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Matthew Anklan is world-class trumpet player from Cincinnati, Ohio who has performed and recorded with many notable artists and groups including The Who, Iron & Wine, Aretha Franklin, Gregory Porter, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Frankie Valli, Tito Puente, Jr., Bootsy Collins, Gerald Wilson, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Pops), The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Bob Beldon, Fred Hersch, Carnival Cruise Lines and many more. Equally at home in any genre of music, Matthew maintains a very active performance schedule.


Matthew regularly performs with several groups in the Midwest; The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (CCJO), River City, and the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Matthew also tours with Broadway shows, when time allows. His credits include the first national tour of Sister Act - A Divine Musical Comedy, Shrek the Musical, The Full Monty, Aladdin, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. He has also played dozens of regional theater productions.


In addition to an active performance career, Matthew gives back to the community through education. He previously served on the faculties of Miami University, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Xavier University, University of Dayton, and the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Matthew has a large private studio of trumpet students from all backgrounds. Matthew’s trumpet students have the opportunity for a diverse educational experience that will prepare them to play or teach in any genre. Additionally, Matthew served as the Director of Education for the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and worked in conjunction with Jazz At Lincoln Center to present the Let Freedom Swing! educational series in the greater Cincinnati area. 


Beginning in 2020, Matthew launched his career as a recording artist. Matthew's recordings can be found on all streaming platforms.

Matthew has had a number of his compositions featured in national advertising campaigns, and works actively in music production. As a studio musician, Matthew has lent his trumpet sound to ABC, NBC, PBS, ESPN, HGTV, and The Hallmark Channel, Disney, Marvel Universe, various cruise lines, and frequently records for regional, national, and international performers. In 2016 one of Matthew's collaborations, One Night by Francesco Spara on DAMG Records, climbed to #7 on the Music Week charts. 


Matthew Anklan is the inventor a new practice aid for trumpet players called "The Silencer." For more information about this revolutionary product, please visit


Matthew earned his Master of Music, Jazz Studies at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati. He also completed his Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies at CCM, with additional studies at Morehead State University.


Matthew Anklan performs on Yamaha and J. Fred Powell Custom instruments, and uses GR Mouthpieces exclusively.

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