Bass trombonist and Global Music Award Gold Medal Winner Martin McCain’s career as a musician spans an impressive scope of genres. A third-generation musician, he maintains a versatile performance schedule as a soloist, chamber, orchestral and jazz/commercial musician. According to the International Trombone Association Journal, his playing has been described as “solid and masterful”. McCain is in high demand as a performer and clinician throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His performances and arrangements have been broadcast on Austin’s 89.5 KMFA, Tucson’s 90.5 KUAT, Chicago’s 88.5 WHPK, Toronto’s 98.5 CKRW and Hong Kong’s RTHK 4 radio stations. Martin has appeared as a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, Great American Brass Band Festival, Zagreb Brass Festival, Brazilian Trombone Festival and American Trombone Workshop. He is the leader of the award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonez and a member of the highly-acclaimed Minor 4th Trombone Quartet. Martin regularly performs in recital programs both as a soloist and as the McCain Duo with his wife, pianist Artina McCain. As an orchestral musician, he regularly appears with the San Antonio Symphony and Austin Symphony Orchestra in addition to various festival orchestras. He has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Charleston Symphony Orchestra. As a jazz musician, he performs with the NOW Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Inc. Big Band and other commercial touring ensembles.
Martin was a prize – winner twice in both the International Trombone Association’s Donald Yaxley Solo Bass Trombone Competition and Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition and twice in both of the American Trombone Workshop’s National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. He performed the bass trombone world premiere of Joseph Spaniola’s arrangement of Alexey Lebedev’s Concerto No. 1 for Bass Trombone and Wind Band with the Symphonic Winds of the Croatian Armed Forces. In addition to being heard on various recordings on the Summit Records, Naxos and Equilibrium labels, Martin has released three solo CDs Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures Recorded Live! (2012), Shades (2014) and Trombone Czar: The Extended Version (2015). He is a four-time winner of the Global Music Awards, receiving a Bronze Medal for the CD Shades, two Silver Medals for the CD Trombone Czar and as an Emerging Artist and a Gold Medal for Best Instrumentalist. Martin was also featured in a recent edition of Billboard magazine.
Martin is Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas State University where he directs the Trombone Choir and Jazz Trombone Ensembles. Under his leadership, the Trombone Choir and Jazz Trombone Ensembles have been invited to perform at the International Trombone Festival, American Trombone Workshop, Big 12 Trombone Conference and Texas Music Educators Association Convention on numerous occasions and have released two commercial recordings. Dr. McCain’s students have also been extremely successful in solo and ensemble competitions including the International Trombone Association competitions, the American Trombone Workshop competitions and the Big 12 Trombone Solo Competitions. He is also the founder/director of the Texas State Trombone Symposium. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Martin is on the faculty for the Austin Chamber Music Center Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the SliderAsia Music Festival.
Martin McCain is a performing artist for Michael Rath Instruments, Reunion Blues and plays on the “McCain” signature model mouthpiece manufactured by Pickett Brass. He is also an affiliate of AirTurn and The GigEasy.
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