Matty Shiner

Influential Head of the Duquense University Brass Department and Trombonist

“Matty” Shiner was a nationally recognized brass teacher at Duquense University and a trombonist.  He was a professor of music and head of Duquense’s Brass Department for 46 years. His brass students perform in symphony orchestras, jazz bands, Hollywood studios, television show and teach in college music departments and public schools.  He was a beloved teacher. His students include trombonist Jim Pugh (who played with Steely Dan, Woody Herman) Allen Vizzutti (Grammy winner and member of the Tonight Show band), Bill Tole (Quincy Jones, Tommy Dorsery), Sammy Nestico (Count Basie Arranger), Dr. Edward Nelson (who played with Count Basie), and many members of the River City Brass Band.

Matthew Shiner grew up in Wilmerding. His father was a professional musician.  He attended Carnegie Tech studying with Ottavio Ferrarra of the PSO and Simone Mania of the John Philip Sousa Band.  As a performer during the 1930s and 1940s, Mr. Shiner was the lead trombone for 14 years at the Stanley Theater, was a member of the KDKA radio staff orchestra at KDKA radio, and appeared for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.  He played engagements with Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, and the Phiadelphia Orchestra.  Matty joined the Duquense facility in 1949.  He directed the Duquense University Brass Ensemble and established the Trombone Choir.

Matthew Shiner retired from full-time teaching in 1989.  After his retirement he served as professor emeritus and taught private lessons to students at McKeesport's Progressive Music Inc.  He died in 2003 at age 89.