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Now In: Mojo School of Music Nathan Matson Drums, Percussion, Hand Drums
Nathan Matson - Instructor of Drums, Percussion and Hand Drum
Nathan Matson

Nathan Matson is a multi-percussionist who teaches snare drumming, drum set, hand percussion and mallets. Originally from Cody, Wyoming, he began private instruction at age 11. This led to years of study from several different teachers. Nathan was selected for three years consecutively to the prestigious Wyoming All-State Honor Band which led to a music scholarship at the University of Wyoming, where he studied percussion with Cathy Livings, PhD. Although entering as music major, he graduated with a BA degree in Social Work. Consequently, he spent about 7 years in the field of youth services. Still the music beckoned, and in 1997 Nathan completed an AA degree in Applied Music from Laramie County Community College. Instructors included Jane Iverson PhD (theory) and Steve Barnhart, PhD (percussion). Other musical influences include Poncho Sanchez, Glen Velez and the great Alan Dawson.

Teaching Experience
In 1997, Nathan started a private teaching studio in Cheyenne Wyoming. In 2000, he relocated to Bellingham, Washington, where he has taught privately ever since. He became affiliated with the Mojo School of Music in 2006, instructing individuals and groups, as well as the very popular “Intro to Hand Drumming” class. Nathan’s students are active, participating in recitals and school bands. Some have been selected for the following:

  • State Solo & Ensemble Competition
  • All-State Honor Band
  • Junior All-State Honor Band
  • San Juan Music Educators Northwest Honor Band
  • North Sound Youth Symphony
  • Bellingham Youth Jazz Band
  • Several students have gone on to study music in college
  • Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, Seattle, WA
  • Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, Casper, WY

Nathan’s first professional gig was at age 16, playing in a local country rock band, and he has literally been doing it ever since. University and college experiences include symphonic and marching bands as well as percussion and jazz ensembles. Nathan has been fortunate to get to utilize skills in drum set and percussion. Recent projects include the following:

  • The Lettered Street Band (acoustic rock) 2002-2004
  • Jacapito (world fusion jazz) 2004-2007
  • Fritz & The Freeloaders (acoustic rock & blues) 2007-current
  • Evolution Trio (world rhythm, fusion jazz) 2009-current
  • Ruvara Marimba (8 members in the African style) 2011-current

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