Bass trombonist, Martin McCain’s career spans an impressive scope of musical genres. He is a four-time winner of the Global Music Awards and was featured as their “Emerging Artist” in the Billboard magazine. A third-generation musician, he maintains a versatile performance schedule as a soloist, recording artist, chamber, orchestral, jazz/commercial musician and educator. According to the International Trombone Association Journal and the Glissando Magazine, his playing has been described as "solid and masterful" and “warm and beautiful”. McCain is in high demand as a performer and clinician. Highlights include: the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Mahidol University in Thailand and the Zagreb Academy of Music in Croatia. His performances and arrangements have been broadcast on CKWR Toronto, Radio Television Hong Kong and NPR's "Performance Today". Martin has appeared as a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the Great American Brass Band Festival and the Brazilian Trombone Festival.
McCain is a prizewinner in multiple competitions including the International Trombone Association's Donald Yaxley Solo Bass Trombone Competition, Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, 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 Wind Band, United States Army Concert Band "Pershing's Own" and the United States Army Brass Quintet. As a recording artist, Martin has released three solo CDs Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures Recorded Live! (2012), Shades (2014) and Trombone Czar: The Extended Version (2015). He can be heard on Summit Records, Naxos and numerous movie and videogame soundtracks.
As an orchestral musician, McCain regularly performs with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He is the leader of the award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonez and a member of the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet and the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. Martin regularly performs in recital programs both as a soloist and as the McCain Duo with his wife, pianist Artina McCain. As a jazz/commercial musician, he has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestra, Memphis Jazz Orchestra and several Broadway touring ensembles.
Martin is an Artist/Teacher of Trombone and the youngest faculty member to hold the rank of full professor at Texas State University. He held similar positions at Henderson State University and Huston-Tillotson University. Dr. McCain’s students have also been extremely successful in solo and ensemble competitions including those hosted by the International Trombone Association, the American Trombone Workshop, and the Big 12 Trombone Conference and are regular winners of the Texas State University concerto competition. In recognition of his teaching, Martin received the College Achievement Award in Teaching and the Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching. His students have been accepted into some of the nation's most prestigious graduate programs such as the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Martin has spent summers on the faculty of the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy), the PRIZM International Chamber Music Festival, the SliderAsia Music Festival (Hong Kong) and the English Brass Academy (Croatia).
Martin McCain is a performing artist for S.E. Shires, Reunion Blues Gig Bags and plays on the "McCain" signature mouthpiece series manufactured by Pickett Brass. In his spare time, Martin is an avid BBQ pitmaster and sports enthusiast.
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