{Up To Now

Hailing from Germantown, MD, Matt Rodela is a singer/songwriter who takes his talent as a jazz trumpet player and fuses it with his knack for catchy contemporary songwriting.  Blending original tunes with well known covers, Matt is equally at home playing a solo acoustic show at a local coffee shop or fronting a 9 piece band at clubs throughout the DC/Baltimore metro area.

Matt Rodela Circa 1986

The Story so far…

Born in the sunny foothills of Northern California, music was always a big presence in Matt Rodela’s life. Matt started taking piano and trumpet lessons in elementary school. These lessons ignited the fire of the musical passion that would continue on throughout his life. In junior high and high school this love affair with music was focused primarily on the trumpet. During this time, Matt played with several honor bands at the county, state, and regional levels. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army as a full-time trumpet player.

Matt Rodela in the Army

Matt’s military experience had a profoundly positive impact on his musical talents. Not only did it boost his confidence as a performer, but it broadened his horizons by exposing him to a wide range of musical styles and cultures. Matt finished his enlistment in the Army, but continues to serve his country part time in the 229th National Guard Band and Matt continues to look for collaborative opportunities whenever he can.

Now living in Germantown, MD, Matt’s talents as an entertainer have come full circle. In 2010 he released his debut full-length album “Insert Coin”. This collection of original songs highlights Matt’s talents as a songwriter, musical arranger, and performer on acoustic guitar, trumpet, and vocals. On the disc he’s joined by many of the DC area’s finest musicians to provide a rich tapestry of contemporary horn rock with a dash of jazz and funk. With “Insert Coin”, Matt is only getting started on his musical journey. The best is yet to come…

Matt Rodela in the Army

Matt’s Influences:

MainstreamI like music that’s mellow, has thoughtful lyrics, and isn’t too depressing. Throwing in a little funk and jazz influence doesn’t hurt either!

* Dave Matthews Band * Nickel Creek * Jamie Cullum * Jack Johnson * John Mayer * Jason Mraz * Maroon5 * REM * Stevie Wonder * Chicago

JazzSo smooth, effortless, and complex, I’ve liked jazz ever since I was a kid. I especially like combo jazz from the bebop era of the 50’s and 60’s.

* Miles Davis * John Coltraine * Chet Baker * Clifford Brown * Chick Corea*