United is once again excited to announce another addition to our staff. Matt Blood will be a part of our 2019 Staff as a Front Ensemble Technician.

Matt Blood is a percussion arranger, educator, and performer based out of the Southern New Jersey- area. He has arranged for the percussion sections of the Haddonfield Memorial HS Marching Band, InMotion Wind Performance Company, the Eastern Regional HS Indoor Drumline, the West Deptford High School Marching Band, the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, and has recently started writing for the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights Front Ensemble. Currently, Matt is the Percussion Supervisor/Arranger for the West Deptford Band, Front Ensemble Caption Head/Arranger for the Hawthorne Caballeros, and Front Ensemble Caption Head/Arranger for the Rutgers MSK.

Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in classical percussion performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, where he also has performed in some of their top ensembles. Using the knowledge he gained from educators such as Joe Tompkins, Kyle Zerna, Mike Truesdell, Javier Diaz, Steve Ballard and Ian Hale, Matt performs in local bands and orchestras in the New Jersey Tri-state area. In addition, Matt has performed as a member of the United Percussion Front Ensemble during their 2012-2014 seasons.

Matt is incredibly excited to be a part of United once again and help to raise the group to new heights.

We are very excited about the addition of Matt to our Front Ensemble staff. As a former performer in United Percussion, Matt is exactly the type of educator we want to have working alongside the rest of the staff. His performance history with the group creates a shared experience that will create a deeper understanding of both the performer and educator roles alike.
— Michelle Solla, Director

Stay tuned for more announcements from United Percussion as our 2019 auditions grow closer. For more audition info, click here.