We don’t look for a particular type of student with a narrowly-defined set of skills. We look for talent and passion, and for students who can’t live without playing music.
Matt Gallagher is an extraordinary trumpeter and the director of UArts’ nationally-recognized “Z” Big Band, which was named the TOP COLLEGE JAZZ BAND in the U.S. twice in the past three years by Downbeat magazine, and which won a national competition to play at the 2017 edition of the renowned MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL. One of the most sought-after trumpet players on the East Coast, he has performed with Broadway show production and such world-class organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra—which reached out to him in part because of his extraordinary range. He’s appeared with Aretha Franklin and Diana Krall, among many others; recorded with Céline Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and LL Cool J; and is the principal trumpeter for the Philly POPS.
As a performer, he’s recognized for his unique ability to blend and bend genres, moving fluidly among classical, jazz and pop interpretations. He brings that same openness about form and style to his teaching. "We don’t look for a particular type of student with a narrowly-defined set of skills. We look for talent and passion, and for students who can’t live without playing music." As for his own lifelong engagement with music, Matt says "I didn’t choose music, music chose me."