Brass Asst Caption Mgr.
MATT OWEN is a globally touring electro-tubist, Army Bandsman, pianist, arranger, and composer—and a leading proponent for the marriage of brass and electronics—residing in Indianapolis, IN. Matt performs as a KHS Artist with Admiral Phunk Brass Band, Opposite Box, and Eclectic Tuba. In 2015, he founded the Electrobrass Conference, which holds seminars geared toward the advancement of American brass music through technology.
His professional drum corps experience includes seven years on brass staff with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as serving as an ensemble coordination consultant with Pacific Crest and Spirit of Atlanta in 2023.
Matt studied Music Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, and is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, VA in 2007. He is currently a member of the 129th Army Band based in Nashville, TN. Owen jumped into Drum Corps International (DCI) early at the age of 14, marching contra with Spirit of Atlanta in 2001, 2002, and 2005, and Court of Honor in 2003, and has worked heavily with marching ensembles across the country since his introduction into the activity.
Matt has shared the stage with and collaborated with Stanton Moore and Galactic, The Wailers, The Floozies, Zoogma, Jeff Coffin, Rebirth Brass Band, Pat Sheridan, Nat McIntosh, Better Than Ezra, Keller Williams, Maps and Atlases, Mike Dillon, Junior Marvin (Bob Marley and The Wailers), Kliph Scurlock, Wayne Coyne, and Jakes Ingalls (The Flaming Lips), Amanda Palmer, The Polyphonic Spree, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), HOTT MT, and Andy Frasco, and has opened for Snoop Dogs, Mungo Jerry, Umphrey’s McGee, Foreigner, Fishbone, and many more.
He has composed over 50 works for tuba and electronics, and has launched three electronic composition campaigns through Electrobrass in an attempt to encourage more composers to join in the movement and help create a large catalogue of music for the medium. He still continues to devote as much time to education as humanly possible, encouraging his students to develop their own artistic individuality, pave their own path, and claim their place in this ever-expanding musical world, and continues to arrange music for BOA, DCI, and WGI Winds groups across the country.