Matthew Driscoll

Welcome aspiring trombone players! I look forward to speaking with you about your goals as a musician and how I can help on your journey to becoming a professional musician. Click “Request a Lesson” to work on fundamentals, all-state auditions or get feedback on how you can improve. Trombone is quite versatile and you can be heard in any ensemble, which is why it is important when coming to ECU to be involved with several ensembles throughout your college career. The ECU Trombone Studio is a great bunch of musicians, and we are always looking for more to join this crew.

Check out Dr. Driscoll’s personal webpage and his new music group, Durward Ensemble.

Dr. Matthew Driscoll is Assistant Teaching Instructor in Trombone at East Carolina University and serves as Principal Trombonist of the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Driscoll has taught music to nearly every age, including several years of elementary and middle school music, and many years of collegiate teaching. He previously served on the faculties of Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA), Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA), and Central College (Pella, IA) and taught low brass applied lessons, brass methods courses, music appreciation, and performance seminar.

In addition to his teaching schedule, he has performed with Orchestra Iowa, the Des Moines, Dubuque, Ottumwa, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestras (IA), the Peoria and Quad City Symphony Orchestras (IL), the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra (AL), Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (NC), Tar River Symphony (NC), and many others. During his time in Iowa, he played with a regional Chicago tribute band for seven years, Brass Transit Authority, and played in many musical theatre productions with Theatre Cedar Rapids, Revival Theatre Company, and more.

In 2015, Driscoll founded the Durward Ensemble, a chamber ensemble that promotes the diversity of contemporary music to a broad audience through performances of rarely performed works and commissioning new works by living composers. Committed to formal concert presentations and educational outreach programs, Durward engages audiences of all ages and artistic interests in experiences that celebrate creativity and develop a community-based commitment to new music. Durward’s 2018 debut album, Daughters of Earth, features all living female composers and four world premieres. Their new album, Prophetic Revolutions, scheduled to be released in mid 2022, includes two vocal soloists, an instrumental solo, and several of all-time favorite composer collaborations!

A North Carolina native, Dr. Driscoll has received degrees from Jacksonville State University (B.A.), East Carolina University (M.A.), and the University of Iowa (D.M.A.). Primary teachers include David Gier, George Broussard, David Perkel, and James Roberts.