Matt Leder is an avid educator and has performed as a guest artist / clinician throughout the United States. He has served as Music Director/Instructor at Gadsden State Community College since August 2014. Prior to this appointment, he was Chair of the Music Department at Northern New Mexico College. He has also held faculty positions at Brown University, Community College of Rhode Island, St. George's School, South Piedmont Community College, Blue Lake Fine Arts International Music Camp, and the University of Colorado at Denver.
Mr. Leder served over eight years as an active duty musician in the United States Navy and served 4 years in the Air National Guard Music Program. While a member of the ANG, he had the opportunity to tour with various ANG and active duty Air Force Bands all over the country.
He is currently a Doctoral candidate in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans and a BM in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University. While at UNO, he was a member of the acclaimed Louis ArmstrongQuintet. Mr. Leder has studied with Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Irvin Mayfield, Clyder Kerr, and many others. He is adept in many different genres, ranging from jazz combo, big band, brass quintet, concert band, musicals, rock band and New Orleans styles.
Mr. Leder has a wide variety of experiences including selection into the International Association of Jazz Educators All Star Collegiate Big Band, performances at Carnegie Hall, Birdland and Symphony Hall (Boston, MA); a theater stint in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (shows with Steve Gatlin and the stars of the Lawrence Welk Show), a national tour with "In the Mood", performed in supporting ensembles for Bob Mintzer, Benny Green, Melton Mustafa, Nicholas Payton, and Ellis Marsalis, as well as notations in Down Beat, All Hands, and ITGJournal. He is a current member of the Jazz Educators Network, International Trumpet Guild, NMMEA, NASM, and College Music Society. He is also an Artist for Facet Mutes and Torpedo Bags.
It is Matt’s hope that his students will develop an appreciation of Jazz and perform at the highest level of musical excellence. He also hopes to bring Jazz awareness into the community at large. He is committed, passionate, and diligent about taking his art to the highest level while providing for his family.