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Versatile trumpet player with over 15 years of professional experience. Available for orchestral, jazz, pop, session, or function work!
Welwyn Garden City

Matt Ward is a British jazz, classical, and pop trumpet player based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Recent appearances across the UK include performances at Pizza Express Live (Holborn and Chelsea venues), Luton's The Bear Club, the Troubadour, The Ned, as well as featuring in the country’s premier Miles Davis tribute, Kind of Blue LIVE. Matt performs regularly around Hertfordshire with a number of small group set-ups; performances over the past year have included Welwyn’s ‘Jazz at the Barn’ series, Hitchin’s The Highlander pub with the Jazzspel quintet, Biggleswade’s ‘Not Strictly Jazz Club’, the Kings Langley Jazz Club, and Sawbridgeworth’s The Gallery. Matt has also appeared as a featured guest at the Hitchin jazz jam and performs for functions with bands such Supertonic, Roadrunner, Hot Take Brass Band, and No Limit Street Band. Matt’s pop work includes performances with up-and-coming London-based artists, such as neo-soul collective The 52s, funk-pop musician Adam Kelly, and singer-rapper duo Josh Seabrook & Con Cook. Matt’s playing can also be heard on radio and TV as part of the Delicious Recording Studio’s Deli All Stars. He also partakes in larger-scale jazz work, in particular with the Hertfordshire Big Band and the Twenty20 Big Band, as well as musical theatre productions. Matt is a first-class Music graduate of the University of Oxford, and prior to this gained experience playing in some of the finest youth ensembles during his time at the Junior Department at Guildhall School of Music, NYMT, NYWO, and the LSO Next Generation Orchestra. During his time at Oxford Matt held the jazz chair in the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra, and was principal trumpet of Oxford University Orchestra, Oxford Brass Quintet, and funk band DFO. He has played at numerous famous venues and events, such as the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Oxford's Encaenia Ceremony, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, and overseas venues such as the Budapest Jazz Club and Thailand’s Brown Sugar jazz club. Matt is available to book for a variety of trumpeting needs - orchestral work, big bands, small jazz gigs, fanfares for ceremonies, and funk bands for party and function work.

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Benjamin N
4 years ago, for a Concert in Oxford OX1 4JD
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5 out of 5

Matt has performed in several events for Merton College, Oxford, including classical concerts, chapel services, and Christmas events. He has been a reliable player for us, always bringing professionalism and quality to our musical events.

Susannah S
4 years ago, for a Private event in OX1 3BG
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5 out of 5

Matt performed a variety of fanfares for the University of Oxford's prestigious Chancellor's Court of Benefactors Ceremony. He was reliable and professional in both his organisation and playing ability. I would definitely use his services again, and often recommend him to other colleagues.

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Matt Ward's Song list

Billie's Bounce
Black Orpheus
Cold Duck Time
Cut the Cake
French Spice
Love For Sale
Maiden Voyage
March for the Ark
St Edmundsbury Fanfare
I Want You Back
Ain't Nobody
Best of My Love
Blame it on the Boogie
Crazy In Love
Dancing in the Moonlight
Mr Magic
I Wish
Signed Sealed Delivered
Sir Duke

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£260
Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Military, Baroque, Classical crossover, Fanfare, Early music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Country, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Avant garde, Experimental, Pop, Acoustic, Funk, Disco, Covers, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk rock, Rock, World music
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Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Cruise
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist
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