Matt graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, K-12 Instrumental instruction. He taught at Gull Lake Public Schools, served as the Assistant Director of Bands in Plainwell Community Schools, and was the Director of Bands in Forest Hills Public Schools. He is now the Band Director for Parchment Public Schools.
He has freelanced both locally and internationally. He is a stylistically versatile musician that has experience playing in classical, jazz, chamber, rock, reggae, funk, latin, hip hop, and world music ensembles. Currently, he performs at local theaters, is a member of Big Band Nouveau in Grand Rapids, and collaborates with artists in Indonesia and Syria.