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Dr. Matt Stratton
Dr. Matt Stratton




Dr. Matt Stratton is a Professor of Music and holds the Charlene Hawkins Chair of Instrumental Music at Olivet Nazarene University, where he serves as the Director of Bands in the School of Music. Under his direction, the 150-member Tiger Marching Band has performed as the lead band in the London New Years Day Parade, the Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the Rome New Year’s Day Parade. In addition to his duties with the marching and basketball bands, he conducts the wind ensemble, teaches courses in the music education and music theory curriculums, and offers applied tuba and euphonium lessons as his schedule permits.

Dr. Stratton is a proud artist and clinician for Yamaha and a founding member of the Ultimate Drill Book Educational Team. He maintains an active schedule representing those affiliations as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has taught in DCI with the Patriots, Magic, Glassmen, Blue Stars, Bluecoats, and Cadets. He has been nominated for the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers at both the Secondary and University Levels.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Performer’s Certificate from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance, and a Doctor of Music in Brass Pedagogy from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, the College Band Directors National Association, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. His primary teachers are Don Burke, Russel Mikkelson, Rudy Emilson, Harvey Phillips and Daniel Perantoni.

Dr. Stratton loves spending time with his family. He is married to his lovely bride, April Stewart Stratton, and together they raise four children, Connor, Lillian, Camden, and Parker. The family resides in Bourbonnais, Ill.