Matt Davide grew up in Essex, Vermont and was Essex High School’s first ever John Philip Sousa Award for outstanding musicianship. He was the first chair tenor saxophone in the 2007 Vermont All State Concert Band, and first chair tenor in the 2008 All State Jazz Band with Honorable Mention for the festival’s Jazz Performance Scholarship. Matt was a finalist for the Vermont Young Musician Award and a member of the Essex High School varsity cross country and track teams throughout his time at EHS. After difficult deliberation Matt elected to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to seek a Jazz Studies degree on a Presidential Scholarship and then transferred to University of Vermont to pursue a B.S. in Music Education. Throughout his time at UVM, Matt performed in numerous groups including the University Jazz Ensemble (directed by Alex Stewart) and the Post Bop Ensemble (directed by Ray Vega). Matt graduated from UVM in May 2012 and received the David Yandell Award for the Outstanding Senior in Music. Matt has taught at a jazz combo through Flynnarts in Burlington and is on the faculty at Vermont Jazz Camp. He currently teaches general music and band at Vermont Commons School in South Burlington. Matt currently lives in Colchester, VT and coaches cross country at Vermont Commons School. He is pursuing a Specialist Certificate in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College Of Music.
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