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Matthew Richards McGarrell

Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Bands:
Phone: +1 401 863 3763

Professor McGarrell's work focuses on the preparation of editions of Portuguese band music collected in Portugal for performance by American bands.


Matthew McGarrell is the Director of Bands and Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band he teaches courses in music theory, jazz history and transcription & analysis of jazz and is the Advisor to the Brown Band. Raised in New Hampshire, he is a graduate of the Loyola University College of Music in New Orleans where he studied trombone with Richard Erb. Prior to his appointment at Brown in 1984, he performed with professional orchestras and jazz bands (including the New Orleans Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and the New Orleans Saints Stadium Jazz Band) and taught at the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University. He has adjudicated and guest conducted high school and college wind groups in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal and Japan. McGarrell's professional affiliations include the New England College Band Association, The College Band Directors National Association and the International Percy Grainger Society of which he is a member of the Board of Trustees. During his recent sabbatic leave (January - August 2003), McGarrell was living in Portugal where he played trombone with the Banda Filarmónica de Covões.  He is currently preparing editions of Portuguese band music collected in Portugal for performance by American bands.


I perform with, collect music for editing from and contribute to several Portuguese bands in the United States and Portugal, including Banda do Clube Juventude Lusitana (Cumberland, RI), Sociedade Filarmónica de Covões (Cantanhede, Portugal), and Banda Musical e Recreativa de Penalva do Castelo (Viseu, Portugal).




New England College Band Association

The College Band Directors National Association

The International Percy Grainger Society

International Trombone Association

American Federation of Musicians

Funded Research


Curriculum Vitae

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