Class of 2020
My name is Matt Tuggle, and I'm a freshman bass trombone performance major here at Vanderbilt. Even as a freshman, I've been able to become involved in many different musical ensembles, including the orchestra, wind ensemble, and big band, and I also frequently arrange music for trombone ensembles. I try to pursue a well-rounded musical education, and Vanderbilt certainly gives me the tools I need to be a versatile musician.
I took a gap year before coming to Vanderbilt, and I spent that time teaching lessons at middle schools and high schools. I also regularly worked with my mentors Jay Cook, Noel Wallace, & Jan Kagarice, as well as my friend and colleague Hiram Rodriguez, who also took a gap year. Hiram and I auditioned for multiple trombone competitions and together we prepared a dual recital in the spring of 2016.
I am an Eagle Scout, and for my service project I collected and purchased used and new instruments to donate to an underprivileged band program in Dallas. I enjoy almost all genres of music, I love movies, and I am a big fan of Star Wars, DC & Marvel comics, and Game of Thrones.