Matthew M. Shrewsbury, Assistant Director of Bands / Lecturer of Music (low brass), is the founding artistic director of the Upstate Winds. Additional duties include assistant conductor for the Coastal Youth Wind Ensemble and Coastal Carolina University Symphonic Band; co-director of the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band; drill designer for all field shows; recruitment coordinator for the music department, conductor of the CCU brass choir and CCU low brass ensemble. He coaches the brass chamber ensembles and teaching applied trombone, euphonium and tuba at Coastal Carolina University.
During his career as an undergraduate music major, he participated in numerous ensembles ranging from: The Mighty Sound of the Southeast Marching Band, basketball pep band, concert and university bands, wind ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, chamber winds, trombone choir, the Carolina Trombone Collective, numerous chamber ensembles and the Columbia College Wind Ensemble. He studied trombone with Bradley Edwards.
He then moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he began work on his graduate degree and studied conducting with Dr. James Tully, Director of Bands at Coastal Carolina University. During his career at Coastal Carolina University, he held the position of head graduate assistant for the university bands. He conducted the university symphonic band, chamber ensembles and Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band while performing with the Jazz After Hours Big Band and as a member of the trombone section with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation in August 2009, he was named the Director of Bands at Dixie High School in Due West, S.C.
He holds a B.M. in music education from the University of South Carolina and an M.Ed. from Coastal Carolina University. His primary conducting and trombone teachers were James Tully, Andrew Gowan and Bradley Edwards. He is a frequent adjudicator, lecturer, clinician, drill designer and freelance trombonist in and around the Southeast.
Shrewsbury is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, International Trombone Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, National Band Association, Association of Concert Bands, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association and the South Carolina Band Directors Association.
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