Yamaha Performing Artist
After graduating from Indiana University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Matt Harloff was appointed the Assistant Band Director for the Avon Band Department in Avon, Indiana. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Indianapolis in 2001. Matt is the assistant director for all five concert bands at Avon High School. The Avon High School Win Symphony has had the honor of performing at the Indiana State Concert Band Championships and was awarded the Indiana State School Music Association Concert Band State Champions in 2012 and 2014. Mr. Harloff is the director of the Avon HS Brass Choir which performed at the 2015 Midwest Band & Orchestra Convention. Mr. Harloff is the assistant director to The Avon Marching Black & Gold where the group has won 11 state championships, has been a consistent Grand National Finalist and won the Grand National Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2003, Matt joined Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps as the Brass Caption Head. The Carolina Crown Brass Section has won the Jim Ott Memorial Award for Excellence in Brass four times (2009, 2011-2013). Carolina Crown is a consistent Drum Corps International World Class Finalist and celebrated their first ever DCI World Class World Championship in the summer of 2013. Matt was a performing member of the DCI World Champion Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps from 1989-1995. Matt served as the drum major in 1993. Matt and Ben are coauthors of two books from their “Inside the Circle” Series: Insides the Circle: A Proven Method for a Successful Marching Band” and “Inside the Circle: Off-Season Training.” Matt Harloff is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist. Matt is a native to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and very proud of his musical family. His father, Bill, is a retired band director and his brother Ben is a band director in Minnesota.