Matt Ridge (b. 1998) is a multifaceted composer, arranger, and percussionist from the Indianapolis area. He enjoys a 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, John Gibson, Larry Groupé, Eugene O’Brien, and Tansy Davies.
Matt maintains an active and fruitful presence within the marching arts community. As a performer, he completed four seasons with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2019) and two with Music City Mystique (2017-2018). 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 and 2019 WGI Concert World Class Champions). His most notable marching music influences are Matt Jordan, Clif Walker, 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.