Matthew Weaver

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Before returning to Wright State to work on his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree, Matthew Weaver taught band in the Mt. Healthy City Schools district in Cincinnati where he ran the elementary band program and assisted teaching music students at all ages in the district. Matt earned his teaching license through a post-baccalaureate program at the Ohio State University in 2016 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Wright State in 2013. He attended The Conductor’s Institute at Bard College in 2014 and, while teaching private trumpet, horn, baritone, trombone, and piano lessons, Matt played trumpet in various community ensembles around Columbus, Ohio. Matt has also worked as a marching band tech and drum major instructor at various schools and for many years, mostly in Tennessee where he grew up.

In addition to his duties as a graduate student, Matt currently is the director of the Wright State Raider Pep Band, the only athletic band at Wright State. Under his directorship, the band had seen an increase in recruitment before the COVID-19 pandemic, completed its first fundraiser, developed its own branding and graphic, and completed a transition from music binders to individual music flip books. Matt has also developed specific expansion plans for the ensemble, including a potential marching component that he hopes will be incorporated fully in the band in the coming years as the pandemic subsides and traditional rehearsals and recruitment can resume. Additionally, Matt has also taught three semesters of the instrumental conducting course at the School of Music, teaching future educators and conductors the foundational techniques of competent conducting pedagogy.

Matt has been an active trumpet player, conductor, marching band technician, private instructor, and teacher for years. He believes that music making is priceless and should be shared with anyone with a passion for creativity, beauty, nuance, and thoughtfulness. While studying at Wright State, Matt lives in Cincinnati with his beautiful wife Erin and two sons Milo and Remy. There is a third son, Wicket, but he is a dog.


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