Matt Kapka
Hometown:  Crystal Lake, Illinois
Major:  Bachelor of Music in Education (Instrumental)
Hobbies:  Video games, playing trumpet, playing D & D, going on adventures, and I have a new-found appreciation for soccer
Career Goals:  Eventually get a doctorate in music & teach people to love music
Favorite Trumpet Players:  Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione, and Wynton Marsalis
Favorite Trumpet Recordings:  Feels So Good (Chuck Mangione), Sounds of Silence (Maynard Ferguson), and Prayer of Saint Gregory (Wynton Marsalis) [my favorite trumpet solo]
Favorite Food:  Deep-Dish Cheese Pizza
Favorite Book:  Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Strangest Fact About Me:  I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Star Wars and, because of that, I learned french horn just to be able to play the solo from A New Hope
Coolest/Oddest Musical Experience:  When I was in my high school pit band for the musical Pippin, there was a light bulb that went out during one of the show - so we took it out and replaced it. Because we (the brass corner) forget to take it out of the pit, we found it on one of the stands and named the light bulb Jerray during the next performance and worshipped Jerray as a ritual before the rest of the shows. The one show we forgot to worship Jerray, we completely butchered most of our entrances. Jerray sits in the pit to this day.