Robert K. Matchett III
As a trombonist, Mr. Matchett has performed and toured with many groups including: the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Temptations, The Pittsburgh "CLO" Broadway Series, Kristin Chenoweth, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, The Altoona Symphony, Warren Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and numerous others. Mr. Matchett has also had the privilege of recording with Nancy Wilson (where he can be heard on the Grammy Award winning album, "Turned to Blue"), the New York Voices, the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. His playing can be heard frequently on the Emmy Award winning WQED series, “Live from Studio A”. Robert is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Trombone Project and The Bone Forum. Currently, Mr. Matchett performs with The Billy Price Band, The Balcony Big Band, Three Rivers Entertainment, and Elite Showband.
In addition to his duties at Slippery Rock University, Mr. Matchett is the band director at Seneca Valley Senior High School in Harmony, Pennsylvania. At Seneca Valley, Mr. Matchett conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I, the "Raider" Marching Band, instructs private trombone lessons, and teaches Advanced Music Theory. Since his appointment at Seneca Valley in 1999, Mr. Matchett has had three of his high school ensembles perform at the PMEA All-State Music Conference including the Seneca Valley trombone quartet and Jazz Ensemble I. In 2001, the Seneca Valley Wind Ensemble performed at the MENC All-East Music Conference.
Mr. Matchett has also been on the faculties at Youngstown State University, Westminster College, and Thiel College.
Mr. Matchett received his BME and MM degrees from Youngstown State University and done additional studies at Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music.