This is the story of a kid who grew up feeling pretty average most of the time. His favorite hobbies were video games, junk food, and drumming. When he was accepted into one of the top drum corps in the country, Phantom Regiment, it all changed.

“Something about that acceptance triggered a thought inside that if Matthew was going to make something of himself, he’d better get to it,” said his wife, Jamie.

And that’s exactly what Matthew did. He rose to captain of the drum line, became one of the best drummers in the country, focussed on his academics, and is now considered one of the best in his professional field.

“Those worn out sticks and that little drum represent a commitment to himself and his future,” Jamie said. 

The photograph Jamie commissioned to surprise Matthew now hangs in his office. “A daily nod to who he was and who he is,” Jamie said.

Projects like this are why we love being The Heirloomist so darn much. We really are here to celebrate all the stories that make us. Jamie and Matthew, thank you for sharing the story of this true human adventure. We’re honored to be in your home.