Dr. Matthew Westgate
257 Fine Arts Center, Music Wing
Dr. Matthew Westgate is the Director of Wind Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting.
Prior to his appointment at UMass, he was the Director of Instrumental Activities at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) where he conducted the Symphonic Winds, Chamber Orchestra, jazz ensemble, and Xavier Pep Bands. Matthew completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Rodney Winther, and his Masters Degree in Conducting at Western Michigan University, where his teacher was Dr. Robert Spradling. He began his career as an instrumental educator in the Bangor and South Haven public schools in western Michigan.
Dr. Westgate is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and also performs regularly as a classical and jazz trombonist. The UMass Wind Ensemble, under his direction, has been invited to perform at multiple regional College Band Director National Association conferences, at numerous public schools throughout New England, and on an international concert tour of Ireland. In the summer months he conducts the Wind Ensemble at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI.
In 2007, Matthew was chosen as one of eight conductors to conduct the Eastman Wind Ensemble as part of the first Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass, and in 2009 he was billed as one of the West Point Band's "Bernsteins of Tomorrow." He has also served as a conducting assistant in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, in Lucca, Italy. In spring of 2013, Dr. Westgate was awarded Cincy Magazine's "Outstanding Educator" Award for his work as a teacher and conductor in Cincinnati. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Residential First-Year Experience (RYFE) Student Choice Award for going above and beyond to support first-year students at UMass. In 2016 he was honored with a nomination for the 2016-2017 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA), the only student-driven recognition of teaching on campus.
His current research addresses "Real vs. Virtual Communication: The Increasing Importance of Building Community through Music Ensembles in the Age of Technology” and the wind chamber music of Swiss composer, Frank Martin. In November of 2016 he recorded Frank Martin: Music for Winds with the Massachusetts Chamber Players and the CD was released in 2017 on the MSR Classics label. He is also working to bring a Full Score Edition of Rossini-Respighi's La Boutique Fantasque for wind band to publication. His professional affiliations include: the College Band Directors National Association (State Chair for Massachusetts), National Association for Music Education, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, and Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
In his spare time, Matthew is an avid ultra-marathon and marathon runner and hiker. He is married to Erica Drake, a percussionist and teacher, and they have a daughter named Juniper.
Dr. Timothy T. Anderson
Dr. Timothy T. Anderson
Timothy Todd Anderson became director of the Minuteman Marching Band in the summer of 2011. He had previously served as the Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno. In addition to his UMMB responsibilities, Dr. Anderson also directs the UMass Hoop Band, the Concert Band, teaches Marching Band Techniques and works with student teachers. In the summer of 2014, Dr. Anderson became conductor of the Amherst Community Band. He is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with school band programs throughout New England. Dr. Anderson holds the Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa, the Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida, and the Doctorate of Education in Music Education from the University of Illinois. His career began as an instrumental music teacher in the West Marshall Community School District of State Center, Iowa. Dr. Anderson resides in Amherst with his wife Jennifer and their cat Gatsby.