Bass trombonist 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 has appeared with numerous ensembles and has been 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 twice, The Great American Brass Band Festival and two Eastern Trombone Workshops. He is the leader of the highly acclaimed, award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonez whose album is released on the Summit Records label, which has received stellar reviews. As a chamber musician, McCain is a founding member of the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet, which tours extensively. He also appears frequently with the San Antonio Brass. Martin is currently the bass trombonist with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly appears with various festival orchestras. He has also performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony and Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. As a jazz musician, he performs with the Vendetta Big Band, Monster Big Band, Jazz Inc. Big Band and other commercial touring ensembles. Last season, McCain performed in Tennessee, Mississippi, Hong Kong and Macau. His 2014-2015 season will include various performances in concert series throughout Texas and appearances in Alabama, South Carolina, Croatia and Barbados.
Martin was a prize - winner in the International Trombone Association's Donald Yaxley Solo Bass Trombone Competition, twice in the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition and twice in both of the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. In addition to being heard on various recordings on the Summit Records, Naxos, Mark Custom and Longhorn Record labels, Martin released his debut album Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures Recorded Live! (2012) and 2nd solo CD Shades (2014) on the Kairoi Music label.
Martin is Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas State University where he directs the Trombone Choir and Jazz Trombone Ensembles. Under his direction, 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 Eastern Trombone Workshop competitions and the Big 12 Trombone Solo Competitions. In recognition for his teaching, McCain was the nominee for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Teaching for the School of Music and Runner-up for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Dr. McCain 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 Summer Festival and the Interharmony International Music Festival.
An active member of the International Trombone Association, McCain serves as the Events Coordinator for the ITA, state representative for the ITA TAPAS (Trombone Artists Performing for Amateurs and Students) Project and is on the Board of Advisors for the San Antonio Brass. Martin writes CD reviews and articles for the ITA's quarterly Journal. He also contributed articles for the New Grove Dictionary of American Musicians and the Glissando Magazine. A promoter of music education in the public schools, McCain is the co-director for “Raise The Bar” a concert series dedicated to educating young classical music audiences. Martin has been selected to choose the All-State bass trombone repertoire for the state of Texas on numerous occasions and has presented performance clinics on the jazz and classical etudes at the Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention.
McCain holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. and M.M.) and The University of Southern Mississippi (B.M.). His primary teachers are Nathaniel Brickens, Marta Hofacre, Greg Luscombe and Loy Hetrick with additional studies with Mark Vail, Charles Villarubia, Stefan Sanders, Doug Yeo, Randy Hawes, and Charles Vernon.
Martin McCain is an artist/clinician for Michael Rath Instruments and plays on the “McCain” signature model mouthpiece manufactured by Pickett Brass. He is also an affiliate of AirTurn and The GigEasy.