I am currently the Principal Bassoonist of the New Life Symphony Orchestra. I have been playing bassoon for 21 years. I originally started on flute and then took half a year of saxophone lessons to play in jazz band where I held first tenor for two years. once I got into high school I picked up the bassoon and was also the drum major for three years.
I am currently a Moosmann artist and support Bassooning by the bay, a double reed camp hosted by Scott Pool at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. I have several students that have achieved superior ratings at All Region and Solo Ensemble contest. Music is my life and I love passing on my passion to others and watching them grow.
Outside of music, which keeps me busy, I enjoy bowling, tennis, biking, and crafts.
Matt began his repair career in December of 2005 as an apprentice at Johnny Paul's Music Shop in Aledo, TX where he worked until late 2016. In his time there he honed his repair skill under watchful eyes specializing in woodwind repairs. In March of 2012 he went to Indianapolis and spent some time learning everything he could from David Straubinger and obtained his Straubinger certification. Then after Johnny Paul had a near fatal motorcycle wreck a few weeks later in April of 2012, Matt stepped into the role of shop foreman over 3 additional repairmen (2 of which, Brad Waresback and Joseph Suson, he has the distinct pleasure of working with again at WM1st!). He also has acquired a fair amount of experience and knowledge in store management and operations, sales and customer service, working emergency repair at various marching contests and concert festivals, running pick up/ delivery routes/ sales/ paperwork as an Educational Representative, and of course helping work at instrument rental drives to help get the next generation of musicians started on their path (and helping to put their parents minds at ease). Matt is very excited to continue aiding the musicians of the north Texas area here with us at WM1st for many years to come! Matt lives in the Alliance area with his wife, Kerri and 2 daughters Elizabeth and Evelyn.
Robert studied music at Sam Houston State University for 2 years before deciding to peruse a career in instrument repair. Robert started apprenticing with Andre Yanniello while completing his associate of music degree at Lone Star College Montgomery. Following apprenticing with Andre for 2 summers, Robert attended Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing MN. Where he studied band instrument repair. Following graduation from Red Wing instrument repair program, Robert started work at Music 1st Southlake in 2013. Robert lives in North Texas with his wife Sandy and two children, Kyle and Miriam.
Audrey Carter is a senior at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. She has played alto saxophone for 7 years and is involved in both concert and marching band. She made the All-City band in middle school and has received a 1 on her solo every year in high school. She is also on the leadership team for the Carroll Dragon Marching Band. She will be attending Texas Christian University in the fall of 2018 and will be majoring in nursing, but she will continue her music career in the Horned Frog Marching Band.