Matthew Black is Associate Director of Bands, Director of Percussion, and Sound Designer at Carmel High School in Carmel Indiana. He is the Audio Caption Manager and Sound Designer for The Cavaliers. Previously Matt was the Sound Designer for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
He served as the Percussion Director and Designer for Marian Catholic High School from 2014-2019. Matthew has spent time with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Veritas Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion Ensemble.
Matthew holds a music education degree from Eastern Illinois University, where he also focused on electronic music composition and audio engineering.
Matthew was recently published in “The System” by Gary E. Smith (President of American Bandmasters Association, University of Illinois – Associate Director of Bands Emeritus ). The System has been used as a collegiate-level marching band methods course curriculum for decades in university programs across the country.
Black is a frequent on MarchingArtsEducation.com and the Marching Round Table podcast presenting on sound reinforcement, sound design, percussion design, and percussion pedagogy.
In his time away from teaching Matthew writes and programs shows in all areas of the marching arts. You can find a list of his notable clients here on the site.
Matthew is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
He currently lives in Carmel Indiana with his wife Amy, Daughter Julia, and their English Lab Lydian.