Instrument: Solo Trombone
Member Since: 1998-2008, then again in 2018-present
Occupation: School Superintendent
Mentors & Musical Heroes: Bill Hartman, Dale Lonis, Tom O'Neal, Francis McBeth, Kenneth Bloomquist, Denny Layendecker
Favorite Brass Band Piece: A Moorside Suite, Gustav Holst
Matt Frederickson hails from Springfield, Missouri and is a lifetime musician, teacher, and student. Dr. Frederickson has studied trombone and euphonium with Roger Oyster, Nathaniel Brickens, and Bill Hartman, and has won many regional instrumental solo competitions including the 1996 MTNA Missouri brass artist contest, was the Winner of Wellock and Farrar Performance Competitions, the Concerto Competition Winner and a Regents Scholar at Missouri State University, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University. Dr. Frederickson serves as principal trombone with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra for more than fifteen years and has toured with the bands of the United States Air Force spanning five continents. He has performed on television and radio and recorded with professional symphonies and bands, such as the St. Louis Symphony, Missouri Jazz Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Missouri Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Pops, Springfield Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, Springfield Regional Opera, Ft. Smith Symphony, Dorsey Big Band, and the St. Louis Brass Band. In 2006, he performed with the United States Air Force Academy Band’s Galaxy Brass and the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid America’s Shades of Blue jazz ensemble on trombone and on euphonium with the concert band. In 2008, he was featured as a guest soloist for the Missouri Music Educators Convention. He performed the DeMeij T-Bone Concerto accompanied by Symphonic Band, and later in 2018 and 2019 with other invited bands.
As a professional educator, Dr. Frederickson has served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies in the Gasconade County Schools (MO), Head Director of Bands at Union High School (MO), and Director of Athletic Bands/Visiting Professor of Low Brass at Ouachita Baptist University and Director of Curriculum and Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Rockwood School District, Head of School for Grand Center Arts Academy, as well as an Adjunct Professor for several Universities in the St. Louis area including several years as Director of Bands for Missouri Baptist University. Currently, he serves as the Superintendent for the Bowling Green school district. His former students have won numerous state and regional contests including winning scholarships at Berklee School of Music, the University of North Texas, The Peabody Conservatory and such prestigious ensembles as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy while recognizing him on multiple occasions with Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Frederickson continues to serve as a guest clinician and adjudicator for various solo/chamber music and marching, concert and jazz band festivals. He continues to serve as an adjudicator for the MSHSAA state and district festivals, and has been asked to conduct the St. Louis All-Suburban Middle School Honor Band and St. Louis Metro 8 District Honor Band.
A published author, Dr. Frederickson has written articles on trombone pedagogy and performance practice, standards in the classroom, and the connection between student academic achievement and instrumental music instruction, and has been published in the Music Educators Journal and the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education.
Dr. Frederickson belongs to Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, the International Trombone Association, and is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and has served on the boards of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Louis Low Brass Collective and the editorial board of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. Currently, he resides in Wildwood, MO where he lives with his wife Alison and three children, Laura, Nathaniel, and Joel.
As a military bandsman, Sergeant First Class Frederickson has served his country most recently entertaining troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Djibouti, Africa. His military honors include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with four devices, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and mobility device, and is a Graduate of the Army Warrior Leadership and Advanced Leadership and Senior Leadership Courses, and the non-commissioned officer course. State military honors include the Missouri Commendation Ribbon, Missouri State Emergency Duty Service and was nominated for the Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award with Official Certificate validated by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is retired after 25 years of service combined Air Force and National Guard.