Matt Poulos (apprentice 1) is studying for his master’s degree in trombone performance at NIU, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from Principia College. He is a member of the NIU Philharmonic, the NIU Graduate Brass Quintet, as well as the NIU Jazz Ensemble. Currently, Matt is teaching a course on music appreciation at NIU, which focuses on jazz. He taught private lessons at the 2012 NIU Jazz Camp. At NIU, he studies trombone with Jeremy Moeller (classical) and Tom Garling (jazz).