Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University in 1997 and earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in 2001.

Matt has performed as a lead trumpet player with professional bands in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Wilmington Delaware.  As a member of three local musicians unions, he has performed with several Broadway show productions and artists including Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Robin Eubanks, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry Manilow, and many others.  Matt is currently the lead trumpet player for the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra as well as a member of Chico’s Vibe, one of the region’s top wedding bands.  In the summer of 2010, Matt formed the Philly Big Band, which features some of Philadelphia’s finest jazz musicians.  In addition, Matt has been a studio trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Larry Gold Studio in Philadelphia.  Matt has recently recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, and LL Cool J to name a few.

Matt is equally committed to both teaching and performing.  Currently, Matt is the undergraduate coordinator of music education, trumpet teacher, and big band director at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.