Matthew M. Shrewsbury, Assistant Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands (lecture of Music), is currently in his fourth year at Coastal Carolina University. His duties at the university include assistant conductor for the Coastal Carolina University Symphonic Band; director of the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band, CCU Pep Band; and drill designer for all field shows. He recently served as the conductor for the Horry County Scholars Academy Orchestra, conductor of the CCU brass choir and CCU low brass ensemble. He also served as the applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba at Coastal Carolina University for two years. He also served as the founding artistic director of the Upstate Winds, a community based wind ensemble in Greenwood, South Carolina.
In addition to his responsibilities at the university, he is the executive director and founder of the Coastal Surge Performing Arts Association, a non-profit youth organization in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He oversees an independent winter guard that competes nationally.
During his career as an undergraduate music major, he participated in numerous ensembles ranging from: The Mighty Sound of the Southeast Marching Band, basketball pep band, concert and university bands, wind ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, chamber winds, trombone choir, the Carolina Trombone Collective, numerous chamber ensembles and the Columbia College Wind Ensemble. He studied trombone with Bradley Edwards, Professor of Trombone.
He then moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he began work on his graduate degree and studied conducting with James Tully, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Coastal Carolina University. During his career at Coastal Carolina University, he held the position of head graduate assistant for the university bands. He conducted the university symphonic band, chamber ensembles and Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band while performing with the Jazz After Hours Big Band and as a member of the trombone section with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation in August 2009, he was named the Director of Bands at Dixie High School in Due West, S.C.
He holds a B.M. in music education from the University of South Carolina and a M.Ed. from Coastal Carolina University. His primary conducting and trombone teachers were James Tully, Andrew Gowan and Bradley Edwards. He is a frequent adjudicator, lecturer, clinician, drill designer and freelance trombonist in and around the Southeast.
Shrewsbury is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, International Trombone Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, National Band Association, Association of Concert Bands, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association and the South Carolina Band Directors Association.