Matt was born and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Starting on cornet aged 8, he played with several local colliery brass bands before joining the Army at 16 as a musician on the Euphonium.
After studying Euphonium and String Bass at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall where he was awarded the Frank Wright medal for Brass Player of the Year, Matt joined the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as Principal Euphonium.
Matt was fortunate to perform in many countries and ensembles around the world, one highlight being part of the first ever British military unit to march and perform on Red Square, Moscow.
Whilst based in the south of England, Matt held the position of Principal Euphonium at Sandhurst Silver Band under the direction of Ian McElligott.
After a successful 27 year Army career, Matt relocated back to Chesterfield in 2015 with his wife Amanda and two daughters Katie and Charlotte. It was at this time he joined Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band on Euphonium. Matt’s time at the band proved very enjoyable with highlights including the Yorkshire Area, Brass in Concert and the World Music Contest podiums, along with winning the French Open Contest.
Matt joined Derwent Brass in October 2021 as Principal Euphonium.