Matthew Stratton joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall of 2010. He serves as instructor of the Tuba/Euphonium studio and Director of Athletic Bands. Prior to his appointment, Stratton was a music teacher in the Monroe County Community School Corporation of Bloomington, IN. His teaching duties there included choir, orchestra, and band, from elementary through high school. During this tenure, he received the nomination of three students to the Who's Who Among Americas Teachers publication.
Stratton has played his tuba in forty eight states, and throughout Canada. He has performed at the Opening Ceremonies of The World Cup Soccer Tournament , The Major League Baseball All Star Game, and the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He was a founding member and principal tuba of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, as well as, a regular performer with TUBASANTAS AND TUBACOMPANY under the direction of Harvey Phillips. He has performed as principal tuba with the Columbus, Evansville, Owensboro, and Jackson Symphony Orchestra's. Stratton has commissioned several works for solo tuba and tuba ensembles.
Stratton earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Performers Certificate from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He holds the MM Tuba Performance and is ABD towards the DM Brass Pedagogy Tuba with minor areas of Jazz Studies and Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. His primary teachers are Don Burke, C. Rudolph Emilson, Russel Mikkelson, Harvey Phillips and Daniel Perantoni.
Stratton is a developer and designer of Hammond Design Tuba Mouthpieces. He performs exclusively on Perantucci tubas and Hammond Design mouthpieces.