Musician First Class Matt Stuver is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. After graduating from Princess Anne High School in 1998, he attended James Madison University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He earned a Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance and Literature and in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Additionally he has attended the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. MU1 Stuver is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. He has studied with David Pope, Chuck Dotas, Ramon Ricker, Walt Weiskopf, Clay Jenkins, and Bill Dobbins.
In 2011, MU1 Sutver was the winner of Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Jazz Soloist-Soprano Saxophone. He has played with such artists as Peter Erskine, John Clayton, Bob Sheppard, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Wayne Bergeron, Chuck Mangione, Rick Baptist, Christian McBride, Clay Jenkins, Rich Thompson, Jeff Campbell, Bill Dobbins, and Walt Weiskopf. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and All-American College Band in Disneyland. He performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble during their 2004 Asia Tour and Carnegie Hall performance, as well as on their CDs, Danzante and Manhattan Music with the Canadian Brass. MU1 Stuver has also performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
In 2011, MU1 Stuver auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at RTC, Great Lakes, he reported for duty as tenor saxophonist with the Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, Commandant’s Combo, Crabtowne Stompers, concert band, marching band, and ceremonial units.
MU1 Stuver has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Expert Pistol Shot Medal.