This is Matt Vander Ende. This is a photo of my set up at Wicked on Broadway, it includes electronics, percussion as well as a full drum set. Please browse my website to check out other photos, concert dates and contact information.


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Education/Recording Sessions

I teach lessons and perform audio recording sessions from my studio in Long Island City Queens. Contact me for more information!


Who I am

Matt Vander Ende (born May 26 th, 1969) raised in Oakland, CA. started playing drums at the age of 13. Trained as a classical percussionist Matt graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Music. He was a member of the award winning San Francisco Youth Orchestra and toured Asia with the orchestra while in High School. While in high school, Matt attended the Interlochen National Music Camp for a summer. It was when he was at Interlochen Matt realized playing drums is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. During his high school years he helped form the Heavy Metal Thrash band named Defiance. Defiance was a part of the famous Bay Area thrash scene that spawned such notable bands as Metallica, Testament, Violence and Forbidden. Defiance recorded three records for Roadrunner Records, Toured the United States opening for bands such as Violence, Flotsam & Jetsam, Testament, Forbidden, Death Angel and Dark Angel.

Matt began studying drum set with Greg Sudmeier while studying at SFCM. Greg, aka “suds” trained Matt in all facets of the music industry, Jazz, Big Band, Rock, Pop, Chart interpretation, Recording Session Studio work and Musical Theatre. Greg is the single reason why Matt started to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. As music director of the theatre company, Broadway by the Bay, Greg brought in Matt as his drummer for 5 seasons from 1994-99. During this time Matt was juggling a freelance carrier in the studio, performing casuals and was a member, touring and recording, with several bands including Defiance, Laaz Rockett, None of The Above, Yellow 5, Thirst and Shelly Streeter opening for notable country artist as Sammy Kershaw and Trace Adkins. After his 5 seasons with Broadway by the Bay Matt joined the Musicians Union and began working for several theatre companies all over the San Francisco Bay Area. The most notable companies are Theatre Works, American Musical Theatre and Nederlander Shorenstein-Hays in San Francisco. While working in Musical Theatre he has performed with many movie stars such as Tony Curtis, Alfred Molina, Carol Kane, David Garrison, Ben Vereen and Neil Patrick Harris.

In 2004 Matt moved to New York City to further his career in Musical Theatre. Soon after moving to NYC he began to Sub on several Broadway shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Assassins and Wicked. While subbing on Wicked Matt was offered to open the First National Tour of Wicked. After working on the tour for a year Matt took over the drum chair for Wicked Broadway in March of 2006, where he continues to work at the Gershwin Theatre to this day.


Education : Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Interlochen National Music Camp, Interlochen, MI.

Classical : Berkley Opera, Vallejo Symphony, San Francisco Youth Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra.

Musical Theatre : Broadway Shows- Wicked, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof. National Broadway tours- Wicked, Some Like it Hot (Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, CA.). Regional Theatre Companies- American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Theatre Works of Palo Alto, Nederlander/Theatre Works in San Francisco, Broadway by the Bay, Woodminster Theatre Company, Contra Costa Musical Theatre.

Heavy Metal Bands: Defiance, Laaz Rockit.

Rock Bands: Thirst, None of the Above, Yellow 5.

Country: Shelly Streeter.

Recordings: Thirst (Whole, Free), Defiance (Product of Society, Void Terra Ferma, Beyond Recognition), None of the Above (Buy Ten Get One Free), Gack (Fix), Shelly Streeter (session drummer for 911 records), Ultra Horse (Session drummer for the single “Stuck in the Middle with You”), Film score “Black Eyed Dog”.

National & International Tours: Wicked (First National Tour, United Sates and Canada), Shelly Streeter (Wal-Marts Country across America Tour), Shelly Streeter (International Music Festival Zurich Switzerland), Defiance (National Tours and Festivals in the United States and Canada), Thirst (West Coast tour of the United States), String of Pearls (Tour of China), San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (Tour of Asia).


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