Matthew J. Mitchener is currently a percussionist with the U. S. Navy Band in Washington DC. Prior to joining the Premier Navy Band, Matthew held the Principal Percussion and Drumset position with the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Billings, MT. Matthew has also played with the MET Opera Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony (TN), and the Boston Civic Symphony, . In addition, Matthew has spent summers at the National Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
In addition to his ensemble work, Matthew has been recognized as a mallet soloist. In 2014, Matthew’s performance of “Ragtime Robin” was featured on percussionsource.com. Later that year, Matthew made his solo debut with the National Music Festival Symphony performing the Vibraphone solo from “Escapades” by John Williams at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. In 2015, Matthew made his African Drumming solo debut performing the Boston premier James Syler’s “Congo Square” in the Tsai Performance Center.
Matthew received his Masters of Music in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, and received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Boston University. In addition, Matthew studied for a term at the Royal College of Music in London, England. Matthew’s primary teachers include: Chris Lamb, Duncan Patton, She-e Wu, Kyle Zerna, Sam Solomon, and Michael Karcz.