M&W Custom Trombones began in 2014 with co-owners, Michael McLemore and Matthew Walker, two highly specialized craftsmen who had met while building the original Greenhoe instruments in Jackson Wisconsin, prior to it's closing in 2012.
Not satisfied with simply re-creating a previously existing brand, they newly designed and developed M&W Custom Trombones incorporating ideas and concepts that had not been previously utilized. Designed to produce the characteristic sound of classic American orchestral trombones, M&W Custom Trombones are engineered and crafted with the finest tolerance specifications in the industry. Every part of an M&W is fit with extreme precision, allowing the player to easily project their ideas and energy as a musician. While initially offering large bore orchestral instruments, then alto and medium bore trombones, M&W has most recently unveiled their small bore "jazz" trombone using the same ideas and concepts of exceptional quality, extreme precision, and ease of response to it's newer instruments.
M&W is now solely owned and crafted by Matthew Walker.
Matthew Walker was born and raised in the city of Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. He began playing trombone at 9 years of age, and moved to Sydney to finish school at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School at the age of 16. At age 21, while working towards his Bachelors Degree at the Conservatorium, he won the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Sydney Opera House, which he occupied for 16 years. His performance resume also includes many of Australia's professional orchestras and Jazz Big Bands, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
During his time with the Australian Opera, Matthew experienced frustrations with the instruments he was playing at the time, had ideas about how to correct those issues, and decided to test those concepts through his own work. Matthew's dad, Graham, a highly skilled watchmaker by trade, instilled an appreciation for fineness of detail, and taught him to solder and assemble parts with the precision of a jeweler. After working on the instruments and getting the results he desired, in 1998 Matthew attended the highly regarded Red Wing Technical College in Red Wing Minnesota, in order to learn more about the musical instrument repair trade. Upon returning to Australia, in addition to his playing job, Matthew started and maintained a very successful repair business working exclusively on brass, but with a special focus on trombone. Players from all around Australia and South-East Asia sought Matthew out to work on their horns.
In 2006, Matthew took a leave of absence from his job with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and moved from Australia to Wisconsin to work for Greenhoe Trombones. Matthew felt very honored to be a part of the manufacturing team of those fine trombones of that time. Matthew's skills were focused and honed to an exceptionally high level. After the Greenhoe shop closed in 2012, Matthew worked as a technician for the Getzen company for 12 months.
Exceptional attention to detail and appreciation for quality are the two main driving factors that dictate Matthew's work ethic and approach to building and designing horns. Matthew brings a wealth of experience and expertise to M&W Custom Trombones and his highest priority is creating the utmost quality built horns to the marketplace.
Matthew lives in Jackson, Wisconsin, with his wife Sue, (who is the M&W office manager and also a musician) his step-son, and their little dog, Annie. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys cooking various cuisines and building Scale Model Aircraft. He is a regular contributor to Finescale Modeler Magazine, a publication he has read since it's first issue in 1982.
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