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Matt Conaway

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Matt Conaway

Biography

Matt Conaway (b. 1979, Woodhaven, Mich.) is an American composer, arranger and educator.

After graduating from Woodhaven High School in 1997, he attended Indiana University – Bloomington, and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree with distinction in 2001. He has completed master's coursework at Purdue University and Indiana Wesleyan University.

Mr. Conaway was for ten years the director of bands for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation in West Lafayette, Ind. where he directed all bands in grades 5-12. He now [2020] serves as assistant professor of bands at Purdue University. He serves as assistant director of the "All-American" Purdue Marching Band, directs the university concert band and varsity band, assists with the basketball pep bands as a director and staff arranger, and is the department technical coordinator.

Mr. Conaway is an award-winning, internationally-known composer for concert bands, with over fifty original works currently in publication. His compositions range from very beginning through very advanced, based on his experience working with all levels of performers in grade 5-12, collegiate, and professional ensembles. He has received commissions from many schools and honor bands in the last five years. Conaway was honored to experience his Carnegie Hall debut in March 2016 with a world premiere performance of his work Firing on All Cylinders by the Purdue Wind Ensemble. He is also an accomplished arranger, and has written for athletic bands at Indiana University, Purdue University, and many high schools and colleges throughout the country. Millions of people have heard Conaway’s arrangements at multiple festivals, bowl games, basketball tournaments, and other major sporting events since 1999.

Mr. Conaway is a member of NAfME, CBDNA, NBA, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, and ASCAP. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, and was recently inducted into the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Mu. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator at concert band festivals and competitions throughout the United States.


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