The following links contain pieces that are unedited and in their entirety. I did not post these on my "main" media page for various reasons. Some are from college, some have bad audio, or some are difficult to pick out definitive "me" highlights. Despite their imperfections, each of these clips mean something personal to me and I feel they are worth sharing. Whatever reason you have made it this far in my website, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you, and make sure you have some good speakers/headphones on!
Festive Overture, Principal Trumpet, US Naval Academy Band
I know this is actually written for orchestra, but this might be my favorite "band" piece to perform, as the 1st trumpet part caters perfectly to all of my strengths. This particular performance was given at the USNA Main Chapel, hence the insane amount of reverb. This concert was also an emotional one, as it marked the last concert band performance for a large amount of my USNA Band colleagues.
Asphalt Cocktail, Principal Trumpet, OSU Wind Symphony
I spent 8 years in the OSU Wind Symphony, counting undergrad and doctoral studies, performing hundreds of works. This tune stands out as one that literally changed my life. While rehearsing, I did what some trumpeters are known to do and decided to take the last note up an octave. Though many heads were turned, not all of them were impressed. Fortunately, it turns out that two were: The director loved it and subsequently made the change official (even clearing it with the composer himself) and a certain flute player who "dug high notes." We would soon start dating and eventually marry. I won't be hurt if you just skip to the last note. It's my favorite part anyways.
Keystone Celebration, Principal Trumpet, USNAB Brass Ensemble
My first concert as a member of the USNAB was with the Brass Ensemble, with this piece being my first playing the principal part. It has a nice little solo, a lot of double tonguing passages, and includes some pretty high notes for a classical piece (which is why I was assigned this part in the first place). On the first day of rehearsals, I was very nervous and wanted to make sure that the band didn't question whether or not I was the correct hire. After the first run through, the section leader simply said "Ladies and Gentlemen, Matt Harriman has arrived."
Mahler Symphony 2, mvt. 2, Principal Trumpet, USC Orchestra
This was the first time I ever played principal in ANY orchestra, a fact not that surprising to those who know me. I famously did not even own a C trumpet when I started my masters work at USC! I also famously did not play a trumpet of any kind for the first 9 weeks of trumpet lessons with Boyde Hood, as he was more concerned with smoothing out a lot of fundamental problems I had with my chops. This required patience on both our accounts. This concert was validation for many months of completely rewiring my face on how to play the trumpet.
Russian Christmas Music, Assistant Principal Trumpet, US Naval Academy Band
With the proper speakers, This will make your fillings rattle. The personnel we had in this specific brass section could hang with any section in the world, Military or Orchestral. Do yourself a favor, when you get to the finale (about 12 minutes in), crank the volume, and don't look back.
Trumpet Rhapsody, DMA Solo Recital , Ohio State University
While planning my masters recital literature, Boyde Hood suggested I play Harry James' Trumpet Rhapsody. Despite makes leaps and bounds as a player during my tenure at USC, this tune was just out of my ability. One of my most embarrassing moments was having to tell him in a lesson that it was too hard and I couldn't play it. Hell, even Harry James himself said it was "impossible to play both parts live." My final recital of my DMA at Ohio State, I opened with this. Sometimes it is neat to see exactly just how much you have improved in the span of just a few years.
Mahler Symphony 1, Mvt 4, 2nd Trumpet, USC Orchestra
I was never more in awe of a trumpet player than when I was sitting next to Rob Schaer. Quite simply, Rob is the best all-around trumpet player in the world. Sitting next to him for this was an education in itself. He is now the top-call trumpeter in Hollywood and if you've seen a movie in the past 10 years, you've heard him play. He'd also hate that I wrote this and would make fun of me mercilessly for writing about him.
Star Trek 2009, 1st C trumpet, US Naval Academy Band
If there is one thing that you listen to top to bottom... this is it. It does not get any better than this. Chris Buchanan is a supremely gifted arranger, with the ability to write parts that cater to your strengths while hiding your weaknesses... just don't let him know I said that.