Matt Owen is excited to return to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2019 for his third year on staff. He joined the team in 2017 as a guest Electrobrass collaborator and expanded his role in 2018 by joining the brass staff as a low brass technician.
Matt is a globally touring electro-tubist, pianist, and composer and leading proponent for the marriage of brass and electronics residing in Nashville, Tenn. Performing over 200 shows a year as a Jupiter Artist across nine countries, he tours regularly with Eclectic Tuba and Opposite Box. In 2015, he founded Electrobrass Conference, which holds seminars geared toward the advancement of American brass music through technology.
Matt studied Music Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va. in 2007. He was a member of the 151st Army Band. 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 has worked heavily with marching ensembles every year since his involvement in the activity.
In 2012, during the meteoric rise of electronic music at music festivals, Matt formed the group Eclectic Tuba in order to tour the country, perform, and conduct a hands-on study of the wide array of techniques being used to create the new-age live musical environments that we see in today’s large scale high-quality productions.
Since the beginning of his journey in 2012, Matt has toured the world over and over, including a 4 month tour that circumnavigated the Earth. He 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 Dogg, Mungo Jerry, Umphrey’s McGee, Foreigner, Fishbone, and many more.
Mr. Owen 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 pave their own path and claim their place in this ever-expanding musical world.