About

Music Can Build a Better World

We are a group of passionate musicians, educators and speakers with decades of combined global experience. What brings us together is a belief that music builds better – better experiences, better learning, better creativity, better organizations and much more. We’re relentless advocates for the power of music to improve education and skills training, and to transform the lives of people of all ages.

Our “house” band, Metallurgy, consists of five brass musicians. We also work with other musical artists, showing collaboration in action and making our workshops even more dynamic.

Our founding partners

Matt Thomas & Bryan Smith

Matthew Thomas

Founding Partner / Executive Director
mthomas@musicbuildsbetter.com

Matthew Thomas is executive director of New House Productions. A grand-prize winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, his performance experience ranges from prestigious classical groups like the Boston Symphony to acclaimed pop outfits Mannheim Steamroller and Captain & Tennille. In addition to his work as a performer, he has taught at the University of Miami (FL) and the University of Michigan, Flint. He is currently principal trumpet of the Midland (MI) Symphony, and principal trumpet and director of the Baroque on Beaver Festival, Beaver Island (MI).

Bryan Smith

Founding Partner / Artistic Director
bsmith@musicbuildsbetter.com

Bryan Smith is artistic director for New House Productions. Bryan’s experience as a tuba player spans many genres – from classical to jazz to rock – as he’s found innovative ways to incorporate his instrument into non-traditional areas. As a proponent of international diplomacy through the arts, Bryan performs around the world, and works closely with ensembles and educational institutions in Mexico. In his home of San Diego, California, he is currently principal tuba player for Westwind Brass, operations coordinator for the non-profit music presenter Art of Élan, and involved with many collaborations, committees and other projects.