With the metro brass quintet at lakeside casino, osceola, 1/24/2017

With the metro brass quintet at lakeside casino, osceola, 1/24/2017

Brian Martin is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies with Jeffrey Holmes and Felipe Salles (composition) and Greg Spiridopoulos (trombone).  He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, holding a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. His principal teachers at UNI included Dr. Chris Buckholz (trombone), Dr. Bob Washut (composition, improvisation), and Mr. Christopher Merz (composition, improvisation).  

At UMass, Martin is a member of Jazz Ensemble I, the UMass Wind Ensemble, two small jazz groups dedicated to playing new compositions and arrangements, and the UMass Trombone Choir.  In Iowa, Martin performed most commonly with the Grand Ave Ruckus, the 'Ceptet, the Metro Brass Quintet, and as a regular sub with The Des Moines Big Band.   While attending UNI, he was a member of UNI Jazz Band One, the UNI Wind Symphony, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other ensembles both large and small.  His other performance credits include appearances with the Max Wellman Big Band, the Roni Garza Salsa Orchestra, the Cedar Valley Big Band, the Synergy Jazz Nonet and the Renovation Jazz Quintet, among others.

In addition to performing, Martin is a prolific composer of music in the classical and jazz realms.  His original composition "Nebuchadnezzar" can be found on UNI Jazz Band One's latest CD, That Doesn't Even Look Like You (2017).  Jazz Band One has also featured his arrangements on Not With THAT Attitude! (2014) and This is the Band (2013).  He has been commissioned to write music for ensembles ranging in ability and style from elementary band to collegiate jazz to high school show choir.  He commonly composes and arranges music for the ensembles he performs with through the University of Massachusetts Amherst and beyond.

Martin is available as a tutor for trombonists and composers in the Amherst area.   He was sought after as a trombone clinician in central Iowa, having led masterclasses in school districts such as West Des Moines and Ankeny. His high-school private students have been members of ensembles at the All-State and All-District levels, as well as participants of various honors ensembles.  During his tenure as a public school Band Director, his students received many awards and honors, most notably earning participation in the Iowa All-State Music Festival in 2016 for the first time since 1990, ending a 26 year long absence from the festival of the band program of that particular district.