performed as prinicpal tuba with the Columbus, Evansville, Owensboro, and Jackson Symphony Orchestras. He is a member of the UT Martin faculty brass quintet and will begin playing this fall in a newly formed tuba euphonium quartet as yet to be named. He has commissioned several works for solo tuba and tuba euphonium quartet. He is in the process of cultivating a library of Basketball Band arrangements that are being considered for publication.
Matt is a member of Music Educators National Conference, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. His primary teachers are Don Burke, C. Rudolph Emilson, Russel Mikkelson, Harvey Phillips and Daniel Perantoni.