Lt. j.g. Matthew M. Shea is a native of Ellington, Connecticut and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2004. Upon completion of recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported for duty at the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, Maryland.

While at the U.S. Naval Academy Band, he distinguished himself as a featured soloist with the wind ensemble, the Superintendent’s Combo and the “Next Wave” jazz ensemble. Additionally, he served as the unit leader for the midshipmen jazz ensemble as well as the band’s administration department head and leading petty officer, which culminated in his promotion to chief petty officer in 2013.

In 2015 he reported for instructor duty at the Naval School of Music where he served as the ear training instructor in the advanced academics department.

Following 12 years of distinguished enlisted service he was commissioned as a limited duty officer (bandmaster) in September 2016. As such he has served as the assistant fleet bandmaster for U.S. Fleet Forces Band and currently serves as assistant fleet bandmaster for the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band.

His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz performance from the University of North Texas, and is a graduate of the Naval School of Music unit leader course and the Command Career Counselor course.