Matt Rodela, a trumpet player by trade, writes and sings songs with a rich tapestry of contemporary horn rock, a dash of jazz, and sprinkle of funk. If Elvis Costello, Chicago, and Dave Matthew Band had a love child, Matt Rodela and his music would be the result.
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’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 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...
"Insert Coin" (2010)
Debut full-length album includes 11 original tracks written, performed, and produced by Matt Rodela.
"Rock 4 Life Vol. 8" (2008)
Contributed a single "Live It Up" to this compilation album.
"Chill Out East Coast Edition Vol. 3" (2007)
Contributed a single "Halfway There" to this compilation album.
Can perform as solo acoustic act or up to a full 8-piece band with horn section.
All Originals - 1.5 hour set max
Covers/Originals - 2 hours
Covers Only - Not my style
I'll Remember You
Top of the World
Thinking of You
A sample of possible covers (all given a unique twist by Matt and his band):
This Love - Maroon 5
Crash - Dave Matthews Band
Run Around - Blues Traveler
Smooth - Santana
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
Paralyzer - Finger 11
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (Cake version)