Matthew Tung Named the 21st Jimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee College of Music

Matthew Tung

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017: Matthew Tung, trombonist from Saratoga, California, has been awarded the 21st Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he will begin his studies this September. He is grateful to his high school band director, Michael Boitz, and to his private teacher Dave Gregoric for helping to set him firmly on the jazz path.

Matthew started pursuing some further jazz playing opportunities in the SFJAZZ Monday Night Band. This community band, hosted by the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, allowed him to dig more deeply into the music, and led to him playing in more honor groups, including the Santa Clara County Band Directors Assn. County Honor Band, as well as the California Alliance for Jazz All-State Jazz Band. Both of these experiences prepared him to audition for the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, where he has worked with Paul Contos and Adam Theis.

Performing with the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Matthew has played in the renowned SFJAZZ Center, and competed in the Mingus Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. These experiences have helped him develop as a musician, and given him an opportunity to see more of the world.

Over the years, Matthew has been able to work with many great musicians with these honor groups as well as summer camps. Through SFJAZZ, Matthew has been very fortunate to work with musicians from the SFJAZZ Collective, including Sean Jones, who is also Chair of Brass at Berklee, Robin Eubanks, and Joshua Redman.

He has also had the opportunity to transition from camper to intern with the Stanford Jazz Workshop. There, Matthew has worked with Wayne Wallace, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Anat Cohen, among others. Beyond being a tremendous opportunity to work with greats in the current scene, the Workshop has shown him the administrative side of the music industry. Matthew has seen both the finished product and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making this experience so great for young musicians. All of these opportunities have helped shape Matthew into the musician he is today. He is excited to begin his studies in Boston, and the new musical horizons they will bring.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music.

For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college’s first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

With a student body representing nearly 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 310 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

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