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Originally from Lambertville Michigan, Matthew Halbert the Bass Trombonist of the Des Moines Symphony. His other affiliations include the Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Quad Cities Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Toledo Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds, the Durward Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Tri-Cities Opera.

In 2011, he won 1st Place at the American Trombone Workshop's Bass Trombone Solo Competition for his performance of David Gillingham's Sonata, composed by his former instructor at Central Michigan University. As a member of the RAF Quartet, Matthew received two Honorable Mentions in the International Trombone Association's Trombone Quartet Competition. He was also a member of the Eastman Trombone Choir when it received 1st Place honors in the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition at the 2012 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, TN.

Matthew holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and Central Michigan University. His teachers include Jonathan Allen, David Jackson, David Gier, Mark Kellogg, and Robert Lindahl.