After graduating from Indiana University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Matt Harloff was appointed Assistant Band Director for the Avon Band Department in Avon, Indiana. He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Indianapolis in 2001.
Harloff is an assistant director for all five concert bands at Avon High School. The Avon High School Wind Symphony had the privilege of performing at the Indiana State Concert Band Championships and was named the Indiana State School Music Association Concert Band State Champion three times. Harloff led the Avon High School Brass Choir as a performing ensemble at the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is also the director of Avon High School Indoor Winds, and this ensemble has been awarded five Indiana Percussion Association State Championships and three Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class Championships. Harloff is also an assistant director for The Avon Marching Black and Gold. This group has won multiple state championships, has been a consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalist and finished in the top three the last 14 consecutive years, and won the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In 2003, Harloff joined Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps as the Brass Caption Head. Harloff, with the support of management, a committed staff, and talented members, has built CrownBRASS to be one of the elite programs in the country. The Carolina Crown Brass Section has won the Jim Ott Memorial Award for Excellence in Brass seven times. Carolina Crown is a consistent Drum Corps International (DCI) World Class Finalist and celebrated their first ever DCI World Class World Championship in the summer of 2013. Harloff was a performing member of the DCI World Champion Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps from 1989-1995. He served as drum major in 1993. Harloff is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Harloff is a native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa and very proud of his musical family. His father Bill is a retired band director, and his brother Ben is a band director in Minnesota. Harloff’s most important job is helping raise his two beautiful children, Tyson and Shaelyn. Harloff is married to his wonderful wife Susie, who shares his passion for the happiest place on earth: Walt Disney World.