School of Music
Assistant Director, Pride of the Mountains Marching Band
Matt Henley is the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University, which includes assisting with the Sudler Trophy winning "Pride of the Mountains" marching band and the two "Cathouse Bands." One of Mr. Henley's primary duties is the marching percussion program at WCU. This includes teaching and arranging for the marching ensemble.
Matt earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Western Carolina University, and has played with and instructed such groups as the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, the Limestone College Percussion Studio, the Tuscola High School Percussion Program, Showband Gifhorn, and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. His high school groups have performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, numerous North Carolina Days of Percussion, and have won the Open Class CIPA Percussion Championship along with many years of successful marching band high percussion awards. He has served as the Chief Percussion Judge for the Carolina Indoor Performance Association and has written for groups in Germany, Canada, Hawaii, and the continental United States.
Mr. Henley was recently asked to write for and instruct the first two All-American Marching Bands in San Antonio, TX in 2008 and 2009. This group was promoted by MENC and the US Army. He was also nominated for the College of Fine and Performing Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, and serves as the recruiting liaison for the School of Music and the Office of Admissions at Western.
In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Henley composes, arranges, adjudicates, and is a prominent percussion clinician across the United States. He is a member of CBDNA, MENC, IARP, PAS, and proudly supports products from Yamaha, Remo, Zildjian, and Vic Firth companies. He resides with his wife Angie and son Landon in Clyde, NC.