Brian Martin is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, holding a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. His principal teachers included Dr. Chris Buckholz (trombone), Dr. Bob Washut (composition, improvisation, jazz piano), and Mr. Christopher Merz (composition and improvisation). He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies with Jeffrey Holmes (composition) and Greg Spiridopoulos (trombone).
At UMass, Martin is a member of Jazz Ensemble I, 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. Three of his original compositions can be heard on UNI Jazz Band One's 2013 CD release, This is the Band. Additionally, two of his arrangements can be found on the band's 2014 CD release, Not With THAT Attitude! 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, especially the 'Ceptet and Grand Ave Ruckus.
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.
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