Music & Dance

John Martin

John Martin recently joined Grand Valley State University’s vibrant music program as Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands. His duties include teaching music education courses, conducting the University Band, and coordinating the athletic band program. Prior to his appointment at Grand Valley, Martin served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He assisted the nationally acclaimed “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band as instructor, drill designer, and arranger. Martin’s other responsibilities included conducting the University Concert Band, administering and conducting all pep band activities, and teaching undergraduate courses in brass methods and marching band techniques. He began his music education career at Vance Middle School in Memphis where he served as band director.

John Martin has finished coursework for the DMA degree in wind conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo and Dr. Steven R. Moser. He received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Conducting degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he studied conducting with Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. WJ Julian, and Dr. Gary Schallert. Among Martin’s other conducting activities, he served as conductor of the Babahatchie Community Band in Harriman, Tennessee and guest conductor of the East Tennessee Concert Band in Knoxville. He presented a session concerning first year teaching strategies at the 2007 Tennessee Music Educators Conference. Martin continues to actively serve as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the nation. He has numerous tuba/euphonium arrangements published through TUBA Press.

Martin holds membership in many professional organizations including the National Band Association, East Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2001, he was awarded Phi Mu Alpha’s Orpheus Award.

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