Matt Ridge (b. 1998) is a multifaceted composer, arranger, and percussionist from the Indianapolis area. He enjoys a diverse variety of musical interests, including, but not limited to: concert music, electroacoustic music, film music, the marching arts, indie rock, indie electronic, and experimental rock/jazz.
Matt currently studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, pursuing a Bachelor’s in Music Composition with a Minor in Electronic Music. Other specialized studies include media music and choral music. His primary composition teachers include: Don Freund, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, Claude Baker, Jeffrey Hass (electronic music), John Gibson (electronic music), and Larry Groupé (media music). His works are performed at IU regularly, including the recent premiere of a new piece for wind band.
Matt maintains an active and fruitful presence within the marching arts community. As a performer, he has thus far completed three seasons with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2018), and two with Music City Mystique (2017 WGI World Class Champions, 2018 co-section leader). He also writes and arranges within the activity regularly. He is currently a front ensemble/percussion consultant at Fishers High School (IN), where he arranges for the marching band (2017 and 2018 BOA Grand National Semifinalists) and indoor ensembles (2018 WGI Concert World Class Champions). His most notable marching music influences are Matt Jordan, Alan Miller, Mike McIntosh, Michael Martin, Shane Gwaltney, and Erik Johnson.
Matt currently resides in Bloomington, IN and is a member of ASCAP and SEAMUS. Outside of music, he takes interest in science, film, the universe, and the endless void of Internet humor.