Technical Sgt. Matthew Penland is a percussionist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Laurinburg, North Carolina, his Air Force career began in 2016.
A 2012 graduate of the University of North Texas, Penland earned a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance. In 2015 he received a Master of Music Performance degree in percussion from Northwestern University. His teachers included She-e Wu, Christopher Lamb, Vadim Karpinos, James Ross, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane and Paul Rennick.
Displaying a background in both classical and marching percussion, his performance accolades include: 3rd prizewinner of the 2014 TROMP International Percussion Competition in the Netherlands, Top prizewinner of the 2013 Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, and semifinalist in the 2014 Southern California Marimba Competition. As a marching percussion soloist, he was the 2011 DCI Individual and Ensemble Tenor Champion and the 2009 PASIC Collegiate Tenor Solo Champion. Penland has been a featured soloist and clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the North Texas Marching Percussion Camp, and at the 2014 International Percussion Festival Seoul in South Korea. He was a section percussionist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a Music Academy of the West percussion fellow in 2015. As a rudimental percussionist, he was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
Air Force career highlights include performances on NBC's Today Show, the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 2016 National Memorial Day Concert.