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Matthew Bimstein currently serves as the Band Director at Clinton High School. He graduated from The University of Tennessee with his Masters in Percussion Performance & Literature. While at The University of Tennessee he served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the percussion studio. Matthew also holds a degree in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University. His primary teachers have been Dr. Andrew Bliss, Dr. Eric Willie and Dr. Colin Hill. 

While at TTU, Matthew performed with the Golden Eagle Marching Band, TTU Concert Band, TTU Symphony Band, TTU Chorale, TTU Concert Choir, TTU University Orchestra, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and TTU Percussion Ensemble. As a member of the TTU Percussion ensemble, Matthew was invited to perform showcase concerts at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention in 2012, the National Association for Music Education 2013 National In-Service Conference, and the 2014 TN Day of Percussion Collegiate Ensemble. Matthew was principal timpanist for the UT Symphony Orchestra from 2015–2017. As a member of the UT Percussion Ensemble, Matthew performed as a soloist on Michael Burritt’s Blue Flame Quintet at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention in 2015, and performed at the 2016 McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, FL. 

As a soloist, Matthew won the Tennessee Day of Percussion soloist competition in both 2014 and 2017. In 2013, Matthew was recognized for his overall contribution to the TTU School of Music. He received the prestigious TTU Charles F. Bryan Award. This honor is awarded annually to the most outstanding music major and is voted upon by the faculty. 

In 2015, he was the recipient of the TTU College of Education Undergraduate Student Leadership Award. 

Matthew has also been fortunate to attend summer workshops that include; Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, The Alan Abel Orchestral Seminar and the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar. As an educator, Matthew was named the 2023 Teacher of the Year for Clinton High School. He also served as the front ensemble instructor for Hardin Valley Academy and worked with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps as a front ensemble instructor.