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Matt Mealey Makes His Mark
MAILED: May 24, 1999|
Some students attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for its strong academic programs and others for its beautiful campus. But senior Matt Mealey picked UW-Eau Claire for a different reason he wanted to participate in jazz band and other music-related activities for two years before he would have to transfer elsewhere to pursue a degree in engineering.
"I enjoyed everything in the music department so much that I decided to change my major to music," Mealey said.
Since 1992, when he enrolled here, he has contributed significantly to the university and the Eau Claire community.
With the encouragement and assistance of UW-Eau Claire professors and his New Richmond High School band director, Mealey has acquired an impressive list of musical accomplishments.
Mealey's dedication and love of playing the trumpet helped him quickly climbed the ladder in UW-Eau Claire's music department. During his first two years at the university, he practiced trumpet for six to eight hours a day. As a result, by the time he was a junior he had gone from playing in Jazz Ensemble III to being the lead trumpet player in Jazz Ensemble I.
Since 1993, he has taught private trumpet lessons for junior high through college-level trumpet players. Mealey has adjudicated and done workshops with local high school concert bands and jazz bands. In 1997, he was the student director for the jazz pedagogy ensemble at UW-Eau Claire and in 1998, he became the director of jazz studies at UW-Stout. Mealey was hired as adjunct faculty while still a student at UW-Eau Claire.
While on the faculty at UW-Stout, his activities included performing in the faculty lecture recital, having his band perform at the nationally renowned UW-Eau Claire JazzFest, as well as taking his band on tour.
Mealey has an exceptional list of performing credits under his belt as well. He has toured and performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia and London.
Every summer from 1992 through 1998, Mealey was a member of the Kids from Wisconsin; a touring music ensemble with 20 singers and dancers and a 13-piece show band. In 1994, he started performing at the Mall of America with the staged rock shows. He performed with a local rock band, The Foundation, in and around the Twin Cities from 1995 to 1997. And in 1996, Mealey was involved with Destiny Rose, another rock band he formed which performed in and around Eau Claire and La Crosse.
After entering the Twin Cities Musicians union in 1997, Mealey has performed with many national acts including Johnny Mathis and Tony Sandler, and he performed as lead trumpet for the national tour of the musical "42nd Street."
This spring, Mealey was accepted into the master of music program for jazz performance at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.
"In addition, I have earned a graduate assistantship where I will be director of jazz studies at the University of Rochester, and I will teach the undergraduate jazz pedagogy class at Eastman," Mealey said. "Very exciting!"
Currently, Mealey is an intern in music education in Whitehall.
"My ultimate dream is to start a family, and in the meantime I wouldn't mind the opportunity to be a studio trumpet player, recording for various film scores and commercial music," said Mealey, who is engaged. "I plan to teach jazz and trumpet at the college level."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 24, 1999