TBJ93: Matt Tropman

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TBJ93: Matt Tropman, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Arizona

Euphonium and Tuba artist (and long-time buddy of Lance) Matt Tropman shares incredible stories of music, survival, and mayhem. Not necessarily in that order.

Matt Tropman currently serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Arizona and is an active freelancer, soloist, and chamber musician. His performances have been praised in numerous publications such as the New York Times, which stated: “Tropman makes a serious case for the euphonium as a solo instrument.” An active clinician and recitalist on both the euphonium and tuba, Matt has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Matt’s two commercially released two CD’s; Continuum and From the Balcony (Summit Records), have been featured on programs such as NPR’s “All Things Considered”. He has performed with numerous bands, orchestras and chamber groups including the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony. In his early career as a member of the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own), he frequently performed as a soloist throughout the U.S. on the band’s National concert tours. 

Dr. Tropman received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in euphonium performance from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, respectively, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in tuba performance from the University of Michigan.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Improv comedy

  • Potato

  • The Tucson Improv Movement/The Soapbox

  • Manifesting a Memory

  • What Michael from "The Office," Matt and Lance all have in common

  • Matt's summer trips

  • New recording project

  • Notes From the Balcony

  • Recording rage stories

  • Matt's horrific bike crash, injury, and recovery

  • Helpful Body Modification (part of the dual album)

  • "Tropman Pinky"

  • The injury recovery process and physical therapy

  • Detroit Symphony as a motivator

  • Using music as a means of helping with his recovery

  • "What's the Deal With Classical Music"

  • Constant Tingle (Three-fer!)


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