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 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, Knoxville, Tucson, Chicago, Toronto, and Hong Kong's radio stations in addition to NPR's "Performance Today". Martin has appeared as a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, The Great American Brass Band Festival, Brazilian Trombone Festival, Zagreb Brass Festival and the 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. He is currently bass trombonist with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly appears with the San Antonio Symphony and Austin Symphony in addition to several summer festival orchestras. He has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, Austin Opera, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony, Gulfport Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. As a jazz musician, he performs with the NOW Jazz Orchestra, Gabriel Santiago Orchestra, Memphis Jazz Orchestra and other commercial touring ensembles. His 2016-2017 season included various performances in concert series and universities throughout Texas, appearances in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Toronto and Hawaii. He will be performing In Missouri, New York, Tennessee in addition to concerto appearances with the Balcones Chamber Orchestra and Austin Civic Orchestra.
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 has been a featured soloist with the Croatian Army Band, United States Army Brass Quintet and United States Army Concert Band "Pershing's Own". In addition to being heard on various recordings on the Summit Records, Naxos, Mark Custom, Equilibrium and Longhorn Record labels, Martin has released three solo CDs Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures Recorded Live! (2012), Shades (2014) and Trombone Czar: The Extended Version (2015) on his independent record label Kairoi Music. 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 an Associate Professor of Music and Artist/Teacher 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 American Trombone Workshop competitions and the Big 12 Trombone Solo Competitions. In recognition of his teaching, he has received several citations including the 2016 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2013 Dean Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. His students have also been accepted into some of the nation's most prestigious graduate programs such as the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. Dr. McCain is also the founder/director of the Texas State Trombone Symposium. He previously taught at Henderson State University and Huston-Tillotson University. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Martin spends his summers on the faculty for the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy), PRIZM International Chamber Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, English Brass Academy (Croatia), and the SliderAsia International Music Festival (Hong Kong).
An active member of the International Trombone Association, McCain serves as the Events Coordinator and Affiliate Societies Manager for the ITA and state representative for the ITA TAPAS (Trombone Artists Performing for Amateurs and Students) Project. Martin writes CD reviews and articles for the ITA's quarterly Journal. He has 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. Some of McCain's additional teacher include Charles Villarubia, Stefan Sanders, Doug Yeo, John Rojak, Randy Hawes, and Charles Vernon.
Martin McCain is a performing artist for Michael Rath Trombones, Reunion Blues and plays on the “McCain” signature mouthpiece series manufactured by Pickett Brass. He is also an affiliate of AirTurn and The GigEasy.
Charles R. Hurt is Professor of Trombone at Texas State University and served as Principal Trombonist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra for thirty seasons. He is also one of the founding members of the SouthWest BrassWorks, the faculty brass quintet at Texas State. Mr. Hurt holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University. His teachers have included Frank Crisafulli, trombonist with the Chicago Symphony for fifty years and Professor of Trombone at Northwestern University, Donald Hough, Professor of Trombone at the University of Tennessee (Ret), and Donald Knaub, former member of the Rochester Philharmonic and former professor of Trombone at the University of Texas and the Eastman School of Music.Mr. Hurt has been invited to present performances and master classes at many conservatories and universities including the University of Tennessee, the Moscow Conservatory, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the Crane School of Music, Northern College in Scotland, the University of Monterrey in Mexico, and the University of Göteborg in Sweden. In the fall of 2010 he was invited to co-present a lecture on the use of SmartMusic at the College Music Society convention in Minneapolis. He has also published articles in the International Trombone Association Journal, and is a former assistant editor for “New Positions” of that publication.
Professor Hurt has, on several occasions, been invited to choose the All-State Try-Out Music for the State of Texas and was invited to perform this music for the Texas Band Masters Convention. He has been the guest conductor and performer at the Texas Music Educators Convention and the International Trombone Festival. He has just completed a tour of Hong Kong where he presented recitals, master classes, lectures, and coached the trombone ensemble and brass quintet at Hong Kong Baptist University. He routinely writes and arranges pieces for performance by the Texas State University Trombone Ensemble.
Trombonist, Paul Deemer, is an El Paso native working as a freelance musician
in the greater Austin area. Paul attended the University of Arizona for his Bachelors of
Music degree and studied Trombone Performance under professors Tom Ervin and
Moisés Paiewonsky. As a student and freelance trombonist in Tucson, he had the
honor of sharing the stage with Scott Whitfield, Pete Christlieb, Ed Shaugnessy, Andy
Martin, Brice Winston, Rickey Woodard, Randy Sandke, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren
Vache, and Jake Hannah. In 2008 Paul was winner of the ETW National Jazz Solo
Trombone Competition as well as a runner-up at the ITF Carl Fontana International Jazz
Competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah. After receiving his Bachelors degree, in
Performance from the University of Arizona, Paul went on to earn his Masters Degree in
Studio Performance and Jazz at the renowned Frost School of Music in Miami, Florida.
He was a member of the Down Beat award winning Frost Concert Jazz and Salsa
Bands for both years of his masters as well as a member of the Frost Jazz Sextet, the
flagship jazz combo of the school of music, for three semesters. While at the University
of Miami, Paul studied under professors Dante Luciani, Chuck Bergeron, Greg Gisbert,
Jason Carder, and Whit Sidener.
Paul was also a member of the prestigious Mancini Institute Orchestra, under the direction of the Dean of the Frost School of Music, Shelly Berg. As a member of the Mancini Orchestra, Paul had the pleasure of playing in the backing band for numerous artists including John Pizzarelli, Bruce Hornsby, Patti Austin, Gary Burton, Sammy figueroa, Arturo Sandoval, John Secada, Steve Miller, Ricky Scaggs, Will Lee, Dave Grusin, and Nestor Torres. After competing in the 2010 J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition in Austin, Texas, Paul moved to the Texas capital city and has quickly become one of the city’s first call trombonists. He is currently playing with musical groups; Progger(an offshoot of Snarky Puppy), Aaron Goldfarb and the Moonlighters, Sauce the Band, What Made Milwaukee Famous, and Jumpstart among many others in the area. Mr. Deemer is a current student of international Jazz artists/educator/clinicians Andre Hayward and Willie Thomas and is also a current member, along with Professor Hayward, of the award winning Texas jazz trombone ensemble Jazz Bonez. Paul can regularly be seen performing with his own group at the Elephant Room and at home and abroad as a member of the the internationally acclaimed Rock outfit, The Polyphonic Spree.