Jazz guitarist Matt Heister's career highlights include duets with legendary guitarists Larry Coryell, Peter Bernstein and Barry Greene, performances in New York City jazz clubs including The Bar Next Door, Kenny’s Castaways, Tomi Jazz, Shrine and Somethin’ Jazz, being a featured soloist in the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, a collaborative concert with Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar in 2016, and most recently, a two-week tour in October, 2017 through all major cities of Ukraine, being featured alongside countertenor, Yuriy Mynenko.

In 2017, Matt became a member of The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, located in Germany. He currently tours extensively throughout Europe and Africa. With this group, he has performed in Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine and France.

From 2014-2017, Matt was a member of The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West where he was guitarist for the big band, The Commanders. With this ensemble, Matt performed at the finest performing arts centers, auditoriums and festivals on the West Coast. He gave masterclasses at Sonoma State College, Delta College and numerous performing arts high schools as well as provided educational outreach to middle schools and elementary schools all over the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, he had the opportunity to spend three months touring Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Afghanistan as Musical Director of a 5-piece jazz combo.

Prior to joining the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, Matt lived in New York City. Here he performed in Manhattan’s world-renowned jazz clubs and studied with the illustrious faculty at The New School, located in NYC's Greenwich Village, receiving a BFA degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2014. His teachers included Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Hal Galper, Bill Kirchner, Vic Juris, Jonathan Kreisberg and Peter Bernstein.

From 2009–2014 Matt served as both Director of Jazz and Radio Show Host for 89.5FM WFIT in Melbourne, FL. His weekly jazz program "Freedom in the Groove" featured interviews with living jazz legends including Joel Frahm, Jonathan Kreisberg, Randy Johnston, Bill Kirchner, Gene Perla, Sheryl Bailey, Steve Cardenas, LeeAnn Ledgerwood, Adam Larson, Peter Zak, Spike Wilner and numerous others.