Dr. Matthew Holm

Dr. Matthew Holm is currently the director of percussion studies at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio where he teaches applied lessons, percussion methods courses, percussion ensemble and percussion pedagogy. Dr. Holm previously held similar positions at Sam Houston State University, and Lamar University respectively. Holm has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Packard Band, and the Orchestra of the Americas.

As a concert marimbist, Dr. Holm makes many appearances at regional and national "days of percussion" and has performed on three Continents. Dr. Holm is also a strong advocate of new music and has premiered and/or commissioned works by Ivan Trevino, Josh Gottry, David Skidmore, John Mackey, Greg A. Steinke, David Farrell and others. Matthew has studied marimba additionally with Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic and has performed at three PAS International Conventions, the World Saxophone Congress, Cleveland Composers’ Guild, and the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

From 2006-2009, he served as a faculty associate at Arizona State University where he was a director/arranger for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band percussion section. As a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, he contributed to three DCI World Championships (2000, 2001, 2002) an I&E gold medal, and a Fred Sanford High Percussion award. He has also worked with groups such as Wylie and Wylie East High Schools, Plano East High School, Rosemount High School (MN), Eastview High School (MN), Eagan High School (MN), Gilbert High School (AZ), and the Independent World Momentum Percussion Theater.

Dr. Holm served as both vice president and president of the Arizona Percussive Arts Society. Dr. Holm is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society International Pedagogy Committee. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and Mallets, Marimba One keyboards, and Black Swamp Percussion and Drums.