Student Focus: Matt Lowe

Name: Matt LoweMatthew Lowe, ISU pep band

Major: Instrumental Music Education

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Planned Graduation Date: Spring 2021

What are you involved with here at ISU and beyond? 

During my time at ISU, I’ve been a trumpet player for the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz One, Marching Band, Pep Band, a student-led brass quintet, and Symphony Orchestra. I have also worked as a Marching Tech. for the WDM Valley Marching Band.

What pieces are you working on right now? 

Alongside repertoire for the marching band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra I am preparing for my senior recital. I brought the selections from past performances, including the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, a couple selections from Eugene Bozza, and Centennial Horizons by Kevin McKee.

What are you doing/looking forward to this semester?

The most exciting part about coming back to school this year is having to work through the obstacles of living in a global pandemic. Having to split into two bands for marching band, switching to a brass choir for Wind Ensemble, and trying to put an outdoor concert on with limited winds in Orchestra all bring unique challenges and different repertoire. We’re trying to do things that we wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to do, and I think the challenge of making music in a safe way will bring us an interesting and (hopefully) once in a lifetime experience.

What is your favorite thing about your experiences at Iowa State? 

My favorite thing about my experiences at Iowa State is the shear multitude of them. Between bowl game trips and playing in Carnegie Hall in NYC, I’ve made a lot of great memories and performed in a lot of different spots.

Why did you choose the Dept. of Music and Theatre at ISU? 

Originally, I was drawn to ISU because of the Marching Band; I grew up a Cyclone, so I was always awestruck when they took the field.

What are you interests beyond music and theatre? 

I like to hike, bike, run, and watch movies.

What are your plans after graduation? 

I’ve been in-between going directly into teaching band and going to grad school for conducting. The end goal, no matter what, is to teach!

Any words of wisdom for prospective students?

  1. Don’t be afraid of your professors. Everyone may seem scary sometimes, but you should always remember that the faculty wants to help you succeed.
  2. Challenge yourself; do extra gigs, try harder solos, and take auditions seriously. The more you push yourself the more opportunities you’ll have.
  3. Don’t practice in the lobby – the choir majors hate it. ;)