Matthew Owen is an American composer and freelance tubist from Atlanta, Georgia. He began playing the tuba at the age of 12 and started sitting in with professional ensembles shortly after. Matt first marched in a Division I drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta, at the age of 14. He graduated from The Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virgina in 2007. After graduating, Matt began a recording studio named “Trifekta Records” and gained eclectic technological and musical influences from hundreds of talented artists. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and he studies tuba with Chris Hosmer. Owen has performed with many ensembles through the years including Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps (2001,2002,2003), Southern Brass Co. (2002), Court of Honor Drum and Bugle Corps (2003), Roman Festival Brass (2001-2006), Northwest Georgia Winds (2001-2006), 8th Regiment Civil War Brass Band (2001-Present), 151st Army Band (2007-2009). Matt was the marching and brass instructor at Birmingham-Southern College for the seasons of 2010 and 2011 under the direction of J. Lynn Thompson, and helped build the successful program from the ground up. Matt’s newest project, Matt Owen and The Eclectic Tuba, lets go of all preconceived notions of the tuba and has rapidly gained popularity throughout the tuba world with its unique sound, and its innovative incorporation of electronics and digital effects. Since kicking off the project in January of 2012, Matt has toured extensively across the East Coast and returns regularly to Manhattan to fill NY with the sweet tuba sounds that it deserves. In May of 2012, Sonicbids hosted a competition called “The Road to Bonnaroo” in which fans could vote for their favorite to play at the wildly popular music festival. Out of 1,100 bands that entered the competition, Matt and his tuba came in 3rd place.