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Master Chief Musician Matthew J. Neff,

Bass Trombone/Tour Operations Chief


MUCM Matthew J. Neff

A native of Hollidaysburg, Penn., Master Chief Musician Matt Neff joined the Commodores as bass trombonist in October 2009.  Prior to his appointment with the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, Neff served as bass trombonist with the Concert/Ceremonial Band, a position he held since joining the Navy Band in 1992.  He has performed as soloist on numerous occasions and served as bass trombonist with the Navy Band Brass Quintet from 2003-2009. A multi-talented musician, Neff has composed more than 30 works for the Navy Band Brass Quintet, and has published several works for brass ensembles. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Penn State University and a Master of Music from The Catholic University of America.  


A strong advocate for music education, he has performed as guest artist/clinician at high schools and colleges throughout the country.  He currently serves as adjunct professor of trombone at George Mason University.