Matthew Niess

Associate Professor, Jazz Trombone




Faculty Member since 2010

Teaching at the Conservatory offers me the opportunity to work with serious students who want to learn.

Applied Area(s)



Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Trombone Ensemble


B.S., West Chester University; M.M., George Mason University

Professional Highlights

  • Performing with my Trombone band "The Capitol Bones" at the first Jazz Education Conference in St.Louis-May 2010.Performing in Russia with the US Army Band Brass Quintet in April 2010.Celebrating 20 Years of the "Capitol Bones" this coming year 2011, many concerts being planned.Directing a successful (second annual) National Jazz Workshop, the only jazz workshop with a premier military jazz ensemble in residence.
Personal Highlights

I've been a member of The United States Army Band and The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington DC since 1988. A wonderful opportunity to perform all over the world with outstanding musicians and numerous internationally known artists.

National Jazz Workshop
The National Jazz Workshop sets a new standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about learning and mastering the language of the definitive American art form, Jazz. Held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, the National Jazz Workshop offers an intensive, fully comprehensive curriculum for jazz studies to include improvisation, big band and small-group performance, composition, arranging, jazz history, Macintosh software technology, recording technology and instrumental master classes.