“Mathew is a really hard worker and is always trying to make everyone feel comfortable. He really takes his music seriously, too,” said senior Hannah Bulow.
Mathew Baldwin has loved band since he started playing the clarinet in 7th grade.
“I have always known that I wanted to lead the band in some fashion, whether that would have been as the drum major or a clarinet section leader,” said Baldwin who is now the drum major of Harrison's marching band.
As the drum major, Baldwin directs the marching band at practices and performances.
Baldwin’s primary instrument is the Bb clarinet.
He also plays the baritone saxophone in the jazz band and is a member of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony.
Baldwin has accomplished many honorable achievements.
He was in the Indiana All-State Band, Honor Band, has been a State Solo & Ensemble Gold Medalist since 8th grade, and was awarded Outstanding Bandsman in Chamber Winds (Harrison’s top band) freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
Baldwin loves all aspects of band.
“There is the music aspect that I really enjoy, of course, but I also love the social aspect. You are essentially guaranteed a class with your friends,” said Baldwin.
Outside of band Baldwin is also a member of Quiz Bowl, Spanish Quiz bowl, and is the Sergeant of Arms in National Honor Society.
With many clubs and practices every week, Baldwin faces a tough weekly schedule on top of his academic classes.
After high school Baldwin plans to attend the University of Illinois.
“I would participate in the school orchestras and bands. I would also love to minor in music with a focus on composition. Once I graduate from college, I want to teach clarinet lessons on the side.”