Chief Musician Matt Harriman
Chief Musician Matt Harriman began his musical studies with his grandfather at the age of 5. After graduation from Whitehall-Yearling High school in 2000, he attended The Ohio State University earning his Bachelor of Music Education while studying with Roy Poper and Timothy Leasure. He then went on to earn a Master of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with LA Philharmonic trumpeter Boyde Hood.
Harriman has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Brentwood-Westwood Symphony, The Columbus Symphony Brass Quintet, as well as the faculty brass quintets for The Ohio State and Otterbein Universities. While in Los Angeles, Harriman worked frequently in the studios, recording music for CDs, TV Shows, Movies, and Video Games.
A strong advocate of music education, Harriman spent two years as director of instrumental music at Maywood Academy High School in Maywood, California, a performing arts magnet for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
In 2011, Harriman 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 a trumpet instrumentalist with the brass quintet, brass ensemble, marching band, and ceremonial units. He is also a Public Affairs Assistant, Brass Quintet Unit Leader, Ceremonial Unit Leading Petty Officer, and he serves as Enlisted Representative and playing instructor with the USNA Pipes and Drums.
Harriman's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (three awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal.