Matt joined the HRPA board of directors in January 2015. He is a native St . Louisan and graduated from MICDS (Class of '99) and then the University of Chicago ('03) with a BA in Classical Languages & Literature.
He is a professional bagpiper and travel to Scotland each summer for six weeks to compete around the Scottish highland games circuit including the two most prestigious international solo piping competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban and the Northern Meeting in Inverness, which have a rigorous application process. He has won numerous prizes and awards both in North America and in Scotland.
Matt has a business teaching and playing the bagpipe here in St. Louis. Several of his students have competed throughout all levels of solo piping here in the US and won prizes. He travels to teach workshops/clinics and has taught at several summer schools across the country. He will be sitting an exam next month to become an accredited judge with the Midwest Pipe Band Association.
He was a member of the Invera'an Pipe Band here in St. Louis from 1997-2007, including serving as president and pipe major from 2003-2007. He now plays with the St Andrew's Society of Central Illinois Pipes and Drums in Springfield and is active in the Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis, the local Scottish heritage group.
As a native St. Louisan, Matt has always been interested in the region's history and in the river itself. He was devastated when the Admiral was scrapped, so when he heard that the Goldenrod was moored in Kampsville and might be next on the scrap heap, he took a trip up to see her. He has been actively involved with the effort ever since.
Matt performing during the HRPA's March Fundraiser.