MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Matthew Weihmuller

Matthew Weihmuller is a jazz saxophonist who completed both his undergraduate education in music (magna cum laude) and Masters of Music at Florida State University (FSU), where he was a member of the Jazz Ensemble I and various jazz combos.
 
Weihmuller was a regular performer at various jazz venues in the Tallahassee area and was a member of a small group selected to represent FSU within the larger community.  He is a strong combo leader who developed the reputation of being able to direct quality musicians, but he especially enjoyed the opportunity to take younger students under his wing.
 
Weihmuller recently relocated to the Tampa area, where he is a saxophone and jazz instructor at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. He also currently tours with a band featuring original eclectic music with elements of funk, jazz, rock and reggae, in addition to performing locally with a jazz trio when his schedule permits.   
 
Through performance and workshop experiences, Weihmuller has had the opportunity to gain from the direction of many noted jazz professionals, including Marcus Roberts, Bunky Greene,  Jason Marsalis, Buster Cooper, Bill Kennedy, John Lamb, Chick Corea, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Don Braden, Jim Snidero and Walt Weiskopf. He was fortunate to receive his early music instruction in Tampa, where he attended H.W. Blake High School of the Arts, and benefitted from the instruction of the University of South Florida saxophone instructor, Valerie Gillespie.
 
At FSU, Weihmuller was a member of the Phi Beta Lambda honorary music association, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Gold Key scholars, as well as a number of professional music associations.
 
Weihmuller is also a composer, utilizing specialized music technology for the blind. His greatest personal goal, however, is to champion the cause of increasing Braille music literacy for young blind musicians.
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