Matt Murphy is indeed an all-American percussionist whose grooves permeate all musical styles.
Matt is a proud artist for: Drum Workshop Drums and Hardware, SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Brushes, X Percussion Accessories, 64 Audio In Ear Monitors, Audix Microphones, Humes and Berg Bags and Cases, Gruv Gear, Prologix Percussion, Cympad International & Big Fat Snare Drum. Matt is also an international clinician and educator for Drum Workshop, SABIAN and the Vic Firth education teams' roster. Music is WHO Matt is- not what he does- WHO he is! And, here's why......
Matt has spent almost 40 years of his life perfecting his craft as a drummer and percussionist. While attending Western Illinois University, Matt had the opportunity to perform with the Grammy Nominated Western Illinois University’s Jazz Studio Orchestra. Matt traveled the country with the Steel Bandits from 1994 thru 1997. Matt was seen playing to sold out venues, arenas and auditoriums from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, to tours through Europe and practically everywhere in between.
From 1997 thru 2002, Matt assumed the responsibility of Musical Director for Norwegian Cruise Line, performing as an artist as well as departmental manager on several of Norwegian’s vessels within the fleet of nine ships. It was during this time, that Matt spent time touring the Caribbean, North America, Europe and the Hawaiian Islands.
In 2002, Hollywood called for Matt’s knowledge of music in television. Working both in front and behind the camera’s lens, Matt can be seen on several television programs starting in 2002, as a sideline musician. Matt also kept very busy, working as Music Consultant for a new Partridge Family series for MTV Networks, as well as the internationally famous prime time hit from Warner Brothers, the Gilmore Girls.
In Las Vegas, Matt leads his own groups, is hired as a music consultant and is hired as a sideman, performing in such mega-resorts as: Eiffel Tower at The Paris Hotel & Casino, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Waldorf Astoria, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, MGM Grand, Stirling Club, Venetian, Encore and the Bellagio. Through the years, Matt has played drums for such award-winning theater productions as: Smokey Joe’s Café, TOMMY, Hair, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical, RENT and the Caribbean inspired musical In The Heights.
2020 marked the completion of Matt’s highly anticipated tutor, A Drummer’s Guide to Afro-Caribbean & South American Grooves. This text has been given numerous accolades from the percussion industry’s greatest, authors, performers and educators.
As an adjunct professor, Matt has taught private drum set lessons to students within the percussion program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Matt also taught private lessons at Alexander Dawson School from 2005 to 2022, In 2020-2022 group lessons began at The Warehouse School. In 2022, Matt took over teaching percussion at Nasri School for Gifted Children. As one could imagine, this is quite an honor and Matt takes these opportunities very seriously.
2023 has been a great year for Matt and his professional endeavors. While still teaching his lesson roster, he is starting an online membership program for his lessons (beginner, intermediate, advanced, styles, rudiments, theory, grooves, and all aspects of drum set and percussion). Matt started up a new band- with old friends, in State of Mind. He was also accepted as a drummer for The Ultimate Jennifer Lopez Tribute with Connie Peña.
In The Heights
Pirates of Penzance
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Rocky Horror Picture Show
West Side Story
Guys and Dolls
Jennifer Lopez Tribute w/ Connie Peña
A State of Mind
Wayne Foster Entertainment
The Stephen Kummer Trio