Lt. Matthew Shea is a native of Ellington, Connecticut. He enlisted in the Navy in 2004 and has served as trumpet instrumentalist for the U.S. Naval Academy Band and U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and as an instructor at the Naval School of Music. He received his commission in 2016. As a Limited Duty Officer, he served tours as assistant fleet bandmaster for U.S. Fleet Forces and for U.S. Pacific Fleet prior to arriving at the U.S. Naval War College in July of 2020. He currently serves as director for Navy Band Northeast. Lt. Shea holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in jazz performance from the University of North Texas.