Matt Leder has served as Director of Music / Assistant Professor of Music at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, NM, since January 2013. He has held adjunct faculty positions at Brown University, Community College of Rhode Island, South Piedmont Community College, St. George’s School, Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Camp, and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has also appeared as a guest artist / clinician throughout the United States.

Mr. Leder served over eight years as an active duty musician in the United States Navy and has served almost 4 years in the Air National Guard Music Program. As a member of the ANG, he tours with various ANG and active duty Air Force Bands all over the country.

He is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a MM in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans and a BM in Jazz Performance from East Carolina University. While at UNO, he was a member of the acclaimed Louis Armstrong Quintet. Mr. Leder has studied with Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Irvin Mayfield, Clyder Kerr, and many others. He is adept in many different genres, ranging from jazz combo, big band, brass quintet, concert band, musicals, rock band, and New Orleans styles.

Mr. Leder has a wide variety of experiences including selection into the International Association of Jazz Educators All Star Collegiate Big Band, performances at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, and Symphony Hall (Boston, MA); a theater stint in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (shows with Steve Gatlin and the stars of the Lawrence Welk Show), a national tour with “In the Mood,” performed in supporting ensembles for Bob Mintzer, Benny Green, Melton Mustafa, Nicholas Payton, and Ellis Marsalis, as well as notations in Down Beat, All Hands, and the ITG Journal. He is a current member of the Jazz Educators Network, International Trumpet Guild, NMMEA, and College Music Society.

“I travel quite a bit and love the fact that my horn is well protected. I never have to worry about fitting my Loredo in the overhead, and can confidently carry it anywhere. It looks great!” — Matt Leder.

Matt Leder’s horn enjoys traveling inside his black leather Loredo.