Dr. Matt Hightower is Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at Texas A&M UniversityKingsville. Prior to teaching at TAMUK, Hightower held positions at Murray State University and The
University of Texas at Austin, respectively.
As a professional tubist, Dr. Hightower’s performance experience covers a wide range of chamber, orchestral, and solo music that spans three continents and nine countries. He has been a
prize-winner and finalist in international solo competitions that include the Leonard Falcone Tuba Artist Competition and various International Tuba/Euphonium Association sanctioned competitions. Recent solo recitals include Baylor University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and The United States Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Workshop in Arlington, VA. Dr. Hightower is the tubist with the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet and a founding member of the Atlas tuba quartet. Dr. Hightower has also performed with the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, The Columbus (IN) Symphony, The Evansville Philharmonic, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Jackson Symphony, and David Baker’s 20th Century BeBop Band.
In addition to performing, Dr. Hightower is an award-winning composer. In 2010 Dr. Hightower was named the winner of the KMEA Intercollegiate Composition Contest. Many of his arrangements and original works are published through Potenza Music and Absolute Brass Publishing.