Here is an interview with Mat in 2020:
What instrument do you play?
How long have you played the french horn?
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
September 2011 to present. But I played with the orchestra in 2001 and 2002 while stationed in the area.
What do you do for a career?
Where did you grow up?
Fort Wayne, Indiana.
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
I'm a big fan of movie soundtracks, 21st century orchestral and chamber music, and 80s rock. I enjoy John Williams to Arnold Schoenberg to Van Halen.
Favorite meal or restaurant?
What is your favorite vacation?
Quiet and leisurely...
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist and/or movie do you want with you??
Desert survival handbook
What's your pet situation?
The wife and I have 3 dogs.
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
The WSO is a family of musicians that wear their hearts on their sleeves and love music. Most of all, they love performing for the city of Wilmington. Speaking for myself, but probably a shared thought from all of us - I can't wait to perform with the WSO once again in the upcoming 2021 Season.
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
My business keeps me really busy, but I play golf as often as I can, and go on walks with a weighted-vest to keep things interesting. Gotta get those 10,000 steps in everyday!
Any words of wisdom to help others through this?
Life is circular and we will overcome and be stronger than before. The strength we want to see must come from within ourselves. We all possess an untapped amount of strength and potential, but we don't always recognize it. Something I try to live by is this: Do not expect someone to do for you what you can do for yourself. Be resilient. Be unstoppable. This too shall pass! This philosophy helps me to stay focused and balanced on the future.
Beverly Andrews, Co-Concertmaster
Christine Maynard, Co-Concertmaster
Mary Jo White